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Russia and India hail partnership

Russian and Indian leaders Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi stress the partnership between their two countries as they sign a series of deals.

BSF Plane crash: He was the best pilot around, say friends

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According to a nephew, Bhatt’s wife got the news of the crash as it flashed across the television in the morning. Her worst fears were confirmed as an official from the Border Security Force came by to confirm the news. “He was very dedicated to his family and a very jovial person,” recalls a batch mate who had come to offer his condolences.

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There was a curious crowd of onlookers that comprised local residents, family members and colleagues outside Deputy Commandant Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt’s Sarojini Nagar residence. The small cramped hall is jammed with relatives and well-wishers, while a young boy of three is running around with his friends, oblivious of the fact that his father is never coming home. Bhatt’s wife is inconsolable even as their youngest – a toddler all of 1.5 years sleeps beside her.According to a nephew, Bhatt’s wife got the news of the crash as it flashed across the television in the morning. Her worst fears were confirmed as an official from the Border Security Force came by to confirm the news. “He was very dedicated to his family and a very jovial person,” recalls a batch mate who had come to offer his condolences.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bhatt was the baby in a family that had four brothers and three sisters. “He always wanted to do something different,” says older brother Rajendra, as he fondly recalled their childhood. “Initially he was interested in modelling, though we convinced him otherwise,” he added.Hailing from Uttarakhand, Bhatt grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas, though his higher schooling was in Dehradun. He joined the General Cadre of the Armed Forces and later on got his commercial flying licence from Rae Baireli.There is much anger among the batchmates who had gathered to mourn the demise of their friend. They could not forget Vivek Chaudhary – another batchmate of theirs who suffered a similar fate near Mount Abu almost four years ago. Their association with Bhatt goes back almost 15 years and his death has deeply saddened them.Bhatt – who married his love in 2008 – was posted in Delhi since 2009, when he got his position in the air wing of the BSF. “He was the best pilot around,” echo his friends.Inside the house, the wife has quietened down a bit, exhausted, “he was my strength,” she keeps repeating, tears rolling down her face. “You have to go on,” her friends try to console her, “For your kids, you must take his strength and go on.”The scene at Chotte Lal Sharma’s Sarojini Nagar residence – he was one of the 10 that died in the air crash, is one of caution. Sharma’s brother-in-law Pradeep Sharma said, “We haven’t informed my sister yet. We have simply told her that her husband has met with an accident and he is lying critical in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).” The official phone call confirming the Sharma’s death went to his son Somesh. He too has kept his mother in the dark about his father’s fate.A neighbour recalls, “I would see him (Sharma) every morning before he left for work. He would always say ‘”Please on the lookout and make sure my family is okay.” The neighbour added, “I didn’t see him this morning.”For C L Bhalothia, the morning news of the air crash put him on the edge since he knew his friend Ravindra Kumar, SI (JAM) was on that flight. All he could remember was Kumar telling him “I’m off now, I will see you when I return,” the day before. That was the last time Bhalothia spoke to his friend and colleague of more than a decade.Various colleagues from his department rushed to the spot and confirmed the worst. “The minute I saw the news, I tried to call him on his mobile, it just kept ringing,” Bhalothia recalls. “I could sense something was wrong,” he added. “After a while, the operator message said that the ‘Phone is out of coverage area’, he said.Now came the worst part, Kumar’s family had heard about the crash on the news in the morning, though, it was up to Bhalothia to confirm their worst fears. Bhalotia and his wife immediately made their way to Kumar’s Lodhi Road colony house. Here Bhalothia’s wife is consoling Kumar’s wife Manorama, while Kumar’s children – a son – he is in Class 10 and a daughter – who is studying in the final year of B.Tech, helpless look on. A kindly neighbour is seen bringing trays of teas for the visitors who have come to grieve and offer their support. “Kumar was always seen with a smile on his face and he was always happy,” Bhalothia recalls as he wipes his tears away with his white handkerchief.Kumar, who hailed from Gaya, Bihar, joined the BSF in August 2006 after he retired as a mechanic in the VVIP squadron from the air force. Two younger brothers and his immediate family comprising of his wife and two kids survive him. In the evening, when one tried to call Kumar’s mobile number, the operator message said that the cell phone seemed to be switched off.

BSF plane crash: Biggest ever loss for the force

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As per records, early today at 9:45 am, a call from a satellite-based device was received at the Palam hangar about some “mis-happening” with the now ill-fated plane, registered as VT-BSA, and at 9:50 am the ATC Palam confirmed that the aircraft has “crashed” in Dwarka

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With ten of its most experienced men being killed in a tragic crash on Tuesday, the elite BSF air wing is staring at one of its biggest losses and a vacuum created in its ranks raised exclusively for air support roles for troops deployed to ensure the internal security of the country.The three officers and other technicians and engineers flying the lone 1995 vintage Superking B-200 of the Border Security Force were also trained to handle the most modern asset the force has inducted recently in its inventory – the Mi-17 V5. This advanced ‘Mi’ chopper is equipped with an all- weather radar that makes it the most reliable machine for extricating troops and inserting commandos for operations in dense jungles and high-altitude any time of the day and during darkness and bad weather.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The six technicians who were killed were trained to take care of the Mi-17 V5’s inducted recently. While two such choppers have just been inducted early this year, six more will come in batches in the BSF airwing. “The choppers are required to cater to the increasing usage and role of security forces deployed along difficult border areas and in the internal security grid,” a senior official said. These men whom we have lost today, the official said, were experienced and had in-depth knowledge of these assets entrusted with the largest border guarding force of the country.”They were going to service a Dhruv chopper stationed in Ranchi,” another official said. The official said the crash in Dwarka has come as the biggest ever hit to this small unit which has about 30 flying machines, including helicopters and fixed wing aircrafts, and about 200 personnel. “There have been crashes of choppers earlier which has not only led to loss of the asset but has also killed pilots and crew in the line of duty but this is a jolt,” the official said. The intake in the air wing is already less, the official said, considering the specialised nature of the job and difficulty in getting talented personnel and officers from other forces and the Indian Air Force.”The crash has come at a time when the BSF is completing 50 years in the service of the nation. It already has a number of challenges to meet vis-a-vis keeping the two most important borders of the country with Pakistan and Bangaldesh secure and this accident is surely a big test of nerves for the top brass and the government,” another official serving in the wing said.As per records, early today at 9:45 am, a call from a satellite-based device was received at the Palam hangar about some “mis-happening” with the now ill-fated plane, registered as VT-BSA, and at 9:50 am the ATC Palam confirmed that the aircraft has “crashed” in Dwarka. The BSF air wing has a fleet of four fixed wing aircraft, one Embraer, two Avros and the crashed Superking (SKA B-200).Besides 15 helicopters consisting of six MI-17 1V, two advanced Mi-17 V5 choppers, six Advance Light Helicopters (Dhruv) and one Cheetah helicopter operate under the command of Home Ministry. The Superking was inducted in 1994-95 in the border guarding force for air support roles

Tarmac bus hits Alliance Air’s stationary plane at Kolkata airport

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An Alliance Air aircraft on Tuesday suffered “extensive” damage after a Jet Airways tarmac bus ferrying its crew rammed into the vacant stationary plane at the international airport here.No injuries have been reported in the incident which occurred at around 5.25 AM. Air India subsidiary Alliance Air’s flights to Silchar and Shillong were cancelled as the plane was grounded. While Air India said the incident was a “gross act of negligence”, Jet Airways said that the coach accidentally collided with the stationary aircraft.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to officials at the NSCB international airport here, the plane was parked at bay 32 and was preparing to leave for Silchar when the driver of the Jet Airways bus lost control of the vehicle and it hit the aircraft near its left wing. “The aircraft sustained extensive damage on the right engine, right landing gear and also some other parts because of which the flight operations to Silchar and Shillong had to be cancelled.”AAI (Airports Authority of India), Police, CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) and other authorities have taken serious note of this gross act of negligence and are investigating the incident,” Air India said in a statement.In a separate statement, Jet Airways said “no one was injured in the collision” and it has started investigation into the incident.”A coach transporting Jet Airways cabin crew at the Kolkata airport accidentally collided with a stationary aircraft of another airline,” it added. Air India said it was a clear fogless morning when the Jet Airways tarmac bus intruded into the slot marked at bay 32 and hit the aircraft VT-ABO (ATR 42).

VIDEO: Ten die in India plane crash

A light aircraft has crashed on take-off near the airport in the Indian capital, Delhi, killing 10 people.

Peace is in the air: CRPF vacates 25 year old camp from stone pelting epicentre

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Back bone: Paramilitary force performs a dual role of managing the law and order and fighting militants in the Valley

Call it a dividend of peace; the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has started vacating one of the oldest and super-sensitive camps in the stone pelting hub of the old Srinagar city.The camp housing the company of 49 battalion CRPF in Kawdara area was established at the onset of militancy 25 years ago. From housing Border Security Force (BSF) troops to CRPF soldiers, the camp has seen many upheavals during the heydays of militancy and the stone pelting.Come 2015, the CRPF has decided to vacate the camp and hand it over to the Jammu and Kashmir Police. “The camp is in the process of shifting. There was one company of 49 battalion comprising around 100 men located in the camp. We will hand it over to the Jammu and Kashmir Police,” Ashish Kumar Jha, CRPF spokesman at Srinagar, told dna.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Considered as super-sensitive camp of the valley, scores of the CRPF soldiers were injured in stone pelting particularly during 2008 and 2010 agitation. Since the camp is old city, it was always at the receiving end of the stone throwers who used to target it almost every day.”During the peak time of the stone pelting (during Amarnath land row of 2008 and 2010 groundswell) this camp suffered a lot. So many of our men were injured in the stone pelting. It was a super sensitive camp. Prior to CRPF, this camp housed BSF as well. It has been there for the last 25 years”, said Jha.CRPF performs a dual role of managing the law and order and fighting militants in the strife torn Jammu and Kashmir. The paramilitary force plays key role in helping the local police in the counter-insurgency duties. Most of the times they conduct joint operation with the cops and other security agencies. Govt welcomes the decision There are around 47 battalions of CRPF deployed in the Kashmir valley of which around 25 battalions are posted in capital city of Srinagar mostly to quell the street protests and stone pelting.The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has gone gaga over the shifting of the camp describing it as the major achievement of 10 month old Mufti Mohommad Sayeed led government in Jammu and Kashmir. “Shifting ofCRPF camp from Kawdara is a welcome step. People of the state are benefiting from visionary leadership of Mufti Saheb,” said Khursheed Alam, Srinagar district president of PDP.

54 rape cases reported in trains, railway stations since 2014

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To a query on whether Railways have provided any financial assistance for rehabilitation of rape victims, Sinha said, in one such case, financial assistance of Rs 2.5 lakh had been provided from the Railway Minister’s Welfare and Relief Fund.

As many as 54 incident of rape have taken place in the train compartments or at railway stations since last year and 51 accused have been arrested, Rajya Sabha was informed today.In 2014, 20 cases were reported – six from train compartments and 14 from railway stations, and till November this year, 34 cases have been reported – eight from compartments and 26 from railway stations, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply. Last year, 21 people were arrested, and till November this year, 30 persons have been apprehended for the crime, he said. “Policing on Railways is a state subject and prevention of crime, registration of cases and their investigation in Railway premises as well as on running trains including creation of secure environment for women passengers are, therefore, the statutory responsibility of the state governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP) of the state concerned,” Sinha said in a written reply.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Minister, however, said Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of GRP by deploying its staff for escorting of important trains in affected areas and access control duties at important and sensitive stations.To provide better security to women passengers, he said an Integrated Security System consisting of surveillance of vulnerable stations through Close Circuit Television Camera Network, Access Control and Anti-Sabotage Checks have been finalised for over 202 sensitive Railway stations.Besides, he said, average 2,000 trains on vulnerable and identified routes/sections are escorted by RPF daily, in addition to 2,200 trains escorted by GRP of different states daily. To a query on whether Railways have provided any financial assistance for rehabilitation of rape victims, Sinha said, in one such case, financial assistance of Rs 2.5 lakh had been provided from the Railway Minister’s Welfare and Relief Fund.

National Herald case: Security beefed up at court premises ahead of Sonia, Rahul Gandhi’s appearance

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The sources said security personnel have discussed at length the arrangements to be made for tomorrow as both Sonia and Rahul are SPG protectees.
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Security was beefed up on Friday at the Patiala House District Court premises in New Delhi ahead of the scheduled appearance of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and others tomorrow in connection with the National Herald case.According to court sources, senior officials of the Special Protection Group (SPG), Delhi Police and Intelligence Bureau reviewed the security arrangements at the court premises where 16 more CCTV cameras were installed today.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The sources said security personnel have discussed at length the arrangements to be made for tomorrow as both Sonia and Rahul are SPG protectees. The security officials have also had a meeting with the District Judge of the Patiala House courts.The police have made elaborate security arrangements considering the fact that the court is a public place where a number of lawyers, litigants come daily. The sources said that shops inside the premises will remain closed tomorrow and the area near gate number two of the court, where the courtroom in which the hearing is scheduled is located, will be cordoned off with deployment of a multi-layered security cover.

No India-type nuclear agreement with Pakistan: US

Olson said Pakistan is well aware of the extremist and insurgent threats to the security of its nuclear weapons and has a professional and dedicated security force.

