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Hyderabad: Three youths planning to join ‘terror’ groups arrested

Earlier, in September 2014, Abdullah Basith and Maaz Hasan Farooq made an attempt to go to Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Palestine via Bangladesh, along with two others Abrar and Noman. However, police foiled their attempt at Kolkata and brought them back to Hyderabad, and counselled them in the presence of their parents and let them off.

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After bonhomie in Lahore, PM Modi and Nawaz Sharif to meet in Washington?

The first visit by an Indian premier in 11 years marked another step forward by the two countries in their efforts to put on an even keel in their ties which was going through a chill until recently. Modi also attended a marriage function of Sharif’s grand-daughter Mehrun Nisa (who is the daughter of Mariam Nawaz Sharif) at the latter’s Raiwind home on the outskirts of Lahore.

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Ram Madhav’s ‘Akhand Bharat’ remark personal, govt’s position needs no clarification: BJP

Though the interview was recorded earlier, its broadcast coincided with the surprise visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lahore to meet his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

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Only ‘expiry date’ for food items, not ‘best before’, says Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan

Noting that the Association had held a “mela” in “Dilli Haat”, Paswan said such an initiative, whereby certain areas are earmarked for street food, should be implemented in other places in the country.

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Ram Madhav’s Akhand Bharat might hurt Indo-Pak ties, PM Modi must respond: Congress

Madhav said the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) still believes that one day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh would reunite through popular goodwill and ‘Akhand Bharat’ will be created.

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DDCA row: BJP asks Kejriwal to apologise after inquiry report makes no mention of Jaitley

The BJP spokesperson said after the November 15 report became public, AAP is trying to wriggle out of the situation, saying the investigation was not meant to name any person. “But there are names in the report…you don’t run government with tamasha (drama),” he said.

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Uttar Pradesh: 16-year-old gangraped to take revenge of poll defeat; girl commits suicide

The body of the girl has been sent for post mortem examination and the report is awaited.

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Women outnumber men for PG, M Phil courses

The survey data, which was released recently, also says the highest number of students enrolled for undergraduate courses. Out of the total students, 79.9% students are enrolled at the undergraduate level, the survey report said, while only 11.45% of the students were enrolled at Post Graduate level.

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From National Herald to Bihar elections, a year in contrast for Congress in 2015

Rajasthan, where like Gujarat Congress had drawn a blank in the Lok Sabha polls, saw sizeable vote for the party in the local body polls. As the year came to a close, the party won Lohardaga Assembly seat in BJP-ruled Jharkhand.

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US deported student reveals airline’s ‘invalid visa’ excuse

“We have seen reports regarding deportation of Indian students from San Francisco,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a statement.

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ULFA leader Anup Chetia released from jail

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Following his extradition on November 11, Chetia was arrested by CBI in Delhi in connection with a murder in Golaghat

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ULFA general secretary Golap Baruah, alias Anup Chetia, was on Thursday released from the Guwahati Central Jail after obtaining bail in four cases registered against him.Chetia had on Wednesday got bail in the last of the four cases against him paving the way for his release from the jail Emerging from the jail, the ULFA leader told journalists that he will participate in the peace talks.Chetia said that he was in favour the ongoing peace talks between the central government and ULFA for restoring peace in Assam. “Many quarters have suspected that as in 1992 we will not continue with the talks with the government. I want to sincerely say that the political times then have changed today and have made us think afresh”, Chetia said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I will be a part of the ongoing tripartite talks among the ULFA, central and Assam governments to resolve the insurgency issue”, he said. On the role of his former colleague and now ULFA (Independent) ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah in the peace talks, Chetia said “the contributions of Paresh Baruah have to be acknowledged in taking forward our revolution during the last three decades. It is sad that he is not a part of the peace talks”.Following his extradition on November 11, Chetia was arrested by CBI in Delhi in connection with a murder in Golaghat. Chetia was handed over to India by Bangladesh where he was in jail since his arrest by the country’s police in 1997 on charges of cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.

Road clear for ULFA leader Anup Chetia’s release from jail

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ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia was granted bail on Wednesday in the last of the four cases registered against him.

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ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia was granted bail on Wednesday in the last of the four cases registered against him, paving the way for his release from jail. Chetia’s counsel Bijon Mahajan told reporters quoting the CBI investigation officer as saying that the investigating agency does not have any objection if Chetia is granted bail.Before granting bail, the Additional Sessions Judge also went through the case diary. Chetia, lodged in the Guwahati Central Jail, was granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 30,000 and a surety from one individual, Mahajan said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The court, however, granted the bail with conditions that Chetia cannot hamper the process of investigation and he cannot leave the jurisdiction of the Special Judicial Magistrate without prior permission,” the senior advocate said.Chetia had earlier been granted bail in three cases out of the four that were registered after his deportation to India from Bangladesh. On Tuesday, Chetia secured bail from the Additional Sessions Judge in one of the cases.On December 17, the designated court here had allowed the ULFA leader to be on bail in two TADA cases for facilitating his trial and for him to participate in the ongoing peace process.Chetia was handed over to India by Bangladesh where he was in jail since his arrest by the country’s police in 1997 on charges of cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.

ULFA gen secy Anup Chetia granted bail in TADA cases

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The Additional sessions judge granted Chetia bail on a personal bond of Rs one lakh and two sureties from two individuals.
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ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia, extradited from Bangladesh last month, was granted bail on Tuesday by a local court on a personal bond of Rs one lakh. Chetia’s counsel Bijon Mahajan told journalists that the Assam government had given a “no objection” certificate in writing in the event of Chetia getting released on bail.The Additional sessions judge granted Chetia bail on a personal bond of Rs one lakh and two sureties from two individuals, Mahajan said. Chetia was arrested in connection with four cases. While he has been granted bail in two cases, one more will come up for hearing on Wednesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On December 17 the Designated Court here had allowed Chetia, now incarcerated in the Guwahati Central Jail, to go on bail in two TADA cases for facilitating his trial and participation in the ongoing peace process, he said.Chetia was handed over to India by Bangladesh where he was in jail since 1997 on charges of cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.

India ‘al-Qaeda’ chief arrested

Police in the Indian capital, Delhi, say they have arrested two key members of the “Indian branch” of the al-Qaeda.

India ranks 130th in Human Development Index: UNDP

“India’s HDI value for 2014 is 0.609, which puts the country in the medium human development category, positioning it at 130 out of 188 countries and territories.

India continued to rank low in the Human Development Index (HDI), climbing just one notch to the 130th rank in the latest UNDP report on account of rise in life expectancy and per capita income.India ranked 130 among 188 countries in Human Development Report 2015 released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The ranking is for the year 2014.As per the latest report, India’s rank has moved from 131 to 130. India’s HDI rank between 2009 and 2014 has risen six positions.”India’s HDI value for 2014 is 0.609, which puts the country in the medium human development category, positioning it at 130 out of 188 countries and territories.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Between 1980 and 2014, India’s HDI value increased from 0.362 to 0.609, an increase of 68.1 per cent or an average annual increase of about 1.54%,” a note circulated with the report said.Norway topped followed by Australia and Switzerland. As per the report, the HDI rank of Bangladesh and Pakistan was 142 and 147, respectively. Among the BRICS nations, India was ranked lowest. Other countries in the group are Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa.The HDI is an average measure of basic human development achievements in a country. It is a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development — a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.Life expectancy at birth increased to 68 years in 2014 from 67.6 in the previous year and 53.9 in 1980.Gross National Income (GNI) per capita was US $5,497 in 2014 up from US $5,180 in 2013 and US $1,255 in 1980. India’s GNI per capita increased by about 338 per cent between 1980 and 2014.However as per the report, the expected years of schooling is stagnant at 11.7 since 2011. Also, mean years of schooling at 5.4 has not changed since 2010.Between 1980 and 2014, India’s life expectancy at birth increased by 14.1 years, while mean years of schooling increased by 3.5 years and expected years of schooling increased by 5.3 years.

JMB hatched conspiracy to topple Hasina govt in Bangladesh: NIA

National Investigation Agency on Monday filed a second supplementary charge sheet in connection with the blast that took place on October 2, 2014 against accused Nurul Hoque Mondal alias Naeem and 27 others at a city court for waging war against Bangladesh.

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Investigations by NIA into the last year’s Burdwan blasts has revealed that Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was trying to topple Sheikh Hasina government by establishing Sharia law and spread its tentacles in India.National Investigation Agency on Monday filed a second supplementary charge sheet in connection with the blast that took place on October 2, 2014 against accused Nurul Hoque Mondal alias Naeem and 27 others at a city court for waging war against Bangladesh, an Asiatic power which is in alliance and peace with India. “They (JMB) hatched a conspiracy wherein the main purpose was to establish Sharia Law in Bangladesh by toppling (the) democratically elected government and to spread tentacles in India for the furtherance of their goal,” a NIA release issued here today said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Their (JMB’s) intention and conduct was evident from the preparation they made in the form of full-fledged bomb making factory at Khagragarh, Burdwan to radicalise vulnerable sections, recruit new members and train them at selected madrasas viz Simulia and Mukimnagar and certain other places/hideouts. “They also intended to collect funds for the banned outfit for its members on the pretext of helping poor Muslim students– a fact which was established during further investigation,” it said.Probe into the matter established that all the 27 accused were associated with each other, the NIA said in its release. On grilling Naeem, NIA had learnt that the outfit was trying to build networks in Howrah, North and South 24 Parganas and Hooghly districts too.Naeem had gone to Bangladesh and stayed at Jatrabadi in Dhaka and also to Mirpur for nearly one and half months and was trained in bomb-making by one Bashir alias Talha and Anish alias Kausar, the release said.Bashir is the son of senior JMB leader Saidur Rahman in Bangladesh, it said. Naeem, a resident of Bakshipur in Murshidabad, was arrested in June from Howrah railway station. “Materials recovered from Naeem revealed that he was following the incidents of atrocities against Muslims all over the world and videos of Osama Bin Laden, Mulla Omar, Bangla Bhai and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). “It also revealed the way he was trained in handling weapons, fidayeen attacks and IED blasts,” the NIA release said.During the probe, it was also established that a Bangladeshi national Sadik alias Sumon was one of the trainers of JMB and used to teach violent Jihad by delivering motivational speeches.”He was actively involved in motivating the vulnerable youths from Sahebganj area as well as from Murshidabad for undergoing terrorist training camps organised by JMB in which handling of arms, explosives besides manufacturing bombs and physical training were imparted to them,” as per the release.

Additional BSF deployed to prevent illegal activities at Indo-Bangladesh borders, govt tells Supreme Court

The ministry of home affairs also informed the court that the government has approved the projects for border fencing and installation of floodlights for proper visibility during night in the border areas.

The Centre has told the Supreme Court that in order to prevent illegal cross-border activities at the Indo-Bangladesh borders, additional BSF personnel have been deployed.The ministry of home affairs also informed the court that the government has approved the projects for border fencing and installation of floodlights for proper visibility during night in the border areas.Filing an affidavit in response to a PIL against illegal Bangladeshi immigration, the government said 29 Border outposts have been identified and adequate men power have been deployed with special surveillance equipments, vehicles and othe infrastructure in support to prevent smuggling of cattles.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, the court-appointed one-man commission had recommended a high-powered committee to inquire into various issues relating to infiltration.Senior advocate Upamanyu Hazarika, who was appointed by the court in May, had submitted the 53-page report to the court suggesting the shifting of cattle ‘haats’ 20km away from the boundary area and re-location of the villages from the border fencing area.After visiting extensively to the border area, Hazarika submitted the report.Citing the causes leading to such influx into Assam, the report said as a Bangladeshi passport holder can not only own land in Assam but also contest an Assembly election, it shows that the illegal migrant lobby has struck deep roots in the state. Therefore, the necessity, for an independent investigation and an enquiry into these nexuses and all the facts in this regard, cannot be overstated.The court, which is hearing a plea about the threat of the indigenous population of Assam being reduced to a minority by the year 2047 looming large, is to take a call on the report on November 5.

Indian Army has 34 lakh followers on Facebook

As of Thursday, the Indian Army had 34-lakh, 17 thousand, two hundred and thirty one (3417231) followers on its Facebook page and the number growing by the hour.

