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‘Indian citizens excluded in draft NRC will get enough chance to prove credentials’

All Indian nationals, whose names were excluded in the first draft of the National Register of Citizens, will get adequate opportunities to prove their credentials, a top Union Home Ministry official said today.The NRC is a list of the state’s citizens and as Assam anxiously awaits the publication of its part draft tonight, the official said people belonging to any creed, ethnicity or language were being treated equally and justice would be done to everyone with equal opportunities.”No one should have any notion that anyone or any particular community could be discriminated against. Everyone is treated equally and all Indian nationals will get adequate opportunities to prove their credentials in case their names are excluded in the first list,” the official said, requesting anonymity.Also readAASU demands error free NRC, says ‘no Bangladeshi coming to Assam after 1971 will be allowed to stay’After the publication of the first draft, second and third drafts will be published by the authorities before releasing the final list, said the official, who is in regular touch with the Assam government officials, who is monitoring the situation closely.”There is no need for panic. Genuine Indian citizens will not be deprived of their rights,” the official said.Army troops are on standby while a massive number of 45,000 security personnel were being deployed across Assam ahead of the publication of the first draft of the NRC.The Counter Insurgency (CI) grid, involving the Army, police, paramilitary and intelligence agencies, has been regularly reviewing the situation and directing all possible action to ensure peace.There have been intelligence inputs about possible tension in some parts of the state where names of doubtful citizens could be excluded in the draft list, another official said.Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba spent two days in the state last week, reviewing preparations for the publication of the part draft of the NRC and security arrangements, as ensuring peace in the state is a top priority for the Centre and the state government.Also readIndian citizenship: SC says claims of left out persons to be included in subsequent NRC for AssamAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday also sought to dispel apprehensions and said “genuine” Indians missing from the citizenship register would get enough opportunities to incorporate their names.The exercise to update the NRC is being carried out in Assam following a decision in 2005 after a series of meetings between the central and state governments and the influential All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in an attempt to document the bona fide Indian citizens living the state.Assam, which faced influx from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, first prepared in 1951.The current exercise, started in 2005 under the then Congress regime, got a major push only after the BJP came to power in the state with illegal immigration from Bangladesh as a poll plank.The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the entire process, had ordered that the first draft of the NRC be published by December 31 after completing the scrutiny of over two crore claims along with that of around 38 lakh people whose documents were suspect.Of the 3.28 crore applications submitted, there was confusion over the inclusion of 29 lakh people who had submitted certificates issued by ‘gram panchayats’ as proof of identity, after a Gauhati High Court order in February had deemed ‘panchayat’ certificates invalid, the official said.Also readRelease draft NRC by Dec 31: SCThe Supreme Court set aside the high court order and upheld the validity of the certificates as identity proof if they were followed up with proper verification.The apex court also asked authorities to stick to the original deadline for the publication of the draft NRC and include names of those whose claims were verified.When the NRC was first prepared in Assam way back in 1951, the state had 80 lakh citizens then.The process of identification of illegal immigrants in Assam has been debated and become a contentious issue in the state’s politics.A six-year agitation demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants was launched by the AASU in 1979.It culminated with the signing of the Assam Accord on August 15, 1985 in the presence of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

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AASU demands error free NRC, says ‘no Bangladeshi coming to Assam after 1971 will be allowed to stay’

Demanding an error free National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state, the All Assam Student Union (AASU) on Sunday said that no Bangladeshis coming to Assam after 1971 will be allowed to stay in the state.AASU chief adviser Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya talking to reporters here said no Bangladeshis either Hindu or Muslim coming to Assam after 1971 will be allowed to stay in the state.On the Citizenship Amendment Bill, Bhattacharya said, “We strongly oppose the special bill that the Central government is framing for the interest of settlement of Hindus from Bangladesh in the state. It will never be acceptable to the people of Assam.”Urging the government to deal with the ongoing NRC updation process sincerely, Bhattacharya said, “a section of people have been doing politics on it and trying to include the names of illegal foreigners in the NRC”.The first draft of the NRC, being updated in Assam on the directions of the Supreme Court, will be published on December 31 midnight.The AASU leader also added that the government should protect the land falling under the Tribal Belt Blocks.The AASU leader was accompanied by All Assam Tea Students Association (AATSA) leader Krisna Kamal Tanti, Gorkha Student’s Union general secretary Sanjib Chetry.

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Gauhati HC says activist Akhil Gogoi’s detention under NSA illegal

The Gauhati High Court today termed as illegal the detention of RTI activist and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi under the National Security Act (NSA).Justice Achintya Malla Bujar Barua passed the judgment on Gogoi’s detention and that accordingly he was entitled for immediate release if not arrested in any other case.Gogoi was arrested on September 13 on charges of sedition and 11 days later he was booked under the NSA.While addressing a rally in Moran town on September 12, Gogoi had said if Hindu migrants from Bangladesh were forced upon Assam people from the state would be compelled to take up arms. He was arrested the next day.The detention was challenged before the High Court in a writ petition.The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader has been lodged in Dibrugarh jail since his arrest.Gogoi has been leading an agitation against the government’s handling of the farming crisis in Assam, the building of dams, land mafia and corruption in public life.

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WB Mahila Morcha leader slams Mamata Banerjee over record

National president of the BJP Mahila Morcha, Vijaya Rahatkar on Wednesday criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and stated that in spite of being a woman, her state tops the list in atrocities against women.”According to the recent report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), West Bengal is ahead in violence against women. Domestic violence is the highest here and it also leads in the number of acid attack cases. Of the 283 acid attacks last year, Bengal alone accounted for 76 cases and affected 83 victims. In spite of there being specific Supreme Court guidelines in terms of storage and sale of acids, it is flouted rampantly in West Bengal and the state government has failed to check it,” she said after a day-long meeting with the Bengal BJP women’s wing.She also said that Bengal heads the list of cases of human trafficking. “Bengal shares its border with countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan because of which human trafficking is very high here. Of the 8132 cases nationwide last year, Bengal registered 3579 cases. The state has a woman Chief Minister and we expect her to be sensitive but we find the government here is insensitive,” she said.She also said that her instruction to the Bengal chapter was to put up a movement against this government.

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India inks pact to develop Rakhine

In a significant development, India on Wednesday inked a pact with Myanmar to develop its troubled Rakhine province to facilitate return and rehabilitation of Rohingya Muslim population, who were forced to migrate following large-scale violence against the community.Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, currently in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw signed the agreement with Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung. Rakhine state is key to India’s Act East initiative. The trilateral highway and the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transport project, which forms the bedrock for promoting India’s connectivity with Myanmar and beyond into the Asean region, passes through Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine.”This is intended to help the government of Myanmar achieve its objective of restoration of normalcy in Rakhine State and enable the return of displaced persons,” the external affairs ministry said. Under this MoU, India proposes to take up, among others, a project to build prefabricated housing in Rakhine State so as to meet the immediate needs of the returning people. During the visit, Jaishankar called on State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Union MoS Counsellor’s Office U Kyaw Tint Swe and Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye. Jaishankar’s visit is of importance after more than 650,000 Rohingyas fled to neighbouring Bangladesh and India’s initial hesitation to take any stand on the issue.

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3 persons arrested with fake currency notes of Rs 2,000

The Special Cell of Delhi Police has arrested three persons in possession of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in the denomination of Rs 2,000 amounting to Rs 5.50 lakhs. Earlier, the Special cell had busted a syndicate of fake currency, that pumped the currency by throwing it across the border fences in Nepal and Bangladesh, and then pushed them through Malda in West Bengal.Most of the recovered notes are having multiple notes of a single number. The accused men revealed they had already supplied FICN worth Rs 3 cores in Delhi-NCR.The arrested accused have been identified as Zulfikar Alam (45), Deepak Kumar Mandal (36) and Uttam Mandal (40).On Sunday, the police had received information that Alam who hails from Bihar and is one of the most prominent members of the international syndicate, would be coming near New Delhi Railway Station to receive a consignment of fake currency.”The team spotted Alam in the night and after few minutes another person arrived and passed on a parcel to him after which both of them separated. The police officials then apprehended the duo and high-quality fake currency amounting to Rs 3 lakhs were recovered,” said Pramod Kumar Kushwah, DCP, Special Cell. The man who had handed over the parcel was identified as Uttam Mandal and 50 notes of fake currency amounting to Rs 1 lakh were recovered from him.”During interrogation, Uttam revealed that he works as a carrier of the currency for Deepak Kumar Mandal of Malda.

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Indian Army’s Doklam warning: Any mischief will get ‘nice and proper’ response

The Army is totally geared up to face any situation in the Dokalam sector and any mischief will be dealt with “properly”, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Lt Gen. Abhay Krishna of the Eastern Command has said.He was asked about China reportedly stationing its troops in Dokalam, where the two countries were locked in a stand-off for over two months earlier this year after the Chinese army tried to build a road in the area claimed by Indian-ally Bhutan.India feared the road, if completed, would allow China to cut off its access to its northeastern states. The stand-off ended in September after the two countries mutually agreed to withdraw their troops from the area.Also readDoklam stand-off put severe pressure on bilateral ties: Chinese Foreign Minister tells Sushma SwarajStating that he would not name anyone specifically, Lt Gen Krishna said the Indian Army is in high spirits and ready to take on any mischief.”We are totally prepared, geared up; let anybody do any mischief and he will get it back nice and proper,” he told reporters on Saturday.Also readSardar Patel predicted India’s wars with China and Pakistan, Doklam in 1950: Manohar ParrikarLt Gen Krishna was speaking at the Eastern Command headquarter at Fort William after a wreath-laying ceremony on ‘Vijay Diwas’ to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971, which led to the liberation of Bangladesh.The road building effort by China and presence of its troops at the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan had led to an eyeball-to-eyeball face off between New Delhi and Beijing for 73 days from June 16.Also readDiplomacy in Xi-Modi era: India-China to hold Track II talks to avoid Doklam-like crisisReports have said that China still has troops stationed a few hundred metres from the tri-junction in Dokalam sector.Asked if the reports were verified, Lt Gen Krishna said a lot has been stated about them and he has nothing more to add.”The Indian Army is always in very high spirits, we are always ready to take on any mischief by anybody. I am not going to name anybody specifically.”Territorial integrity is ingrained in our blood and for that we will go to any extent to ensure the territorial integrity,” he said.Asked if India was prepared for a two-front war, Lt Gen Krishna said the country was “undoubtedly” ready for any eventuality.

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Congress prez Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to martyrs of 1971 war

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday paid homage to the Indian soldiers, who had made the supreme sacrifice in the 1971 war with Pakistan, on the occasion of Vijay Diwas.”On VijayDiwas, we salute the indomitable spirit and sacrifice of the martyrs of 1971 War. “Let each one of us remember the unfathomable valour of our soldiers, who defend India’s freedom every day,” he wrote on Twitter. Vijay Diwas is commemorated on this day every year to mark India’s victory over Pakistan in the war, which had led to the creation of Bangladesh.Also readPM taking us back to medieval times, says Congress President Rahul Gandhi Over 90,000 Pakistani soldiers had surrendered before the Indian Army in the 1971 war.

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India cabinet backs bill to criminalise Islamic instant divorce

The bill proposes jail of up to three years for a Muslim man who indulges in “triple talaq”.