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The Obama Administration today ruled out any India-type nuclear agreement with Pakistan as top American lawmakers expressed serious concerns over the growing Pakistani nuclear arsenal. “We are not negotiating a 123 agreement with Pakistan,” Richard G Olson, Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told lawmakers during a hearing on Pakistan convened by the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee. “We had a very candid discussion with Pak about some of the concerns that we have including about short range nuclear weapons. Pakistan is prepared to have discussions with us,” he said in response to a question.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Olson said Pakistan is well aware of the extremist and insurgent threats to the security of its nuclear weapons and has a professional and dedicated security force. “As with all nuclear-capable states, we have urged Pakistan to restrain its nuclear weapons and missile development and stressed the importance of avoiding any developments that might invite increased risk to nuclear safety, security, or strategic stability,” he said. Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in his remarks alleged that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is on a track to be the third largest. “It’s addition of small tactical nuclear weapons in recent years is even more troubling. This is a country which spends a fifth of its budget on the military, from long-range missiles to F-16s, but under 2.5 per cent on education,” he said. “Through all of the double-dealing, US policy has essentially stood still. Security assistance, cash, and arms has continued to flow under the occasional temporary delays,” Royce said. “Indeed, despite some Department of Defence assistance for Pakistan being held because of inadequate efforts against the Haqqani network, the State Department is currently seeking more arms for Islamabad,” Royce said. “We have a very stringent end use monitoring requirements with security co-operation with high tech. The results have been satisfactory. The end use monitoring systems have been effective,” Olson said in response to a question.

PM Modi reviews impressive naval exercise after tri-services meet in Kochi

The annual event, held against an operational backdrop of the high seas for the first time, was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chiefs of Army, Navy and Airforce, secretaries of the government of India besides top tri-services commanders.

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An impressive array of warships, including nuclear capable submarines, and about 8000 men and officers of Indian Navy presented an exquisite display of operational capabilities in an exercise reviewed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi off the Kochi coast in Kerala on Tuesday.Having chaired the Combined Commanders Conference, an annual tri-services event held for the first time outside New Delhi onboard INS Vikramaditya, the Prime Minister reviewed the exercise about 50 km off the coast where the naval guns blazed and fighter jets roared in a dazzling display of India’s military might.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The annual event, held against an operational backdrop of the high seas for the first time, was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chiefs of Army, Navy and Airforce, secretaries of the government of India besides top tri-services commanders.”Indian Navy displayed its Naval as well as air power capabilities during the approximately 40 to 45 minute (exercise). Ships of the Navy were there including submarines, as also aircraft, and about 8000 plus men of Indian Navy participated as part of the exercise,” a Defence spokesman said. He said it was the Prime Minister’s Office which wanted the tri-services meet to be held in an operational setting.”So it was moved out of the South Block and it is a reality today. It is now going to be from operational backdrops to operational backdrops,” he said.After Prime Minister Modi had chaired the meet onboard INS Vikramaditya which lasted for about an-hour-and-half, he reviewed the exercise that began with firing by naval guns followed by a rocket-fire demonstration.”We had 30 plus ships outside, which included INS Vikramaditya, Virat, Kochi, Delhi, Mysore….,” the Defence spokesman said.”Then we had nuclear submarine INS Chakra… …We had 60 aircraft of the Naval aviation ranging from one end of the spectrum to other end. We also showcased the actual operations of MiG 29 K from INS Vikramaditya. A number of sorties were taken off, one from the larger runway–that is 195 meters and one from the 100 meter runway,” he said.

Full Text: Sushma Swaraj explains why she went to Pakistan in Parliament

Answering critics, she said in the latest arrangement, the level of talks on terror has been raised as this issue will now be dealt with by the National Security Advisers (NSAs) instead of Foreign Secretaries as earlier.

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​Rejecting any “flip flop”, India asserted that the decision to re-start talks with Pakistan was based on “trust” and said the intent would be to have an “uninterrupted” dialogue process despite provocations by the “saboteurs”, an apparent reference to terror groups. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, while briefing Parliament on her recent visit to Pakistan, justified the decision to have ‘Comprehensive Dialogue’, saying there is a “need for bridging the gulf” with the neighbouring country for peace and stability in the region.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Answering critics, she said in the latest arrangement, the level of talks on terror has been raised as this issue will now be dealt with by the National Security Advisers (NSAs) instead of Foreign Secretaries as earlier.The fact that NSAs of India and Pakistan met in Bangkok without any publicity does not mean any third country’s involvement but it was only to take forward the Ufa process as such a meeting could not take place in Delhi as “you all know”, she told the Lok Sabha.Here’s the full text of her argument: Hon’ble Chairman,
I rise to brief this august House and Hon’ble Members on my recent visit to Islamabad, Pakistan to lead the Indian delegation to the ‘Heart of Asia’ Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan and recent developments relating to ties between India and Pakistan.The Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process on December 8-9, 2015 in Islamabad was devoted to the themes of security and connectivity. The Conference provided to us an important opportunity on a vital regional platform for political consultations and regional cooperation to reiterate India’s commitment to Afghanistan’s stability and development and our faith in its future. India has actively participated in the Heart of Asia Process since its beginning. The process brings together friends of Afghanistan from its immediate and extended neighbourhood as well as supporting countries and international organizations to promote political consultations and regional cooperation for a united, democratic, independent, strong and prosperous Afghanistan. My visit to Islamabad underlined India’s strong commitment to that cause. In my statement at the Conference, I urged full and direct transit for Afghanistan through Pakistan to India. In the context of relations between India and Pakistan, I advocated working together for peace and development in South Asia, with self-confidence and maturity. I also take this opportunity to inform the House that during my visit to Islamabad, I called on Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif and held discussions with my Pakistani counterpart Mr. Sartaj Aziz. Following my meetings the decision of this Government to begin a Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue with Pakistan was announced in a Joint Statement in Islamabad on December 9, 2015. This decision of the Government follows the recent developments and engagements between the two countries, especially the constructive discussions between their National Security Advisors in Bangkok on December 6, 2015. The meeting of the NSAs resulted from discussion between our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif in Paris on November 30, 2015.As the House is aware, the Prime Minister of Pakistan was invited in May 2014, among other SAARC leaders, by Prime Minister to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Government. This was a demonstration of our commitment to good neighbourly ties with Pakistan, in line with our vision for peace and development in the region through deeper regional integration in South Asia. In the first meeting between the two Prime Ministers during that visit of Mr. Nawaz Sharif to New Delhi, our views on India-Pakistan ties and our concerns on terrorism and violence were conveyed to the Pakistani authorities. The meetings as decided between the two sides in May 2014, however, did not take place.As the House is also aware, the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan met in Ufa in July 2015 and agreed that the two countries had collective responsibility to ensure peace and promote development. They condemned terrorism in all its forms and agreed to cooperate with each other to eliminate this menace from South Asia. To that end, they decided on a meeting of the National Security Advisors to discuss all issues connected to terrorism. They also stated that the two countries were prepared to discuss all outstanding issues. During the Ufa meeting, PM was extended an invitation by Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif to visit Islamabad for attending the SAARC Summit in 2016.For the reasons that we all know, the expected meetings of NSAs and Directors General of Military Operations of the two countries envisaged at Ufa, did not materialize though Directors General of BSF and Pakistan Rangers met and a number of humanitarian measures, agreed at Ufa, were implemented.In this background, when our Prime Minister met his Pakistan counterpart during the COP-21 Summit meeting in Paris on 30 November 2015, there was a discussion on how the two countries could build an atmosphere conducive for again re-engaging with each other. The underlying sentiment, on which I am confident that this House concurs fully, was that the continued estrangement of two neighbours was a hurdle to the realization of our shared vision of a peaceful and prosperous region. At the same time, there was also a sharp awareness that the principal obstacles to the growth of ties, especially terrorism, would have to be clearly and directly addressed.Following PM’s conversation with PM Mr. Nawaz Sharif in Paris, the two leaders decided that both sides should hold the NSA-level meeting. The National Security Advisors of the two countries accordingly met on December 6, 2015. The meeting was held in Bangkok. Discussions between the two NSAs in that meeting were held in a candid, cordial and constructive atmosphere. They focused on peace and security, terrorism, tranquility along the Line of Control, and Jammu & Kashmir – the State which has been most directly impacted by terrorism and violation of LOC.My visit to Islamabad for the Heart of Asia Conference came two days after the constructive talks between NSAs on issues related to security, terrorism, etc. My meetings with PM Mr. Nawaz Sharif and Mr. Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad were held in the backdrop of this positive development. Both sides condemned terrorism and resolved to cooperate to eliminate this menace. There we dwelt on the need for Pakistan to expedite the Mumbai terrorist attacks trial. The Indian side was assured of the steps being taken to expedite its early conclusion.Accordingly, it was decided to begin a dialogue with Pakistan under the new title “Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue”. The Foreign Secretaries have been tasked to work out modalities and schedule of the meetings under the new Dialogue.I would like to assure the House that this Government accords the highest priority to the country’s security. In order to meet any threats in this regard, the Government will take all steps, including through diplomatic channels. At the same time, the Government is also committed to building an environment of peaceful and cooperative relations with all our neighbours, including Pakistan, so that the efforts for peace and development in South Asia, initiated by the Government on the day of assuming office itself, are taken further forward. The new Dialogue with Pakistan has twin aims of removing hurdles in the path of a constructive engagement by addressing issues of concern, and at the same time, of exploring and establishing cooperative ties. Initiatives on trade and connectivity, people-to-people exchanges and humanitarian issues will contribute to welfare of the entire region, and promote better understanding and mutual trust. The new Dialogue, we sincerely hope, marks a new beginning also for peace and development in the whole region. I am confident that we have the support of the entire House in this expectation.(Read: A moderate Modi — is the BJP finally planning to switch off its election mode?)

Want to stay safe? don’t take VIP security, says Parrikar

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How Modi’s Varanasi is being made secure for Shinzo Abe’s arrival

Shizo Abe with Narendra Modi
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Elaborate security arrangements are in place in this ancient temple town which is all decked up to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe today.The two leaders are likely to arrive at around 4:PM at the Babatpur Airport on the outskirts of the city.They will be received at the airport, among others, by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Union Ministers Manoj Sinha and Kalraj Mishra.Nearly 7,000 security personnel have been pressed into service for the high-profile visit lasting about four hours.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AT A GLANCEAfter a brief stop-over at a hotel, the Prime Ministers will drive straight to the fabled Dashashwamedh Ghat where they will watch the “Ganga Arti”, an exquisitely choreographed ritual performed daily on the banks of the river.Thereafter, Modi and Abe will interact with dignitaries over dinner wherein invitees include, besides the Governor, the CM and the UnionMinisters, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, renowned musician and Padma Bhushan awardee Pandit Channu Lal Mishra, author Neerja Madhav, Pandit Ashok Dwivedi of the Kashi Visvanath Temple Trust and a number of other prominent personalities from various walks of life.The Prime Ministers are expected to board their return flight to New Delhi at around 8:PM.
Security at the normally crowded Ghat has been taken over by the Army and the Navy while scuba divers of the National Disaster Response Force will be deployed around the make-shift stage which has been erected with the help of pontoons on the river bed.Personnel of the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) have been camping in the city since Tuesday.They are being assisted by the National Security Guard, Anti-Terrorist Squad, Central Para Military Forces and the state police.The entire 22-km-long route, from Babatpur airport to the Dashashwamedh Ghat, is dotted with posters, banners and banners of various designs, welcoming the two Prime Ministers.Some of these also carry messages in the Japanese script.Roads have been freshly macadamized while traffic restrictions have been in place since last night itself.

Justice for Nirbhaya: Juvenile is an ‘animal’, dangerous to free him, says Subramanian Swamy

“According to the report of Indian Intelligence bureau, the juvenile accuse has turned into a jihadi. So, the court should interfere and make certain provisions in the law regarding this. The government should move court and seek to arrest the juvenile accused under National Security Act. I am going to court and the court will decide what needs to be done. Let us see how the court case goes,” he added.

Terming the juvenile accused in the December 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case as an ‘animal’, Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday said it is dangerous to free such a convict and appealed to the courts to make certain provisions in the law to deal with such serious offences.”The juvenile convict should be kept with wild animals for committing such heinous crime. It is dangerous to free such people. There are certain flaws in our law. The juvenile laws are applicable only for people committing crimes like stealing food or bicycle but this law is not applicable for such kind of heinous crimes. There is no provision in the law that if such juvenile accuse do not change in the three years, then what action needs to be taken,” Swamy told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read: Delhi gangrape case: MHA mulls bond for juvenile offender”According to the report of Indian Intelligence bureau, the juvenile accuse has turned into a jihadi. So, the court should interfere and make certain provisions in the law regarding this. The government should move court and seek to arrest the juvenile accused under National Security Act. I am going to court and the court will decide what needs to be done. Let us see how the court case goes,” he added.The Union Home Ministry is contemplating to ask the juvenile convict to sign a legal bond affirming good behaviour after his release from the reformatory home.The bond as per Section 107 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) will act as security for keeping the peace after his release from a juvenile remand home.Apprehensions were made by Nirbhaya’s parents against the release of the juvenile, who was reportedly the “most brutal” of all the six offenders.The juvenile, who was under 18 when he was arrested for rape and murder of Nirbhaya, was tried under the Juvenile Justice Act and ordered to keep in a remand home for three years. He is set to be released this month.

Pakistani media welcomes resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue

Dawn reported that in a “major breakthrough”, Pakistan and India announced that they were resuming the dialogue on outstanding issues, ending a two-year logjam.