Imagine the Indian Army Brigade commander in Ladakh tweeting over a face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers. That’s one of the things senior officials at Army headquarters here claim to be aiming at in coming years by expanding the scope of their social media domain. There would be a caution on strategic and operational details and anything that goes out in public domain would have to be information which is not classified, the officials, however, underline.A ministry of defence (MoD) expert committee recently recommended that senior commanders shall have a participative social media presence through blogs so that they stay connected with the rank and file. The committee advocated ‘proactive’ use of social media to counter rumours and sensitising officers on its use.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As of Thursday, the Indian Army had 34-lakh, 17 thousand, two hundred and thirty one (3417231) followers on its Facebook page and the number growing by the hour.And going forward, in its expanding social media base, Army is also looking at a situation where it could cut down on its recruitment advertisement costs for officials believe a large number of youth are motivated to join them on being given an exposure of day to day activities of the force.An analysis of the Army’s Facebook page reveals that 48% of the followers belong to the age group of 18-24 years while 6% fall in the 13-17 age group. However, women constitute only 9% the total following.Further reading into Army’s Facebook presence throws other interesting facts.Of the total followers, while more than 31 lakh are from India, the country that gets the Indian Army highest followers abroad is the United Arab Emirates (UAE). There are over 45 thousand of them in the UAE, followed by over 32 thousand in Saudi Arabia, over 22 thousand in Nepal and over five thousand each in the US and Bangladesh.From Pakistan, while there are only little over 700 followers, it is at countries like Bhutan, Mexico, Ukraine where it has least following with little over 400 followers.While over 25 lakh followers are English speaking, 40-odd thousand Hindi speakers follow the Army on Facebook. This, followed by close to four thousand Marathi speaking ones to close to three thousand each Tamil and Bengali-speaking followers. Indian Army is followed by French, Portuguese, Arabic, Dutch, Persian,Japanese, Greek and Spanish speaking people.Back home, Kolkata has highest number of followers at over three lakh, followed by Lucknow at over two and half lakh, New Delhi at over two lakh while cities like Kollam in Kerala and Karnal in Haryana, Amritsar, Vishakapatnam, Nagpur, Rajkot having less than ten thousand followers.Chennai, where the Army’s Facebook page helped coordinate SOS requests from residents stuck in recent floods has close to two lakh followers, several of them joining it during the course of the massive rescue operations by the three services along with the Indian Coast Guard.”Our role during such emergencies like in Chennai get us substantial traction,” says a senior official.

Guwahati: NDFB(S) militant killed in encounter

NDFB(S) cadre, Nerswn Brahma alias Naidaw, who was involved in the 2012 Bodo-Muslim violence, killed in gunfight with the security forces.

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An NDFB (Songbijit) militant was killed in an encounter with a joint police and Army team in Assam’s Kokrajhar district, a senior police official said.The encounter took place at about 5.20 am between NDFB(S) cadres and security forces at Silaimatha forest area under Bogribari police station, IGP Dr L R Bishnoi, said.An AK-47 rifle with two magazines, 44 rounds of ammunition, two bags, two mobile phones, extortion notes, a solar power plate, clothes, blankets and some other materials were recovered from the slain insurgent.The deceased has been identified as Nerswn Brahma alias Naidaw, a cadre trained in Bangladesh, who was involved in the 2012 Bodo-Muslim violence, the IGP said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Search was on for the other Ultras.

All central agencies working to negate ISIS threat: Government

The government, he said, was aware of the threat posed by the ISIS the world over and in the country in particular.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary on Saturday said ISIS threat is “not being taken lightly” and states have been alerted.The government, he said, was aware of the threat posed by the ISIS the world over and in the country in particular. Chaudhury told reporters on the sidelines of his reviewing the 41st passing out parade of the North Eastern Police Academy near here, that all states have been asked to be alert, “especially at the borders”.Stating that all central agencies were working to negate the threat, the Union Minister said, “The personnel at the international border have been asked to be alert.” Chaudhary also said that jailed ULFA leader Anup Chetia has to face the legal process and not go scot-free. “Nobody can escape the law. Chetia has to go through the legal process (for his criminal acts),” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chetia, who was in Bangladesh since his arrest by the neighbouring country’s police in 1997, was handed over to India on November 11 following which he was arrested by CBI in Delhi the next day. Chetia was arrested in connection with a murder in Golaghat (Assam) and the investigation agency had taken him under its custody on a six-day transit remand.He was brought to Guwahati on November 18 and produced in the SJM CBI Court the same day to be sent to five-days CBI remand that day. At the end of the CBI remand, Chetia was produced on November 23 and remanded to 14 days judicial custody which ended today. Chetia was on Saturday remanded to another 14 days of judicial custody.

ISIS influenced very few Indian youths; govt monitoring cyber space, minister tells Parliament

New Delhi: The terrorist organisation Islamic State has been able to influence very few Indian youths and security agencies are closely monitoring the situation, including keeping potential recruits under surveillance.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told Lok Sabha that the government is closely monitoring the situation and has directed the intelligence and security agencies to identify potential recruits and keep them under surveillance.

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“The cyber space is being closely monitored in this regard,” he said.

The minister said a few incidents of unfurling of flags of ISIS by some misguided youths were noticed on different occasions in Jammu and Kashmir and some other states in the recent past.

“…state governments concerned have been directed to take appropriate action against such statements as per relevant provisions of law,” he said.

Home Ministry officials had earlier said that 23 youths have joined ISIS of which six were reportedly killed.

Quoting intelligence inputs, officials had said, it emerged that the dreaded terror outfit considered South Asian Muslims, including Indians, inferior to Arab fighters in the conflict zones of Iraq and Syria.

According to an intelligence report prepared by foreign agencies and shared with Indian agencies, fighters from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as certain countries like Nigeria and Sudan are considered not good enough by ISIS and often tricked into suicide attacks.

Around 150 Indians are under surveillance for their alleged online links with ISIS, the officials had said.

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Stop seeing China as an adversary, says IAF chief Arup Raha

Stating that two rising economic or military powers can co-exist, he said, the adversarial stance should now change into a more friendly stance.

Stating that two rising economic or military powers can co-exist, he said, the adversarial stance should now change into a more friendly stance. (File Photo)

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Calling for mature statesmanship from India and China, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Saturday said the country should not look at China as an adversary anymore. “We are in the same region, we have common interests. I don’t think that we should look at them as adversaries anymore,” Raha told reporters here in Alipurduar district. “Yes, we had fought a conflict, we have borders to settle. I think its time for mature statesmanship from both the countries to reconcile on many issues … and cooperate (and) coordinate (for) development in the region,” he said when asked about the “threat” from China.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that two rising economic or military powers can co-exist, he said, the adversarial stance should now change into a more friendly stance. Earlier this month, the IAF chief was reported to have cited China’s growing influence in the Indian subcontinent as a major security challenge for India. China’s increasing economic and military ties with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar are all strategic moves by China to contain India, he had said.

Not Islamic State itself, but the traction of ‘brand IS’ is a security challenge in West Bengal

New Delhi: The Islamic State (IS) mouthpiece Dabiq’s latest story on ‘The Revival of Jihad in Bengal’ has set the alarm bells ringing in this part of the world, especially in the light of 13 November Paris attacks carried out by the outfit. Just how serious is its threat to West Bengal and the rest of India?

In October, West Bengal was alarmed after threat posters of the IS were found in its two districts – Murshidabad and Nadia. And now, the state police and central intelligence agencies are on tenterhooks with the latest issue (12th) of IS’s online propaganda magazine Dabiq.

Besides, claiming responsibility for the murders of Italian aid worker, Cesare Tavella and Japanese national Kunio Hoshi in Dhaka and Rangpur respectively in Bangladesh, the IS claims that the global terror outfit is busy preparing for further attacks on Bangladesh and the soldiers of the so-called Caliphate continue to rise and expand in ‘Bengal’, and continue to terrorise. Though by ‘Bengal’, the IS has meant Bangladesh, the important question that arises is how far its immediate neighbour West Bengal and India as a whole, are susceptible to IS influence and attack?

“The influence of the IS ideology is visible. A large number of posters were recovered from 17 villages of Murshidabad and Nadia districts a few months ago. Pasted on the walls in these villages, these exhorted the youth to join the IS, promote its ideology and ‘fight for the cause’. The IS wants local youth, including girls, between 16 and 30 years to get radicalised and start local jihad at the places to which they belong. It’s like outsourcing of terror,” an intelligence agency official told Firstpost, on condition of anonymity.

File image of Bangladeshi security officers at the site where Japanese Kunio Hoshi was killed in Bangladesh. AP

File image of Bangladeshi security officers at the site where Japanese Kunio Hoshi was killed in Bangladesh. AP

“A few among the large number of unrecognised madarsas at remote places, particularly in the districts of West Bengal bordering Bangladesh, have become safe havens for strategising terror activities, including making improvised explosive devices (IEDs),” the official claimed.

Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind (AuT), an India-specific jihadi outfit that pledged allegiance to IS in September 2014, has started online propaganda for IS in Bengali. Prior to this, it had posted messages with Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati and English subtitles.

The cyber cell of the Intelligence Bureau conducted a national survey to mark the areas from where the IS are trying to recruit youths. According to the survey, Howrah in West Bengal is the fourth city after Srinagar, Guwahati and Chinchwad (a suburb of Pune) where youth between 16 and 30, have shown online interest in IS.

According to Intelligence agency sources, the operators of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), despite a crackdown, has a strong network in West Bengal, and they may be indirectly helping the IS to spread their influence in the state both for indoctrination and recruitment through social media.

Strategic expert Ajai Sahni said, “The IS is not coming here. Like, Al-Qaeda in the past, it’s the brand ‘IS’ that is attracting the youth who want to associate with it. Whether in West Bengal or any other part of India, radical groups — such as the Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi), Indian Mujahideen or remnants of JMB — could be behind activities like putting up IS posters. Chances are that locals could be undertaking such activities to create sensation. There’s a potential danger in this and it can’t be ignored. Simultaneously, the threat of IS shouldn’t be exaggerated, but we need to be ready.”

“In Bangladesh, the present government has taken stringent action against strong radical groups. Now, many highly-radicalised but leaderless groups are forming new small groups. To seek publicity, they are showing allegiance to IS. There is ambiguity as far as West Bengal is concerned regarding the presence or activities of the IS. A fact-based assessment is required,” added Sahni, executive director, Institute for Conflict Management.

There is a close link between Bangladesh and West Bengal on terror activities, and the latter was used by JMB as a base for launching attacks on Bangladesh. After the blasts at Khagragarh in Burdwan in 2014, the NIA during its investigation had gathered that JMB’s first branch at Lalgola in Murshidabad district was set up in mid-2005 by the outfit’s chief Sheikh Abdur Rehman and the second-in-command Siddiqul Islam alias ‘Bangla Bhai’ provided training for three months to local youth “to carry out jihad”. Both Rehman and Bangla Bhai are among the six to whom a Bangladesh court gave the death sentence.

Counter-terrorism analyst Anil Kamboj compared the manufacturing of local shoes in Agra that are spuriously branded ‘Bata’, with the India-based terror outfits or JMB faction associating itself with the IS brand to “add glamour and gain big publicity”.

He added, “There is no presence or direct entry of the IS in India at present. But by using the brand of IS, the local outfits or groups formed by terrorists infiltrated from Bangladesh want to create disturbances in parts of the country. Putting up of IS posters in Bengal may be one such example. The situation is not only alarming in Bengal, but also in Assam, and the latter is more vulnerable.

There are sleeper cells those can get activated with instructions from Pakistan. Out of large number of illegal madarsas those came up from 2005 onwards in West Bengal for providing teaching to Muslim children, a few have harboured terror activities and have become centres for the radicalisation of youth.”