India, Bangladesh gear up to celebrate Vijay Diwas

India and Pakistan are gearing up to celebrate Vijay Diwas, which is commemorated every year to mark the victory of both the countries over Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.In order to keep alive the spirit of War of Liberation of 1971 an arrangement of reciprocal visits by Muktijodhas and War Veterans was institutionalised in 2005. A delegation of Muktijodhas along with their spouses or companions is invited by the Government of India to participate in the Vijay Diwas celebrations that are held at Fort Williams, Kolkata.The Government of Bangladesh also invites Indian war veterans along with their spouses or companions to participate in the Victory Day celebrations. Also readKargil Vijay Diwas: In memory of the martyrsMore than 300 Muktijodhas from Bangladesh and 150 Indian war veterans have participated in these celebrations. This initiative was further extended to include serving officers so as to pass on the spirit to the current generation. This year a delegation of 30 Muktijodhas and six serving Bangladesh Armed Forces officers, along with their companions will participate in the Vijay Diwas celebrations in Kolkata from December 14-18, 2017. The delegation is led by Mosharraf Hossain, Minister of Housing and Public Works and has three Members of Parliament, one Prosecutor Additional attorney general of ICT, retired officers from Bangladesh Armed Forces, diplomats, senior bureaucrats and prominent personalities from the civil society.The delegation will participate in a large number of ceremonial functions and receptions being held in their honour as also get an opportunity to interact with Indian veterans of the War. They will also visit ‘Jorashanko’ (Thakurbari), the family house of Shri Rabindranath Tagore and other historical places.Twenty-seven Indian War veterans and four serving officers, accompanied by their companions will arrive in Dhaka on December 14, 2017 to participate in the Victory day celebrations. The Indian delegation is led by Lt Gen (retired) Jai Bhagwan Singh Yadava. He was awarded with the gallantry award Vir Chakra in the 1971 war for his acts of gallantry in the battle of BOGRA.The delegation will participate in the Victory day functions and also call on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force and Principal Staff Officer, Armed Forces Division.They will also get opportunities to interact with Muktijodhas during separate receptions being hosted by the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, War Course Foundation of Bangladesh, Dhaka club and the High Commission of India. The delegation will also pay homage to Father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu Memorial museum as also visit some of the battle sites of Liberation war.

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Rajnath meets CMs of Bangladesh bordering states, looks to expedite setting up of additional outposts

Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, on Thursday after a meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and representatives of other states which share their borders with Bangladesh, failed to provide any solution to the setting up of 89 additional border outposts (BOPs) of the Border Security Force (BSF). The work has been kept in abeyance owing to the unavailability of land.After a two-hour meeting at Nabanna, the state secretariat, which, Singh described as ‘very fruitful’ during interaction with mediapersons, the Union minister, when asked about the issue at hand, said, “West Bengal chief minister has assured me of all necessary cooperation on making land available both for setting up new BOPs as well as for raising barbed fence at the unfenced borders. I have requested the representatives of all the five states having borders with Bangladesh to take personal interest to expedite land acquisition in the interest of national security.”He admitted that of the 4096 km long Indo-Bangladesh border across the five states, only 3006 km had barbed fence, roads, floodlights and BOPs. “Work for the rest of 1,090 km is yet to be started. Of the 1,090 kilometre, 684 km will be secured with fence and related infrastructure, while 406 km will be covered by non-physicial barrier,” Singh said.Also readRajnath Singh to meet CMs of states bordering BangladeshNon-physical barrier would comprise technological intervention such as radar, day-night cameras and sensors. He added that a border protection grid consisting of both physical and non-physical barriers will be in place and will be manned together by state police as well as state and Central agencies. “The grid will be supervised by a state level standing committee which would function under the chairmanship of the government’s working chief secretary,” he said.Questioned about the Rohingya issue, he said that discussions regarding it had been done in detail during the meeting. “It has been agreed by all that we all will have to be careful of illegal immigration taking into consideration the security of the country,” he said.Also readNavy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba to visit Bangladesh for maritime cooperationOthers present at the meeting were Kiren Rijiju, Union minister of state for home affairs, Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam and Lal Thanwala, Chief Minister of Mizoram. Meghalaya was represented by its chief secretary and Tripura by its home secretary.

Special Urdu bulletin by AIR to counter ‘distorted’ news aired from other countries

A special Urdu news bulletin on the subcontinent has been introduced by the All India Radio (AIR) to present India’s point of view in the “right perspective” in the wake of “distorted” news emanating from other countries, the public broadcaster said here.The AIR’s External Services Division (ESD) has begun airing the 10-minute bulletin “Khabrein barr-e-sagheer se (News from the subcontinent)” at 11 pm daily from December 3. “In the face of distorted news often emanating from some countries inimical to India’s interest and also from outside the region, this special news bulletin is designed to put India’s points of view in the right perspective to the listeners in the subcontinent and also to the world at large,” the AIR said in a release. This initiative is also in sync with the present government’s “neighbourhood first policy”, it added.It said the western media often presents news emanating from the subcontinent in a way which is not keeping with the “ethos and realities” of the region due to lack of “domain” knowledge. “This special news bulletin shall help in overcoming such aberrations also,” it said. The Urdu service of ESD has a huge following in Pakistan, countries in the gulf region and western Uttar Pradesh.The service is also live streamed to the entire world through airworldservice.org and also through two mobile applications airworldservice and allindiaradiolive. The EDS’s ‘Akashvani Maitree’ channel currently airs a special news bulletin for 15 minutes daily which has become popular among listeners in Bangladesh and the large Indian and Bangladeshi diaspora living elsewhere in the world, the release said The bulletins also carry developmental news and success stories regarding common problems and issues, it added.
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Kolkata: Rohingya Human Rights Initiative founder calls for Centre to pressurise Myanmar to take back refugees

The founder of the Delhi-based organisation, the Rohingya Human Rights Initiative, visited Kolkata where he met several representatives from various human rights organizations. He added that the Myanmar government should take back the Rohingyas who have fled the nation after the country’s military allegedly organised an attack in what many have termed as ethnic cleansing.Sabber, who has been in India since 2005, told DNA that he visited two homes, where the children speak chaste Bengali and have forgotten their native tongue. “This will be tougher for authorities to prove that they are residents of Myanmar,” he said.He added that he had sought permission from the authorities to visit jails in West Bengals where Rohingyas have been kept. “The Indian government should put pressure on the Myanmar. I have also written a letter to the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Kolkata thanking the Bangladesh government for the support they had extended to the Rohingyas who had crossed over from Myanmar to Bangladesh.”Also readRohingya crisis: Pope Francis faces tricky trip in Myanmar; to meet Suu Kyi, army chief He added that one of the most essential things that Rohingyas needed at present was education. “There are 30 lakh Rohingyas but they can hardly read or write. I have talked to JNU and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) professors if they could start some small courses for Rohingyas here in India,” he told DNA.
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Halt action against Rohingyas: Right bodies to Myanmar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven human rights organisations put up a convention on Monday titled ‘Convention against ongoing atrocities on Rohingyas in Myanmar’.Condemning the action of Myanmar police and administration which has forced Rohingyas to escape to Bangladesh, the activists put forward a six-point demand. They include immediate halt of police and army action on Rohingyas, creating a favourable environment in Myanmar so that all of them can return and government should ensure their rehabilitation, government should take the responsibility of the security of their lives and property, police and army personnel guilty of killing and raping Rohingyas should be identified and punished, media and human rights organisations should be given access to the place and those who had taken refuge in India should not be forced back by the Indian government and it should put pressure on Myanmar government to take them back and give them citizenship.Human rights activist and national vice-president of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Dr Binayak Sen, who was also one of the panellists, lent his support to the demands. “We condemn the inhuman treatment meted out to the Rohingyas from the pth of our hearts and intend to find a way out of it. On behalf of PUCL, we will support the resolution which will be adopted today,” Sen said.

Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba to visit Bangladesh for maritime cooperation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will embark on a three-day visit to Bangladesh on Sunday for a multilateral naval exercise being held under a regional maritime forum set up by India’s initiative.His visit was also aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations and to explore new avenues for maritime cooperation, the defence ministry said.It said Indian naval ships Ranvir, Sahyadri, Gharial and Sukanya along with one maritime patrol aircraft P-8I will take part in the International Multilateral Maritime Search andRescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) which will be inaugurated by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday in the port city of Cox’s Bazar.The exercise is taking place under the aegis of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) — an initiative of the Indian Navy that was launched in 2008 to bring together littoral states in the region.
ALSO READ Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in 2015 US blogger murderThe IONS has now grown into a formidable organisation comprising 23 member nations and nine observer countries.The ministry said apart from the exercise, an ‘Extraordinary Conclave of Chiefs (ECoC)’ meeting of IONS was scheduled on November 28 which will also be attended by Admiral Lanba.
ALSO READ Over-nationalistic attitude tends to undermine conflict resolution mechanism: Indian Navy chiefThe meeting was expected to review the progress made by three IONS Working Groups on maritime security information exchange, interoperability and humanitarian assistance.Lanba will also hold bilateral discussions with Chief of the Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy on Monday and several other navy chiefs of other participating countries.The defence ministry said Lanba would also be gifting ‘War Memorabilia’ for the ‘Liberation War Museum’ of Bangladesh.

Over 1,200 flee Myanmar’s Arakan to take refuge in Mizoram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 1,200 people from Myanmar’s restive Arakan state have crossed the border and taken shelter in neighbouring Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, officials said today.The people who crossed over yesterday are mostly Buddhists and Christians and speak the same tribal language as the locals. They fled their homes after the Myanmarese Army clashed with the ‘Arakan Army’ militants recently, they said.The government officials, on condition of anonymity, said 500 people took shelter in Laitlang village while Zochachhuah, Hmawngbuchhuah and Dumzautlang villages hosted 420, 200 and 120 people, respectively.
ALSO READ Bangladesh, Myanmar ink deal on repatriation of Rohingya refugees”Several of them have put up at their relatives’ place while the others were provided accommodation in village community halls and school classrooms,” an official said.The official said that this is the fourth instance in recent months of Myanmarese people entering the state.
ALSO READ China offers to help Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisisVillage leaders informed officials that the Arakanese people have said they heard gunshots even on Thursday night and expected more people to pour into the district.The locals volunteered to provide food to the Arakanese people and arranged shelter for them.