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Pakistani media on Thursday welcomed the resumption of Indo-Pak comprehensive dialogue, describing it as a “major breakthrough” and a pleasant turn in bilateral ties following three top-level meetings in 10 days.The decision to resume the talks was taken yesterday during visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here and her meeting with Pakistani leaders.Dawn reported that in a “major breakthrough”, Pakistan and India announced that they were resuming the dialogue on outstanding issues, ending a two-year logjam. “The ‘Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue’ as it has been named will include all elements covered under the previous versions of the talks peace and security, confidence-building measures, Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage / Tulbul Navigation Project, economic and commercial cooperation, counter-terrorism, narcotics control and humanitarian issues, people-to-people exchanges and religious tourism,” it reported.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Under the headline ‘Breakthrough at last’, The Express Tribune wrote that “ten days and three meetings that’s all it took Pakistan and India to break the deadlock in their strained relations”. It further said that a “chance meeting” between Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in Paris and surprise talks between their National Security Advisers in Bangkok led to a formal meeting between their top foreign policy officials in Islamabad on Wednesday which produced a major agreement: resumption of a stalled dialogue process.The Nation s headline: ‘Composite dialogue goes comprehensive’ captured the essence of new format of talks which will be not much different than the one suspended after Mumbai attack.”All the pillars of the composite dialogue would be part of the comprehensive bilateral dialogue and more things could be added to it,” it wrote. The paper commenting on Swaraj’s meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that they agreed on increased contacts at all level and resolving all the outstanding issues between the two nuclear neighbours through dialogue, during the meeting which lasted for almost an hour.”Premier Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan wanted good relations with all its neighbours including India which was reciprocated by Indian minister. Sushma confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan next year for the SAARC summit expected to be held in September 2016,” it said. The News International termed that start of dialogue as a ‘pleasant turn’ in ties of the two nations.”The mercurial relations between Pakistan and India took a pleasant turn when both countries decided to restart the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue previously known as the Composite Dialogue.” It reported that a succession of meetings paved the way for a possible meeting between the two foreign secretaries.Talking about terrorism it reported that it appears that terrorism will now be the exclusive domain of the two National Security Advisers with Pakistan holding out an assurance that there will be movement on the Mumbai trial which has moved at a snail’s pace. Swaraj’s visit here came days after talks between the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan in Bangkok.Before Paris, the Prime Ministers of the two nations had held bilateral meeting in Russian city of Ufa where they decided that their NSAs would meet to discuss all “terror-related” issues. However, Pakistan had called-off Aziz’ visit after New Delhi had made it clear that he would not be allowed to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders in the Indian capital. In August last year, India called off Foreign Secretary-level talks over the same issue.

Tackle alienation with strong redressal mechanism: Pillai

This is giving rise to charge up atmosphere of insecurity and alienation that breeds radicalisation which is the first step extremism.

As security establishment grapples with the possible scenario of ISIS posing a potent threat to India, former union home secretary G K Pillai has suggested bringing focus on key factors of radicalisation – alienation of youth, unemployment, fear and grievances and tackle them with a strong ‘redressal mechanism’ at the ground level.Delivering a key note address at 3rd Annual Internal Security National Seminar on ‘Radicalisation: A Growing Security Challenge for India’ organised by the Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA), Pillai called to reach out to the communities and exhort them to work within themselves to work out anti-radical strategies.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The seminar viewed the recent attempts of mass mobilisation on ideological lines to create social polarisation as a dangerous trend that is being abetted by growing instances of religious intolerance and provocations and aided by diatribes aired on electronic and social websites.This is giving rise to charge up atmosphere of insecurity and alienation that breeds radicalisation which is the first step extremism.”Traditional family structures and communities can play a crucial role in countering radicalisation in India… Our family and community structures prevent people from switching to extreme ideologies,” asserted Pillai.Defining radicalisation, Pillai said that it is a process of changing people’s perception to the extreme extent, where it may manifest itself in violence and curbing the freedom of expression of others and advocated a ‘strong state and rule of law’ as the two key elements of the Indian counter-radicalisation strategy.Cautioning about the sudden increase in instances of religious bigotry, irrationality and a concerted effort to homogenise the society, especially by the majority community, noted sociologist Professor T K Oommen, said, they are a sure way to instill radicalisation.How people at responsible positions can proudly state that Ganesha was an example of plastic surgery and we had Pushpak Viman? Such statements devoid of scientific temper are dangerous and a sure way to instil radicalisation, Prof Oommen said.”If there is consensus on the idea of India then there can be consensus of defeating radicalisation,” he said.Describing Islamic radicalisation as an import of Pakistan’s doctrine to bleed India with the help of ISI, Lt. Gen Hasnain called for the need to constitute a national perception management board headed by academicians to understand radicalisation and suggest ways to counter it.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu seeks global cooperation on rail security

He said there is a need to share information, ideas and best practices among countries to tackle the security issue.

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Describing rail security as crucial and a much larger concern, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday said global cooperation is required to tackle the issue as railways is considered a soft target by terrorists.Speaking at a conference to discuss the issue of rail security, Prabhu said an attack on railways might be local but the motivation is global. “Whether the attack on trains and stations in Mumbai or at a bar in Paris, the motivation is same,” he said. The conference, organised by International Union of Railways (UIC), was attended by delegates from many countries.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that security threat to railways is a common problem, Prabhu said, “Railways is considered a soft target by terrorists. It is not possible to frisk everybody. If people want to target India, they will attack railways. Some countries may not like India to grow.”He said there is a need to share information, ideas and best practices among countries to tackle the security issue. Highlighting the importance of assessing threat perception and intelligence gathering, the Minister said, “With proper assessment, a strategy can be worked out. We need to gather security related information as it is crucial for dealing with it.”Prabhu said safety and security are two big priority issues for the railways.”While travelling, passengers expect good services as well as a safe and secure journey. So safety and security are important for railways. Both are very important globally. While safety is an inbuilt system for railway operation, security needs to be put in place,” he said.Referring to the ideology behind terror attacks, he said, “Security threat comes from misconceived ideology. What is happening is a global phenomenon. So we need to evolve holistic management to look at it.”UIC, established in 1922 for promoting rail transport worldwide, is on a mission to promote interoperability, standardisation of rail transport, increased cooperation and sharing of best practices, and to propose improved technical and environmental performance of rail transport among others.

Security forces foil major terror strike in the valley, two ultras killed

The incident occurred near Pampore on Srinagar-Jammu highway on Wednesday evening when the security forces asked a speedy pickup van to stop. The militants on board lobbed a grenade and then fired on the security forces in a bid to flee from the spot.

Security forces foiled a major terror attack on Wednesday when they killed two militants who were trying to enter the summer capital city of Srinagar from south Kashmir to carry out their nefarious designs. Two CRPF men were also injured in the gun fight.The incident occurred near Pampore on Srinagar-Jammu highway on Wednesday evening when the security forces asked a speedy pickup van to stop. The militants on board lobbed a grenade and then fired on the security forces in a bid to flee from the spot.Alert CRPF men and jawans from special operation group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police immediately swung into action and engaged the ultras in a fierce gun fight. Two militants were later killed while two CRPF jawans were injured in the incident.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It was a combined operation of CRPF and SOG. Our road opening party was withdrawing when militants on board a vehicle lobbed a grenade and fired upon the troopers. In the ensuing gun fight two militants were killed,” said Ashish Kumar Jha, CRPF spokesman at Srinagar.Two CRPF men of 23 battalion received gunshot wounds and have been shifted to hospital for treatment. The injured have identified as Iqbal Lone from Baramulla and Parvinder from Uttar Pradesh.”The slain ultras were trying to enter Srinagar. They might have been upto something. But the CRPF and SOG were able to foil their nefarious designs,” said Jha.The incident occurred just 24 hours after CRPF foiled a major fidayeen attack on their convoy near Sinthan Chowk on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Anantnag district. Six CRPF troopers were injured in the incident.

Sushma Swaraj to make statement on Indo-Pak ties on December 10

The National Security Advisors (NSAs) of India and Pakistan, accompanied by Foreign Secretaries of their respective nations, met in Bangkok on Sunday and held discussions on various issues of mutual interest, including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir.

Sushma Swaraj will travel to Islamabad on December 8 to attend the Heart of Asia Security Conference.
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Upon her returns from Islamabad, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on December 10 will be making a statement on the latest developments that have taken place in diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan. This was informed to the members of the Upper House on Monday after they raised their concerns over the latest developments.The National Security Advisors (NSAs) of India and Pakistan, accompanied by Foreign Secretaries of their respective nations, met in Bangkok on Sunday and held discussions on various issues of mutual interest, including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir. Both the nations agreed to carry forward the constructive engagement, stated a joint press statement issued following the meeting.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swaraj will travel to Islamabad on December 8 to attend the Heart of Asia Security Conference. She will be accompanied by foreign secretary S Jaishankar. Taking up legislative business, the House decided to refer the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill to its one of the Select Committees for examination.The Bill makes giving of a bribe and offence for individuals and commercial organisation, and enlarges the definition of taking a bribe. There are some issues that require consideration, which can be found here.Discussion on the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill was initiated in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill prohibits the reporting of a corruption-related disclosure if it falls under any 10 categories of information. Members of the opposition argued that the Bill should be referred to a committee for detailed scrutiny and should be passed after taking the House into confidence.During the debate on the Bill, several members pointed out that while the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill states that the 10 prohibited categories are modelled on those under the RTI Act, such a comparison may not be appropriate. Unlike the RTI Act, disclosures under the Bill are not made public, but in confidence to a high-level constitutional or statutory authority.A discussion was also held on the situation in Nepal and the state of Indo-Nepal relations. The discussion was initiated by Pavan Verma, while Swaraj replied at the end of the debate. The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill was passed by the Upper House. The Bill specified territorial jurisdiction of courts for filing cases of cheque bouncing. The Bill has been passed by the Lower House previously.Meanwhile, four bills — Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, Industries (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill and Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill — were introduced in the Lok Sabha. The Standing Committee examining the Lokpal and Lokayuktas and other related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014 submitted its report.The amendment is proposed to provide that the Leader of Opposition recognised as such in the Lok Sabha or where there is no such Leader of Opposition, the leader of the single largest opposition party in that House shall be a Member of the Selection Committee. The Committee is of the view that the amendment is both necessary and appropriate and accordingly recommends it.The Lok Sabha passed the High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill. The Lower House also took up a discussion on the drought situation in various parts of the country.

EAM Sushma Swaraj to visit Pakistan for multilateral conference tomorrow, to hold talks with Sartaj Aziz

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Islamabad on Tuesday on a two-day visit during which she will hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz and attend a multilateral conference on Afghanistan.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Islamabad on Tuesday on a two-day visit during which she will hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz and attend a multilateral conference on Afghanistan.”External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to lead Indian delegation for ‘Heart of Asia’ 5th Ministerial Meeting on Afghanistan on December 9 in Islamabad,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweetedSwaraj’s visit comes two days after talks between the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan on Sunday in Bangkok, where they discussed terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and a range of key bilateral issues apart from agreeing to carry forward the “constructive” engagement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The External Affairs Minister will call on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and meet his Adviser on Foreign Affairs Aziz on the sidelines of the ‘Heart of Asia’ regional conference on Afghanistan on Wednesday.Her visit comes three years after former External Affairs Minister S M Krishna travelled to Islamabad in 2012 when the countries also inked a visa liberalisation pact.During her visit, Swaraj will be accompanied by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, who was also present during the four-hour-long meeting between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Naseer Janjua in the Thai capital.The joint statement after the meeting of NSAs said the talks were held pursuant to a meeting between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the climate meet in Paris, rejecting the version given by the Indian side then that it was a mere “exchange of courtesies” although Sharif had told Pakistani media that he had a “good meeting” and “doors of dialogue should open”.Before Paris, Modi and Sharif had held bilateral meeting in Russian city of Ufa where they decided that their NSAs would meet to discuss all “terror-related” issues.However, Pakistan had called-off Aziz’ visit after New Delhi had made it clear that he would not be allowed to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders in the Indian capital.

Indo-Pak NSA talks: Congress dubs it a ‘grand betrayal’ by Modi govt; BJP hails meeting

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with his Pakistani counterpart Nasser Khan at a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday.

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Congress on Sunday termed the secret meeting of National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan in Bangkok as a “grand betrayal” of the Modi government and reflection of “flip-flops” over its Pakistan policy.”It’s a grand betrayal. It’s a betrayal of everything that this government has ostensibly, publicly espoused,” Congress leader Manish Tewari said. Asked about the meeting between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Janjua in Bangkok, Tewari said this is absolutely “crowning glory” after two sides had engaged in mutual blame game earlier resulting in cancellation of talks.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”If you look at the track record of this government over the past 18 months, their Pakistan policy has been an extravaganza, a somersault, flip-flops and 180-degree U-turns and this is absolutely the crowning glory,” he said.After the verbal calisthenics that one witnessed between the foreign minister and the then NSA of Pakistan Sartaz Aziz, now suddenly without any provocation, without explaining to the country as to what has changed between September, 2015 and December 2015, the government decides to re-engage and that too in Bangkok, he said.Talks underway (PTI)Tewari said if the talks were so essential, government should have explained the rationale behind it and held it either in New Delhi or Islamabad. “If you felt that engagement with Pakistan is so essential, then the correct way to do it would be to stand up, explain the rationale and say that we have been making mistake after mistake in calling off the engagement with Pakistan and therefore, we are now going to persist with the broad spectrum engagement ,” he said.On its part, BJP supported the NSA talks saying that it was in the spirit of Ufa statement by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif. “The spirit of the Ufa statement is exactly what we are seeing in play here…we have seen that the last two opportunities have not been translated into direct talks. The first between the foreign secretaries and the second one being just after Ufa between the NSAs, that got cancelled out. So, I think we need to see it in that context,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said. Kohli said the talks were held in Bangkok to avoid the media attention and the excitement that Indo-Pak relationship generates. “Indo-Pak relationship is subject to an ultra-microscopic approach in terms of the excitement it generates within a whole segment, including the media so perhaps that may be a reason,” he said.Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah welcomed the talks, saying holding them away from media glare can lead to “quiet progress”. “Good to see India and Pakistan resume the dialogue process,” Omar wrote on microblogging site twitter. “Perhaps this is the way quiet progress will be made away from each other’s capitals and the glare of media driven expectations,” he tweeted.