War criminal execution: India may back Bangladesh if issue raised at global forum

As per government’s assessment here, fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami has been trying to whip up tension in Bangladesh after hanging of the two leaders and there was no basis to conclude that terror outfit Islamic State was present in that country though it is witnessing rising violent acts

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India is likely to back Bangladesh if the issue of execution of two influential Opposition leaders for war crimes during the country’s 1971 independence struggle against Pakistan was taken to any multilateral or international forum.As per government’s assessment here, fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami has been trying to whip up tension in Bangladesh after hanging of the two leaders and there was no basis to conclude that terror outfit Islamic State was present in that country though it is witnessing rising violent acts. India was supportive of Bangladesh government’s decision to bring to justice to those allegedly involved in war crimes and will throw its weight behind Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina if any country takes the matter to any international forum, sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On November 22, Bangladesh had executed Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary-General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury for war crimes during the 1971 war of independence, which had triggered sporadic violence. Pakistan was severely critical of Bangladesh for executing the two leaders. Hasina had dismissed Pakistan’s criticism as “unacceptable”.The view here is that Hasina has shown courage in pursuing the cases of war crimes and she is being supported by common people in that country. An International Crimes Tribunal, set up by the Bangladesh government, had convicted Mujahid and Chowdhury and the Supreme Court had upheld their sentences. The sources said the assessment here is that home-grown militancy was rising and there were stepped-up efforts to radicalise youths in Bangladesh which are matters of serious concern.Bangladesh has witnessed increasing incidents of violence in the last couple of months including deadly shooting of an Italian aid worker on the streets of Dhaka. A Japanese man was killed last week by gunmen in Rangpur district, raising concerns among the country’s foreign community. A number of critics of religious militancy were hacked to death in Bangladesh over the past year.Though there were reports about IS trying to gain foothold in Bangladesh, the assessment here is that such reports have no basis and it was Jamaat which is stepping up its activities. India feels Bangladesh followed the due process of law in punishing those involved in alleged war crimes.The assessment is that the strong reaction by Jamaat will not impact movement of people from enclaves on both sides of the Indo-Bangla border as per the land swapping agreement though it is known to have some influence in certain areas. The Bangladeshi government has made adequate security arrangement and the entire process of movement of people was likely to be completed by end of this month.

Islamic State consider Indian fighters inferior, use them for suicide attacks

New Delhi: Twenty-three Indians have so far joined the Islamic State of which six were reportedly killed even as it emerged that the dreaded terror outfit considered South Asian Muslims, including Indians, inferior to Arab fighters in the conflict zone of Iraq and Syria.

According to an intelligence report prepared by foreign agencies and shared with Indian agencies, fighters from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh as well as certain countries like Nigeria and Sudan are considered not good enough by IS and often tricked into suicide attacks.

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The report said that a total of 23 Indians have so far joined the IS of which six were reportedly killed in different incidents.

The dead were identified as Athif Vaseem Mohammad (Adilabad, Telangana), Mohammad Umar Subhan (Bangalore, Karnataka), Maulana Abdul Kadir Sultan Armar (Bhatkal, Karnataka), Saheem Farooque Tanki (Thane, Maharashtra), Faiz Masood (Bangalore, Karnataka) and Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid (Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh).

The intelligence report suggests that there is a disproportionately high level of casualties among the South Asian and African foreign terrorist fighters since they are forced to the frontlines of battle as foot soldiers.

The Arab fighters with better battle experience are mostly positioned behind these fighters and hence their casualties are proportionally less in terms of their total numbers. This explains why so many Indians from a small Indian contingent have died, it says.

There appears to be clear hierarchy wherein the Arab fighters are preferred as officer cadre and provided better arms and ammunition, equipment, accommodation and salaries.

“The fighters from South Asia are usually housed in groups in small barracks and are paid less than the Arab fighters and are provided inferior equipment,” the input says.

There are reports that the so-called inferior fighters are also, at times, tricked into suicide attacks. Usually they are given a vehicle loaded with explosives and asked to go near a targeted destination and call a certain number, who would purportedly come and meet them to explain the mission.

However, as soon as the number is dialled, the car explodes due to a pre-set mechanism aimed at destroying a specific target.

The intelligence report says there is information that foreign fighters of Chinese, Indian, Nigerian and Pakistani origin are housed together and are monitored closely by the IS Police.

Incidentally, only Tunisian, Palestinian, Saudi Arabian, Iraqi and Syrian are allowed to be in the IS Police force, which is barred for fighters of all other nationalities.

Hence, there is a clear trust deficit between the dominant Arab fighters from other nationalities, who are mostly attracted to IS through its sophisticated propaganda techniques on the Internet.

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Italian shot in latest attack on foreigners in Bangladesh | Reuters

DHAKA An Italian doctor working as a missionary was shot and wounded in the neck in an attack by three assailants in northern Bangladesh on Wednesday, police and a medic said, the latest assault on foreigners in the country.

The attack on the doctor, identified by Italian newspapers as Piero Parolari, follows the murder of another Italian and a Japanese citizen in attacks in Bangladesh claimed by Islamic State that took place in late September and early October.

The latest incident occurred in Dinajpur district, around 400 km (250 miles) north of the capital Dhaka, where Parolari has been carrying out missionary work and medical services among the poor for the last 10 years.

Police had earlier said he had been stabbed.

Parolari was initially moved to a hospital in Dinajpur town, according to Abdul Khaleque, officer in charge of Dinajpur Sadar police station. He was later taken to a military hospital in Dhaka, and doctors said his condition was stable.

Dharani Kanto, an auto rickshaw driver, told Reuters that he had taken Parolari to hospital in Dinajpur.

“No one was attending to him, so with the help of two other people I rushed him to the hospital,” Kanto said.

The attackers fled on a motorcycle, and fired shots to frighten off people chasing them, a senior police official said.

Muslim-majority Bangladesh has suffered a rising tide of Islamist violence over the past year. Four online critics of religious militancy have been hacked to death, among them a U.S. citizen of Bangladesh origin.

In late September, an Italian aid worker was shot in Dhaka’s diplomatic quarter by gunmen on a motorcycle. A few days later a Japanese man was shot.

Islamic State also claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Shi’ite shrine in Dhaka last month that killed two people and wounded dozens.

The government has rejected the Islamic State claims, instead blaming the rising violence on political opponents.

Humayun Kabir, a Deputy Inspector General of police for the northern region, told Reuters that security in the area had been tightened.

He linked the attack on the Italian missionary to death sentences handed down to the leaders of two opposition parties who have been found guilty of committing war crimes during the 1971 war of independence.

“The motive of the attack was to create a destructive and unstable situation in the country to prevent (the) ongoing trial of war criminals,” Kabir said.

Mahbubur Rahman, secretary general of the Dinajpur district branch of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, has been detained for questioning, police said.

A top Jamaat leader was one of two opposition figures whose appeals against death sentences in the war crimes trial were rejected by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

A further 10 people were detained in addition to Rahman.

Hamidur Rahman Azad, a senior Jamaat leader, said in a statement that its leadership had been targeted indiscriminately by law enforcement agencies, and that the movement was peaceful.

Asaduzzaman Ripon, spokesman for the largest opposition group, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, told reporters that the government should only act on “specific” evidence.

“It is nothing but harassment of opposition activists,” Ripon said.

(Reporting By Serajul Quadir and additional reporting by Hasibur Rahman Bilu from Dinajpur; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore, Nick Macfie and Mike Collett-White)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Bangladesh hands over north-east insurgent Anup Chetia to India

Chetia’s extradition was planned and managed at the highest level by National Security Advisor A K Doval.

Bangladesh on Wednesday morning handed over one of the most wanted insurgent leaders of the North-East, general secretary of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Golap Baruah alias Anup Chetia, to India.He was brought to New Delhi from Dhaka by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team in a special Border Security Force (BSF) plane, and will be questioned by the central agencies, sources said.Chetia’s extradition was planned and managed at the highest level by National Security Advisor A K Doval.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Interpol had issued a red-corner notice on Chetia for his involvement in several terror cases, murder, smuggling and drug- running.”It is a major breakthrough. It will lead to the cracking of many cases. I would like to thank the Bangladesh PM and government for finally heeding to our demand,” minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said.Chetia’s extradition is significant for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is planning to fight the coming Assembly elections in Assam, on its own, in all 126 seats. It had won seven of the 14 parliamentary seats in Assam in 2014.Sealing a peace accord with the ULFA pro-talk faction before the Assembly elections, which are due in March-April 2016, can boost the BJP’s chances in the state.A sizable number of pro-talk ULFA faction leaders, led by chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, are already engaged in a consultative peace process with the Centre’s interlocutor, P C Haldar, and the Assam government. This process started during the Congress-led UPA-II tenure.Sources said that Chetia has agreed to join the peace talks. If he does so, it will not only strengthen India’s case against other outlawed insurgent leaders but would also give a political blow to ULFA commander in-chief Paresh Baruah, who is trying to form an umbrella group of North-East insurgent outfits to foment trouble in the region.New Delhi had long been pressing for Chetia’s deportation but Dhaka was unable to hand him over because the high court had reserved its order on his asylum plea.Chetia had sought political asylum in Bangladesh thrice – in 2005, 2008 and in 2011 – after the Bangladesh police arrested him in December 1997 and was subsequently handed seven years of jail terms by two courts for cross-border intrusion, possession of fake passports, illegal arms and foreign currencies.

Ulfa’s Anup Chetia in CBI custody in New Delhi, after Dhaka handed him over to BSF

New Delhi/Dhaka: Golap Baruah alias Anup Chetia, the fugitive leader of the separatist United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), has been handed over by Bangladesh to India, a top Indian official said. According to reports, Chetia is presently in CBI custody in New Delhi.

This undated picture shows Anup Kumar Chetia surrounded by Bangladeshi police as he comes at Dhaka's court. AFP

This undated picture shows Anup Kumar Chetia surrounded by Bangladeshi police as he comes at Dhaka’s court. AFP

Bangladesh Rifles handed over Chetia, the runaway general secretary of Ulfa, to the Border Security Force (BSF) at Dawki in Meghalaya at around 2 am on Wednesday morning, a senior official from India’s Prime Minister’s Office said.

Dawki is a border trade centre between India and Bangladesh.

“He (Chetia) has been handed over to India following the request of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval,” a PMO official told IANS, requesting anonymity.

“The Central Bureau of Investigation will take custody of Chetia. He is being flown to New Delhi and will have to face trial in India for various crimes committed by him in Assam which include murder, kidnapping and extortion,” he said.

Chetia is wanted by India to stand trial in various criminal cases of extortion, kidnapping, murder and attempt to murder.

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal confirmed in Dhaka that Chetia has been handed over to India.

“Chetia has been handed over to India legally after completing his prison term,” the Bangladesh home minister told IANS.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said Anup Chetia’s deportation from Bangladesh would help crack many cases related to the banned outfit.

“Handing over of Anup Chetia by Bangladesh to India is a major breakthrough. Chetia is a top leader of Ulfa and his handing over will lead to cracking of many cases. The central agencies and the Assam Police will investigate him,” Rijiju told the media in New Delhi.

The Assamese insurgent leader was once arrested in Assam in 1991, but was freed by the state government and fled to Bangladesh.

Chetia and his two bodyguards were later arrested from his plush apartment in North Adabar under Muhammedpur police station in Dhaka on 21 December, 1997, for illegally entering Bangladesh and for illegally carrying foreign currency and a satellite phone. Chetia was tried and sent to jail.

His prison term ended 25 February, 2007, and he was kept in the Kashimpur Jail on the outskirts of Dhaka since 2012 in view of a Dhaka High Court directive to keep him in safe custody until the Bangladesh government decided on his plea for political asylum in Bangladesh.

Chetia founded the Ulfa in 1979 with five other leaders, including the outfit’s commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah who is now believed to be hiding somewhere in China or Myanmar, having escaped Bangladesh earlier.

The Assamese separatist leader had sought political asylum in Bangladesh on three occasions — in 2005, 2008 and in 2011. He also applied to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for political asylum in Bangladesh, contending he had been fighting for a sovereign Assam.

But later Chetia sought that his application for political asylum in Bangladesh should be cancelled as he wanted to be part of the ongoing peace talks between the government (of India) and the Ulfa.

On 13 May, 2013, Chetia in his petition submitted to the Rajshahi Central Jail in Bangladesh, where he was kept in detention, said: “Earlier, I wanted to stay in this country. I have changed my mind and I have decided to live the rest of my life with my children in my country (India).”

In fact, Chairman of Ulfa’s pro-talk faction Arabinda Rajkhowa on several occasion had asked the Indian government to seek Chetia’s extradition from Bangladesh to India.

Rajkhowa and other Ulfa leaders Sasha Choudhury and Chitraban Hazarika have initiated peace talks with the Indian government.