Rohingya trapped in ‘apartheid regime’: Amnesty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Amnesty report has termed the situation of Rohingya in Myanmar as one trapped in a “dehumanising apartheid regime”. In its report titled ‘Caged Without A Roof’, culled from a two-year long investigation it carried out, the rights group said the exodus of over 6,00,000 Rohingya to neighbouring nations like India and Bangladesh has been preceded by years of discrimination.India has reached out to both Myanmar and Bangladesh to find solutions to the Rohingya crisis; it has claimed there are about 40,000 Rohingya in the country and that they could pose a national security threat.Terming the treatment of Rohingya as worse than ‘second class citizens’, the report states that most are not even recognised as citizens at all as they have been deprived of a nationality due to discriminatory laws, particularly the 1982 Citizenship Law.”The law discriminates on racial grounds and in Rakhine state was implemented in a way which allowed the Myanmar authorities to strip the Rohingya en masse of citizenship rights and status,” the report said.The research was carried out between November 2015 and September 2017, included about 200 interviews as well as photographs, videos and other documentary evidence. Amnesty said that they interviewed over 166 people from Rakhine state of people of Rohingya, Rakhine, Kaman, Maramagyi, or Mro ethnicity, as well as people from Muslim, Buddhist, Christian and Hindu faiths. The team travelled to over 38 locations in over 31 villages in five townships in three different districts: Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships in Maungdaw District, Kyauktaw and Mrauk-U townships in Mrauk-U District, and Sittwe township in Sittwe District.As part of its findings, the report states that foreigners need special permits to meet Rohingya in Myanmar, and that movement of Rohingya individuals was restricted in northern Rakhine State and enforced by checkpoints. There are several accounts of Rohingya being extorted, harassed, and physically assaulted by forces manning the checkpoints.Violence against the community has erupted several times, including one in 2012. “In the five years since the 2012 violence, Myanmar’s state policy has been one of institutionalized discrimination and segregation of Rohingya and other Muslim communities from the rest of Rakhine State society, and for most, from Myanmar as a whole,” the report said….& ANALYSISThe report says the exodus of over 6 lakh Rohingya was preceded by years of discrimination
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Meghalaya village stays Asia’s cleanest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For artists making nature a theme for their art, this tiny village of 500 souls nestled amongst lush green forests in a remote corner in south of Meghalaya, along the Indo-Bangladesh border, is a perfect destination.Situated in the East Khasi Hill district, the village is famous for its cleanliness and of late has become an attraction point for central and various state government officials to learn tricks to make Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Mission) successful.Functional toilets in every household, no stray animals on the streets, paved pathways, solar-lit streets and bamboo dustbins at every corner, the village, nick-named as God’s Own Garden, is consistently working to retain its prestigious tag of the cleanest village of Asia; conferred on it in 2003. No traces of fallen and dry leaves can be seen as they go straight into a dustbin. Not only are plastic bags banned, but smoking is also prohibited in this village. The rules are strictly followed and the defaulters are heavily charged.The story began some 29 years ago when a primary school teacher, Rishot Khongthohrem, concerned at the successive epidemics that had consumed lives of many children in 1988, proposed to launch a cleanliness drive. “There were sceptics in the village executive committee who dismissed the idea as impractical. But Rishot insisted and proposed a comprehensive plan,” said member of the village committee, Lamphrang, also a retired teacher.The village headman, Banjop Thiaw, teaches government officials and scores of voluntary organisations, which can be touted as pf the secrets behind the successful accomplishment of a swachh mission in the village.Sitting cozy outside his tidy home, villager Enes Khonglamet recalls how after the village committee had launched the cleanliness drive in 1988, within two years the streets and houses had become spic-and-span. The first order came to put animals in enclosures, whether domesticated or stray. Then every household was told to construct toilets alongwith septic tanks and then were asked to attend to kitchen waste. All 97 houses in the village have septic and compost pits dug in the adjoining garden.”It is mandatory for every household to segregate organic waste from plastics etc. The organic waste is placed in the compost pit that converts it into manure, which is later used in the fields. The inorganic waste is collected in a large bamboo waste box, which is transported to Shillong once a month, and is handed over to a recycling plant,” says Lamphrang.One of the farmers Khonglamet recalls that there was lot of opposition, as poor villagers had to use their meagre resources to build all these things. But looking back, he recalls with sparkles in his eyes that cleanliness has brought fortunes and pots of money to the village.”It is become a big tourist attraction now. During the peak season, 2,000-odd tourists visit the village on a daily basis,” he said. Khonglamet hopes that his son who is studying commerce in Shillong will return to set up a tourist related business here.”We charge every vehicle Rs 50 for entering the village. Therefore, we are self-sufficient to repair and attend to maintenance of pathways. There are 22 guest houses in the village that have 100 per cent occupancy between May and September. Also there are seven eateries which serve village organic food. The village is connected to nearby Rawa village through a unique Living Root Bridges which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hanging on a river, the bridges are made by connecting the aerial roots of seven massive rubber trees with each other.Asked if the experiment of Mawlynnong has been replicated elsewhere, Lamprang tells DNA, “Meghalaya government had tried to convince other villages and had even offered incentives. Other village heads had attempted the cleanliness drive to lure tourists and raise income of their village, but you know sanitation is not about money, but changing the habit of people. We succeeded changing the social habits of people. No amount of force, but only cajoling and their own understanding can bring changes in habits. As you know, old habits die hard.”

Moody’s rating: Sitaram Yechury slams Modi govt, says country lags behing in various global indices

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CPI(M) general-secretary Sitaram Yechury said there was nothing to celebrate about the Moody’s upgrading India’s sovereign credit rating as the country ‘lags’ behind in all parameters of other global indices.He also criticised the Narendra Modi-led government for delaying the winter session of the parliament and said these were the ‘signs’ that it was not willing to face the House.”The government is trying to represent the upgradation of India’s ranking by Moody’s rating agency as a sign of progress. But what is this rating all about? This rating tells us in which country the industrialists and investors will have more profit,” he said at a party programme here.”More profit to investors mean more oppression of working class and this cannot be a reason to celebrate. India has turned into a junior partner of US imperialism,” he said.The country, he said, “lags” behind other nations, even Bangladesh, in various global indices of growth such as education, eradication of hunger, poverty and employment.Moody’s Investors Service today raised India’s sovereign rating for the first time in more than 13 years and said that growth prospects of the country have improved with continued economic and institutional reforms.The US-based agency upped India’s rating to Baa2 from Baa3, changing outlook to ‘stable’ from ‘positive’ and said that reforms will help stabilise rising levels of debt.Yechury alleged that the Modi government is trying to evade the “uneasy questions” that it is likely to face in the parliament over the various corruption charges ahead of the Gujarat assembly poll.”The BJP government is trying to implement its model where it will not want to face the Parliament and its proceedings. It is very well aware that it will face uneasy questions in Parliament on various issues of corruption. They feel that the proceedings of the Parliament will have an impact on the upcoming assembly election in Gujarat, where the BJP is not in a very good situation,” the CPI-M leader said.Amid suggestions that the winter session of the parliament will be a truncated affair, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday said the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs will take a call on the issue.Yechury accused the ruling TMC in Bengal and the BJP of being engaged in “competitive communalism” in order to reap political benefits.”The TMC is pursuing the politics of appeasement of minorities and the BJP is trying to fan majority communalism.In this way both are helping each other to grow.”Actually, both the parties are hand in gloves with each other as their main enemy is CPI(M), who they know will never allow commnal politics in the state,” the Left leader said.

Pak pumping in fake currency

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A year after demonetisation of high value Indian currency notes, the Pakistan’s rogue intelligence agency, ISI is back with a mirror copy of Rs 2000 and 500 notes that was launched by the Reserve Bank of India with new security features to neutralize Fake Indian Currency Notes ( FICN) factories operating across the border.Although, ISI suspected to have copied majority of security features of newly launched notes, the sudden increase in last two months is perplexing. The intelligence agencies have revealed the reason behind the surge. Sources said Pak’s ISI has managed to set up a proper units in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and newly printed FICN is smuggled to Bangladesh before it reaches to India through FICN mules.The FICN business that involves both state and non state actors is using high quality machine and ink making the lot difficult to detect, identified and easy to slip as original. The Intelligence agencies officials last week have voiced concern over the high quality of Rs 2000 FICNs, which makes them difficult to distinguish from real notes.THE CONCERNSThe Intelligence agencies officials last week have voiced concern over the high quality of Rs 2000 FICNs, which makes them difficult to distinguish from real notes.

Arson attack: Bangladesh will provide compensation to affected person, says Sushma Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bangladesh has assured India that compensation will be paid to those Hindus whose houses were torched over rumours that an offensive Facebook status was posted allegedly by a youth from the minority community.Bangladeshi authorities have also assured adequate security to the affected persons, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. Swaraj’s remarks came after her attention was drawn to reports that a mob of protesters in Bangladesh set on fire at least 30 houses of Hindus following rumours that a youth from the minority community posted an offensive Facebook status. She had said that the matter would be taken up by the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka with the Bangladeshi government.”We have received a detailed report of Indian High Commission in Dhaka. Bangladesh authorities have assured him that compensation will be paid to affected persons to rebuild their houses and adequate security will be provided,” she tweeted. According to Dhaka Tribune newspaper yesterday, one person was killed when police opened fire to disperse the crowd that launched the arson attack on the houses of Hindus.
ALSO READ Bangladesh: Mob torches Hindu village after FB post ‘defaming’ Prophet goes viralThe incident took place in Rangpur district’s Thakurpara village, about 300 km from Dhaka. The protesters claimed that they were infuriated by a defamatory status posted from the Facebook account of a person who hails from the Thakurbari village a few days ago. Replying to separate tweet regarding the issuance of passport to Haryana boxer Jhalak Tomar, Swaraj assured that the process will be expedited and she will get her passport by tomorrow.

Mumbai: Anti Extortion Cell suspects fake notes came from Bangladesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after the Anti Extortion Cell of Mumbai police arrested two people from Mumbai’s Dongri for possessing counterfeit Rs 2000 denomination worth Rs 4.8 lakh, the police suspect that the notes have been smuggled into the country from Bangladesh.Police had received a tip-off that the duo would be at Dongri, following which a trap was laid. On their arrival, they were apprehended and subsequently arrested.After seizing the currency, the police found that the duo, who hail Malda district in West Bengal were coming to Mumbai every fortnight. They would pose as labourers, but would distribute the notes. According to the police, the seized notes are of high quality and it’s difficult to come to conclusion that they are fake, without seeking the opinion of an expert.However, the same serial numbers on the notes raised suspicion of police. “The accused hails from Malda, which is close to the Indo-Bangladesh border. We suspects that the currency which is of superior quality may have been smuggled from Bangladesh. The modus operandi of the accused was that, they would go at the crowded market places and would distribute notes there. Due to the quality of the currency, it is difficult to determine whether the notes are authentic or fake,” said a senior police officer.

Bandhan Express: For first time since 1965 war, India-Bangladesh launch new train service between Kolkata and Khulna

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a gap of more than five decades, India and Bangladesh resumed train service between Kolkata and Khulna on Thursday.Bandhan Express was flagged off jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladeshis couterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee via a video conference.This is the second train service launched between the two countries after the introduction of Maitree Express between Kolkata and Dhaka in 2008.The connectivity between Kolkata and Khulna by trains was stopped in 1965 owing to the Indo-Pak war.There was a trial run of the train on April 8 this year. The train comprised 10 air condition coaches.Bandhan Express will be a weekly train leaving from Kolkata every Thursday at 7.10 am. It would reach Khulna in Bangladesh at about 12 noon, IST. The return journey would start from Bangladesh at 1 pm (IST) and reach Kolkata at 5 pm.In India, immigration and customs check would take place at Kolkata International Passenger Terminal and Benapol Border Station for Bangladesh side.In order to reduce the journey time, ministry of railways, with the coordination of department of immigration and customs has opened an International Rail Passenger Terminus at Kolkata Station with the required infrastructure and facilities to end-to-end immigration.PM Modi spoke a few lines in Bengali greeting the people of India and Bangladesh. He said that the close connection and understanding between two countries required connectivity between the people across the border and that Maitree Express and Bandhan Express trains would bring more connectivity between India and Bangladesh and strengthen further bonding.Hasina assured that all the services between India and Bangladesh which existed prior to 1965, along this route, would be started again.Calling it a historic day, Mamata Banerjee said that with the initiation of the new train service the bonding between the two countries will become further stronger. She also invited Hasina over to Bengal.

RS Prasad maybe happy DeMo affected flesh trade, but sex workers in Asia’s largest red-light area recollect their horrors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sex workers of Sonagachhi, the largest red-light area in Asia have condemned the comments of Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s comments that flesh trade had taken a hit owing to demonetization , saying that the minister had ignored how their livelihood had been adversely affected.Officials of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), an NGO which works for the welfare of sex-workers said that it was an irresponsible comment. “I have no words to condemn the minister’s statements. How could he say such things? It is an irresponsible and careless comment. It goes on to show your outlook towards these girls who might not have taken up this profession by choice. Most of the girls have chosen it out of compulsion,” said Bharati Dey, mentor of DMSC. She also said that most girls of the area had at least Rs 1 lakh which they stored in cash for contingency and many of them could not exchange or return the money to bank.The organisation has over one lakh registered members. Some of sex workers of the area too spilled their ire alleging that the statement was an insult to injury that they had received after demonetization. “My landlady comes to me on the first of every month and asks for the rent. Post demonetization our business was down by about 75 per cent. Does the minister have any idea how we paid for our basic necessities?,” she said.
ALSO READ Manmohan Singh, like Rahul, reading scripts written by someone else: RS PrasadAnother said that uncertainty in the market and lack of smaller denominations had affected their business like never before. “Some of us didn’t get a customer for weeks. Many had starved for days together and had lived on others’ mercy. When it comes to votes people talk so much about our welfare and political leaders promise us the moon but as soon as they ascend to power we are looked down upon as scum of society,” she told DNA.On Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of demonetization , Prasad, talking about the achievements of demonetization said, “Flesh trade has nosedived in India. Trafficking of women and girls has gone down considerably.” He also said that a lot of money flowed out to countries like Nepal and Bangladesh owing to flesh trade and the denominations of Rs 500 and 1,000 were used most to make such payments. After those ceased to be legal tenders, it had come down.”