Police jawan killed, another critical in Chhattisgarh landmine blast

Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army week by Naxals, begins with a landmine attack.

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A police jawan was killed, on Wednesday, and another personnel critically injured in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, as the rebels struck on the first day of the Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army week observed by CPI (Maoist).The explosion occurred in the morning when a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and district police was out on an operation under Koyalibeda police station limits, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena said.When the security forces were cordoning-off a forested patch near Markanar village, located nearly 300 kms from here, in north Bastar, the Naxals triggered the blast in which two jawans of the district police force were seriously injured, Meena said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reinforcement was soon rushed to the spot and the injured policemen were airlifted to Raipur for treatment.”Assistant constable Baijuram Potai died during treatment at a hospital in Raipur, while the condition of constable Santram Netam is critical,” Jitendra Singh said.A combing operation is underway in the region to nab the attackers, he said.Security has been tightened across the insurgency-hit areas of Chhattisgarh, particularity in Bastar region, as the Maoists are observing the PLGA week from Wednesday till December 8 to commemorate their slain leaders.The Naxals hold meetings and gatherings during this period to spread their propaganda, recruits new members, review military operations besides carrying out attacks on security forces.

Completely curb cattle-smuggling along Bangla border: Home Minister Rajnath Singh to BSF

The minister said many delegations from various parts of the country had met him in the past and congratulated him for bringing down the menace of illegal transport of cattle.

The BSF has been urged by the government to ensure a total clampdown in cattle-smuggling along the porous India-Bangladesh border even as a 70 per cent decline has been recorded in this illegal activity in the last several months. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while taking salute at the 50th ‘Raising Day’ celebrations of the Border Security Force here, complimented the troops for ensuring effective curb on this cross-border menace, and added that the respect for the troops of this historic force has grown in the entire country for accomplishing this task. “The steps you took to stop cattle smuggling along the India-Bangladesh border have brought a sharp decline in (the instances of) cattle-smuggling, and your respect has grown in entire India (due to this)…from April this year till now, these instances have come down by 70 per cent. I am assured that this force will be successful in curbing cattle-smuggling hundred per cent,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minister said many delegations from various parts of the country had met him in the past and congratulated him for bringing down the menace of illegal transport of cattle, but, he said, “I want to convey these good wishes to you (Border Security Force personnel).” It was the same occasion last year here when the Home Minister had asked the personnel and officers of this largest border guarding force of the country to mount effective vigil and stop cattle-smuggling instances which have become rampant along this frontier. The minister early this year had addressed the troops of the force at a border camp in South Bengal frontier and not only complimented them for checking animal-smuggling but reiterated that these efforts need to be more effective.The BSF guards the 4,096-km-long Indo-Bangla border which is interspersed with riverine, dense forests and hilly terrains. He also lauded the force for giving a “befitting reply” against ceasefire violations along India’s border with Paksitan.

Dawood Ibrahim has bases in Pakistan; keeps changing location: Govt to Lok Sabha

Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had told Parliament that the government would leave no stone unturned in bringing back Dawood.

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim has bases in Pakistan though he keeps shifting his location from time to time, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Inputs available from different agencies suggest that Dawood, a prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, has bases in Pakistan and keeps changing his location from time to time, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary told the House.He said that India has from time to time been apprising Pakistani authorities of details concerning Dawood, including passports and his reported addresses in the neighbouring country, with the request that he be handed over for facing trial here for terrorist activities and other offences.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The government will keep pursuing this matter through different channels to ensure that Pakistan and its agencies fulfil their international obligations in the context of the Red Corner Notice issued against Dawood Ibrahim and the relevant UN Security Council resolution,” he said in reply to a written question.Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had told Parliament that the government would leave no stone unturned in bringing back Dawood.”The Indian government is committed to bringing back Dawood,” he had said.

Check tndte.com for Tamil Nadu Polytechnic Diploma Results October 2015

The wait is finally over.

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The wait is finally over. Tamil Nadu Polytechnic Diploma Results for October 2015 has been published. For checking the result students have to first log on to tndte.com. Students for all the three years can access their result there under the poly exam process. Students need to keep their registration number handy. They can access their result after entering their registration number, date of birth and answering the security question.

Delhi court remands BSF constable accused of spying to seven day police custody

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday sent in seven-day police custody BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed who has been arrested on the charge of supplying confidential information to Pakistan’s spy agency ISI.

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Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal remanded Rasheed in police custody till December 7 to allow Delhi Police to question him.

Rasheed, posted with the Border Security Force’s intelligence wing, was arrested along with Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja of Rajouri district on the charge of obtaining secret information related to India’s national security and passing it on to the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan.

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Dreaded ISIS a live threat, says top army commander

The army commander’s statement comes just 12 days after the Jammu and Kashmir director general of police (DGP) K Rajendra Kumar said there was no ISIS ideology in the valley.

Indian Army on Saturday pressed an alarm button calling the dreaded Islamic State (IS) a “live threat”, even as the top cop of Jammu and Kashmir had just 12 days ago categorically ruled out the influence of ISIS ideology in the valley.”The IS is a live threat that cannot be ignored. It is a cause of concern and we are monitoring it… All the security forces and the intelligence agencies are monitoring this. That is all I can say,” Lieutenant General Satish Dua, General Officer Commander (GOC) of Army’s 15 Corps, told mediapersons in Srinagar on Saturday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The army commander’s statement comes just 12 days after the Jammu and Kashmir director general of police (DGP) K Rajendra Kumar said there was no ISIS ideology in the valley.”Every case (or raising ISIS flags) is being investigated. We have not seen such (ISIS) ideology in Kashmir,” Rajendra told reporters at Kishtwar in Jammu division on November 16.Lieutenant General Dua’s statement comes two days after inspector general of Border Security Force (BSF) Jammu frontier Rakesh Sharma said it is being believed that ISIS can support Pakistani terrorists who are operating on the Line of Control and International Border.”It is being believed that ISIS can support Pakistani terrorists who are operating on the LOC and IB. Intelligence agencies accept it and there are also inputs. Let us see how things pan out in future”, Sharma said.IG BSF however hastened to add that there are no inputs (about ISIS trying to sneak into the state). “However, we are keeping pace with what is happening in the world. Terrorist can do anything anywhere in the world. We also become vulnerable. We have taken adequate measures. We have sensitized our ground commanders that they should be carefully examining the situation developing in front of them,” he said.Kashmir valley has been witnessing hoisting of ISIS flags and banners by some masked youth particularly in old city after Friday prayers.Sources said police had picked up several youth since the hoisting of the flags last year, but investigation did not reveal any organizational structure for the ISIS in the valley. Even separatist leaders have openly condemned ISIS and stated that there are no traces of the dreaded outfit in the valley.

Nawaz Sharif tells David Cameron that Pakistan is ready for dialogue with India: Geo News

Valletta (Malta): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has indicated that Pakistan is ready for a dialogue with India without pre-conditions for sustainable peace, according to Pakistani TV channel Geo News.

Sharif is said to have given this indication during a meeting with his British counterpart David Cameron on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Valletta on Friday.

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The channel reported that Sharif said Pakistan intends to maintain friendly relations with all its neighbours including India and Afghanistan.

Ties have been strained between the two neighbours over border firing and a series of ceasefire violations. Talks between National Security Advisors of the two countries were cancelled in August because of a dispute over the agenda.

India wanted to discuss terror attacks and Pakistan insisted on raising Kashmir.

The Pakistani Prime Minister told Cameron that Pakistan was deeply saddened by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and that his country, itself being victim of terrorism, could feel the pain of French people.

The two leaders expressed long term commitment to work together for greater security and prosperity of their countries.

Both prime ministers reaffirmed their commitment to work in partnership for countering the shared threats of terrorism, organised crime and illegal migration, the report said.

It said Sharif and Cameron agreed to continue close collaboration in diverse fields particularly trade, investment and security and the British Prime Minister lauded Pakistan’s efforts in eradication of militancy and extremism.

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Pakistan ready to hold talks with India without pre-conditions: Nawaz Sharif

Ties have been strained between the two neighbours over border firing and a series of ceasefire violations.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has indicated that Pakistan is ready for a dialogue with India without pre-conditions for sustainable peace, according to Pakistani TV channel Geo News. Sharif is said to have given this indication during a meeting with his British counterpart David Cameron on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) here yesterday. The channel reported that Sharif said Pakistan intends to maintain friendly relations with all its neighbours including India and Afghanistan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ties have been strained between the two neighbours over border firing and a series of ceasefire violations. Talks between National Security Advisors of the two countries were cancelled in August because of a dispute over the agenda. India wanted to discuss terror attacks and Pakistan insisted on raising Kashmir. The Pakistani Prime Minister told Cameron that Pakistan was deeply saddened by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and that his country, itself being victim of terrorism, could feel the pain of French people.The two leaders expressed long term commitment to work together for greater security and prosperity of their countries. Both prime ministers reaffirmed their commitment to work in partnership for countering the shared threats of terrorism, organised crime and illegal migration, the report said.It said Sharif and Cameron agreed to continue close collaboration in diverse fields particularly trade, investment and security and the British Prime Minister lauded Pakistan s efforts in eradication of militancy and extremism.

Alert to Islamic State threat, BSF arms itself with cutting-edge equipment, aggressive strategies

The Border Security Force (BSF) is not treating the recent rise in threat from global terror outfit Islamic State (IS) casually, especially after its recent attacks in Paris and the article ‘Revival of Jihad in Bengal’ published in its magazine Dabiq. Instead, the world’s largest border guarding force has been closely monitoring every move on the borders that India shares with Bangladesh and Pakistan.

“IS has posed a big security challenge for the world across. We’re conscious, alert, well equipped and closely monitoring to check any infiltration into the country from across the border,” said BSF Director-General DK Pathak on Friday.

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The country witnessed a rise in cases of infiltration (62 failed attempts) this year in comparison to 48 cases in 2014. “There has been a desperate bid to infiltrate from across the border, which we have prevented successfully. Often under the cover of firing across LoC, infiltration attempts are made,” he said.

Regarding infiltration into West Bengal from Bangladesh, Pathak denied of any such activity in recent times, and said, “To our best of knowledge no infiltration has taken place through Bangladesh-West Bengal border. However, one-fourth of the Bangladesh border is riverine, which opens up the risk of infiltration.”

In a bid to make the extremely porous Indo-Bangladesh border secure, the BSF has adopted an aggressive strategy. Besides mapping of Border on Posts (BOPs), a special joint task force has been set up with Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) to check smuggling of fake Indian currency notes (FICN), illegal migration, human trafficking, Phensedyl smuggling and cattle smuggling.

Keeping with the government’s present combat policy, the BSF has taken an aggressive stance while dealing with infiltrators — be it terrorists or smugglers. “The earlier stand of not retaliating to the attacks of infiltrators has led to casualties of our troop members. Non-lethal strategy can’t be used at the cost of casualties of our men. We try to follow non-lethal means as far as possible, but not beyond a limit and this strategy has reduced injury and casualty rates of our troops,” asserted Pathak.

“We’ve equipped our troops with the latest equipment like LORROS, HHTI, BFSR, NVGs and night vision devices to enhance the surveillance capabilities at cutting edge levels. This year we’ve made record seizures of 280.54 kg of heroin on India-Pakistan border,” the DG said.

The BSF, which is celebrating its golden jubilee year, has introduced direct entry of women officers in the rank of assistant commandant for the first time in its history and initiated acquisition of modern weapons and equipment to give teeth to the Force’s efforts against infiltration and terrorism.

“BSF men have proved their mettle by facing hostilities from across the border over the decades. Now, we’re strengthening our forces in difficult terrains with newly-acquired sand scooters for patrolling international border along the sandy terrain of Rajasthan. We’ve expanded our air wing by inducting two advanced Mi-17 V5 helicopters, which will be helpful for our troops on borders and in the hinterland during anti-Naxal operations. We’ve procured four new American-made Fast Attack Crafts that can cover one kilometer in 15-20 sec, with a speed of 30-35 nautical miles. These crafts are bullet-proof and fitted with arms, with latest stealth technology that enhance operations at the water,” added Pathak.

Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, ISI motivating militants to wage war against India: BSF

“Hafiz Saeed is provoking terrorists time and again. We recently got inputs that he goes to the terror camps and delivers motivational speeches asking militants that we need to do something (attacks). When preachers will provoke (militants), then there will be more attacks,” Rakesh Sharma, inspector general of BSF, Jammu frontier, told reporters in Jammu.

On the seventh anniversary of the 26/11 terror attack, Border Security Force (BSF) dropped a bomb saying that the Mumbai attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed was working in tandem with the Pakistani security forces and visiting terror camps to motivate militants to launch attacks on India.The revelation comes in the backdrop of intelligence reports that Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) is again trying to foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir by working out to forge an alliance of top three terrorist outfits – the LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“Hafiz Saeed is provoking terrorists time and again. We recently got inputs that he goes to the terror camps and delivers motivational speeches asking militants that we need to do something (attacks). When preachers will provoke (militants), then there will be more attacks,” Rakesh Sharma, inspector general of BSF, Jammu frontier, told reporters in Jammu.Sharma said Pakistan security forces are complicit in allowing Saeed, who also heads Jamat-ud-Dawa, to carry out his activities in the border areas.“If Hafiz Saeed can openly and without any hindrance operate in the border area, it is an indication that Pakistani security forces are involved with him. It is as simple as that. If they are interested to maintain peace and tranquility on the International Border (IB), they can stop (him) but they do not,” he said.“I would say that any security force, who want nothing to happen in their area of responsibility definitely forces its will. If it is not forced it is a clear indication (of their complicity)”, he said.What has however created a stir in the security establishment are the intelligence inputs that the ISI has brought about 30 highly trained terrorists from the three outfits into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) region from Peshawar to infiltrate the Line of Control (LoC) and launch attacks on the security forces.The fresh intelligence comes days after the earlier intelligence alert proved correct and almost following the written script JeM launched an attack at an army camp in the border town of Tangdhar in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday.Sources said that the ISI has instructed the terrorists to carry out terror attacks in Kashmir valley over the next one month and before the routes in the upper reaches are closed down due to heavy snowfall.“Apparently, the ISI has got frustrated because of the high degree of vigilance maintained by our troops along the LoC and the border as most of the terrorists are being neutralised or forced to retreat. This perhaps is the reason why it has brought all the three outfits together,” sources said. terror mastermind, ISI motivating militants to wage war against IndiaISIS involvementWhat has added a new dimension to the whole saga are the apprehensions that ISIS may support the Pakistani militants operating on the other side of Line of Control and IB”It is being believed that ISIS can support Pakistani terrorists who are operating on the LOC and IB. Intelligence agencies accept it and there are also inputs. Let us see how things pan out in future”, Sharma said.IG BSF however hastened to add that there are no inputs (about ISIS trying to sneak into the state). “However, we are keeping pace with what is happening in the world. Terrorist can do anything anywhere in the world. We also become vulnerable. We have taken adequate measures. We have sensitized our ground commanders that they should be carefully examining the situation developing in front of them”, he said.