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PM Modi thanks Bangladesh PM Hasina for Anup Chetia handover

Chetia was first arrested in March, 1991 in Assam but was released by then Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday thanked his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina for facilitating the extradition and handover of United Liberation Front of Asom militant and leader Anup Chetia.”PM @narendramodi spoke to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. He wished PM Hasina on Diwali & thanked her for the help in fighting terrorism,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a tweet. Earlier, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju dubbed Chetia’s deportation to India as a major breakthrough which would help in cracking many important terror-related cases. “This is a major breakthrough that the Bangladesh Government has decided to hand over ULFA leader Anup Chetia to India. This will lead to cracking of many cases, would like to thank Bangladesh Prime Minister and the government for finally heeding to our demands” Rijiju told ANI here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This has been a long standing demand of ours that Anup Chetia be handed over to India and lastly it has become a reality. Anup Chetia is a senior leader of ULFA and his custody would mean that we can crack some of important cases in which investigation is going on,” he added. When asked if the investigation would be done by the Central agency, Rijiju said that the case would be investigated by both the central agency and Assam Police.”Because there are many cases against him but most of the cases are north-east based,” he added. Responding on a question of Chetia being brought to Delhi for investigation, Rijiju said that it was for the agencies to decide. Anup Chetia, whose original name is Golap Baruah and was also known as Sunil Baruah, Bhaijan or Ahmed, is the General Secretary of ULFA. He is also one of the founder leaders of the group. He was born at Jerai Gaon in Tinsukia district of Assam.Chetia was first arrested in March, 1991 in Assam but was released by then Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia. On December 21, 1997, he was again arrested in Dhaka under the Foreigners Act and the Passports Act for illegally carrying foreign currencies and a satellite phone. He was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment by a Bangladeshi court and was being held at Kashimpur Jail located on the outskirts of Dhaka.Chetia was charged with illegally entering Bangladesh using a forged passport; possession of illegal foreign currency from 16 different countries and illegal possession of arms. He was also a wanted by the Assam Police for various cases, including killing, kidnapping and extortion. Since his arrest in Dhaka in 1997, the Indian Government had been asking the Bangladesh Government to extradite Chetia.Dhaka had earlier refused to entertain New Delhi’s request on grounds that the two countries did not have an extradition treaty. After the 15th India-Bangladesh Home Secretary-level meeting at Dhaka, Bangladesh Home Affairs Secretary Mozammel Haque Khan had confirmed that Bangladesh has agreed to hand over Anup Chetia to India, which will send back Nur Hossain, prime accused in a case of seven murders in Narayanganj.Despite the expiry of his prison term, Chetia was in jail under a 2003 High Court directive asking authorities to keep him in safe custody until a decision was taken on his asylum plea.

Bangladesh hands over ULFA’s Anup Chetia to BSF, being flown to Delhi

New Delhi/Dhaka: Golap Baruah alias Anup Chetia, the fugitive leader of the separatist United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), has been handed over by Bangladesh to India, a top Indian official said.

This undated picture shows Anup Kumar Chetia surrounded by Bangladeshi police as he comes at Dhaka's court. AFP

This undated picture shows Anup Kumar Chetia surrounded by Bangladeshi police as he comes at Dhaka’s court. AFP

Bangladesh Rifles handed over Chetia, the runaway general secretary of Ulfa, to the Border Security Force (BSF) at Dawki in Meghalaya at around 2 am on Wednesday morning, a senior official from India’s Prime Minister’s Office said. Chetia is being flown to New Delhi by the CBI.

Dawki is a border trade centre between India and Bangladesh.

“He (Chetia) has been handed over to India following the request of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval,” a PMO official told IANS, requesting anonymity.

“The Central Bureau of Investigation will take custody of Chetia. He is being flown to New Delhi and will have to face trial in India for various crimes committed by him in Assam which include murder, kidnapping and extortion,” he said.

Chetia is wanted by India to stand trial in various criminal cases of extortion, kidnapping, murder and attempt to murder.

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal confirmed in Dhaka that Chetia has been handed over to India.

“Chetia has been handed over to India legally after completing his prison term,” the Bangladesh home minister told IANS.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said Anup Chetia’s deportation from Bangladesh would help crack many cases related to the banned outfit.

“Handing over of Anup Chetia by Bangladesh to India is a major breakthrough. Chetia is a top leader of Ulfa and his handing over will lead to cracking of many cases. The central agencies and the Assam Police will investigate him,” Rijiju told the media in New Delhi.

The Assamese insurgent leader was once arrested in Assam in 1991, but was freed by the state government and fled to Bangladesh.

Chetia and his two bodyguards were later arrested from his plush apartment in North Adabar under Muhammedpur police station in Dhaka on 21 December, 1997, for illegally entering Bangladesh and for illegally carrying foreign currency and a satellite phone. Chetia was tried and sent to jail.

His prison term ended 25 February, 2007, and he was kept in the Kashimpur Jail on the outskirts of Dhaka since 2012 in view of a Dhaka High Court directive to keep him in safe custody until the Bangladesh government decided on his plea for political asylum in Bangladesh.

Chetia founded the Ulfa in 1979 with five other leaders, including the outfit’s commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah who is now believed to be hiding somewhere in China or Myanmar, having escaped Bangladesh earlier.

The Assamese separatist leader had sought political asylum in Bangladesh on three occasions — in 2005, 2008 and in 2011. He also applied to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for political asylum in Bangladesh, contending he had been fighting for a sovereign Assam.

But later Chetia sought that his application for political asylum in Bangladesh should be cancelled as he wanted to be part of the ongoing peace talks between the government (of India) and the Ulfa.

On 13 May, 2013, Chetia in his petition submitted to the Rajshahi Central Jail in Bangladesh, where he was kept in detention, said: “Earlier, I wanted to stay in this country. I have changed my mind and I have decided to live the rest of my life with my children in my country (India).”

In fact, Chairman of Ulfa’s pro-talk faction Arabinda Rajkhowa on several occasion had asked the Indian government to seek Chetia’s extradition from Bangladesh to India.

Rajkhowa and other Ulfa leaders Sasha Choudhury and Chitraban Hazarika have initiated peace talks with the Indian government.

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Dhaka ‘hands over’ India rebel leader

India says Bangladesh has handed over a jailed separatist rebel leader whose group has been fighting Indian rule in the north-eastern state of Assam.

Bangladesh hands over ULFA leader Anup Chetia to India after PM Modi’s intervention

Chetia, who was in Bangladesh since his arrest by the neighbouring country’s police in 1997, was handed over to India at the personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Mod

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ULFA leader Anup Chetia was on Wednesday handed over by Bangladesh to India.Chetia, who was in Bangladesh since his arrest by the neighbouring country’s police in 1997, was handed over to India at the personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and through active involvement of NSA Ajit Doval. Chetia was handed over this morning, highly-placed sources told PTI.The development follows on the heels of the deportation to India of underworld don Chhota Rajan, one of country’s most- wanted criminals, who was on the run for 27 years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chetia, a founding member of ULFA and its general secretary, is wanted for murder, abductions and extortion in India. He had sought political asylum in Bangladesh thrice in 2005, 2008 and in 2011 after Bangladesh police arrested him in December 1997 and was subsequently handed seven years of jail terms by two courts for cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.Despite the expiry of his term, Chetia was in jail under a 2003 High Court directive asking authorities to keep him in safe custody until a decision was taken on his asylum plea.Related Read: ULFA leader Anup Chetia won’t be deported by Bangladesh till land boundary pact?

Bangladesh hands top separatist leader over to India | Reuters

GUWAHATI, IndiaBangladesh handed the founder of a militant separatist group to India on Wednesday, intelligence sources said, a rebel leader that for years New Delhi had fought to extradite.

Anup Chetia founded the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) more than three decades ago and had been imprisoned in Bangladesh for the last 18 years after being charged with staying in the country illegally and unlawful possession of foreign currencies.

He completed a seven-year sentence but was kept in a jail on the outskirts of Dhaka, as India and Bangladesh, where he had applied for political asylum, struggled to agree to the terms for his extradition.

“He is in our custody and will be brought to India shortly,” said a senior Indian intelligence official, asking not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The ULFA is one of the largest of the many rebel groups active in India’s restive northeast, a remote and underdeveloped region that is home to dozens of ethnic groups, many of whom are campaigning for greater autonomy, statehood or even secession.

The group, which once ran several bases across the border inside Bangladesh, has demanded a separate state carved out of Assam and accuses New Delhi of plundering the region’s mineral and agricultural resources.

Fighting in the northeast has killed thousands over the last few decades and although violence has subsided as some groups lay down their arms, hundreds are still killed each year.

Chetia’s transfer comes amid improving ties between India and Bangladesh, with both keen to boost trade and security along the border and to fight human trafficking.

Earlier this year the two countries signed an historic land boundary agreement, more than four decades after the neighbours first tried to resolve the complex territorial disputes.

(Reporting by Biswajyoti Das; Writing by Tommy Wilkes; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina slams Amnesty for ‘protecting war criminals’

Amnesty, in a media statement on October 27 before the final court verdict on war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, had said that “serious crimes by freedom fighters” during the 1971 Liberation War had gone unpunished.

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has lambasted Amnesty International accusing it of trying to protect war criminals as she alleged that the global rights group had been bribed to defend the accused. Hasina accused Amnesty of taking money for its defence of the war criminals calling the the act “despicable”, news portal bdnews24.com reported.Amnesty, in a media statement on October 27 before the final court verdict on war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, had said that “serious crimes by freedom fighters” during the 1971 Liberation War had gone unpunished.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hasina said, “We’ve strongly condemned it (statement) and will continue to do so”.”They received something big for it,” Hasina said at a press briefing yesterday, implying that Amnesty was paid off for making the statement.The prime minister also urged for an early conclusion of the war crimes trials.”We have to take steps to try the (suspected) war criminals quickly,” she said.War crimes suspects were put on trial after the formation of the first war crimes tribunal in 2010. A second one was constituted two years later to expedite the trials. But the government merged the two tribunals after many cases were resolved and the number of pending cases decreased. Most of the war criminals are from the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami, which opposed Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan.The Supreme Court handed death sentences to wartime Al-Badr chief Jamaat leader Mujahid on June 16 and Chittagong’s BNP leader Chowdhury on July 29. The full verdicts were published on September 30. The convicts have sought a final review of the verdict before execution. The apex court will hear their pleas on November 17 amid allegations of attempts to obstruct the trials.

Geeta feels that Salman Khan would be able to find her parents

Salman Khan’s latest film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” had a plot bearing similarity to Geeta’s story.

Salman Khan’s latest film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” had a plot bearing similarity to Geeta’s story, about an Indian man helping a Pakistani girl find her parents.

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Geeta, the deaf and mute girl who returned from Pakistan recently, would love to meet the “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” star Salman Khan and said that the superstar would be able to find her parents and would take her home. She interacted with the media here today with the help of Monika Punjabi Verma, a sign language expert. Salman Khan’s latest film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” had a plot bearing similarity to Geeta’s story, about an Indian man helping a Pakistani girl find her parents.District collector P Narhari said the authorities were trying to contact Salman’s manager. “We are hopeful that the he will approach us and fix an appointment with Geeta soon. Then we will seek permission from the government to facilitate the meeting,” he added. To a question, Geeta said Mohammad Ramzan, the Pakistani boy stranded in Bhopal for more than two years, should be helped the same way she was helped by the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to return to India. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ramzan, the 15-year-old boy who hails from Karachi, is staying at the shelter home ‘Umeed’ in Bhopal since October 13.According to Hamza Basit, a local youth who is trying to help Ramzan, his ordeal started when his father Mohammad Kazol divorced his mother Begum Razia in 2009. While Kazol got Ramzan, Razia got custody of his sister Zora. Ramzan and his father moved to Bangladesh in 2009-2010. “Kazol remarried a woman in Bangladesh… the step-mother started ill-treating Ramzan. His father too didn’t treat him well. So about over two years ago Ramzan sneaked into India after someone advised him to do so,” said Basit, who is pursuing a chartered accountancy course here.Ramzan reached Bhopal station where the police caught him and handed over to ‘Umeed’ shelter home run by the NGO ‘Arambh’.

Pakistani boy stranded in Bhopal should be helped the same way as I was: Geeta

Indore: Geeta, the deaf and mute girl who returned from Pakistan recently, would love to meet the “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” star Salman Khan and said that the superstar would be able to find her parents and would take her home.

She interacted with the media in Indore on Friday with the help of Monika Punjabi Verma, a sign language expert.

Salman Khan’s latest film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” had a plot bearing similarity to Geeta’s story, about an Indian man helping a Pakistani girl find her parents.