Indo-Bangladesh joint military exercise begins in Meghalaya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Army and its Bangladesh counterpart have begun their week-long joint training exercise at the Joint Warfare Centre in Umroi cantonment of Meghalaya.The Indo-Bangladesh exercise, the seventh such joint training exercise, is held alternately in India and Bangladesh every year to build and promote positive relations between the two Armies in view of an “emerging threat from transnational terrorism”.General Officer Commanding Gajraj Corps, Lt Gen AS Bedi, on Monday inaugurated the joint exercise ‘SAMPRITI’ in which 14 officers from the Bangladesh Army and 20 officers from the Indian Army were participating.In his speech, Lt Gen Bedi welcomed the foreign contingent and briefed them on the week-long exercise, an Army spokesperson, Lt Col Suneet Newton, said in a statement.”The Indian Army believes that the joint Army exercise is a signal that both India and Bangladesh understand the emerging threat of transnational terrorism and are united in countering this menace,” the statement said.The exercise also aims to enhance inter-operability between the two nations and enrich from each other s experience while carrying out counter insurgency/ counter terrorist operations, the statement said.

WEF Gender Gap index: India slips 21 slots to 108, ranked behind China and Bangladesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India slipped 21 places on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap index to a lowly 108, behind neighbours China and Bangladesh, primarily due to less participation of women in the economy and low wages.Moreover, India’s latest ranking is 10 notches lower than its reading in 2006 when the WEF started measuring the gender gap. According to the WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2017, India has closed 67 per cent of its gender gap, less than many of its international peers, and some of its neighbours like Bangladesh ranked 47th while China was placed at 100th. Globally also, this year’s story is a bleak one. For the first time since the WEF began measuring the gap across four pillars — health, education, the workplace and political representation — the global gap has actually widened.”A decade of slow but steady progress on improving parity between the sexes came to a halt in 2017, with the global gender gap widening for the first time since the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report was first published in 2006,” it said. The findings in this year’s report, published today, showed that an overall 68 per cent of the global gender gap has been closed. This is a slight deterioration from 2016 when the gap closed was 68.3 per cent. At the current rate of progress, the global gender gap will take 100 years to bridge, compared to 83 last year.The case is worse in terms of workplace gender divide, which the report estimates will take 217 years to close. On a positive note, however, a number of countries are bucking the dismal global trend as over one-half of all 144 countries measured this year have seen their score improve in the past 12 months, the report noted. At the top of the Global Gender Gap Index is Iceland. The country has closed nearly 88 per cent of its gap. It has been the world’s most gender-equal country for nine years.Others in the top 10 include Norway (2nd), Finland (3rd), Rwanda (4) and Sweden (5), Nicaragua (6) and Slovenia (7), Ireland (8), New Zealand (9) and the Philippines (10). India’s greatest challenges lie in the economic participation and opportunity pillar where the country is ranked 139 as well as health and survival pillar where the country is ranked 141, the WEF said. The report attributed much of India’s decline in position on the overall Global Gender Gap Index to a widening of its gender gaps in political empowerment as well as healthy life expectancy and basic literacy.”With more than 50 years having passed since the inauguration of the nation’s first female prime minister in 1966, maintaining its global top 20 ranking on the political empowerment sub-index will require India to make progress on this dimension with a new generation of female political leadership,” the report said. Moreover, the scale of India’s gender gap in women’s share among legislators, senior officials and managers as well as professional and technical workers highlights that continued efforts will be needed to achieve parity in economic opportunity and participation.In India, the workplace gender gap is reinforced by extremely low participation of women in the economy (136 out of the total 144 countries covered) and low wages for those who work (136th ranking for estimated earned income), the WEF said, adding that “on average, 66 per cent of women’s work in India is unpaid, compared to 12 per cent of men’s”. On a positive note, India succeeded in fully closing its primary and secondary education enrolment gender gaps for the second year running and for the first time has nearly closed its tertiary education gender gap. However, it continues to rank fourth-lowest in the world on health and survival, remaining the world’s least-improved country on this sub-index over the past decade, the WEF stated.”Competitiveness on a national and on a business level will be decided more than ever before by the innovative capacity of a country or a company. Those will succeed best who understand to integrate women as an important force into their talent pool,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum (WEF).

Navy holds int’l conclave in Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To bolster its maritime diplomacy and intelligence gathering in the seas, the Indian Navy has organised a first-of-its-kind conclave — ‘Goa Maritime Conclave-2017’ from October 31 to November 2 — that is being attended by naval chiefs of 10 other countries.The conclave is significant in view of the expansions of Chinese Navy in the region, sources said. Chinese control over ports in Djibouti, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sitwe port in Myanmar is a matter of concern for India.Chiefs of navies of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand are meeting for a three-day brainstorming session.The Naval War College (NWC), Goa is hosting the event that will focus on emerging maritime threats, force structuring, maritime security architecture and challenges in the Indian Ocean Region.”Anti-piracy operations do not need submarines. Reports indicate they are docked in Karachi and off late have been enhancing their strength in the Indian Ocean,” said a source, adding, “In a gap of two to three months, a Chinese submarine is sent. An alternating trend of sending a conventional submarine once and a nuclear one the next time has been noticed.”Sources said the forum will give the opportunity to heads of maritime forces to address areas of common concerns.MOTIVE FOR MEETWith the Indian Ocean Region becoming the focus of strategic planning, the Indian Navy wants to play a key role in international cooperation in the area

Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to visit Thailand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan will be on an official visit to Thailand from November 1-2, 2017, to participate in the IEF 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7). India is the current chair of International Energy Forum (IEF) which is promoting the AMER, which is a biennial event bringing together Energy Ministers and experts from Asian countries.At the 7th AMER, Pradhan will participate in the Ministerial Roundtable and speak on “Natural Gas: Overcoming Market and Policy Hurdles to the Golden Age of Gas” along with Energy Ministers from Qatar, Brunei and Senior Representatives from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). Energy Ministers from Saudi Arabia, Russia, UAE, Thailand, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Brunei are also participating in the AMER.The countriesEnergy Ministers from Saudi Arabia, Russia, UAE, Thailand, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Brunei are also participating.

China denies report of plan to build 1,000- km long tunnel to divert Brahmaputra waters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China rejected as ‘false and untrue’ a media report that it was planning to build a 1,000- km long tunnel to divert water from the Brahmaputra river in Tibet close to Arunachal Pradesh to the parched Xinjiang region.Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post on Monday said that Chinese engineers were testing techniques that could be used to build the tunnel, the world’s longest.”This is untrue. This is a false report,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing when asked about the report.China will continue to attach great importance to cross- border river cooperation, she said.According to the report, the proposed tunnel, which would drop down from the world’s highest plateau in multiple sections connected by waterfalls, would provide water in China’s largest administrative division, comprising vast swathes of deserts and dry grasslands.The water would be diverted from the Yarlung Tsangpo River in southern Tibet, which turns into the river Brahmaputra once it enters India, to the Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang, the report had said.India as riparian state has already flagged its concerns to China about various dams being built by it on the Brahmaputra river, which is known in China as Yarlung Tsangpo.Beijing has been assuring India and Bangladesh that its dams were not designed to storing water.

ATS on lookout for six more radicalised youth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) is on the lookout for six radicalised youth, who they believe can carry out lone-wolf attacks in Gujarat.This has come to light following investigation in a case in which two men, Kasim Stimberwala and Ubed Baig Mirza from Surat, were nabbed for planning a terror attack on a synagogue in Ahmedabad.Sources in the ATS said that the two youth are part of a group of 15 young men loyal to the Islamic State. “Of this, at least nine are from Ahmedabad and Surat. Six have already been radicalised and can carry out attacks anywhere in Gujarat,” said a source in the ATS.Investigations have also revealed that the two Surat residents arrested on Wednesday for links with the Islamic State were also allegedly involved in recruiting more youths for terror activities.The duo was being helped by a female friend, identified as Shazia, who was operating from Kolkata. Police believe Shazia helped them recruit young men through social media and might have played a part in sending radicalised youth across the Indo-Bangladesh border.Investigations have also revealed that the duo made plans to smuggle gold from Dubai, with the help of an air hostess. The money from the smuggling was to go for the Islamic State activities to be carried out in Gujarat and to buy weapons.On Friday early morning the ATS brought Stimberwala and Mirza to Ahmedabad ATS headquarter for further investigation.Stimberwala is a lab technician in a private hospital in Ankleshwar while Mirza is a lawyer and owner of one Hotel Dawat.As per the officials, the duo planned to bomb the Jewish synagogue located in Khaida area of Ahmedabad.Officials also said Stimberwala visited Ahmedabad on September 12 and carried out a recce of the place.The officials will also carry out a scene reconstruction to know how the recce was done and how the bomb was to be planted.Officials are yet to get the exact date of the attack in Ahmedabad, which will be revealed during further investigation.According to a senior official of the ATS, the intelligence unit was keeping a watch on the duo for the past one year.”The duo had been on the radar but 10 days ago, we were alerted about Kasim’s resignation. He had also made plans to escape to Jamaica after the attack on the synagogue in Khadia. We nabbed him before he could go, we had enough evidence against the duo,” said the official. To questions being raised about the timing of the arrest, as it comes at a time when Gujarat goes to polls, the official said there was no political agenda behind it.FSL to investigate the valuables seized by ATSThe officials have already sent the 128GB- OTG Pendrive and mobile phones recovered from the duo to FSL for investigation. Primary investigation revealed that the pendrive had videos, images and other documents related to the Islamic State.FEMALE INVOLVEDOfficials have come to know that a female identified as Shazia from Kolkata was in touch with Kasim. She is a key member behind the videos and images viral on social media. Apart from this, officials suspect that she is also helping youths in India cross the Indo-Bangladesh border and from their go to Syria for training.GOLD FOR EXPENSEThe duo had also made plans to smuggle gold from Dubai and other countries to fund their terror activities and to buy weapons. As per ATS officials, the duo was planning to involve an air hostess in their plan to smuggle the gold. The cops still don’t know the name of the air hostess who was to be part of the racket.

Air hostess helping ISIS recruits? Gujarat anti-terror squad to probe alleged links

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad has identified an air hostess who allegedly has links with ISIS recruits, a media report said on Friday.According to a Times of India reports, the name of the air hostess came up during interrogation of two alleged ISIS recruits. These operatives were arrested from Surat and Ankleshwar recently.Surat-based lawyer Ubaid Mirza and Kasim Stimberwala, a lab technician from Ankleshwar are highly-radicalised men, who along with others were planning to smuggle gold in India for an ISIS operation. Mirza had decided to turn to illegal business after suffering heavy losses in his hotel business in Surat.According to the ATS officials, the air hostess was supposed to help them to smuggle yellow metal in the country. During the questioning, another woman’s name also cropped up. The woman, who is allegedly close to Stimberwala was meant to help other radicalised men to cross from Kolkata to Bangladesh.It was these four men who were arrested in time and then they revealed the plot.