Intolerance debate – ‘Incredible India’ not worth Aamir Khan, says Haryana minister Anil Vij

They are just actors specialist in making somersault,” the Health and Sports said in a tweet.

The senior minister also termed Khan’s remarks on the intolerance issue as “unnecessary and untimely” and urged him to review it.

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Haryana minister Anil Vij on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Aamir Khan for his remarks on intolerance, saying the actor is not “worth” being the brand ambassador of ‘Incredible India’ campaign. The minister also said that actors with such opinions should not be made brand ambassadors as they are “specialist in somersault”. “Incredible India not worth living – Aamir Khan. Don’t make them Brand Ambassadors. They are just actors specialist in making somersault,” the Health and Sports said in a tweet.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The outspoken minister had yesterday given a new twist to the intolerance issue, alleging some people were raking it up at Pakistan’s behest to thwart India’s chances of getting permanent membership of the UN Security Council.The senior minister also termed Khan’s remarks on the intolerance issue as “unnecessary and untimely” and urged him to review it. An ambassador of ‘Incredible India’, a government’s campaign to promote tourism, Khan was at the centre of a raging debate on Monday after he expressed “alarm and despondency” over the rise in incidents of intolerance in the last six to eight months.

Nirbhaya case: Delhi police to book juvenile under NSA?

The convict will be released in December after the completion of his three years in the correctional home.

the juvenile convicted in the case

Delhi police is contemplating to book the juvenile convicted in Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case under the National Security Act. The juvenile is due to come out of the remand home in less than a month. The convict will be released in December after the completion of his three years in the correctional home. According to reports, senior Delhi police officials met with some senior lawyers to seek an opinion on the issue. If booked under the National Security Act, his detention can stretch for one year. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Intelligence Bureau report had also previously stated that the teenager who is now 21 had been radicalised by one of the suspect of the 2011 Delhi High Court blast and was being was being motivated for jihad.Parents of the gangrape victim had also earlier approached the National Human Rights Commission, to seek for a stay on his release, IBN reportedAn NHRC statement stated, “Parents have stated that the juvenile, who was largely responsible for the death of their daughter and was the most brutal amongst all the offenders, is supposed to be released sometime in December. They have submitted that such persons are threat to the life and liberty of the common man. There should be a mechanism to keep a strict check on them so that people are not subjected to any risk of being harmed. The complainants have also stated that the rate of recidivism (committing crimes again) is fairly high.”

China for closer ties with India to remove ‘cancer’ of terror

The joint action plan was finalised during the just- concluded visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to China

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Terming terrorism a “cancer” that needed to be removed jointly by world community, China today called for close cooperation between Indian and Chinese security establishments as the two countries for the first time worked out a joint mechanism to combat the menace.The joint action plan was finalised during the just- concluded visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to China. Commenting on Singh’s visit, first by an Indian Home Minister in a decade, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters here that during his meeting with Singh last week Premier Li Keqiang called for close cooperation between law enforcement forces of both the countries to combat terrorism, which has become a menace to the world.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”During the meeting Li pointed out that the world is filled with both conventional and unconventional security threats and the situation is becoming serious,” Hong said. He said law enforcement agencies of the two sides should enhance cooperation to jointly maintain social stability and create favourable conditions for economic development to jointly safeguard world peace and tranquillity. “Terrorism is a cancer that needs to be removed jointly by the international community,” Hong said commenting on Paris and Mali attacks.Singh winded up his visit on Monday after extensive talks between the two security establishments which have until now remained apart, especially due to China’s close ties with Pakistan and Beijing’s suspicions over Indo-US relations. He visited Chinese internal security institutions both in Beijing and Shanghai. Singh held substantive talks with China’s top security officials — Guo Shengkun, State Councillor of the ruling Communist Party and Public Security Minister; and China’s security Czar Meng Jianzhu. Both sides agreed to form a ministerial committee and a joint secretary-level mechanism to periodically meet and review cooperation.Also, the two home ministries decided to form dedicated channels for continuous communication to exchange intelligence on terrorism and other security-related issues like cross-border crimes and drug trafficking. The two sides have already completed five rounds of anti-terrorism exercises between them. Besides coordinating positions on international terrorism, both sides agreed to exchange intelligence on terrorist groups, activities and their links.The talks also covered India’s concerns over China blocking its move to get UN to take action against Pakistan for releasing Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. New Delhi’s move was stuck at UN’s Sanctions Committee after China called for more information. Singh earlier told media here that he raised the issue with his Chinese counterpart and both sides are exchanging information in this regard. India is hopeful China will reconsider its move.

Woman committed suicide by jumping in front of the Delhi metro, say police

Delhi: An unidentified young woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a Delhi Metro train on Sunday evening, police said.

The incident took place at the Yamuna Bank station around 6.10 p.m.

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A Central Industrial Security Force officer said that the CCTV footage showed the woman who was in her mid-20s, wandering aimlessly at the metro station for more than 10 minutes before jumping in front of an arriving metro train at platform number three.

“We did not recover any suicide note from her possession. Metro services on the route were disrupted for around 20 minutes after the incident,” the officer said.

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Guerilla hideout busted in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: Security forces on Sunday busted a guerrilla hideout in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, said the police.

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“Security forces comprising the 39 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group (SOG) busted a militant hideout in Mendhar area of Poonch district today (Sunday),” a police officer said.

A pistol with magazine, 61 pistol rounds, 105 rounds of AK-47, one AK-47 magazine, four Chinese grenades and one radio set were recovered from the site, he said adding that there were no arrests.

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Over 5,500 security force men martyred in line of duty in last 24 years in Jammu and Kashmir

Figures released by the Jammu and Kashmir police reveal that around 5,504 security force men including army, paramilitary soldiers and cops have died fighting militants from 1990 to 2014 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Army jawans carry the body of Colonel Santosh Y Mahadik during his last rites in Satara, Maharashtra on Thursday. Mahadik was killed in a gunfight with militants in the Haji Naka forest area of Kupwara

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War against terror has claimed the lives of over 5,500 security forces men and officers in the strife torn Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 years.Figures released by the Jammu and Kashmir police reveal that around 5,504 security force men including army, paramilitary soldiers and cops have died fighting militants from 1990 to 2014 in Jammu and Kashmir.In 1990, when Kashmir was up in flames, around 150 security force men were killed by militants. Around 173 security forces men were killed in 1991 and 189 in 1992. The security forces fatalities increased every year with militants unleashing a wave of violence across the state.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 198 security force men were killed in 1993 followed by 200 in 1994, 237 in 1995, 189 in 1996, 216 in 1997, 268 in 1998 and 407 in 1999.The turn of the decade was the bloodiest for the security forces with casualties mounting dramatically. For instance, around 482 security force men were killed in 2000 followed by 613 in 2001, 539 in 2002, 384 in 2003 and 330 in 2004.”It was the bloodiest phase for the security forces. There are number of reasons for that. The number of foreign militants was very high. Fidayeen attacks, suicide bombings and car bombs had increased resulting in mounting casualties to the forces,” said a counter-terrorism expert.Security forces however were quick to adapt to new age militancy and therefore they adopted a proactive approach which helped them in minimising their casualties and dealt a crushing blow to ultras.Official figures reveal that in 2005, around 244 security forces men died fighting militancy. In 2006, 182 security force men died in the line of duty followed by 122 in 2007.From 2008 onward the security forces were able to break the backbone of the militants in Jammu and Kashmir. With the result the causalities of the security forces came down from three digit figures to two digit figures.Official figures reveal that security forces lost 85 men in 2008 followed by 79 in 2009 and 69 in 2010. In 2011, 33 security forces men were killed fighting militants followed by 15 in 2012, 53 in 2013 and 47 in 2014.”Anti infiltration and counter terrorist operation is a continuous process. It is regular feature. Situation is under control. Terrorist actions and crime is on decline,” K Rajendra Kumar, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir told reporters in Kishtwar on Monday.

Talking parrots, goggles on board delay Air India flight

It was a bird-hit of a different kind. Air India flight AI 676, from Kolkata to Mumbai, got delayed by about an hour on Wednesday morning because of some caged parrots on board. As the parrots started whistling and talking continuously, passengers were irritated and fuming. Varsha Sethia, a marketing professional, who was on board the flight, said in a series of tweets: “ A passenger is carrying parrots on #AirIndia flight. And they are whistling! :)) Crew clueless why it was allowed.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the passengers insisted that the parrots be off-loaded as he could get allergy from its dust and feathers. “Someone objected on grounds of allergy. Now bird de-boarded. Flight even more late. Everyone shouting,” Sethia said in her second tweet.After off loading the parrots, AI 676 took off about an hour later from the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport. An airline official said that a passenger carried two parrots, along with him, after complying with airline rules. They were kept in a cage in the passengers’ section. However, two co-passengers objected to the presence of parrots on health grounds. Hence, parrots were moved to the cargo section. Senior officers of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said, generally, animals and birds of permissible species are allowed to be carried in cages and to be kept in the cargo section. On rare occasions, they can be carried in the passenger’s section but with health and vaccine certification from veterinarians. “Though it is not illegal, birds/animals are rarely taken in the passenger section,” said a senior Air India crew member.In the same flight, one of the passengers wearing goggles was asked to remove it by crew members, apparently due to safety reasons. “This flight is a live circus! Crew objected to a passenger wearing sunglasses for take off.Security reasons they say!,” Sethia further tweeted. An airline source said that one can stop a passenger from wearing goggles inside the flight only if he is a suspected criminal. “The crew member here has, obviously, over-reacted,” he said. The Air India official, who commented on the parrots, did not comment on the goggle episode.

India, Afghanistan discusses key bilateral, regional issues

During foreign office consultations today which were led by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Deputy Afghan Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, the two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation and various aspects of regional security, particularly the menace of terrorism.

The consultations came close on the heels of a visit by Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar last week during which he had held discussions with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar as well as his counterpart Ajit Doval

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India and Afghanistan on Tuesday discussed key bilateral and regional issues including the security situation in the war-torn country amid India’s commitment to strengthen the defence capability of that country.During foreign office consultations today which were led by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Deputy Afghan Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, the two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation and various aspects of regional security, particularly the menace of terrorism.”A Neighbour & a Friend. Foreign Secretary & Dy FM Hekmat Karzai lead #IndiaAfghanistan Foreign Office Consultations,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The consultations came close on the heels of a visit by Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar last week during which he had held discussions with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar as well as his counterpart Ajit Doval.During Atmar’s visit, the two countries had discussed ways and means to enhance cooperation to strengthen Afghanistan’s defence capability for safeguarding its security and combating all forms of terrorism.

Government issues high alert, says ISIS expanding area of terror

With a view to avert any terror incident in India, the Home Ministry has asked security forces to keep a tight vigil at airports, railway stations, bus terminus, markets and religious places.

In the wake of Paris attacks, government has asked the security establishment to be on high alert and ordered stepped up protective measures at foreign missions, including that of the US and France, warning that the intent of ISIS was clearly to expand the area of terror.The Home Ministry has issued an advisory saying that “Available inputs about ISIS activities should be immediately reviewed to identify plans, targets areas vulnerable to attack by ISIS and appropriate action is taken to neutralise potential threat if any.” “ISIS is not a threat for any particular country but for the entire world. India is alert about ISIS,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the advisory sent on Monday, the Home Ministry said the recent multiple attacks in Paris clearly indicate the intention of the outfit (ISIS) to expand the area of terror action beyond the core area of Iraq and Syria. “It is therefore necessary that security establishment is kept on high alert to prevent any untoward incident,” it said.Accordingly, suitable preventive measures may be taken at and around foreign missions and other establishments or symbolic sites including synagogues, ‘Chabad Houses’, tourist spots and community facilities frequently visited by foreigners.”The security arrangements for the diplomatic establishments of France, USA, UK, Germany, Russia, Australia, Turkey and Israel may be particularly reviewed and strengthened,” it said. The Home Ministry said though the ISIS has not been able to establish any significant presence in India, its success in radicalising some youth, attracting certain sections of local population or Indian diaspora to physically participate in its activities or the possibility of piggy backing on terrorist groups operating in India have opened up the possibility of ISIS sponsored terrorist action on Indian territory.With a view to avert any terror incident in India, the Home Ministry has asked security forces to keep a tight vigil at airports, railway stations, bus terminus, markets and religious places. The advisory says that security should be beefed up, including at all foreign embassies and consulates. Security forces have been asked to increase vigil and post additional police personnel outside all embassies and high commissions here and consulates in different cities across the country.Sources said the step has been taken as a precautionary measure as terrorists of banned Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) and Indian Mujahideen have been conspiring to target foreign missions in India. LeT has details of various Chabad houses as the Pakistani-American citizen David Headley, at present undergoing 35-year prison term in Chicago, had carried out reconnaissance at these places.Indian security establishment suggests that around 20-odd Indians are currently fighting for ISIS in Iraq-Syria. They include two youth from Kalyan in the outskirts of Mumbai, an Australia-based Kashmiri, one youth from Telangana, one from Karnataka, one Oman-based Indian and another Singapore-based Indian.Last year, a youth from Kalyan had returned home after spending about six-months with ISIS. He was arrested upon arrival in Mumbai. Among the six Indians, who fought alongside ISIS and got killed were three Indian Mujahideen terrorists, including Sultan Ajmer Shah and Bada Sajid, who had joined its ranks after being in Pakistan, two from Maharashtra and one from Telangana.On September 15, the UAE deported four Indians suspected to have links with ISIS. The UAE had also sent back in September a 37-year-old woman, Afsha Jabeen alias Nicky Joseph, who was allegedly involving in recruiting youths for ISIS.In January, Salman Mohiuddin of Hyderabad was arrested at Hyderabad airport when he was preparing to board a flight to Dubai on way to Syria via Turkey. So far, 17 young men, mostly from Telangana, have been prevented from travelling to Syria, ostensibly to join ISIS.