Geeta returned to India after spending over a decade in Pakistan. PTI

Geeta returned to India after spending over a decade in Pakistan. PTI

District collector P Narhari said the authorities were trying to contact Salman’s manager. “We are hopeful that the he will approach us and fix an appointment with Geeta soon. Then we will seek permission from the government to facilitate the meeting,” he added.

To a question, Geeta said Mohammad Ramzan, the Pakistani boy stranded in Bhopal for more than two years, should be helped the same way she was helped by the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to return to India.

Ramzan, the 15-year-old boy who hails from Karachi, is staying at the shelter home ‘Umeed’ in Bhopal since 13 October.

According to Hamza Basit, a local youth who is trying to help Ramzan, his ordeal started when his father Mohammad Kazol divorced his mother Begum Razia in 2009.

While Kazol got Ramzan, Razia got custody of his sister Zora. Ramzan and his father moved to Bangladesh in 2009-2010.

“Kazol remarried a woman in Bangladesh… the step-mother started ill-treating Ramzan. His father too didn’t treat him well. So about over two years ago Ramzan sneaked into India after someone advised him to do so,” said Basit, who is pursuing a chartered accountancy course in Bhopal.

Ramzan reached Bhopal station where the police caught him and handed over to ‘Umeed‘ shelter home run by the NGO ‘Arambh’.

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PM Modi’s foreign policy breaking new grounds: Is the current Indian media coverage enough?

By Sunil Raman

On Thursday, 41 heads of state and government from Africa gathered in Delhi for the largest such gathering in India since Independence. Never were so many African heads of state and government present either at the Commonwealth or NAM conferences in the 1980s.

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South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma shakes hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reuters image.

The Africa-India Summit is the third one since 2008, but this one is the most significant so far considering the big presence of African leaders at one venue. The credit is due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for that.

But many in the Indian media have preferred to ignore the event. Would this have been the reaction had the leaders been not from Africa but from Europe? This crucial question begs for an answer.

When the first such gathering was organized by the then prime minister Manmohan Singh in 2008, 14 heads of state and government personally attended the summit. It is the sustained effort of the Government of India that has borne fruit with such a large attendance this time, which included Egyptian President Sisi and Moroccan King Mohammed VI.

Even before PM Modi came to power, India’s rising economic growth, rising young population and opportunities provided by a 300 million-plus middle class had begun to get attention. His elevation as the prime minister and his efforts to craft a muscular foreign policy got him tremendous media traction.

It is his outreach to people and countries, many of which had been ignored or taken for granted by New Delhi, is what has changed the way diplomacy is now practiced by India under PM Modi.

What is the approach of the media to developments, as India becomes more assertive and vocal about its place in an evolving world order? Unfortunately, the lack of interest in international news beyond the limited “breaking news” related to Pakistan, has changed little.

Every issue is viewed through the prism of Pakistan, while the Modi government has clearly charted a path where it seeks to engage the world on India’s terms and not letting Pakistan to dominate the narrative of India’s perception of the world.

Transforming India into a confident regional superpower has to ride on the back of a strong economy and a more assertive political leadership. While economic growth and the market have changed perception of India, the political leadership under Modi has moved the needle on positioning India as an Asian power that seeks to have a greater say in world affairs. Yet we see none of it in the media.

Dominance of television news channels in our lives has impacted newspapers as well. Every news development on India’s foreign policy is tested against the yardstick of “win or loss” for the country. Of course, there are issues of economics and trade that TV managements and editorial rooms have to be mindful of. Should that, however, be seen as the sole criteria when reporting on news from say, Sri Lanka or Maldives or Nepal? Ideally, no.

But perceptions and opinions are largely shaped by the media. While no government can dictate how it seeks media to cover a news development, probably the time has come when there is greater engagement between foreign ministry and top editorial heads of news organisations.

Informal interaction between the foreign office and senior editorial managers to discuss India’s position on issues such as Pakistan is not new. Such informal chats have been a practice since Independence. Individual foreign policy writers and journalists covering the foreign ministry are spoken to and briefed. But is it time for a more structured and regular interaction?

The Africa-India summit in Delhi could be a starting point for this exercise.

One TV news channel had a strap across the screen saying “India’s $10 billion against China’s $30 billion”. This seemed to have been the selling point of a largest gathering of African leaders in India who went beyond discussing extension of lines of credit and scholarships. Africa’s perception among most, even educated Indians, is shaped by the western media and its images of starving children or unstable political regimes.

If only one were to look at some of the other stories in recent past, the gap is wide between how India would like to be projected and the manner in which media perceives it. If Nepal earthquake coverage ended up projecting India as a colonial power, the little coverage on developments in Maldives ended up showing India as a loser against China. Understandably, diplomatic nuances might not be easy to articulate or explain but that is where the challenge of reporting on foreign policy issues lies.

Sri Lanka’s civil war is another issue on which many in the Indian media fall into the trap of their western counterparts. And, Colombo’s engagement with Beijing is interpreted again as Sri Lanka “going the China way”! Ask any Lankan diplomat and he will tell you that while Colombo wants to be free to decide on its relations with China given its proximity, it can never go against India’s interests.

Coverage of Bangladesh and India’s relations with Dhaka continue to be reported through a biased mindset. Many in India would not know about the dramatic transformation in human development indices of Bangladesh in the last decade.

Many in India are sensitive to how the country is reported by foreign media. The recent visit of Modi to US not being reported on front pages of American newspapers was frowned upon. Have we ever asked how we report and portray foreign countries particularly, our South Asian neighbours?

Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, had made news in 1995 when prime minister Narasimha Rao made an announcement on government’s policy towards Jammu and Kashmir. I recall how journalists scrambled for an atlas (there was no internet then) to locate the country and many tried to get the pronunciation of the capital right. Surely much has changed since.

Hyperbole and hysterical responses to issues that resonate beyond India’s borders need mature handling. People in these countries watch and absorb what Indian media says and that shapes opinion about us as a country. A rising India needs a more responsible coverage of foreign policy issues. Is it too much to expect from the media?

The writer is a former BBC journalist

Around 650 Indian fishermen in custody in neighbouring countries

September and October witnessed two incidents where Indian fishermen were attacked by MSA after they ventured into Pakistani waters, resulting in a fatality

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Nearly 650 Indian fishermen have been arrested until October this year by maritime security agencies of different countries, with Sri Lanka topping the chart. According to government sources, some 350 fishermen have been arrested and 52 fishing trawlers seized by Sri Lankan navy, while Pakistan’s MSA has arrested 239 Indian fishermen and impounded 35 fishing boats. Bangladesh has 56 and Burma six Indian fishermen in its custody. In a majority of these cases Indian fishermen ventured into the waters or the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the neighbouring countries, which led their maritime security agencies to take action against them. October alone saw over 60 fishermen being arrested by Sri Lankan navy and Pakistan’s Martime Security agency.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> September and October witnessed two incidents where Indian fishermen were attacked by MSA after they ventured into Pakistani waters, resulting in a fatality. The Indian Coast Guard issued a fresh advisory to the Gujarat government recently warning them not to wander in the “no-fishing” zone. The advisory came against backdrop of the killing of a 40-year-old fisherman who had ventured 10 nautical miles inside Pakistani waters and was shot dead on September 18. On October 15 another fisherman was injured when his boat was in Pakistani waters. The injured fisherman, identified as Dhanji Bamaniya, was let off on humanitarian grounds along with five others who sailed back to Jakhau coast some time back. Authorities have also warned the fishermen against not only crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), but also not fish in the “no-fishing” zone, failing which their documents would be forfeited.”We have informed the Fisheries Department of Gujarat government about this. On our part we can only seize their documents and hand it over to the state authorities,” a Coast Guard official said. An Indian delegation is scheduled to visit Pakistan soon to inspect 22 Indian boats seized by the neighbouring country and discuss modalities for their release. Coast Guard sources said Pakistani authorities keep releasing fishermen, but not the boats.

Bihar polls: PM Modi taunts Nitish Kumar again, takes potshots at Sonia Gandhi

Prime Minister Modi, who was addressing a rally in Muzaffarpur, asked whether “bahari” also applied to Congress president Sonia Gandhi who stays in Delhi.

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Taking potshots at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for calling him “bahari”, BJP”s star campaigner Narendra Modi on Friday said the jibe was baseless as he was the Prime Minister of India and not of Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanka.Prime Minister Modi, who was addressing a rally in Muzaffarpur, asked whether “bahari” also applied to Congress president Sonia Gandhi who stays in Delhi.”Nitish Babu says that Modi is ‘bahari’ (outsider). When Bihar has voted for me to become the Prime Minister then how can I be an outsider. Am I the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka” If not then how am I a “bahari”,? said Prime Minister Modi. “Sonia ji stays in Delhi, do you (Nitish) call her “bahari”,” he added. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Bihar polls: Nitish Kumar is tired of abusing me, now cursing Biharis, says PM ModiThe Prime Minister said he was astonished that the grand alliance is getting impatient as this election is coming to an end. “The anxiety of the grand alliance increases with every phase of polling. Their (grand alliance) insults and mudslinging increases by the day. But Nitish Babu and Lalu ji the more you spill the dirt; “kamal” (lotus) is going to blossom even more,” he added.Continuing his tirade against Lalu Prasad Yadav, Prime Minister Modi said the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo was genius in fooling the people of Bihar. “But when the truth came forward, the people of Bihar replaced Lalu ji with Nitish Kumar. Even Nitish Kumar could not give any account on what work they did for the state,” he added.”If people give you the mandate to run a government, they also deserve an account of the work you have done. Those who do not give you an account of the work that they have done for the people, who is more arrogant than that,” he added. Asserting that development is the solution to key problems in the state, Prime Minister Modi pointed out that the BJP-led NDA will form a government which is pro-poor. “The government is for those who do not have the support of anyone. We want to build a government for the poor people,” said Prime Minister Modi.”We will give loan to the poor people so that they can use it for their development. Around three lakh people utilised the loan services in Bihar. It is happy news for me that all the services introduced by the Central government have been utilised by people of Bihar,” he added.Batting for a corrupt-free government in Bihar, Prime Minister Modi said the NDA regime at the Centre has taken apt steps to end corruption in the last 16 months.”We fought against corruption. We have been in service for 16 months, but nobody could blame me for corruption. India is moving further with honesty. Don’t we need an honest government in Bihar”” Prime Minister Modi asked. “Aren’t they fooling us” Lalu ji was accused of corruption, he is out on parole. Did Nitish Kumar take over his residence and open a school in his house as promised”” he asked.Prime Minister Modi further said the youth in Bihar want to build the future of the state.”The biggest problem of Bihar is the development of youth. Shouldn’t the youth of Bihar get job opportunities in within the state” I have three aims for Bihar: education, job opportunities, healthcare,” Prime Minister Modi said.”Bihar needs electricity, isn’t it” Bihar is the only state in India, where 4,000 villages still do not have electricity. By 2022, we are planning to make sure electricity reaches every village in Bihar. Nitish Kumar did not keep his promise about electricity,” he added.Campaigning for the fourth phase of Bihar Assembly elections will come to an end this evening. This phase of election will be held on Sunday in 55 constituencies spread over seven districts of the state. The districts are Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Siwan, East and West Champaran.

Illegal Bangladeshi migrants: RSS fears rise of ‘foreign’ population, seeks debate on Hazarika Commission report

The RSS would extensively delve upon “imbalance of population growth” during its three-day Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal Baithak (executive committee meeting) beginning here tomorrow and a resolution might be taken in this context, Vaidya said.

“If the trend continues then population of Indians would be reduced and foreigners would be increased,” RSS’ Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya said at a press conference. (PTI)

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The RSS on Thursday sought a countrywide debate over the Upamanyu Hazarika Commission’s report that illegal migration from Bangladesh is threatening to reduce the indigenous population of Assam to a minority by the year 2047. “Recently, the Hazarika Commission report has given a startling information about changing demographic situation in Assam and Bengal. If the trend continues then population of Indians would be reduced and foreigners would be increased,” RSS’ Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya said at a press conference here. There should be a country-wide debate in this regard, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RSS would extensively delve upon “imbalance of population growth” during its three-day Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal Baithak (executive committee meeting) beginning here tomorrow and a resolution might be taken in this context, Vaidya said. RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat is in Ranchi to attend the meeting.The one-man Hazarika commission, set up by Supreme Court on India-Bangladesh boundary, had submitted its report with a recommendation that the apex court order a high-powered enquiry into issues concerning illegal migration from Bangladesh which is threatening to reduce the indigenous population of Assam to a minority by 2047. The Supreme Court has directed the Central and Assam governments to respond to the recommendations for hearing on November 5.