Among neighbours Bangladesh is foremost, will resolve all irritants in relationship: Sushma Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India will resolve all irritants in ties with Bangladesh with sincerity, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today as she inaugurated 15 Indian-assisted development projects in this country worth .On the last day of her Bangladesh visit, Swaraj lit the ceremonial lamp to mark the opening of the sprawling new chancery complex of the Indian High Commission here.The new mission complex at Dhaka’s Baridhara diplomatic enclave includes the high commission that was previously operating from a house in the Gulshan area of the city. During the ceremony, she also launched 15 development projects being funded by India in Bangladesh, which officials said have been planned as per the country’s geographical spread, socio-economic benefits and priorities. “India is following a policy of neighbours first, and among the neighbours Bangladesh is foremost,” Swaraj said at the function, describing bilateral relations as having gone beyond a strategic partnership.She said the relations between the neighbours are now outstanding, and that both countries are working to resolve these irritants in the spirit of “friendly relations and with right intention”. She did not specify the nature of the issues, but the water sharing of common rivers, particularly the Teesta, has long been pending between the two neighbours. “I can assure you we both countries will solve all irritants with sincerity,” she said.She said Bangladesh comes first among all of India’s neighbours as part of the neighbourhood policy adopted by her government. She also referred to the peaceful solution of the land boundary as well as maritime boundary issues. The development projects, worth about USD 8.7 million, are in the areas of education, health care, information technology, water supply, and social welfare. They include installation of 11 water treatment plants in southwestern coastline of Pirozpur to benefit some 150,000 people, 36 community clinics, and reconstruction of Dhaka’s historic Ramna Kali Temple which was destroyed by invading Pakistani troops in the 1971 liberation war.
ALSO READ Swaraj in Bangladesh: EAM says combating terror major challenge, says deeply concerned with violence in Rakhine Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Health Minister Mohamad Nasim, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political affairs adviser H T Imam, among others, were also present at the ceremony.The new chancery complex has been constructed on a 5-acre plot of land. Apart from the chancery, the complex consists of the residence of the Indian High Commissioner, a housing block, a sports complex, and a multipurpose recreation hall.The staff members of the high commission shifted to the housing block in 2004 and the chancery started functioning from its new premises from October last year. Swaraj arrived in Bangladesh yesterday for the annual meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission with her counterpart A H Mahmood Ali. “We are both determined to protect our societies from the threat of ideologies of hate, violence and terror by adopting a zero tolerance policy and a comprehensive approach in fighting violent extremism and terrorism at all levels,” Swaraj said after talks with Ali.”We discussed the common challenges that we are faced with today. One such challenge is that of terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and we will continue to fight this scourge together and along with other like-minded countries,” she said. Swaraj returned to New Delhi today wrapping up her two- day Dhaka visit, her second since assuming office in 2014.

PM Modi advised Suu Kyi not to ‘destroy’ her image over Rohingya crisis: Swaraj tells Hasina

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advised Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi not to “destroy” her image over her stance on the Rohingya issue as Myanmar’s military actions in Rakhine state sparked a global outrage.Swaraj referred to Modi’s advice as she called on Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after joining the 4th Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission meeting with her counterpart AH Mahmood Ali. “He (Modi) told her (Suu Kyi) ‘you have a very good international image, don’t destroy it’,” the Bangladesh premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told PTI, quoting Swaraj as saying during her meeting with Hasina at her residence. It is not clear when Modi made the comments, however, Bangladeshi media reports claimed he said this last month when he met Suu Kyi during his first bilateral visit to Myanmar.Karim said Swaraj extended her full support to Bangladesh’s stance that Myanmar must take back its nationals and must not punish innocent people while fighting terrorism. “Myanmar may punish the terrorists, not innocent people,” he quoted Swaraj as saying. Swaraj appreciated Bangladesh’s stand on the Rohingya issue but described the exodus of forcibly displaced people as a “big burden for Bangladesh”. “It’s a big burden for Bangladesh, and how long will Bangladesh bear this?” she said referring to the exodus of the forcibly displaced people who fled the violence in their homeland and took shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.Swaraj added there should be a permanent solution of the Rohingya issues and international community should contribute to social and economic development of Rakhine state. Karim said she praised Premier Hasina for extending all humanitarian support to the displaced people. He said Hasina narrated the situation after the beginning of the Rohingya exodus since August 25 and her government’s initiatives for their shelter.”We have given them shelter upon the confidence that we would be able to feed the distressed Rohingyas on humanitarian ground,” she told Swaraj. Hasina said Bangladesh had already established an engagement with Myanmar and the Bangladeshi home minister was set to visit the neighbouring county over the crisis.Nearly 600,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state where the Myanmarese army has launched a crackdown against militants. Myanmar doesn’t recognise the Rohingyas as an ethnic group and insists that they are Bangladeshi migrants living illegally in the country. Bangladesh has sought India’s “sustained pressures” on Myanmar for resolution of the crisis.Hasina recalled India’s contribution during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War as well as support to her and her sister Sheikh Rehana after the 1975 assassination of their father – the nation’s founder ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – along with most of their family. Swaraj informed the prime minister about her official talks with her Bangladeshi counterpart saying the entire gamut of bilateral relations came up in their discussion and she was very satisfied at the state of bilateral relations.She said she had a very fruitful discussion with Bangladeshi officials on the projects under India’s Line of Credit (LOC) whose implementation has been delayed. Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, Premier’s Advisor on International Affairs Gowher Rizvi, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali, Bangladeshi Principal Secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, and Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque were present along with India’s Foreign Secretary Joy Shankar and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsha Vardhan Shingla.Swaraj also handed over some memorabilia of the 1971 Liberation War to Hasina as a gift to the Bangladesh National Museum. The memorabilia includes an Mi-4 helicopter, a PT76 tank, 106 mm recoilless anti-tank gun and some of the military equipment used by the joint forces during the war and a number of artifacts and documents like historical photographs, archival audio and video clippings, maps, battle records, newspaper clippings and documentaries.

DNA Evening Read|PM Modi in Gujarat; INDvNZ, 1st ODI; Rahul Gandhi attacks Rajasthan CM; Kerala’s viral video and Rohingya crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Economy on right track after hardcore reforms, will continue to take ‘important decisions’: PM Modi in GujaratPM Narendra Modi on Sunday assertde the process of taking regarding the economic reforms will continue. The prime minister’s assertion came at a time when the Opposition parties have been attacking demonetization and GST rollout. To know more on demonetization and GST rollout click here 2. LIVE | INDvNZ, 1st ODI: Match evenly poised as Kiwis lose three wicketsRiding high on confidence following their recent 4-1 win over world champions Australia, India will look to continue their winning momentum at home turf when they take on New Zealand in the first ODI of the three-match series, beginning at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Read more 3. It’s 2017, not 1817: Rahul Gandhi attacks Rajasthan CM for controversial ordinanceIn tune with his new aggressive avatar on Twitter, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi attacked Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over a controversial ordinance, pointing out that the year was “2017, not 1817”. To Read more click here4. CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Man attempts to molest woman in Kerala; flees when she fights backAn unidentified man was caught on camera attempting to molest a woman in a Kozhikode street. He was caught on CCTV camera to know more click here 5. Rohingya crisis: Refugees returning to Myanmar cannot reclaim land as it has been sold to governmentRohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters. To know more click here

Swaraj in Bangladesh: EAM says combating terror major challenge, says deeply concerned with violence in Rakhine

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday co-chaired the fourth Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali.Both leaders reviewed various aspects of bilateral relations. External Affairs Minister was greeted by Bangladesh Foreign Minister and the High Commissioner of India Harsh Shringla on her arrival in Dhaka earlier today.Swaraj, who is on two-day visit, will also be meeting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. This is Swaraj’s second visit to Bangladesh. She last visited the country in 2014.Later addressing the press, Swaraj highlighted the issues discussed by JCC. She said, ” We discussed common challenges, one such challenge is that of terrorism, radicalisation & extremism. We will continue to fight this scourge together and along with other like minded countries.We are determined to protect our societies from threat of ideologies of hate, violence and terror by adopting a zero tolerance policy and a comprehensive approach in fighting violent extremism and terrorism at all levels.”Swaraj also said: External Affairs Minister also weighed in on the existing Rohinhya crisis. She said that India is deeply concerned with the spate of violence in Rakhine state. EAM said that India has urged for the situation to be handled with restraint, keeping in mind welfare of the people. Regarding long-term solution, Swaraj said, “It is clear that normalcy will only be restored with the return of the displaced persons to Rakhine state. The only long term solution to the situation in Rakhine State is rapid socio-economic and infrastructure development. that would have a positive impact on all the communities living in the state”. Bangladesh has asked for the global community to chip in with help after huge influx of Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing Rakhine state of Myanmar. India so far has taken a hard stance on Rohingya Muslims issue, with Centre telling SC in an affidavit that they are potential security threats. With ANI inputs

Sushma Swaraj to visit Dhaka, discuss Rohingya crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the backdrop of the Rohingya refugee issue, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is leaving for Dhaka on a two-day visit from October 23, and is expected to inaugurate 15 projects financed by India. Her visit follows Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s visit to Bangladesh, during which he signed agreements for line of credit worth $4.5 billion.The two sides are also expected to discuss the Rohingya crisis. Bangladesh is impressing upon India the need to use its influence on Myanmar to create a situation to prevent migration and help in the return of Rohinhyas to their homes. Dhaka was earlier incensed, when India had announced its support for Myanmar security operations. But later, India recalibrated its stance.The India-Bangladesh joint commission, to be chaired by Swaraj and her Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali would review the progress made in implementing the decisions taken when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Dhaka in June 2015. India is also participating in setting up a Russian-supported civil nuclear plant in Bangladesh. Swaraj has also sought a meeting with opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP) chief Begum Khaleda Zia. With elections just about a year away, India is attempting to build bridges across a political spectrum.India and Bangladesh have recently finalised the $4.5 billion Line of Credit (LoC) that had been announced during Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi in April. The 2016 LOC was at $2 billion. But Bangladeshi media has been agog with news reports that the progress on the LoC was disappointed. Also the issue of Teesta is once again haunting ties between the two countries.With the Sheikh Hasina government in a tight spot over multiple issues, Opposition BNP has upped the ante. It has raked up the Rohingya issue to show India and the Hasina government in bad light.Gautan Sen, a retired IAS officer who has served in North-Eastern states believes that Rohingya issue may add a more contentious factor in Bangladesh’s domestic milieu. “With respect to India, the anti-India elements in Bangladesh have been able to capitalise on New Delhi’s initial non-committal posture in taking note of the anti-Rohingya stance in Myanmar and providing relief assistance to deal with the refugee influx. At the global level, the failure of the Bangladesh government to convince the UNSC to pass a resolution on the Rohingya situation has given the BNP-led opposition an opportunity to berate the government,” he said.The indian pushBangladesh is impressing upon India the need to use its influence on Myanmar to create a situation to prevent migration and help in the return of Rohinhyas to their homes.

15 security features of new notes copied

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have sought details of the Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) case being probed by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in Mumbai. The case might soon be taken over and investigated by any one of these agencies following a report provided by the Nashik mint about the quality of the seized notes. The report stated that at least 15 of the 30 features of the seized Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes have been successfully copied by the FICN-maker from Islampur in Bangladesh.In a month-long operation, DRI sleuths arrested six persons, including Congress office-bearer Haji Imran Alam Shaikh, his uncle Zahid Shaikh and Khar-based builder Mahesh Alimchandani. The DRI has so far seized Rs 24 lakh FICN from the arrested persons.”We had sent the seized notes to Currency Note Press in Nashik for their report on the view and quality. They informed us that the seized notes had good quality pages, good quality printing, ink, embossing of Mahatma Gandhi and water colour marks which made them look genuine. In fact, security threads were also there in all the seized notes,” said a security establishment official, requesting anonymity.He added that because of the newness of the notes, the FICN-maker could not copy all the security features.

South Africa displace India from top of ODI rankings after win against Bangladesh

Updated: Oct 19, 2017, 08:47 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India today lost their numero uno status in ICC ODI rankings to South Africa following the Proteas’ win over Bangladesh in the second ODI.According to the updated ICC ODI rankings, by virtue of South Africa’s 104-run win over Bangladesh in the second ODI in Paarl, the Proteas jumped to the top spot, leapfrogging India. While India and South Africa have identical 120 points against their name, India are placed second on the basis of decimal points.India had claimed the top spot in the ICC rankings following their 4-1 win over Australia at home recently. But India have a chance to reclaim their top spot as they host New Zealand in a three-match ODI series scheduled to begin in Mumbai on October 22.