Why Naxals never attack churches in Chhattisgarh, asks RSS leader

Stating that he was putting “a few questions” before the Christian community and others working in Bastar region, RSS leader Indresh Kumar said arms and huge sums of foreign money have been supplied to Naxals.
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Calling churches and Christians to play an “active role” in eradicating Left wing extremism, senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Sunday wondered why Naxals have “never targeted” the minority community in Chhattisgarh.”Development can be achieved (only) through peace and brotherhood and not through violence. I have raised a few questions keeping in view Chhattisgarh which has been suffering from the menace of Naxalism with a high degree. Naxals have never targeted churches and priests just because they serve them or is there some other reason?” he asked, while interacting with reporters on the sidelines of a programme organised by Forum for Awareness of National Security (FANS) here, to discuss Left wing insurgency prevailing in south Chhattisgarh.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that he was putting “a few questions” before the Christian community and others working in Bastar region, the RSS leader said arms and huge sums of foreign money have been supplied to Naxals.”…People from media, society and government provide information regarding illegal activities being carried out in the region. Have churches ever tipped off media or government about such kind of violent and illegal activities in the region?” he asked.However, Indresh clarified that he was not questioning integrity of churches.”My intention is not to criticise churches. I know they are committed to India and their people believe in serving the nation, but I want their active role in eradicating Naxalism, therefore I have put forth these issues. They should decide whether Naxal movement has brought life or death to the region, educated people or snatched away literacy from them, ensured better health or ruined health facilities, triggered development or stalled growth,” he said.Indresh also appealed to the ultras to quit the path of violence and contribute in building a new Chhattisgarh.”The movement of fear should get transformed into a movement for development. It should become a movement for humanity rather than a movement of violence,” Indresh added.

India’s potential to be UNSC member has stronger resonance: President Pranab Mukherjee

India is also playing an enhanced role in diverse fora by working with like-minded nations in the UN and other multilateral organisations, he said

Referring to the recent “successful” hosting of the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit by India, he said the participation of all 54 African countries in it,

India’s potential to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council “now has a stronger resonance”, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday as he referred to the enhanced engagement with foreign countries reflected by the hosting of India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS). He said that participation of all the 54 African countries in the IAFS held here last month marks India’s entry into the club of a select group of nations having the capacity and ability to engage all of Africa simultaneously.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India is also playing an enhanced role in diverse fora by working with like-minded nations in the UN and other multilateral organisations, he said. “India has intensified engagement with the neighbours and friendly countries across the globe,” Mukherjee said while inaugurating the 35th India International Trade Fair 2015 here at Pragati Maidan.Referring to the recent “successful” hosting of the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit by India, he said the participation of all 54 African countries in it, “in foreign policy terms moved the country into a select group of nations having the capacity and ability to engage all of Africa simultaneously.” The President added that, “India is also working with like-minded countries in multilateral organisations, including United Nations, to play an enhanced role in diverse fora, from the Arctic Council and the Pacific Alliance to the UN Security Council, where India has made a legitimate claim for permanent membership. The potential of India now has a stronger resonance.”For long, India has been pitching for its inclusion in the expanded UN Security Council as a permanent member so that it can be part of the decision-making processes of the powerful world body with regard to global affairs.

India full of diversity, It is our pride and our strength: PM Modi at Wembley Stadium

Modi was addressing thousands of people, almost all of Indian origin, at a Grand Community reception in his honour at the iconic Wembley Stadium, home to rock concerts and England’s national soccer team. The event was themed ‘Two Great Nations, One Glorious Future’.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a welcome rally in his honour at Wembley Stadium in London on November 13, 2015.

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Facing attack back home over the issue of intolerance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India’s diversity was the country’s “strength and pride” and underlined the importance of peaceful co-existence.Modi also said that there is no reason for India to remain poor, asserting. “we harbor poverty for no reason.” “India is full of diversity. This diversity is our pride and it is our strength. Diversity is the speciality of India.” he said, adding that despite the country being home to diverse religions, over 100 languages and 1,500 dialects Indians have proved how to live together.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi was addressing thousands of people, almost all of Indian origin, at a Grand Community reception in his honour at the iconic Wembley Stadium, home to rock concerts and England’s national soccer team. The event was themed ‘Two Great Nations, One Glorious Future’.Courting the Indian diaspora with rock star-style tour on the second day of his three-day visit to the UK–the first by an Indian Premier in 10 years–, Modi got a rapturous welcome when he reached one of Britain’s most famous sporting venues this evening. An estimated 50,000 to 60,000 people were present at the event, according to the organisers.”Your warm welcome makes me feel home,” Modi told the biggest gathering of Indian diaspora he has ever addressed since assuming office in May 2014.Modi was introduced to the gathering by British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose wife Samantha, draped in a saree, was also present.Cameron greeted the assembled audience with a “Namaste” which drew loud cheers and followed up with another greeting “‘kem cho'(How are you?) Wembley” in Gujarati. He renewed his pitch for India getting a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.”When it comes to UN we know what needs to happen- India with a permanent seat at the UN Security Council,” Cameron said.Britain has a 1.5 million-strong Indian diaspora population. The event was held in a carnival atmosphere following celebrations for Diwali festival.Performers included Indian-origin pop star Jay Sean, popular Bollywood singer ‘Baby Doll’ Kanika Kapoor and Alisha Chinai, who belted out her famous ‘Made in India’ Hindi number of the 90s, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.A dynamic cultural show showcasing dance styles prevailing across India besides a variety of dance mixes with Bollywood songs was on display. The audience also heard classical, folk art and contemporary music performances. There was also a performance by Scottish bagpipers.Special ‘ModiExpress’ buses were deployed to transport the attendees from across the UK.Modi told the gathering that newspaper and TV headlines are not the barometer to assess a country, a veiled reference to a number of reports in the British media today that were critical of his past and his record on human rights besides bringing up the issue of perceived intolerance in India.”India is not only that much what is seen in newspapers. India is much bigger. India with its 125 crore people is much bigger and better with a preeminent position beyond the screen of Television,” he said.Referring to his meeting with leaders of the Sikh community yesterday, Modi said, “We shared our thoughts on various subjects. I understand their pain on some issues as well”.Modi said the two dreams India were working towards was a clean India and India with 24/7 electricity. “18,000 villages in India need electricity. In next 1,000 days we will ensure they get it.””The pace and direction of progress in India is such that the fruits of development will be seen very soon,” he said.”World is seeing India as a land of many opportunities”.The Prime Minister announced a direct Air India flight between Ahmedabad and London from December 15. He said this connectivity had been established in 2003 during Vajpayee government but was discontinued later.”What is the use of taking names as to who did it,” he said in apparent dig at the UPA government.During the course of his 75-minute address, Modi referred to a youth Imran Khan of Alwar in Rajasthan who made 50 mobile applications and dedicated them to the students without charging anything.”My India resides in people like Imran Khan,” he said.Stating that FDI into India has increased by 40 %, Modi said this showed the increasing international confidence in India.Setting the tone for the global summit on climate change in Paris later this month, Modi said India will take a lead in showing to the world how to deal with the problem. He said he will be hosting a meeting of countries rich in solar energy resorces to help tap the renewable energy.The Prime Minister referred to the defence sector and said efforts were on to ensure that weapons systems including submarines, tanks, planes, warships are made in India which will help the country save millions of dollars. He said all major global players in defence sector are knocking at India’s door expressing keenness to manufacture in India.Modi, who acknowledged that terrorism is a challenge to both India and the UK, asserted that the Sufi tradition is the best antidote to terrorism and anybody who understood the message of this tenet would not have picked up the gun.”Kabir and Rahim have been our inspirations. Sufi tradition is the best antidote to terrorism,” he said, adding the two main challenges facing the world today are terrorism and global warming.Addressing the issue of terrorism, Cameron said this is a threat to the very existence of the two countries and they stand shoulder-to-shoulder to tackle it, reminding the gathering about the Mumbai and London attacks.Modi said that his experience in the office in 18 months has made it clear to him that there is no reason for India to remain poor.”There is no reason for India to remain poor, we harbor poverty for no reason. I wonder why we have started pampering povery” he said, adding that India’s demographic profile is predominantly of youth and hence nobody can stall the country’s development.”65 % of the population of the country consists of people below 35 years. India is full of youth and a country which has so many youth cannot continue to lag behind. Nobody can halt its march to development,” he said.On Indo-UK relations, Modi said, “Between two vibrant democracies we are celebrating this very special relationships in this very special venue,” Modi stated.”I was told London will be cold but not so cold. Your warm welcome makes me feel at home. I am grateful to PM Cameron for his kind words,” Modi said.”I want to thank PM Cameron and acknowledge the affection he has towards India,” he added.

PM Modi reaches out to NRIs, says headlines not the barometer to assess India

PM Modi was addressing thousands of people, almost all of Indian origin, at a Grand Community reception in his honour at the iconic Wembley Stadium, home to rock concerts and England’s national soccer team.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a welcome rally in his honour at Wembley Stadium in London on November 13, 2015.

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Facing attack back home over the issue of intolerance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India’s diversity was the country’s “strength and pride” and underlined the importance of peaceful co-existence. Modi also said that there is no reason for India to remain poor, asserting. “we harbour poverty for no reason.””India is full of diversity. This diversity is our pride and it is our strength. Diversity is the speciality of India.” he said, adding that despite the country being home to diverse religions, over 100 languages and 1,500 dialects Indians have proved how to live together.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi was addressing thousands of people, almost all of Indian origin, at a Grand Community reception in his honour at the iconic Wembley Stadium, home to rock concerts and England’s national soccer team. The event was themed ‘Two Great Nations, One Glorious Future’.Courting the Indian diaspora with rock star-style tour on the second day of his three-day visit to the UK–the first by an Indian Premier in 10 years–, Modi got a rapturous welcome when he reached one of Britain’s most famous sporting venues this evening. An estimated 50,000 to 60,000 people were present at the event, according to the organisers.”Your warm welcome makes me feel home,” Modi told the biggest gathering of Indian diaspora he has ever addressed since assuming office in May 2014.Modi was introduced to the gathering by British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose wife Samantha, draped in a saree, was also present. Cameron greeted the assembled audience with a “Namaste” which drew loud cheers and followed up with another greeting “‘kem cho'(How are you?) Wembley” in Gujarati. He renewed his pitch for India getting a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.”When it comes to UN we know what needs to happen- India with a permanent seat at the UN Security Council,” Cameron said.Britain has a 1.5 million-strong Indian diaspora population. The event was held in a carnival atmosphere following celebrations for Diwali festival. Performers included Indian-origin pop star Jay Sean, popular Bollywood singer ‘Baby Doll’ Kanika Kapoor and Alisha Chinai, who belted out her famous ‘Made in India’ Hindi number of the 90s, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.A dynamic cultural show showcasing dance styles prevailing across India besides a variety of dance mixes with Bollywood songs was on display. The audience also heard classical, folk art and contemporary music performances. There was also a performance by Scottish bagpipers. Special ‘ModiExpress’ buses were deployed to transport the attendees from across the UK. Modi, who acknowledged that terrorism is a challenge to both India and the UK, asserted that the Sufi tradition is the best antidote to terrorism and anybody who understood the message of this tenet would not have picked up the gun.”Kabir and Rahim have been our inspirations. Sufi tradition is the best antidote to terrorism,” he said, adding the two main challenges facing the world today are terrorism and global warming.Addressing the issue of terrorism, Cameron said this is a threat to the very existence of the two countries and they stand shoulder-to-shoulder to tackle it, reminding the gathering about the Mumbai and London attacks. Modi said that his experience in the office in 18 months has made it clear to him that there is no reason for India to remain poor.”There is no reason for India to remain poor, we harbour poverty for no reason. I wonder why we have started pampering poverty” he said, adding that India’s demographic profile is predominantly of youth and hence nobody can stall the country’s development.”65% of the population of the country consists of people below 35 years. India is full of youth and a country which has so many youth cannot continue to lag behind. Nobody can halt its march to development,” he said.On Indo-UK relations, Modi said, “Between two vibrant democracies we are celebrating this very special relationships in this very special venue,” Modi stated.”I was told London will be cold but not so cold. Your warm welcome makes me feel at home. I am grateful to PM Cameron for his kind words,” Modi said.”I want to thank PM Cameron and acknowledge the affection he has towards India,” he added.Modi told the gathering that newspaper and TV headlines are not the barometer to assess a country, a veiled reference to a number of reports in the British media today that were critical of his past and his record on human rights besides bringing up the issue of perceived intolerance in India.”India is not only that much what is seen in newspapers. India is much bigger. India with its 125 crore people is much bigger and better with a preeminent position beyond the screen of Television,” he said.Referring to his meeting with leaders of the Sikh community on Thursday, Modi said, “We shared our thoughts on various subjects. I understand their pain on some issues as well”.Modi said the two dreams India were working towards was a clean India and India with 24/7 electricity. “18,000 villages in India need electricity. In next 1,000 days we will ensure they get it.””The pace and direction of progress in India is such that the fruits of development will be seen very soon,” he said.”World is seeing India as a land of many opportunities”.The Prime Minister announced a direct Air India flightbetween Ahmedabad and London from December 15. He said this connectivity had been established in 2003 during Vajpayee government but was discontinued later.”What is the use of taking names as to who did it,” he said in apparent dig at the UPA government. During the course of his 75-minute address, Modi referred to a youth Imran Khan of Alwar in Rajasthan who made 50 mobile applications and dedicated them to the students without charging anything.”My India resides in people like Imran Khan,” he said. Stating that FDI into India has increased by 40 per cent, Modi said this showed the increasing international confidence in India.Setting the tone for the global summit on climate change in Paris later this month, Modi said India will take a lead in showing to the world how to deal with the problem. He said he will be hosting a meeting of countries rich in solar energy resorces to help tap the renewable energy.The Prime Minister referred to the defence sector and said efforts were on to ensure that weapons systems including submarines, tanks, planes, warships are made in India which will help the country save millions of dollars. He said all major global players in defence sector are knocking at India’s door expressing keenness to manufacture in India.