Mark Zuckerberg presents his case on Net neutrality, all IITians not amused

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during an interaction with IIT students in New Delhi on Wednesday

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s status as a hero of the masses was evident when he walked on stage at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, on Wednesday. As star-struck students, chosen to attend by lottery, cheered in the “town hall” session, Zuckerberg talked about bringing connectivity to millions without the Internet. His conversation led repeatedly Facebook’s highly controversial internet.org platform, now rebranded Free Basics, stressing it did not violate net neutrality.Open-source platform internet.org was unveiled last October in India and invited much opposition, and a slew of petitions, on the grounds that it gave the social media website and its partnering telecom operator, Reliance Communications, a competitive edge. Zuckerberg hit back, saying that those without Internet couldn’t even sign such petitions; that he and Facebook should be trusted to back greater connectivity for all.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Questions from students at the tightly guarded hall were vetted from a pre-submitted list, and allowed Zuckerberg to explain how Free Basics would help those without the Internet. “We absolutely support net neutrality,” he said, adding they had backed such rules in the United States. However, he said, “it can be taken too far.” According to him providing free Internet is expensive, and if the poor could access basic “low bandwidth” services, created by developers for the platform, that would help them, “where’s the harm in that”.What wasn’t said was, since Facebook and the telecom operator would select those services, every submission by every developer would not be put out on Free Basics.Technology journal Medianama founder, Nikhil Pahwa, told dna, “If Facebook and its partner have a competitive advantage doesn’t this violate net neutrality? Give the whole internet for free. Don’t give a menu of services.”In a spreadsheet doing the rounds online, Pahwa broke down the claims made by Zuckerberg, saying that Free Basics does not guarantee an open web; it could discourage consumers from transitioning to the latter, and didn’t allow them to choose services either.Pahwa said that Facebook’s assertion that there can be no web access for the poor without Free Basics is wrong. Both he and Rachita Taneja, a campaigner for non-profit organisation Jhatka, campaigning for net neutrality, and speaking out against Facebook on notreallyinternet.org, said that alternatives do exist. They cited non-profit Mozilla Foundation’s partnership with Grameenphone in Bangladesh, allowing users to receive 20 MB of free data usage in exchange for viewing advertisements. Its partnership with Orange would allow Africans to purchase $40 Firefox OS smartphones that come packaged with 3-6 free months of voice, text, and up to 500 MB of data per month, said Jhatka’s open letter to Zuckerberg.Pahwa added that WiFi provider Ozone has similar services in India.Taneja said, “Hundreds and thousands of Indians, through petitions, through the Trai and DoT submissions, have taken action for a neutral internet. He can’t dismiss that.”Though Zuckerberg managed to sway many IIT students not all were moved. As one young student said, “His intentions may be good, but this seems like monopoly to me.”

Hazarika Commission submits report to Supreme Court on illegal Bangladeshi migrants

Citing the causes leading to such an influx in Assam, the report said that a Bangladeshi passport holder can not only own land in Assam but can also contest Assembly elections, which shows that the illegal migrant lobby has struck deep roots in the state.

A one-man commission, set up by the Supreme Court on the Indo-Bangladesh boundary issue, has recommended that a high-powered committee enquire into various issues relating to illegal migrants. Senior Advocate Upamanyu Hazarika, who was appointed by the court in May, has submitted the 53-page report also suggesting the shifting of cattle ‘haats’ 20km away from the boundary area and re-location of the villages from the border fencing area. Hazarika submitted the report, after extensively visiting the border area.Citing the causes leading to such an influx in Assam, the report said that a Bangladeshi passport holder can not only own land in Assam but can also contest Assembly elections, which shows that the illegal migrant lobby has struck deep roots in the state. Therefore, the necessity, for an independent investigation and an enquiry into these nexuses and all the facts in this regard, cannot be overstated. “Setting up of an independent inquiry/ investigation into the manner in which illegal migrants entrench themselves in the state, including unearthing of nexuses in this connection, examining electoral rolls for unnatural increase and growth in population, including entry of new households/ individuals into the electoral roll suddenly….” The Hazarika Commission further suggested that there should be a restriction in the transfer of land – whether by way of sale, purchase, gift or any other such transaction, or by way of allotment from the government or any other agency – only to those who have been citizens of India in the year 1951 and their descendants.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In addition, the recommendations included creation of a ‘sterile zone’ along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Although the operational agency guarding the border on the ground is clearly in favour of the creation of a sterile zone, a policy decision from the Central and state government is still awaited. In the last two months, neither government has intimated its views in this regard and the Supreme Court may ascertain the same, the report stated. The Commission has also called for review of the ‘Non-Lethal Policy’ of the BSF, as it is obvious that this policy is for reducing the number of death of smugglers, which translates to encouraging miscreants and smugglers. It is suggested that the Supreme Court may ascertain the view of the Ministry of Home Affairs as also the implication of following a non-lethal policy.About the problem of cattle smuggling, the report said that it has shown a phenomenal increase this year and over the last few years, and it is therefore imperative that the cattle haats be shifted, customs impound the centre on the international border and there be a system of ascertaining credentials of auction and purchasers which ought to be implemented immediately.The Supreme Court, which is hearing a plea about the imminent threat of the indigenous population of Assam being reduced to a minority by the year 2047, is to take a call on the report on November 5.Unearthing nexusesCiting the causes leading to such an influx in Assam, the report said that a Bangladeshi passport holder can not only own land in Assam but can also contest Assembly elections, which shows that the illegal migrant lobby has struck deep roots in the state. Therefore, the necessity, for an independent investigation and an enquiry into these nexuses and all the facts in this regard, cannot be overstated.

Durga idols vandalised in Bangladesh, second such incident in two weeks

Debnath said ahead of the puja, sporadic incidents of attacks on idols were also reported in 16 other places despite an assurance of security during the festival.
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Three idols of goddess Durga have been vandalised by unidentified miscreants in southern Bangladesh, the second such incident in the past two weeks as Hindus in the country kicked off their biggest festival, Durga Puja.”They damaged the idols at a puja site in the darkness of night and fled the scene..the incident took place for the second time in the same district in the past 15 days,” president of Bangladesh Puja Celebration Council Kajal Debnath told PTI. Police rushed to spot after the incident.”I have visited the site. Steps will be taken against those involved,” said Satkhira Sadar police officer Emdadul Haque.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Debnath said ahead of the puja, sporadic incidents of attacks on idols were also reported in 16 other places despite an assurance of security during the festival.On October 6, five idols were vandalised at Puja site in Ashashuni Upazila. The council leaders earlier had said the number of puja sites set up this year was 29,074.”This (higher figure) indicates that the Hindus are in more festive mood this year,” Debnath said.He appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for ordering lawmakers of her ruling Awami League to stay at their constituencies during the puja so the Hidus could celebrate the festival more peacefully.”But I would like to draw your attention to a point that the number of puja sites has increased while the number of (Hindu) worshippers is dwindling,” referring to the trend of migration of Hindus to neighbouring India.According to the 1951 census, Hindus were 22 per cent of the total population in the country, in 1974 the figure came down to 14 per cent. According to the last 2011 census, Hindus consist only 8.4 per cent of the population.

Jawaharlal Nehru’s message still relevant, says Pranab Mukherjee

The President told journalists on board his special flight from Tel Aviv to New Delhi last night, “certain messages and principles have relevance for a very very long time

Pranab Mukherjee

Jawaharlal Nehru’s message of peaceful coexistence has eternal relevance and is not “bound in a timeframe,” President Pranab Mukherjee said in remarks coming in the backdrop of questions being raised about the legacy of the country’s first Prime Minister.The President told journalists on board his special flight from Tel Aviv to New Delhi last night, “certain messages and principles have relevance for a very very long time. Peaceful coexistence is one such message and it is not to be bound in a timeframe.” He was answering a question on the relevance of Nehru’s ideals, particularly peaceful coexistence, in today’s context.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He had underlined that principles of peaceful coexistence during his discussions with leaders of Jordan, Palestine and Israel during his six-day trip. Mukherjee was also asked about his remarks in Israel that religion should not be the basis of a state with a journalist pointing out that Israel and Pakistan were based on religion.He replied, “I said that religion cannot be the basis of a state. For instance in a large number of Arab countries, Islam is the religion. But on the basis of religion the Arab countries have not converged into one state.”Pakistan was created out of India on the basis of religion in 1947. A large chunk had come out of Pakistan and become an independent sovereign state within 25 years( Bangladesh),” he said, ading that this is the point he had made to Israeli parliamentarians.The President, who was in the region at the time of escalating tensions, was asked why he had not specifically commented on the Israel-Palestine conflict. He had been criticised in Israel for not denouncing “Palestinian terrorism”. He replied, “I know that different countries have different relations. It is not the job of another country to make any comment on that. This is international diplomacy and courtesy.”He pointed out that India had established full fledged diplomatic relations with Israel nearly 23 years ago but continued to maintain its “principled position” with regard to Palestine. The President said that in his discussions with Israeli and Palestinian leaders he had got a sense that both sides wanted to resolve the issues between them

West Bengal: New RSS recruits get message of Hindu supremacy laced with anti-Muslim rhetoric

The group’s message has particular resonance in West Bengal, which borders Bangladesh. An influx of Bangladeshi immigrants has boosted the number of Muslims, who now make up 27 per cent of the population in West Bengal, an interior ministry official said.

As a teenager, Uttam Saha says he used to watch scornfully from his bedroom window as men in brown shorts performed martial exercises in a car park below. Like many Indians then, he viewed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a fringe group.Now 43, Saha is a recent RSS recruit in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. He joined about 50 volunteers for an indoctrination meeting last year at that same car park near RSS headquarters in Kolkata. As dusk set in, they sat cross-legged on a faded rug before a statue of Bharat Mata, a representation of India in the form of a mother goddess. Ramapada Pal, the RSS’s chief preacher in the state, espoused a message of Hindu supremacy. Everyone must acknowledge “the superiority of the Hindu kingdom,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “If a Muslim living in India chooses their god before India, then why should he be allowed to live in our country? This country belongs to Hindus first.” The RSS says its membership is growing. RSS Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale predicted the number of RSS branches in West Bengal would rise to 1,200 next year from 650 in 2013. There is no independent measure of RSS membership.The group’s message has particular resonance in West Bengal, which borders Bangladesh. An influx of Bangladeshi immigrants has boosted the number of Muslims, who now make up 27 per cent of the population in West Bengal, an interior ministry official said. Hindus remain a majority, but their share of the population declined by 2.2 percentage points between the 2001 and 2011 census. ‘FEASTING ON OUR RESOURCES’ Rahul Sinha, the BJP’s head in the state, said the RSS was the “guiding force in a war to win the ancient Hindu soul of India.” “Muslims are coming from Bangladesh and feasting on our resources,” he said. “New mosques and madrassas have been set up in every corner”. Saha, the new RSS recruit, said he turned to the RSS last July after his niece married a Muslim and converted to Islam, shaming his well-to-do family. “I had to protect my Hindu roots – they had been threatened,” he sid. The RSS talked to him about reconverting his niece, but Saha said the move was blocked when she threatened to lodge a police complaint against her family if they tried to interfere in her personal life. Saha said he campaigned for the BJP in the municipal elections this year and was ready to do the same for the party in next year’s state election. “My mission is to make India a Hindu nation,” he said.

Counting stars: Generals, think before you flaunt your ranks

The upcoming Commanders Conference (12-16 October) in New Delhi is tipped to take up a soft issue which has nothing to do with military strategies or strategic matters. But the very fact that the issue is set to be broached at such an elite and formal gathering of military commanders is an indication of its importance.

The issue is to do with the flaunting of ranks by the rank-conscious senior military officers who take the fetish of displaying stars and flags — two symbols of ranks–to ridiculous limits, rather than displaying them just on their vehicles.

In this context, it would be useful to read this interesting news story carried on Sunday by Times of India here
and an insightful opinion piece published by a two-star general in April last year here.

Representational image. Image courtesy: ibnliveRepresentational image. Image courtesy: ibnlive

Representational image. Image courtesy: ibnlive

The second article shows the extent of the personal idiosyncrasies of soldiers, which range from making their caddies wear shirts displaying their rank during friendly golf matches, to draping their mules with garish cloth advertising their rank during their visits to forward posts in the mountains.