Petro Min Dharmendra Pradhan to visit Japan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum will undertake an official visit to Japan from October16-18, including participating in the 6 Annual LNG Producers Consumer Conference.The visit of Pradhan is a follow up of the visit of Shinzo Abe, PM of Japan to India in September 2017. The visit aims to enhance cooperation in establishing a transparent, efficient, truly global and balanced LNG market. Pradhan will be delivering a keynote speech at the session on “Developing LNG Market in Asia — Government Perspectives”.Energy Ministers from Qatar, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Japan and other leading hydrocarbon experts are scheduled to participate in the Conference. During his visit, Pradhan will meet with his Japanese counterpart Hiroshige Seko, minister of economy, trade, and industry, to discuss issues of bilateral engagement in the hydrocarbon sector.A MoC is scheduled for signing on “establishing a Liquid, Flexible and Global LNG Market” between India and Japan. Pradhan would also meet with representatives of Japanese Companies, for exploring areas of further engagement with the Indian companies. Intern Training Program (TITP)” which will pave the way for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the area of skill development. Pradhan is also scheduled to visit Kanto Polytechnic College, Oyama during the visit.

India ranks below Bangladesh, Iraq and North Korea in Global Hunger Index; condition ‘serious’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has ranked below North Korea, Bangladesh and Iraq, according to the global hunger index report released by Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on Thursday.Ranked 100 among 119 developing countries with global hunger index (GHI) score of 31.4, the report states that India’s hunger problem is ‘serious’.A GHI score of 9.9 or lower denotes low hunger; while scores between 35.0 and 49.9 denote ‘alarming’ hunger, and a score of 20-34.9 means ‘serious’ problem of hunger.The report showed that India’s rank (100) was lower than all its neighbours including Nepal (72), Myanmar (77), Bangladesh (88), Sri Lanka (84) and China (29)—except Pakistan (106).It has been ranked third-worst in Asia, who only fared better than Afghanistan and Pakistan.It further stated that India’s poor performance is one of the main reasons pushing the South Asia region to the worst performing category on the GHI scale this year.The war-torn Central African Republic is the worst affected, followed by Chad, Sierra Leone, Madagascar and Zambia.The GHI score is based on four indicators – proportion of undernourished in the population, prevalence of child mortality, child stunting, and child wasting.

Rohingya crisis: Tarun Vijay says relief material going to Bangladesh not reaching Hindu refugees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former BJP MP Tarun Vijay on Monday in a blog claimed that humanitarian aid sent by India and other countries to refugees who had come to Bangladesh were only being distributed amongst Rohingya Muslims, while Hindu refugees were getting ignored.In the blog, published in The Economic Times, Tarun Vijay alleges that the village camp that sheltered 523 Hindu refugees from Myanmar ‘bore a pathetic sight’.“About 100 refugees have to live in a small hall-type hutment. The women and children, along with the men, have to huddle spending sleepless nights,” he wrote.Vijay added that a woman came to him with folded hands asking him to ‘take them away from here’. “We asked whether she faced difficulties from the Myanmar Army and government? Her husband and she replied that they were good to them; “only angry with the jangis”. “We want to go back. But Dada, please help us get resettled away from these Muslims”, she said sobbing.Vijay added that the Hindu community were paying the price of being loyal to Myanmar’s territorial integrity and for living peacefully.“I told all this to the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Harsh Vardhan Shringla. He was categorical that Hindu refugees can’t be discriminated against and the Indian High commission is taking care that the relief material reaches them without any delay,” he added.

Eviction talk a rallying point in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rohingya Muslim refugee Mohammad Younis, 42, is a worried man. For eight years, Jammu has been a home-away-from-home for Younis who fled Myanmar in 2009 to escape persecution. Living in a shanty with his five children, Younis shudders at reports that Rohingyas will be deported. From courts to streets, the talk of eviction has become a rallying point in Jammu.”If we are sent back, they (Myanmar’s Army) will kill us. We did not come to settle here permanently. We are here because of the circumstances back home. People of Jammu have been very good to us all through,” said Younis, who has a UN refugee card. Younis entered India to start his life afresh. After staying in Delhi for some time, he came to Jammu for a living. “I have been working as a labourer. My contractor is Hindu, and he has been very kind to me,” he said.There are 1,219 Rohingya families with 5,107 members in Jammu district. As many as 14 Rohingyas have married locals. Imam Kifayatullah Aziz Arkani, 35, fled Myanmar in 2012 after the Army issued a diktat against namaz. Arkani, who was the head priest of Jamia Masjid at Arakan, decided to flee and reached Bangladesh. He could not get work there and decided to come to India.”I had heard that there is amity and brotherhood in India. From Kolkata, I boarded a train to Jammu. In between I also lived in Hyderabad for two years. But for the last seven months, I have been in Jammu, teaching at a madrasa,” he said.”They are potential militant recruits. There is no reason for them to travel 5,000 km and stay closer to the border with Pakistan. They could have stayed near Odisha or West Bengal,” said Sunil Sethi, spokesman for BJP in Jammu and Kashmir. Lawyer Hunar Gupta has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, demanding shifting of all illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh from Jammu.”We are a border state and our conflict with China and Pakistan is known all over the world. They (Rohingyas) are poor people and can be misused. Even the Home Ministry has expressed apprehensions that they might have links with militant organisations,” said Gupta.The Jammu and Kashmir government has said no instance of radicalisation has been reported. “However, if such a complaint is received, appropriate action will be taken,” J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti told the Assembly in January this year.She said no Rohingya has been found involved in militancy-related incidents. However, 17 FIRs have been registered against 38 Rohingyas for various offences including those related to illegal border crossing.”They are poor people and have no links with terror as is being projected. They do not even know who Syed Ali Shah Geelani is. Few in Jammu want them evicted. Most people have no problem with them because they know that they are very poor,” said Waqar H Bhatti, a prominent social activist.

Pakistan fuelling Rohingya fire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a three-year cat-and-mouse game, security forces in Kashmir were finally hot on the trail of Adil Pathan, believed to be the brother of Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) Kashmir operations chief Mufti Ashghar, in 2015. Adil had been tasked by Ashghar and JeM chief Masood Azhar to recruit youngsters and revive the outfit, edged out after its cadres were found involved in the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s assassination bid in 2003. The Army and the J&K police’s counterinsurgency Special Operations Group (SOG) killed Adil and one of his accomplices on October 8, 2015, at Harriparigam village in Awantipora, 30 km south of Srinagar. To their horror, the accomplice turned out to be a Myanmar national, who had taken refuge in Pakistan. After a series of interrogations and intelligence contacts, they could confirm that he was Abdul Rehman -al-Arkani, known as Chhota Burmi among JeM cadres. According to sources, Burmi had infiltrated into Kashmir along with Pathan.Due to his nickname, intelligence officials in Srinagar believed that a Bada Burmi must also be working with JeM. They identified Maulana Abdul Quddus as Bada Burmi, a confidante of Masood Azhar and a commander of Myanmar’s terror group Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami Arakan (HUJI-A). He had fled to Pakistan in the 1980s, and was now operating from Karachi’s Korangi. The group used to work closely with Al Qaeda’s 313 Brigade head Ilyas Kashmiri, sources said. While the Jammu and Kashmir government says that there are no terror cases against Rohingyas who have taken refuge in Jammu, the Central government has catalogued the community’s affinity with Pakistan-based terror groups. Myanmar is a Buddhist majority country where Rohingya Muslims are an ethnic minority, classified as illegal Bengali migrants from Bangladesh. There were about 1 million Rohingyas in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, formerly the Arakan kingdom.A confidential report, prepared by the Centre, has listed incidents to establish links between the stateless Rohingyas, evicted by the Myanmar Army, and terrorist organisations in Pakistan and other global groups like Al Qaeda. The deep state in Pakistan and other vested interest groups also appear to have an interest in keeping Myanmar’s Rohingya-dominated Rakhine on the boil. The province is an anchor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy. India is engaged in building a Rs 29 billion Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project, connecting the deep-sea port in Rakhine’s capital Sittwe to India’s landlocked North East. Many here believe that Sittwe has similar significance for India to reach the Bay of Bengal, as Gwadar in Pakistan’s Balochistan has for China to connect its main land to the Arabian Sea.
ALSO READ Aid, support pour in from West BengalOn May 4, 2017, an improvised explosive device blast took place at Rakhine’s Buthidaung Township, in the westernmost part of Myanmar. Investigations revealed that two of the four killed while assembling the device were Pakistani nationals and the remaining two were local Rohingyas. The Pakistani nationals of Rohingya origin were identified as Abdul Rahim and Anarthullah, who had returned to Rakhine after spending 20 years away in the Af-Pak region. “The incident shows how deep Pakistan-based terror groups have taken roots in the region,” an intelligence source here told dna. There is also a mention of a group, Aqa Mul Mujahideen (AMM), blamed for attacks on Myanmar border outposts last year. The group is said to have links with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).Intelligence agencies believe that AMM is actually a breakaway group from HUJI-A. The agencies, who have been tracking Qadoos for years, are understood to have reported his stay at the LeT headquarters in Muridke near Lahore. Information shared by intelligence agencies in Bangladesh and Myanmar also suggests that AMM leader Hafiz Tohar aka Abu Aman Jununi was recruited by Burmi from Kyuak Pyin Siek village in Rakhine’s Maungdaw and was later trained in Pakistan. Both have recruited new cadres among the Rohingya youth in Rakhine and refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar. They believe that the AMM cadre was trained along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
ALSO READ Eviction talk a rallying point in JammuAgencies have also noted frequent movements of Maulana Ustad Wazeer aka Noor Kabir and Fareed Faizullah, both Pakistani nationals of Rohingya origin, in Bangladesh’s Chittagong area and Mae Sot in Thailand’s Tak province, where they are engaged in indoctrination and training of recruits. Last year in May, Bangladesh authorities arrested Omar Faruk aka RSO Faruk of the LeT-backed Rohingya Solidarity Organisation from Chittagong for attacking Bangladesh’s ANSAR camp at Cox’s Bazar, looting weapons and killing the troop commander. ANSAR is a paramilitary auxiliary force at par with India’s CRPF, responsible for internal security and law enforcement. The Central government dossier further mentions that LeT had organised Difa-e-Musalman-e-Arakan conference in Pakistan in July 2012 to highlight the Rohingya cause. Subsequently, LeT had sent its senior operatives Shahid Mehmood and Nadeem Awan to Bangladesh to recruit and train Rohingyas along Myanmar borders.Rohingyas were vulnerable to fall in the trap of Sunni radical elements, thereby having direct repercussions on India’s maritime security in the Bay of Bengal and internal security in the North-East region. “Escalation of militant activities in this region shall pose a direct threat to international shipping lanes of communication passing through the Malacca Straits,” the Central government dossier said. It also reminds that groups like Afghan Taliban, Al Qaeda’s Yemen Branch, LeT and JeM have openly called for attacks on Myanmar authorities in support of Rohingyas.India houses around 40,000 Rohingyas who have arrived in the country through porous borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh in separate batches since 2012-13. Even though India has no refugee policy, the government has remained lenient with refugees fleeing their countries in the times of crisis. More than 1,20,000 Tibetan refugees live in India. There is a Tibetan government in-exile operated from McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala. Karnataka also allotted land for Tibetan refugees. Around 60,000 Afghan refugees came to India after the Russian invasion. The government allowed the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to continue its programme. There are about 10,000 Sri Lankan refugees in India. There are 107 camps in Tamil Nadu and one in Odisha for Sri Lankan refugees.Nearly 7,000 Rohingyas are living in 23 settlements across Jammu. They have moved the Supreme Court, saying that they were not involved in any terrorist act. “All 7,000 Rohingyas have nothing to do with terrorism,” the community, represented by counsel Colin Gonsalves, said. “Not a single one of them has ever engaged in any terrorist activity,” he said. “The local police have for over a year conducted interrogation of all Rohingyas and have taken full details of each family. The local police have inspected the settlements several times every month. All Rohingyas cooperate with the police and give them all the required information,” he said.Former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal insists that they are not refugees, as they didn’t come to India from Myanmar. “Most of the 40,000 Rohingyas came to India from Bangladesh. There are no atrocities being committed against them there. Their life and limb are not threatened. They are not persecuted there… So when they entered India they have not come as refugees. They have come as illegal migrants,” he said. He pointed out that the Rohingyas in India have no intention to seek refugee status, and this is proven by the fact that many of them have taken PAN cards and ration cards in India. “They want to merge. They want to present themselves as Indian citizens. So they are illegal migrants.” He, however, cautioned that the 40,000 Rohingyas are not all terrorists. The issue is, they can potentially provide a pool for some ideologically motivated people who are then trained by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, JeM or LeT’s Hafiz Saeed.Outside Myanmar, and Bangladesh, Pakistan is home to the highest concentration of Rohingyas in the world, from previous exoduses in the 1970s and ’80s. According to an estimate, there are 500,000 Rohingyas in Pakistan. While Pakistan was most strident in condemning the Myanmar government for its offensive, Pakistani newspapers have been reporting complaints of police harassment of Rohingyas. Many spoke grimly of “Burma Cell,” a special police division responsible for cracking down on Rohingya migrants. Pakistani journalist Mehreen Zahra Malik quoted Khalid Saifullah, 70, who migrated from Myanmar four decades ago, as saying, “They won’t let me be a citizen, because then they have to give me rights. They won’t call me a refugee because then they have to give me aid.” He showed the high school diploma he had received from a school in Karachi. “I am not a citizen or a refugee. I am an illegal alien. I am nothing.”While there is criticism that the government was vacillating its stand between sending humanitarian aid for Rohingiyas and also calling them a security threat, it is believed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to work quietly with Mayanmar and Bangladesh to ensure the return of refugees into Rakhine. MEA officials had communicated concerns to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) over the flip-flop, costing India its image globally. The MEA has been pushing Myanmar to adopt recommendations of a panel headed by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan on giving Rohingyas citizenship and other rights. While Modi during his recent visit to Myanmar praised its leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s handling of the crisis, the MEA issued a statement asking Myanmar to show “restraint and maturity” and prepare to launch relief assistance.REFUGEE CRISISMyanmar is a Buddhist majority country where Rohingya Muslims are an ethnic minority, classified as illegal Bengali migrants from Bangladesh.
There were about 1 million Rohingyas in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, formerly the Arakan kingdom.
India houses around 40,000 Rohingyas who have arrived in the country through porous borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh in separate batches since 2012-13.
Nearly 7,000 Rohingyas are living in 23 settlements across Jammu.
There are 230 Rohingya Muslims in Bengal kept in various prisons on grounds of illegal immigration