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.

IANS

2 Indians among 3 injured in shooting in Saudi Arabia

Security authorities immediately rushed to the spot and started search for the gunmen.

The injured were rushed to the hospital and their condition was stated to be stable.
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Two Indians were among three persons injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a security patrol in Saudi Arabia’s troubled eastern Qatif region, an official said on Tuesday.An Interior Ministry spokesman said a traffic patrol at Alkhwaildieh district in Shia-dominated Qatif came under heavy fire from a farming area, wounding a policeman and two Indian passers-by last evening.The injured were rushed to the hospital and their condition was stated to be stable, state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted the official as saying. A car was also hit without injuring its driver, he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security authorities immediately rushed to the spot and started search for the gunmen. The ministry warned people against providing any kind of help to the attackers or to any person of the wanted.

Jammu and Kashmir: Police, security forces bust militant hideout in Ramban district

“Following the information, a massive search and combing operation was launched in the area spanning over two days under extreme inclement weather conditions,” he said.

The arms and ammunition recovered from the hideout include one AK 47 rifle with four magazines, two pistols, 250 rounds of AK 47, 30 rounds of PIKA, 10 hand grenades etc (Representational Image)

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Security forced on Monday busted a militant hideout in a forest area of Ramban district and claimed to have recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition. “The troops of Rashtriya Rifles battalion based at Nachlana under Delta Force along with Police, busted a militant hideout in the dense forest of Dachan area of Ramban district and recovered large quantity of arms, ammunition and war like stores,” a defence spokesman said. He said the hideout was tracked on the basis of a specific information from a reliable source.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Following the information, a massive search and combing operation was launched in the area spanning over two days under extreme inclement weather conditions,” he said.The arms and ammunition recovered from the hideout include one AK 47 rifle with four magazines, two pistols, 250 rounds of AK 47, 30 rounds of PIKA, 10 hand grenades, 10 Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) grenades, two radio sets, two binoculars and two wire fuses. “The hideout is believed to be of militants who have been killed in the past by security forces. Such huge recovery of arms and ammunition will definitely act as big blow to nefarious designs of terrorists,” he said.

BSF, Pakistani Rangers meet in Jammu for second time in a week

Jammu: The Border Security Forces (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers held casual contact meeting, second in less than a week, along International Border (IB) in R S Pura sector of Jammu district on Sunday.

A casual contact level meeting was held between Pak Rangers and BSF at Octerio Border Out Post (BOP) along International Border in RS Pura sector from 1510 hours to 1513 hours today, BSF sources told PTI.

BSF Director General DK Pathak shakes hands with Pakistan Rangers Director General (Punjab), Major General Umar Farooq Burki. PTIBSF Director General DK Pathak shakes hands with Pakistan Rangers Director General (Punjab), Major General Umar Farooq Burki. PTI

BSF Director General DK Pathak shakes hands with Pakistan Rangers Director General (Punjab), Major General Umar Farooq Burki. File photo: PTI

A five member BSF team discussed issues related to ceasefire violation with a four-member Pak Rangers’ team in a cordial manner.

The two sides committed to maintenance of peace along the border.

On 3 November, a Commandant-Commander-level meeting of the Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers was held in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir to reiterate commitment to peace along the Indo-Pak border during cultivation by farmers on both sides.

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Tension in Valley after youth is killed in security forces’ firing

As the news of injury reached the area, people came out of their homes and started protesting. Youth blocked several road junctions and pelted stones.

Tension has gripped the Kashmir valley after a youth was killed in the security forces’ firing on the mob at Mustafabad-Zainakote area in the Srinagar outskirts on Saturday. Police sources said a youth was hit on his head when security forces lobbed smoke shells, fired shots and used lathicharge to disperse a violent mob. He was grievously injured and shifted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences where he was declared brought dead by the doctors. The incident occurred in the evening when clashes broke out between the protesters and forces. Protesters were trying to lead a march when they were intercepted by the forces. They fired smoke shells and charged the crowd with canes to chase them away. The engagement continued for hours.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As the news of injury reached the area, people came out of their homes and started protesting. Youth blocked several road junctions and pelted stones. Security forces have rushed in reinforcements to bring the situation under control.”There is tension in the area”, said a police official. Earlier Jammu and Kashmir government foiled the `Million March’ announced by the separatists to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium but imposing curbs and curfew like restrictions across the parts of the Valley. Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in the sensitive areas of old city to prevent the people from marching towards TRC grounds, which is just 300 meters away from the venue that Modi was to address the crowd. Thousands of police and paramilitary soldiers were deployed to prevent the march. Barbed wires were rolled out at important road junctions to restrict movements and prevent the separatist march. A few women separatist supporters tried to lead a march but they were detained by the police. Awami Ithaad Party (AIP) led by independent MLA from Langate Sheikh Abdul Rashid aka Engineer Rashid tried to lead a march in the civil lines area but the security forces swung into action and dispersed the mob. In a first of its kind, protestors set off 2,000 black balloons in the air, carrying black flags and slogans against the Prime Minister’s rally. “The protestors were dispersed by police by using force, leaving three party workers injured”, said a spokesman of AIP. Stone pelting and clashes were also reported from different parts of the Valley with youth engaging security forces. The battle-like engagement continued for hours between the two sides. Kashmir Valley also observed strike on Saturday against the curbs imposed on the Million March. Most of the separatists were either detained or put under house arrest.

PM Modi to visit J&K on Saturday, elaborate security arrangements made

Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday where he would address two public rallies and also inaugurate the second phase of the Baglihar hydel project.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made with additional police and paramilitary forces deployed on the strategic Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

Modi will address a public meeting at the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium in Srinagar.

PM Modi. Agencies

PM Modi. Agencies

“The Prime Minister will inaugurate the 450 MW Baglihar Hydro Electric Project Stage-II, and lay the foundation stone for the 4-laning of the Udhampur-Ramban and Ramban-Banihal section of National Highway 44, at a function in Chanderkote, Ramban. He will also address the gathering there,” an official statement said.

The venue for the Prime Minister’s rally here – Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium – has been turned into a virtual fortress with Special Protection Group (SPG) taking over it, officials said, adding a large posse of police and paramilitary personnel have also been deployed in and around the area to secure it.

Many CCTV cameras have been installed in and around the venue to keep an eye on the movement of people.

As separatist groups have called for a parallel rally to that of Modi at Tourist Reception Centre ground – a stone’s throw from cricket stadium, the authorities have carried out a crackdown on them to foil their plans.

Several of the top separatist leaders have been taken into preventive detention while some leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq have been placed under house arrest.

A senior police officer said BSF guards, manning the International Border in the Jammu region, too have been asked to remain on high alert to foil any infiltration attempt from across the border.

Arrangements for the Prime Minister’s visit were reviewed in a high level meeting in Jammu chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.

Meanwhile, Opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has alleged that the Jammu and Kashmir government has issued instructions to government employees including police personnel and daily-rated workers to attend Modi’s rally in Srinagar .

“Colleagues tell me that their JK police guard has been drastically scaled down & the personnel ordered to participate in the 7th Nov rally (of the Prime Minister),” Omar tweeted.

The former chief minister also claimed that similar instructions have been issued to special police officers, anganwadi workers and daily wagers as PDP workers are reluctant to attend Modi’s rally.

In another tweet, he said it was shameless on part of the government to use state apparatus for Modi’s rally.

“Just saw State Govt employees in an AMBULANCE tying up banners welcoming the PM on behalf of the state Health Minister. #Shameless,” he wrote.

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Mumbai Police’s big plans for Chhota Rajan: Special jail cell, dialysis machine and a surprise meeting

The Mumbai Police is determined to get custody of Chhota Rajan and preparations are already underway.

The 55-year-old gangster’s deportation to India has been delayed due to a volcanic eruption in Indonesia which has stopped all flight services. The security agencies concerned have decided that he will initially be taken to Delhi and kept in CBI custody before being handed over to either Mumbai or Delhi cops. Security arrangements have been beefed up at CBI headquarters in anticipation of Rajan’s arrival.

Chhota Rajan in Bali's Denpasar. PTIChhota Rajan in Bali's Denpasar. PTI

Chhota Rajan in Bali’s Denpasar. PTI

But all this has not stopped the Mumbai cops from making their own plans for Rajan that will be implemented once he is in their custody.

The Indian Express reports that the powers-that-be in the Mumbai police department have decided to confront Jigna Vora, one of the accused in the murder of journalist J Dey in 2011, with Rajan. Since the Code of Criminal Procedure allows for such a provision, the cops are putting it to use in the case where they are still not sure about the motive for the murder. The working theory is that Dey wrote two articles that were not flattering to Rajan and the gangster ordered his murder.

The publication also reports that Rajan has 75 cases filed against him in Mumbai but the case to which the Crime Branch will give first priority is the Pakmodia firing case. In that case, there was a shooting outside the house of Iqbal Kaskar, brother of Dawood Ibrahim, which led to the death of Kaskar’s employee, Arif Syed Abu Bukha. Rajan, a rival of Dawood, was allegedly behind the firing.

The cops have also planned to lodge him at barrack number 12, the most secure cell at Arthur Road Jail, reports The Indian Express. It will also house a dialysis machine as the gangster has two failed kidneys.

Rajan was arrested in Bali on his arrival from Australia on October 25. His alleged crimes range from murder and extortion to smuggling and drug
trafficking.

Rajan, whose original name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje, was arrested on the basis of a Red Corner Notice from Interpol and following a tip off by Australian authorities to the police in Indonesia.

Indian authorities have already provided documents to their Indonesian counterparts about his Indian identity to facilitate his deportation.

In 2000, there was an attempt on Rajan’s life when his arch rival and India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed to escape.

The Indian team, comprising officers from CBI, Mumbai police and Delhi police, had arrived in Bali on Sunday with a detailed dossier on Rajan and his involvement in various crimes in India.

With inputs from PTI

Man throws slipper at former NSA MK Narayanan in Chennai

Chennai: Former National Security Adviser MK Narayanan was on Wednesday attacked with a slipper by a suspected pro-Tamil activist at a programme in Chennai.

According to police and eyewitnesses, the accused, identified as Prabhakaran (35), hurled the footwear at the former West Bengal Governor at a programme here to discuss about the problems of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.

MK Narayanan. AFPMK Narayanan. AFP

MK Narayanan. AFP

Narayanan did not suffer any injuries and laughed off the incident, sources said.

Prabhakaran was immediately detained by police and taken for interrogation.

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Former National Security Adviser MK Narayanan attacked with a slipper at a Chennai function

Narayanan did not suffer any injuries and laughed off the incident.
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Former National Security Adviser M K Narayanan was attacked on Wednesday with a slipper by a suspected pro-Tamil activist at a programme in Chennai.According to police and eyewitnesses, the accused, identified as Prabhakaran (35), hurled the footwear at the former West Bengal Governor at a programme here to discuss about the problems of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. Narayanan did not suffer any injuries and laughed off the incident, sources said.Prabhakaran was immediately detained by police and taken for interrogation.

BSF, Pak Rangers hold meeting to ensure peace border

A casual Wing Commander-Commandant level meeting was held between Pak Rangers and BSF at Mangu Chak Border Out Post (BOP) along International Border (IB) in Samba sector.

A Commandant-Commander-level meeting the Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers was held in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir to reiterate commitment to peace along the Indo-Pak border during cultivation by farmers on both sides.A casual Wing Commander-Commandant level meeting was held between Pak Rangers and BSF at Mangu Chak Border Out Post (BOP) along International Border (IB) in Samba sector of J&K on Tuesday, a BSF officer said here on Wednesday. The Pakistan side was led by Wing Commander Aseem Bhatti and while Officiating Commandant Y B Yadav represented the BSF at the meeting, which was held in cordial manner.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They discussed issues of maintenance of peace along borderline during the cultivation by border farmers, cleaning thick growth of grass (Sarkanda) along zero-line and other issues, the officer said. The two sides committed to maintenance of peace along the borderline, he added.