A similar rank-consciousness is visible even when these “starred” officers undertake pilgrimage trips to high altitude shrines like Vaishno Devi and Amarnath.

But a Lt General’s act of draping a boat with an official flag and three stars during the immersion of the ashes of a parent earlier this year, as pointed out in the Times of India article, has taken the generals’ fetish for rank consciousness to absurd levels.

Incidents like these have been happening for decades. But “starred” soldiers must realize that they are living in changed times, in which the power of social media is increasing by the day.

A general flaunting his rank while touring forward posts in Arunachal Pradesh or the jungles of Assam or the deserts of Rajasthan, whether in official or private capacity, could be photographed by a social media enthusiast and his pictures could go viral on social media within minutes.

However, all this presents only one side of the picture. Officers from the IAS, IFS and IPS cadre, and those from other echelons of bureaucracy, are no less. Of course, it is true that if one sees a bureaucrat’s car, one can’t make out whether the car belongs to a joint secretary or an additional secretary, because the car doesn’t have tell-tale signs of a flag or stars. But once you get inside the offices of these bureaucrats, several things indicate the rank and importance of the occupant of the room, including the crockery used to serve you tea, the furniture, the curtains and the room decor.

It is true that bureaucrats don’t wear their ranks on their sleeves literally as soldiers do. Yet, in an event where bureaucrats as well as soldiers are present, particularly in diplomatic events, it is clear who is the boss, as invariably the soldiers end up being the second fiddle.

When the Commanders’ Conference holds its sessions later this month and takes up the issue of senior soldiers flaunting their ranks, it must be sensitive to the fact that soldiers have nothing but their rank to flaunt. This is even more so in the case of “starred” generals in the army, and their equivalents in the air force and navy, as there are just about 2400 of them in the three services.

Indians must be grateful to its soldiers who have never been politically driven or greedy in stark contrast to our immediate neighbourhood, particularly in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The narrative should not be one of imposing restrictions on our senior soldiers with respect to the use of stars and flags — two power symbols which accord them special status.

Instead, the narrative should be on sensitizing”starred” soldiers to voluntarily exercise restraint and discretion and not flaunt their ranks during their personal chores and engagements.

Bangladeshi terrorist involved in Burdhwan blast had acquired Aadhaar, Voter Card

New Delhi: Tarikul Islam, the Bangladeshi terrorist arrested in connection with Burdhwan blast, is believed to have acquired Aadhaar card and Voter Card to project himself as an Indian citizenship and avoid being arrested by the NIA, official sources said in New Delhi on Sunday.

Even after he was picked up by the NIA last week from Jharkhand, he had been maintaining that he was not involved in
the blast, they said.

However, after his finger prints matched with one of the crime scene preserved by the NIA, he started spilling some of the beans about his association with banned Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror group, the sources said.

Representational image. Photo courtesy UIDAI

Representational image. Photo courtesy UIDAI

He claimed during interrogation that he had been jailed in Bangaldesh prison for five years where he met Sheikh Rahamatullah alias Sajid, the mastermind of JMB terror group, and his radicalisation process begun, the sources said.

This information has been shared with Bangladesh authorities to ascertain the veracity of his claim, they added.

He crossed over to India in 2012 for indoctrination of youth in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar for recruiting them in the terror group with an aim of destalising Sheikh Hasina’s government in Bangladesh and enforce Sharia-based Islamic rule “through violent terrorist acts”.

For the purpose of establishing his credentials as an Indian, he claimed to have bribed local election and Aaadhaar card officials to procure the same, the sources said.

He also married an Indian girl who was minor at that time, they said, adding that the wedding was solemnised at Simulia madrasa in Burdwan, West Bengal where the terrorist training camps were organised by JMB.

The wife along with an eight-month old baby and his brother-in-law are missing from the day he was arrested from Jharkhand.

Islam, who was arrested from Ramgarh district of Jharkhand by a team of NIA and Anti-Terror Squad of Jharkhand police, carried a cash reward of Rs five lakh as he is alleged to be an important member of ‘Shoora’, the decision-making body of JMB. He is in the NIA custody till October nine.

NIA has already chargesheeted him for his alleged role in the Burdhwan blast which occurred in a house on 2 October, 2014, leaving two persons dead.

During investigation of the case, NIA claimed that Islam was a part of larger conspiracy of JMB to organise terror attacks in Bangladesh and in India and had been frequently entering India illegally, at different times since the year 2008-2009.

NIA took over the case from West Bengal police a few days after the explosion on October 2 when international links started emerging. Investigators have found that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were being fabricated in the house where the explosion took place and later smuggled to Bangladesh.

NIA has so far found that members of JMB has established a network in different places like Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum, Burdwan in West Bengal and Barpetta in Assam, Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.

In its charge sheet filed in March this year, NIA claimed to have busted an international conspiracy of JMB which wanted to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Sheikh Hasina “through violent terrorist acts and replace it with a hard-line Sharia based Islamic rule, which came to light after the accidental blast.”

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dna Must Read: 5 top stories at 11 pm

Here are 5 top stories on dnaindia.com at 11pm.

The following quick read will take you through stories that are making news right now. ​1) JJ Hospital Dean TP Lahane confirms drug overdose in Indrani Mukerjea’s caseDr Lahane said a report on Indrani’s urine samples from Hinduja hospital laboratory confirmed that level of benzodiazepine–an anti depressant–was found raised.Read more details here- Anti-depressant drug responsible for Indrani Mukerjea’s condition: JJ Hospital Dean<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) ISIS claims killing of Japanese citizen in Bangladesh​ISIS claimed responsibility for the killing of a Japanese man in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Saturday. Read the full story here.3) German Chancellor Angela Merkel to arrive in India tomorrowGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel will be visiting India from October 4-6 for the third Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) between India and Germany. The Chancellor will be accompanied by a large delegation, including several Cabinet Ministers and a high-profile business delegation, during her visit.​ Read more details on her visit here.4) Hardik Patel tells Patel youth not to resort to suicide, but instead kill policemen”If you have so much courage…then go and kill a couple of policemen. Patels never commit suicide,” Hardik said in Surat, speaking to a local youth, Vipul Desai, who had announced that he would commit suicide in support of the agitation. Read our full report here- Kill policemen but don’t commit suicide: Hardik Patel tells youth5) Sadhvi Prachi justifies Dadri murder, says beef-eaters deserve such treatment​Controversial VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi on Saturday said made yet another shocking statement justifying the murder of Mohammed Akhlakh in Dadri who was attacked by a mob for allegedly consuming beef. “Those who consume beef deserve such actions against them,” she said. Read here.

Bangladeshi national held in connection with Burdwan blast

A Bangladeshi national, alleged to be a member of banned Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror group and suspectedly involved in Burdwan blast of last year, was arrested by NIA and Jharkhand Police on Tuesday.

Burdwan blast

A Bangladeshi national, alleged to be a member of banned Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror group and suspectedly involved in Burdwan blast of last year, was arrested by NIA and Jharkhand Police on Tuesday.The accused identified as Tarikul Islam alias Sadiq was arrested from Ramgarh district of Jharkhand by a team of NIA and Anti-Terror Squad of Jharkhand police, official sources said. He carried a cash reward of Rs five lakh.Islam is alleged to be an important member of ‘Shoora’, the decision-making body of JMB.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NIA has already chargesheeted him for his alleged role in the Burdhwan blast which occurred in a house on October 2 last year, leaving two persons dead.During investigation of the case, NIA claimed that Islam was a part of larger conspiracy of JMB to organise terror attacks in Bangladesh and in India and had been frequently entering India illegally, at different times since the year 2008-2009.He is also alleged to have obtained false identity documents on assumed Indian identities, by submitting forged documents. NIA also alleged that the probe showed that Islam along with other accused was an active member of JMB who attended terrorist training camp organized by senior members of the terror group.The NIA took over the case from West Bengal police a few days after the explosion, when international links started surfacing. Investigators have found that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were being fabricated in the house and later smuggled to neighbouring Bangladesh.The NIA has so far found that members of the JMB terror group has established a network in different places like Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum, Burdwan in West Bengal and Barpetta in Assam, Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.In its chargesheet filed in March this year, NIA alleged to have busted an international conspiracy of JMB terror group which wanted to establish Sharia rule in Bangladesh by overthrowing the democratically-elected government of Sheikh Hasina.NIA had alleged that the accused were involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the existing democratic government in Bangladesh “through violent terrorist acts and replace it with a hard-line Sharia based Islamic rule, which came to light after the accidental blast.”

Bangladeshi national arrested by NIA in connection with Burdwan blast

New Delhi: A Bangladeshi national, alleged to be a member of banned Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror group and suspectedly involved in Burdwan blast of last year, was arrested by NIA and Jharkhand Police on Tuesday.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The accused identified as Tarikul Islam alias Sadiq was arrested from Ramgarh district of Jharkhand by a team of NIA and Anti-Terror Squad of Jharkhand police, official sources said. He carried a cash reward of Rs five lakh.

Islam is alleged to be an important member of ‘Shoora’, the decision-making body of JMB.

NIA has already chargesheeted him for his alleged role in the Burdhwan blast which occurred in a house on 2 October last year, leaving two persons dead.

During investigation of the case, NIA claimed that Islam was a part of larger conspiracy of JMB to organise terror attacks in Bangladesh and in India and had been frequently entering India illegally, at different times since the year 2008-2009.

He is also alleged to have obtained false identity documents on assumed Indian identities, by submitting forged documents.

NIA also alleged that the probe showed that Islam along with other accused was an active member of JMB who attended terrorist training camp organized by senior members of the terror group.

The NIA took over the case from West Bengal police a few days after the explosion, when international links started surfacing.

Investigators have found that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were being fabricated in the house and later smuggled to neighbouring Bangladesh.

The NIA has so far found that members of the JMB terror group has established a network in different places like Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum, Burdwan in West Bengal and Barpetta in Assam, Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.

In its chargesheet filed in March this year, NIA alleged to have busted an international conspiracy of JMB terror group which wanted to establish Sharia rule in Bangladesh by overthrowing the democratically-elected government of Sheikh Hasina.

NIA had alleged that the accused were involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the existing democratic government in Bangladesh “through violent terrorist acts and replace it with a hard-line Sharia based Islamic rule, which came to light after the accidental blast.”

PTI

With Nepal crisis nearing boiling point, NSA Doval skips first leg of PM Modi’s US visit

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will reportedly be flying out on Friday to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the US, after delaying his departure on account of the crisis in Nepal. He stayed on in New Delhi as India gets deeper entrenched in the political strife across the porous border.

FIle photo of Ajit Doval. AFP

FIle photo of Ajit Doval. AFP

The NSA was called in for consultations with India’s Ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae, after agitations in the Terai region of Nepal against the newly-promulgated Constitution.

Government officials told The Economic Times that the NSA, who is likely to travel to the US on Friday, has stayed back to handle what is emerging as the ‘biggest foreign policy challenge’ in recent times for the government.

Doval missed Modi’s bilateral meetings with such leaders as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina — with whom the PM held his third meeting in recent months  — but is expected to arrive in the US in time for Modi’s meeting with President Barack Obama.

In June, Doval had stayed on in India when Modi made a state visit to Bangladesh, in order to plan the operation against militants on the India-Myanmar border.

The report in The Economic Times adds that the crisis in Nepal is showing no ‘signs of abating, even as India has been urging its neighbour to make the new Constitution inclusive to meet the demands Madhesis and others’.

And within this context, a lot depends on what Doval was able to accomplish in the past two days.

PM Modi meets Sheikh Hasina for ‘productive’ talks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a “productive meeting” his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina in New York discussing bilateral ties.

Modi-Hasina

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a “productive meeting” his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina in New York discussing bilateral ties.”Yet another productive meeting with PM Sheikh Hasina. We discussed India-Bangladesh ties,” tweeted Modi. This is the third meeting between the two leaders in the recent months and came against the backdrop of settlement of the land boundary question.”After the business meeting, meeting with a neighbour and valued friend…,” the PMO tweeted along with a photograph of the two leaders shaking hands. “Dhaka, New Delhi and now New York. PM @narendramodi meets with PM Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh for a bilateral session,” tweeted External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi had visited Dhaka in June this year during which the two countries signed the historic Land Boundary Agreement to finally put an end to the 41-year-old border dispute. Modi had then also announced a fresh US $2 billion line of credit for Bangladesh and promised quick implementation of the earlier line of credit of US$ 800 million and the full disbursement of US$ 200 million on the first day of his tour to the eastern neighbour.