Those who sympathise with Rohingya Muslims for votes are the greatest anti-national elements: Shiv Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena on Saturday said if India is forced to provide shelter to Rohingya immigrants under pressure from “vote-hungry” politicians, it would not bode well for Muslims in the country.The Sena, an ally of the BJP, also questioned the patriotism of those advocating refuge to the community which is fleeing Myanmar.”Having sympathy for these people for votes is the height of anti-nationalism. Already, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are living here in lakhs.”If Rohingyas also get added now due to these vote- hungry politicians, it will not be long before what happened in Myanmar happens here as well. And in the process, Indian Muslims will be crushed,” the Sena said in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.Violent attacks allegedly by Myanmarese armymen have led to an exodus of Rohingyas from the western Rakhine state in that country to India and Bangladesh.”At present, around 40,000 Rohingyas are living in the country. The Centre has told the Supreme Court that Rohingya Muslims have entered India illegally and are a threat to the nation’s security.”The Centre also believes some of them have links with Pakistan’s (spy agency) ISI,” the Sena organ said.”If somebody wants these people to stay and prosper here, do they have any patriotism in their blood? It is because of some selfish Muslim clerics that a common Muslim man is always under suspicion,” the Marathi daily added.The Sena said those backing Rohingya Muslims should explain why they had to flee the neighbouring country.Two days ago, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and not refugees who have applied for asylum in India.The Centre told Parliament on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, are at present staying in India. However, aid agencies estimate there are about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in the country.

Organisers have to seek permission by Sunday for Durga idol immersion on Muharram: Bengal govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the Calcutta High Court allowed Durga idol immersions on all days from Vijaya Dashami on September 30, the West Bengal government said today that permission will be granted for immersion on Muharram if the situation is “found to be fit”.At a meeting of top officials presided over by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, it was decided that the police would ask the puja organisers to take permission by Sunday, a senior state government official said. West Bengal Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya told a press conference here, “Depending on the circumstances and the situation, permission will be granted (for immersion on Muharram on October 1) wherever it is found to be fit.” He said, “Wherever there are problems, permission will not be granted,” he said.The chief minister said that her government would find a way out keeping in view the high court order. There is nothing to worry. We are taking steps to prevent spread of misinformation,” Banerjee said after inaugurating a puja pandal here. The meeting, also attended by some ministers and senior police officers, including the state director general of police (DGP), decided that the superintendents of police (SPs) in the districts bordering Bangladesh would be put on alert on immersion days to avoid any untoward incident, the official said.
ALSO READ Hindus in Bangladesh are cutting their Durga Puja expenses to provide relief for Rohingyas The state government had earlier imposed restrictions on immersions after 10 pm on Vijay Dashami (Dussehra) on September 30 and said that no immersion would be allowed on Muharram scheduled to be observed on October 1. The home secretary said that to seek permission for immersion of the Durga idols, puja organisers were required to follow a standard protocol. He also cautioned the people about rumours in social media and said, “Verify any news you are receiving before forwarding them to others. Contact the nearest police station in case you need to cross-check a message.” He said, “We have seen since last year that fake messages were spread. Even I had to call the control room to verify a message I had received.”City Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who was also present at the press conference, said that around 2,600 pujas would be held in the city and no organiser has applied for permission for immersion on the day of ‘Ekadashi’ on October 1 which coincides with Muharram. Kumar said, “It has come to our notice that some people are trying to spread rumours using social media. We will take strict measures against those found trying to cause disturbance using social media.” State DGP Surajit Purakayastha said at the press briefing that according to intelligence inputs, “outsiders” might try to create trouble in the state during the ensuing religious occasions.
ALSO READ No Durga idol immersion without police permission on Muharram, decides Bengal govtHe said that all measures were being taken to maintain communal harmony in the state.”We are keeping a close watch. If anybody tries to spread rumour and cause disturbance, we will deal with that person strictly,” the DGP said. Asking the people to contact the nearest police station in case of any emergency, the DGP said that the West Bengal Police and the Kolkata Police were working towards ensuring peace during the religious occasions. The chief minister earlier in the day held a meeting with some ministers, top police officials and the SPs from Hooghly, Howrah, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts on the immersion issue.Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi appealed to the Hindus and Muslims in the state to peacefully observe their religious occasions. “There is no question of any tension…We all owe a duty towards both the communities to ensure that the religious occasions are observed peacefully,” he told reporters here. On the Calcutta High Court order yesterday on immersion, the governor said, “It is not a judgement in favour or against anybody. It is, in fact, an appeal to the people of West Bengal to maintain peace and cooperate with each other.”

BSF using ‘chilli and stun grenades’ to stop Rohingya Muslims from entering India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has stepped up security along its largely porous eastern border with Bangladesh and is using “chilli and stun grenades” to block the entry of Rohingya Muslims fleeing from violence in their homeland of Myanmar, officials said on Friday.Border forces have been authorised to use “rude and crude” methods to stop any infiltration attempts. “We don’t want to cause any serious injury or arrest them, but we won’t tolerate Rohingya on Indian soil,” said a senior official with the Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi. “We’re using grenades containing chilli spray to stop hundreds of Rohingyas trying to enter India … the situation is tense,” added the official, who declined to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to media.More than 420,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when a coordinated attack by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces triggered a counteroffensive, killing at least 400 people, mainly militants. The United Nations has called the assault a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Densely populated Bangladesh is struggling to shelter all the refugees desperate for space to set up shacks, sparking worries in India that the influx could spill into its territory.
ALSO READ Rohingya are not refugees and will be deported, says Rajnath SinghR.P.S. Jaswal, a deputy inspector general of the BSF patrolling a large part of the border in West Bengal, said his troops were told to use both chilli grenades and stun grenades to push back the Rohingya. A chilli grenade makes use of a naturally-occurring compound in chilli powder to cause severe irritation and temporarily immobilise its target. The Modi government has made its intention clear that Rohingya Muslims are security threat and hence needed to be deported, in an affidavit to Supreme Court.
ALSO READ BSF jawans visit Bengal enclaves looking for Rohingya MuslimsSeeking to get legal clearance for the deportation plan, the home ministry told the Supreme Court this week it would confidentially provide it with intelligence information showing Rohingya links with Pakistan-based militants. Most of the peace loving refugees had no link to criminal activity, two Rohingya men protesting against the deportation move told India’s top court on Friday.Police have arrested a suspected al Qaeda member they believe was trying to recruit Rohingya in the country to fight security forces in Myanmar. More than 270 Rohingya have been in Indian jails since 2014. “Our investigations have revealed that Al Qaeda wants to use India and Bangladesh as their base to start a religious war against Myanmar,” said New Delhi police official Pramod Singh Khuswah. “Clearly they are a threat to our security.”

BSF jawans visit Bengal enclaves looking for Rohingya Muslims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Border Security Force (BSF) jawans are patrolling enclaves of Cooch Behar district in West Bengal looking for possible infiltrating Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh.George Manjuram, DIG (general), North Bengal Frontier, BSF told DNA that some bordering areas have been alerted. “We are expecting some infiltration in some areas where there is a possibility of getting shelter. We are marshalling our troops wherever possible but it is huge international border with long stretches of open border,” he said.He added that there were also joint patrolling of the BSF along with the district police and the RPF. “We have to prevent infiltration. They can come through any border. A joint action against any such attempts is required. In the last four years, my men have held 46 Rohingya Muslims who tried to infiltrate. They have been captured and jailed,” Manjuram told DNA.
ALSO READ Rohingyas not refugees; they are illegal immigrants, haven’t applied for asylum: Home Minister Rajnath SinghAnother BSF official said that it was an exercise to alert people and not to alarm them. “For these enclave dwellers, crossing over the international border is no big deal but they need to know that giving shelter to any Rohingya Muslim can bring serious consequences. That is why we are talking to them. You can say it is an awareness building programme to sensitise enclave residents about the problem at hand,” he said.BSF jawans who have been patrolling at the enclaves had been visiting households enquiring about infiltrating Rohingyas. “They visited every households and stayed for a while at ours. They said they had been alerting everyone against infiltrators and enquiring if there had been any Rohingya Muslim who had crossed the border illegally and come to the enclaves,” talking to DNA said Jainal Abedin, a resident of Madhya Masaldanga, one of the enclaves in Cooch Behar district.
ALSO READ Rohingya has become emotive, highly charged term; they are Muslims from Rakhine state: Aung San Suu KyiAnother 40-plus resident of the same enclave said that they had been given stern warning against suppressing facts about Rohingyas. “They probably think we are all terrorists. BSF officials had given us a stern warning saying that we should not give shelter to any Rohingya Muslim who comes over, crossing the border. They have also said that if there is any problem or if we spot any Rohingya Muslim we should contact the BSF authorities,” he told DNA.District Magistrate Kaushick Saha, however, said he had no idea of any such patrolling going on. “I don’t think any precautionary step is necessary as there has been no case of infiltration,” he said. These enclave-dwellers reside near the Indo-Bangla bordering areas where they had been living as Bangladeshi citizens and had been given Indian citizenship two years ago following a Land Bill Agreement (LBA) between the two countries.