Volcanic eruption in Bali delays Chhota Rajan’s deportation

Chhota Rajan being escorted by police officers for questioning in Bali, Indonesia, on Tuesday

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National Security Advisor (NSA) AK Doval, who is supervising Rajan’s deportation, may decide to hand him over to the Mumbai police first, after speaking to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis over phone on Tuesday. Fadnavis is believed to have discussed Rajan’s custody and security arrangements in detail with Doval. He is expected to meet Doval in New Delhi on Wednesday.“The final call will be taken by the NSA after weighing all options. The Maharashtra government has already been told to be extra vigilant and keep police personnel with clean record on the job,” said sources. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajan’s deportation got delayed on Tuesday after the Bali airport was shut down because of heavy dust due to a volcanic eruption. He will be brought by the first flight available as soon as the airport starts functioning, which could be anytime on Wednesday.After an explosive revelation by Rajan in Bali that he fears for his life in Mumbai as there are many corrupt officials in the Mumbai police who are close to Dawood Ibrahim, there is an outside chance of him being handed over to the Delhi police first, said sources. The Delhi police’s special cell that has six cases against Rajan’s close associates, mainly sharpshooters, is scrutinising all details to seek Rajan’s custody.

‘India’s nuke programme among largest in developing nations’

Stating that India has “one of the largest nuclear power programmes” among developing nations, a US-based think-tank on Tuesday said by the end of 2014 India had enough weapon-grade plutonium to possess an estimated stock of atomic weapons in the range of 75-125.

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Stating that India has “one of the largest nuclear power programmes” among developing nations, a US-based think-tank on Tuesday said by the end of 2014 India had enough weapon-grade plutonium to possess an estimated stock of atomic weapons in the range of 75-125.”An estimate of India’s nuclear arsenal can be derived by considering its weapon-grade plutonium stock. The resulting estimate has a median of 138 nuclear weapons equivalent with a range of 110 to 175 weapons equivalent,” a report released by Institute for Science and International Security said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”However, the actual number of nuclear weapons India built from its stocks of weapon-grade plutonium must be less.When accounting for the amount of plutonium in the weapons production pipelines and in reserves, it is reasonable to assume that only about 70 per cent of the estimated stock of weapon-grade uranium is in nuclear weapons,” the report said.”Thus the predicted number of weapons made from its weapon-grade plutonium at the end of 2014 is about 97 with a range of 77-123. These values are rounded to 100 nuclear weapons with a range of 75 125 nuclear weapons,” the report co-authored by David Albright and Serena Kelleher-Vergantini said.Notably, Albright had led anti-India campaign both at the Congress and among the think-tanks against the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.The report ‘India’s Stocks of Civil and Military Plutonium and Highly Enriched Uranium, End 2014’ concludes that India has “one of the largest nuclear power programmes among developing nations”.The report estimated that India has made 100-200 kilogrammes of weapon-grade uranium for nuclear weapons.”Faced with a lack of information but evidence that India has produced HEU (highly enriched uranium) for nuclear weapons, it is assumed that India has made 100-200 kilogrammes of weapon-grade uranium for nuclear weapons. Of course, this estimate is highly uncertain,” the report said.”It has a substantial stock of nuclear weapons made from weapon-grade plutonium, and perhaps some thermonuclear weapons that rely on both weapon-grade plutonium and weapon-grade uranium,” the report said.Noting that an estimate of India’s nuclear arsenal can be derived by considering its plutonium and highly enriched uranium stocks, the report said India separates plutonium produced primarily in a set of small, dedicated reactors and a smaller amount produced in nuclear power reactors.”However, India also has a growing gas centrifuge programme capable of producing significant amounts of HEU mostly for naval reactor fuel and perhaps for nuclear weapons, including thermonuclear weapons,” it said and alleged that India is not transparent about its fissile material stocks.The report estimates India’s stocks of separated plutonium and highly enriched uranium as of the end of 2014.India’s stockpiles of nuclear weapons is much less than that of neighboring Pakistan, according to a recent report.

15 years on, Irom Sharmila still fasts, but repealing AFSPA remains a distant dream

by Gouri Chatterjee

The date: 27 October 2015; the place: the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Imphal West, Manipur. Reporters were milling around, evidently a VIP visit was on the cards. And it was. Irom Sharmila Chanu had been brought there by ambulance from the Security Ward of Imphal’s Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences where she is held under judicial custody, for yet another hearing of the case against her under section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, ie attempt to suicide. The court simply fixed a date for the next hearing, 9 November 2015.

If you can’t instantly place who she is, fret not. You are not alone. It is a collective amnesia, the brain blocking out what makes us uncomfortable, what we cannot cope with. It is easier to press the delete button than to face up to the reality of Irom Sharmila, who has been on a continuous hunger-strike since 2 November 2000, precisely fifteen years ago to the day or for 5,475 days without a morsel going down her throat except the liquids force-fed her by doctors. The longest hunger-strike ever, anywhere in the world. Yet, her goal, the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), is still as distant as it was on that November day fifteen years ago when the senseless killing by the army of ten civilians waiting at a bus stop in Malom had stopped her from breaking the fast she had been observing that Thursday, as she did like a good Hindu every Thursday, in honour of the goddess Lakshmi.

Irom Sharmila in a file photo. AFPIrom Sharmila in a file photo. AFP

Irom Sharmila in a file photo. AFP

But the going is getting tougher and tougher. “When she started fasting, there were all kinds of rumours about Sharmila. Some said she was mad. Others said she came from a very poor family and was being paid to do this. Another rumour was that she had a boyfriend who died in the Malom massacre. People just could not understand why anyone would do something like this,” her brother had told journalists earlier. Yet, there was respect for her commitment, awe at her determination, and readiness to help. Today, as she told reporters outside the court room last month, her trial was at a crucial stage and she needs mass support now but even the people of Manipur had forsaken her. There were very few who were at her side these days. She was, reported Northeast Today, feeling very disheartened that not a single supporter was there in the court complex that day. People didn’t seem to care if the AFSPA, that gives the armed forces the licence to kill anybody on mere suspicion, was repealed or not. Given the people’s lack of interest towards her “democratic movement” she was, she said, feeling confused as to whether she was doing the right thing or not.

It will bring her no dishonour, no discredit if indeed she does surrender one of these days. Her indomitable spirit will still not be bowed, she will continue to remain a symbol of hope, of courage, of selfless devotion to a cause. But it is also true, nobody cares. In the fifteen years of her remarkable, peaceful protest, much has changed. When she began her fast, more than 2,000 women sat with her in relay hunger-strikes. Today, the interest is cursory at best. Last year, when she was released for a couple of days, she staged her protest on one of the busiest roads of Imphal. People passed by, a few stopped to greet her, a couple with a small son praised her courage and faith, posed for photographs with her — and left. Or so the Telegraph reported.

Meanwhile, the AFSPA has been withdrawn from parts of Imphal, thanks to a protest by another group of women but who were now at peace with the government, accepting, a few years back, even awards from the Centre. At the same time, the number of rebel organisations in Manipur has jumped to 42 in the last few years, strengthening the army’s demand for the continuance of the AFSPA in the rest of Manipur. Nor is there any political demand for its repeal either. Tripura has removed the offending Act from its books, Nagaland has at least made some such noises, but Manipur it seems prefers to live with it than without. Even though the army’s transgressions there under the protection of this Act are no secret; even a Supreme Court-appointed commission that investigated six random cases found all of them to be fake encounters.

Still, the biggest news coming out of that part of the world was a few months ago when India gleefully conducted the country’s first “hot pursuit”, chasing rebels into their hideouts in Burma, as it was gleefully announced by the junior external affairs minister. Even the new Naga peace pact which naturally affects Manipur has not been spelled out in detail. Little wonder that the prime minister, who had visited Manipur last November for the closing ceremony of Sangai festival, did not have time for or interest in Irom Sharmila languishing in her hospital ward.

Yet, unravelling the legal mesh that has her in its grip won’t be easy for Irom Sharmila. It is the law that has caused her to go on her heroic hunger-strike – she will happily eat again, she has said, once Manipur is free of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act but only then – and it is the law, section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, that is treating her as a criminal, forcing her to be fed through a Ryle’s tube, remanding her to a hospital, demanding her presence in court from time to time. If we want to honour Irom Sharmila, we should try to help her resolve this conundrum. As she told a Wall Street journalist last year, “Yes, of course I want other people to join my movement. I am a social being. I don’t like to live alone, isolated like in a jungle. But people just analyse what I am doing, they want me to stand on a pedestal without a voice, making a statue of me. But I am against it because I have bad sides and good sides. Why should they worship me after my passing away from this Earth, like a goddess or saint or nun? Instead, I want them to support me physically. I need their support.” Let the plea for help from the Iron Lady of Manipur not fall on deaf ears.

OROP: Retired paramilitary personnel begin 3-day dharna

President of the Association RB Pathak said the agitation by the paramilitary veterans will “intensify” in the coming days and they will hold a big rally next year if there is no positive communication from the government.

OROP protest in New Delhi on November 2

PTI
Retired personnel of various paramilitary forces on Monday began a three-day ‘dharna’ in New Delhi demanding one rank one pension (OROP) benefits and other privileges under the ex-servicemen category.An association of former officials of forces like Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force and Sashastra Seema Bal began the sit-in at Jantar Mantar here to press their demands which they said should be conceded as they are undertaking similar rigours and hardships as the defence forces.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The dharna is to request and inform the government that its ex-paramilitary personnel are suffering. We have representatives of various states assembled here and they will continue the agitation till November 4,” National General Secretary of All India Central Paramilitary Forces and Ex-servicemen Welfare Association PS Nair said.”Our major demands to the government are the granting of OROP to paramilitary veterans like the military personnel, exemption of serving troops from contributory pension scheme and extending full benefits to these forces under the ex-servicemen category,” he said.President of the Association RB Pathak said the agitation by the paramilitary veterans will “intensify” in the coming days and they will hold a big rally next year if there is no positive communication from the government.Close to 300 of these veterans assembled at the protest site, very close to where a similar agitation is being held by the ex-servicemen of the armed forces for the prompt implementation of the OROP for them.They said their ‘fight for right’ agitation has a ten-point charter which includes a demand for change in the their common identity name from Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMFs).The government has recently said it will soon come out with a notification for OROP implementation for the veterans of the armed forces. The association of the paramilitary forces said it had sent a memorandum to the government in this regard and after having failed to get a reply it decided to hold the protest.

Poll-time rush and egos: Netas give airport officials a harrowing time during Bihar polls

Patna: Who’s going to take off first? The ego tussle and poll-time urgency among netas is giving a harrowing time to people manning Patna’s high security Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport.

With an unprecedented number of choppers and chartered planes being used in the ongoing electoral battle in Bihar, a different kind of war is on at the small airport. Since all politicians want to take off first for their multiple election rallies planned every day, they try to avoid mandatory security checks like frisking and enter the airport through VIP entry point or exit gate instead of the common entry point. As a result, they indulge in arguments and even minor fisticuffs with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel responsible for the security of the facility.

Recently, Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav created ruckus at the airport when he was asked to use the normal channel of movement at the airport in accordance with the Election Commission’s guidelines. He allegedly misbehaved with a woman official of the CISF after she prevented him from using the exit door to enter the high-security zone. He had to apologise after his conduct was reported in the media.

Representational image of Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport, Patna. Courtesy: Bihar Prabha

Representational image of Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport, Patna. Courtesy: Bihar Prabha

He is not alone in misbehaving with the security staff deployed at the building terminal. Several politicians cutting across parties and their supporters indulge in such activities despite the fact that even MPs are not exempted from frisking. According to protocol, only chief minister and deputy chief minister can use VIP gate to reach the tarmac.

The airport officials are faced with a three-pronged problem: Ensuring the safety and security of politicians and the airport, finding parking space for high number of choppers hired by parties inside the state hangar and managing regular flights.

“What we have observed in the ongoing political battle is lawmakers themselves break the law. In return for our tireless effort to ensure no unwanted incident occurs and they take off and land safely, what we get is abuse and hidden threats,” an irritated senior CISF official told Firstpost, cursing himself for choosing the job.

At present, around 200 staff of the paramilitary force have been pressed into service and they have been working without leave for the past one month.

Managing parking space for the flying machines is another major challenge for the security officials as their number is even higher than that of last year’s Lok Sabha polls. “At present 28 helicopters are stationed here in addition to two chartered planes. This number is much higher than that during the Lok Sabha elections when 16 copters were parked here. The BJP has hired 17, the RJD, the JD(U), and the Congress have three each. Of the rest two, one belongs to the LJP and the other has been hired by Pappu Yadav, who has floated the Jan Adhikar Party,” he said.

The situation turns worse when Prime Minister Narendra Modi lands here for campaigning. “All regular flights and the movements get affected because the entire area has to be sanitised and no aircraft is allowed to land an hour before his arrival or departure,” the officer added.

The security officials and the airport authority have asked political outfits to arrange parking on their own if they bring more copters. Three-four choppers lined up waiting for the signal of Air Traffic Control and ground handlers to take off is a regular sight these days at the airport. With limited space inside the small terminal, the dozens of helicopters are seen parked close to one another at the state hangar.

“The parking bay inside the airport resembles a bicycle stand with choppers parked close to each other. This is for the first time in the history of the airport so many copters are stationed inside at one go,” said another official.

Given the small landing and parking space, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has directed all chartered flight operators to fly in and out of Patna in such a way that they do not interfere with regular flights. There are five parking bays meant for aircraft and the choppers are parked at state hangars.

On an average 20 politicians, including Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Jitin Ram Manjhi, reach the airport between 8 am and 10 am to take the helicopter to attend rallies and all of them return by 5-6 pm. The choppers are also used by politicians coming from outside the state for electioneering.

Most of the choppers are double-engined ones supplied by private aviation firms based in Delhi and Mumbai. They charge around Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.25 lakh for two hours. “This amount is in addition to tax and pilot’s cost. Now, you can estimate the cost of flying a helicopter between 10 am to 5 pm,” he said.

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