PM Narendra Modi meets Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Modi had visited Dhaka in June this year during which the two countries signed the historic Land Boundary Agreement to finally put an end to the 41-year-old border dispute.

PM Modi (F

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina here and discussed the status of bilateral relations and ways to take these forward. This is the third meeting between the two leaders in the recent months and came against the backdrop of settlement of the boundary question. “After the business meeting, meeting with a neighbour and valued friend…,” the PMO tweeted along with a photograph of the two leaders shaking hands.”Dhaka, New Delhi and now New York. PM @narendramodi meets with PM Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh for a bilateral session,” tweeted External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup. Modi had visited Dhaka in June this year during which the two countries signed the historic Land Boundary Agreement to finally put an end to the 41-year-old border dispute.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi had then also announced a fresh USD 2 billion line of credit for Bangladesh and promised quick implementation of the earlier line of credit of USD 800 million and the full disbursement of USD 200 million on the first day of his tour to the eastern neighbour

48 Indians lodged in foreign prisons despite serving term: MEA

Of these, 40 Indians are lodged in various Bangladesh jails, five in Myanmar, two at a deportation centre in Bahrain and one in Malaysia.

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A total of 48 Indian nationals continue to be lodged in foreign jails and deportation centres despite having served their term, including 40 in Bangladesh. “As per available information, there are 48 Indian nationals who have completed their sentences and are waiting for completion of deportation formalities in foreign jails and in deportation centres,” the External Affairs Ministry has told the Assurances Committee of the Rajya Sabha on information sought by Avinash Rai, an MP from Punjab. Of these, 40 Indians are lodged in various Bangladesh jails, five in Myanmar, two at a deportation centre in Bahrain and one in Malaysia. About the reasons for delay in bringing them back, the Ministry said, “Some information was to be collected from Indian missions/posts abroad.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “The number of Indian nationals who have completed their jail terms in various jails in Bangladesh, as on date is 40. Since July 2014, out of 37 prisoners, 16 have been released and repatriated. 19 new convicted and undertrial prisoners who have completed their sentences have been added to the previous list of released prisoners,” it further stated. The Ministry said Indians Missions and Posts in these countries have been regularly taking up with the respective foreign governments the issue of early release of prisoners from jails and deportation centres. The Ministry said Indian missions and posts also provide air tickets for facilitating their return.

dna Must Read at 11 pm: Read the top five stories at this hour

Here are 5 top stories on dnaindia.com at 11 pm.

The following quick read will take you through stories that are making news right now. ​1) Bangkok blast: Suspect used New Delhi as transit before escaping to IstanbulA key suspect in the plotting of last month’s deadly bombing in Bangkok was last tracked via multiple flights to Turkey, Thai police said on Monday. The man Thai authorities say played a leadership role in the bombing fled to Bangladesh using a Chinese passport on the eve of the blast and two weeks later transited in New Delhi and Abu Dhabi on his way to Istanbul, police said. Read more on this story here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) FTII row: Not leaving post, ready to mediate, says Gajendra ChauhanNot withstanding protests over his appointment as chairman of Film and Television Institute of India, Gajendra Chauhan says he is not ready to leave the position but expressed his willingness to mediate between the agitating students and the government. Read our full report here.3) India v/s South Africa: Ravi Shastri says India will continue to play aggressive cricket “South Africa are the No 1 team in the world. We have to play consistent cricket for long periods of time to put them under pressure. That will be the endeavour. Our style of play will not change,” said team director Ravi Shastri. To read more, click here.4) Commerce Ministry invites consultants for promoting start-upsIn request-for-proposal for selection of consulting agency, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) said that government wants to create an environment which will enable individuals and smaller companies, including start-ups and SMEs to grow through innovation and design. Read the complete story here.5) You cannot miss this adorable picture of AbRam and Aryan Khan playing togetherWhen Shah Rukh Khan’s away for shoots, he still manages to be with his kids all the time. Through social network. And when he is around, he spends as much time as he can with his kids at home. Recently, SRK has been posting a lot of pictures of his kids on Twitter. Read more here.

Anti-minority dawn to dusk shutdown begins in Assam

Assam Governor PB Acharya and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi have welcomed the Central Government’s decision.

Tarun Gogoi
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At least ten organisations have reportedly begun enforcing a 12-hour-long shutdown in protest against the Centre’s decision to shelter minority people from Bangladesh without valid documents on humanitarian grounds. Assam Governor PB Acharya and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi have welcomed the Central Government’s decision, but Gogoi said it would have been better had the Centre consulted the Assam Government first before taking the decision. The BJP and several other organisations from Assam’s Barak Valley also welcomed the decision. The Asom Gana Parishad, All Assam Students Union, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti have opposed the move.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Several students union of Moran, Motok, Karbi communities among others alleged that Assamese people would be reduced to second class citizens in the state because of this decision.

Cannot consider one-year pension revision under OROP: Manohar Parrikar

Panaji: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the demand of armed forces veterans for annual revision of pension under “One Rank One Pension” (OROP) scheme could not be considered as definition of OROP does not specify any time frame for upgradation of pension.

“Definition of OROP does not specify any period for upgrade of pension. Their (ex-servicemen’s) demand to have annual upgradation of OROP cannot be considered because in the definition (of OROP) it is mentioned that pension should be upgraded but there is no period specified.”

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. AFP

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. AFP

“..The word used is automatic. But what should be the period is not specified. There is no clear-cut period mentioned,” Parrikar told reporters in Panaji.

Explaining government’s interpretation, he said, “We have taken the period as five years (for revision of pension under OROP) as usually ten-year is a period for any wage revision.”

He said OROP will benefit around 22 lakh ex-servicemen.

The timeframe for revision of pension remains one of the sticking points between government and veterans who have been agitating in national capital for over a month.

While government has said it will revise pension every five years, veterans want it to be re-fixed annually or at least every two years.

Parrikar reiterated that unlike civil services the concept of Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) does not exist in military.

He said union government will have to incur a financial liability of Rs 8000 crore per year for implementing OROP.

“Since such a huge amount was involved, it took time to complete all the procedure before announcing OROP,” he said responding to a query.

Parrikar said OROP will not be applicable to paramilitary services.

“It (OROP) is a military pension. The retirement conditions of military are different from paramilitary,” he said.

Responding to a question, the minister said fencing of the India-Bangladesh border is almost completed barring a few places.

“India-Bangladesh border is already fenced except at few places. The dispute around these places would be settled within six months following which it would be fenced,” he added.

Ex-servicemen, who have been agitating in Delhi, had yesterday said they would organise a mega rally this weekend to press for removal of “anomalies” in the OROP announced by government on Saturday.

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India to allow minority refugees from Pak, Bangladesh to stay even after expiry of their visas

New Delhi: India on Monday decided to allow minority refugees from Bangladesh and Pakistan to stay in this country even after expiry of their visas on humanitarian grounds.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The central government has decided, on humanitarian considerations, to exempt Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals belonging to minority communities who have entered India on or before 31 December, 2014, in respect of their entry and stay in India without proper documents or after the expiry of relevant documents, a statement issued by the Home Ministry said.

The decision has been taken under Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and Foreigners Act, 1946, it said.

The government also issued two notifications in the Official Gazette on Monday under Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and Foreigners Act, 1946.

There are reports that a number of Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals belonging to minority communities in those countries, such as Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis and Buddhists, took shelter in India due to religious persecution or fear of religious persecution.

They have entered India either without any valid document, including passport and other travel document, or with valid documents but the validity of such document has expired.

The issue of regularisation of entry and stay of such Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals in India has been under consideration of the central government, the statement said.

There has been no exact numbers of such minority refugees from these countries but officials put the figure of around two lakh Hindu and Sikh refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan living in India.

Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi government came to power in May last year, several steps including issuance of Long Term Visa (LTV) for these refugees have been initiated.

In November last year, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh had approved a number of steps to ease grant of citizenship to such refugees which included manual acceptance of applications for citizenship, consideration of an affidavit filed before the authority in return for citizenship renunciation certificate and permission to the children of such refugees, who entered India, on the basis of their parents’ passport, to apply for Indian citizenship without a passport.

In April this year, the Union Home Ministry rolled out an online system for LTV applications and for their processing by various security agencies.

The decision was taken to address the difficulty being faced by Hindus and Sikhs of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who had come with the intention of settling permanently in India.

There are 400 Pakistani Hindu refugee settlements in cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jaipur. Hindu refugees from Bangladesh mostly live in West Bengal and northeastern States.

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Rajnath Singh slams Pakistan for terrorism against India, says Islamic State not big threat

The Minister said that India’s diplomatic skills forced even America and UAE to pull up Pakistan for supporting terrorist activities.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday tore into Pakistan for fomenting terrorism on Indian soil by sending terrorists here while observing that the dreaded extremist outfit IS is not a “big challenge” and that the country is well-equipped to tackle any eventuality posed by them.”A few years back (Ajmal) Kasab (involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack) was caught alive and now two other terrorists have been nabbed. “From this, it is clear where these terrorists come from. Pakistan always says that roots of terrorism are not in their country, but elsewhere…but this is amply clear to us now,” Singh said, addressing a public lecture on internal security and development here late this evening. Rajnath’s tough talk came days after Pakistan called off NSA-level talks with India.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last month, security forces caught two Pakistani terrorists, affiliated to Laskhar-e-Taiba, alive after separate encounters with them in the Kashmir Valley. While Mohammad Naveed alias Usman was nabbed on August 3, two days later Sajad alias Javed alias Abu Ubaidullah, who hails from Balochistan, was also captured. “Pakistan does not want to keep cordial relations with India and has continuously been violating the ceasefire norms,” he added.The Minister said that India’s diplomatic skills forced even America and UAE to pull up Pakistan for supporting terrorist activities. “America has also asked Pakistan to stop supporting terror activities. The UAE, which has never spoken against Pakistan, has also made it clear to Pakistan that it has to curb such activities…this is our diplomatic skills,” he said.On the terror outfit in West Asia, the IS, Rajnath said, “They are not a big challenge to us as we are well equipped to deal with any eventuality from them.” He said that India has witnessed a reduction in Mooist activities by 30 per cent, “which will further come down”. He also said the government is making every effort to stop smuggling of cows through Indo-Bangladesh border.”Every year 20-22 lakh cows are smuggled to Bangladesh. Now it has come down to 2.5 lakh. We are making efforts to completely stop this,” Singh said.The Minister also welcomed the government’s decision to implement ‘One Rank One Pension’, the long pending demand of ex-servicemen. Rajnath said the government is moving faster towards making the country’s economy very strong.

One Rank, One Pension agitation reaches Defence Minister’s home state Goa

The striking ex-servicemen have already forwarded a memorandum to Parrikar demanding implementation of OROP.
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The one rank, one pension (OROP) stir on Wednesday reached Goa, the home state of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, with ex-army veterans beginning an indefinite relay strike. Several ex-armymen, including war veterans, under the banner of All Goa Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association (AGEWA) said they will continue with the stir till their demands are met.One Rank, One Pension basically means that retired soldiers of the same rank, who have retired after serving for the same length of service, will receive the same pension, irrespective of the date or year of their retirement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The person who retires now gets four times more pension than those who had superannuated with me. This is gross injustice,” said Surjit Singh, ex-master chief Indian Navy, who had participated in 1971 Bangladesh war.Singh said when he joined the service, they were told that their pension would be 70%, but when he retired in the year 1986 he came to know that the pension was only 50 per cent.”The families of those who die on the border get pension almost 50% to that of ours. This imparity should be removed,” he said.The striking ex-servicemen have already forwarded a memorandum to Parrikar demanding implementation of OROP.”Indian armed forces are best known for their valour, discipline and impeccable integrity. The veterans after their retirement remain as dedicated as they were during service, except that they not carry arms and have always been against any protest or agitation,” said Captain Dattaram Sawant.”Unfortunately, for the first time in the history of Independent India, ex-servicemen are on relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, for their legitimate demand of OROP which has been promised by the government,” he said.The government should not betray the soldiers because the nation cannot afford to do so. Moreover, the credibility of government and the Prime Minister is at stake, Captain Sawant added.

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