Taslima Nasreen says all Rohingyas are not terrorists, India should give them shelter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing sympathy towards Rohingya Muslims, controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has said that all Rohingyas are not terrorists, and India should give shelter to refugees.Taslima Nasreen made remarks when asked if she think asylum should also be extended to Rohingyas, after the Centre made it clear to Supreme Court that they are ‘illegal’ immigrants and pose ‘serious national security ramifications’.”I would still request Indian government to reconsider its decision,” she told CNN-News18.Reacting to Indian government’s stand, she said, “In that sense, they are a security threat for Bangladesh as well, but Dhaka has given shelter to refugees.” ALSO READ Myanmar: Suu Kyi silence on Rohingya ethnic cleansing charge draws criticismFurther stating that all Rohingyas are not terrorists, she added, “Maybe some of them are, but if they live in India I believe Indian government can check terrorism much better than Bangladesh government can do or Pakistan can do.”Taslima Nasreen’s visa, who has been living in exile since she left Bangladesh was extended for one year. A citizen of Sweden, has been getting Indian visa on a continuous basis since 2004.The government had told the parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India. However, some inputs indicate that around 40,000 undocumented Rohingyas were staying in India, mostly in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan regions. ALSO READ Rohingya crisis: Top 8 quotes made by Myanmar’s Aung San Suu KyiThe military response to insurgent attacks last month in the western region of Myanmar sent more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh, escaping what the United Nations has branded as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday broke her silence over the ongoing humanitarian crisis and said that the country is ready to verify refugees status to aid return of those who wish to, and doesn’t fear ‘international scrutiny’.She also said that she ‘feels deeply’ for the suffering of ‘all people’ caught up in conflict scorching through Rakhine state.

Myanmar must recognise Rohingyas as citizens: Bangladesh FM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bangladesh state minister for foreign affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam said that Rohingyas in Bangladesh and other parts of the world should be given recognition by Myanmar government as citizens of the country.”There are about 8 lakh Rohingyas in Bangladesh and many in other parts of the world as well. Everyone should be given recognition by Myanmar government as citizens of that country. They should be taken back by Myanmar,” Alam said on Monday during a seminar on ‘Bangladesh Today’. He also said that although the Rohingyas in Bangladesh hadn’t adversely affected their economy, “Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s commentary on feeding 8-10 lakh Rohingyas was said purely on humanitarian grounds. Bangladesh still needs a long-term political solution to it. We are pursuing diplomatic routes to find an end to this crisis, but I think the solution lies in the implementation of the Kofi Annan report and whatever has been said by the UN Secretary General’s office, European Parliament, and other economies engaged with Myanmar and Bangladesh.”Asked if they had written to the Myanmar government about it, he said that they had, but are yet to receive any positive response and that Hasina, before leaving for the United Nations General Assembly on September 20, had issued a statement on the Rohingya crisis being a priority and that she would raise it in global platforms.On the sidelines of the event, referring to the Indian government’s submission to the Supreme Court that Rohingyas must be deported and that they were a threat to security, Alam said, “What the Indian government said is its own issue, but it is obviously a security threat for Bangladesh. We have had incidents in the past. That is why we are mindful of that and we are registering the Rohingya population for the first time. Work has begun about a week ago and we have alerted the law enforcing agencies and local administration that the Rohingya population should not go outside the designated area.”The Indian government had also submitted that there might be a link between Rohingyas and Pak terror outfits. To that Alam said, “We are not aware of any linkages with terrorist organisations. But we all know, that even if not directly linked, they are inspired by some external forces.”Answering questions about whether the Myanmar army was using landmines to kill Rohingyas who were trying to flee the country, he said, “Yes. We have informed that to the Myanmar envoy in Dhaka. The people who were trying to flee took photos. We are hosting at least three injured individuals who have lost their limbs, and two more have died in the blast. Bangladesh is part of the anti-mine campaign.”

Do not believe every news item that you see without verifying it: Rajanth Singh tells SSB jawans

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that anti-national elements have been trying to foment tension in the society by posting unverified information on social media and asked people not to forward such messages without verification.Singh said information and news, that was completely wrong or having no basis, was being regularly circulated on social media such as WhatsApp and many people consider it to to be true.”I want to tell SSB jawans not to believe such messages and forward to anyone without verification as anti-national elements have been trying to foment trouble in the society. We all have to be careful before believing or forwarding them,” he said after launching the intelligence wing of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) here.Lauding the role of the SSB, which guards the 1,751 km- long Indo-Nepal and the 699 km-long Indo-Bhutan borders, Singh said it is very tough to guard such open borders, which allow visa-free movement of people, than fenced borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.”In an open border, the security-men do not know who is anti-national, which way a criminal is coming or who is carrying fake currency or fake drugs,” he said.Referring to his earlier announcement that the family of each martyred paramilitary solider will get at least Rs one crore as compensation, the home minister said he was contemplating to “do something” for those serving personnel who face an emergency situation but are unable to cope up with it and need help.”I am also thinking to do something and I will certainly do it,” he said amidst applause from about 1,000 guests, mostly serving and retired personnel from different paramilitary forces.Earlier, the home minister launched the the SSB’s first- ever intelligence wing, which will gather information along the borders with Bhutan and Nepal, which are often used by criminals and Kashmiri militants returning from Pakistan.The intelligence wing will have 650 field and staff agents to gather actionable information.Due to the visa-free regime, India has with Nepal and Bhutan, there is a trans-border movement of criminals and anti-national elements which pose a major challenge, a home ministry official said.As many as 230 former Kashmiri militants, based in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, have returned home through the Indo-Nepal border since 2010.The Indo-Bhutan border is known to be frequented by the Assam-based insurgent group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), which has even attacked Bhutanese nationals in the past.The SSB has also been declared as the lead intelligence agency for both the borders. Thus, the central government felt that a well-knit intelligence network of the highest capability that can function and deliver would be the prime requirement for comprehensive border management.This was essential as the SSB’s operations are based on intelligence to prevent criminals and smugglers from taking advantage of the friendly borders with Nepal and Bhutan, the official said.

Rohingya crisis: Shelter not for humanity but for votes- Taslima Nasreen slams Bangladesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen on Monday launched a scathing attack at the Sheikh Hasina-led Bangladesh Government for extending support to the Rohingya refugees.Taking to Twitter, the ‘Lajja’ writer said that Bangladesh Government is providing shelter to the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine, not on the ground of humanity, but to garner votes. he further questioned if Bangladesh would offer refuge to the Rohingyas, if they were not Muslims, but Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, or Jews.”Bangladesh offered land to shelter Rohingya. What if these people were Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews but not Muslims? Shelter not for humanity but for votes!” Taslima Nasreen said in her scathing tweet. she said in a tweet.Taslima Nasreen currently lives in exile in India as she had to leave Bangladesh owing to fatwa from Islamists. Bangladesh, which is facing an unprecedented influx of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, plans to build new settlements to house about 4,00,000 refugees that entered the country over the past three weeks. The new settlements will be built within the next 10 days on 2,000 acres in the Cox’s Bazar district near Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar, officials have said.The authorities plan to construct 14,000 shelters, each with a capacity to hold six families, with the help of international organisations and the Bangladesh military. The camps in Bangladesh were already overflowing with at least 4,00,000 Rohingya before the current exodus was provoked by Rohingya militants’ attacking Myanmar police posts and an army base on August 25. Earlier in the day, the Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on deportation of Rohingya Muslims from India. The Centre today told the apex court that the Rohingya Muslims were “illegal” immigrants in the country and that their continuous stay posed “serious national security ramifications”.In an affidavit filed in the apex court registry, the NDA government said the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees cannot invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.Sheikh Hasina during her speech at UN is expected to powerfully raise the issue of Rohingya Muslims. She will ask the global community to do more to protect the Rohangiyas, who are fleeing Myanmar fearing prosecution. UN too has asked governments to do their bit to shelter Rogangiyas and have slammed the Indian government.

Rohingyas are serious security threat, indulging in anti-national acts: Centre tells SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Monday filed its response in Supreme Court to a PIL challenging deportation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar and said that some of the illegal immigrants pose a serious security threat.”Continuance of Rohingyas’ illegal immigration into India and their continued stay, apart from being absolutely illegal, is found to be having serious national security ramifications and has serious security threats,” Centre said in the affidavit.”It is observed by the Central Government that some Rohingyas are indulging in illegal/anti-national activities i,e., mobilization of funds through hundi/hawala channels, procuring fake/fabricated Indian identity documents for other Rohingyas and also indulging in human trafficking,” the affidavit reads.
ALSO READ Assam: BJP suspends minority woman leader for supporting RohingyasIt also accused them of the using illegal network for illegal entry of others in the India. “Many of them have managed to acquire fake / fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents – PAN Card and voter cards.””It is found by the Central Government that many of the Rohingyas figure in the suspected sinister designs of ISI/ISIS and other extremists groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country,” the affidavit reads.
ALSO READ Rights group accuse Myanmar of ‘ethnic cleasing’; urge new sanctions over Rohingya crisisStating that providing facilities to illegal immigrants would also have a direct adverse impact upon Indian citizens, the centre said, “It would deprive the Indian citizens of their legitimate share in the employment sector, subsidized housing, medical and educational facilities and would thereby culminate in hostility towards immigrants resulting into an inevitable social tension and law and order problems. The fundamental rights of Indian citizens would, therefore, be seriously violated.”Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the UN estimates.
ALSO READ ‘It will create big problem for Bangladesh if Rohingyas stay for long’: Sheikh Hasina tells Sushma SwarajThe United Nations have appealed to the entire international community to keep the political differences aside and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees.Last week, India strongly rejected the criticism by the UN human rights chief over its handling of Rohingya Muslim refugees.Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also said that the chorus of branding India as a villain is a calibrated design to tarnish country’s image.

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Assam: BJP suspends minority woman leader for supporting Rohingyas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Benezir Arfan, a minority woman leader in Assam has been suspended by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit for supporting Rohingya refugees.A woman who was also the BJP’s face in its anti-triple talaq campaign in the state had reportedly written a post requesting people to attend a fast protesting against the treatment given to Rohingyas by the Myanmar government, reported NDTV.The party has suspended her from the executive committee.
ALSO READ ‘We went hungry before we arrived in India’: Rohingyas share their tragic talesAccording to report, BJP’s state unit general secretary Dilip Saikia sent a letter to Arfan suspending her from the party with immediate effect.She has also been given three days time to explain why disciplinary action should not be initiated against her.
ALSO READ ‘It will create big problem for Bangladesh if Rohingyas stay for long’: Sheikh Hasina tells Sushma Swaraj“Despite being an active BJP member, you posted in social media seeking support for a programme organised by another organisation in connection with a problem related to Myanmar, without initiating any discussion about it in party platforms,” the letter said.However, the woman has claimed that party did not even ask her to explain her position.“My only mistake was that I wrote ‘a protest fast’ instead of a ‘prayer meeting’ for Rohingyas, both Hindus and Muslims, who died while fleeing Myanmar. I apologised for the wrong use of words, but the party didn’t listen,” she told Hindustan Times.Last week, India strongly rejected the criticism by the UN human rights chief over its handling of Rohingya Muslim refugees.Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also said that the chorus of branding India as a villain is a calibrated design to tarnish country’s image.Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the UN estimates.The United Nations have appealed to the entire international community to keep the political differences aside and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees.

Govt red faced over Rohingya affidavit in public domain by ‘mistake’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a red-face moment for the government as an affidavit regarding the deportation of Rohingyas, which was still being filed, was out in public domain. It was later clarified that the copy of the affidavit served to a lawyer associated with the case was a “mistake” as it was not yet finalised.The affidavit was to be filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the ongoing proceedings in a petition filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan on the Centre’s stand to deport Rohingyas, a Muslim community of Myanmar that has faced persecution in their country.The eight-page draft affidavit, signed by the Deputy Secretary (Foreigners Division ), MHA Ravi S, states, “The decision to deport illegal immigrants (Rohingyas) in the case on hand has been taken in the larger public interest and in the interest of national security.”The draft affidavit also said intelligence agencies, who have submitted their inputs, state that many of the illegal immigrants have managed to fraudulently obtain official Indian identity documents and also “figure in suspected sinister designs of the ISIS/ other extremists groups who have ulterior motives in India…”A Home Ministry spokesperson clarified that no affidavit has been filed on the subject in the Supreme Court, adding that it is in process.Some of the Rohingyas with a terror background are found to be active in Jammu (where most of them have been camping), Hyderabad, and Mewat have been identified as posing serious and potential threat to internal security.It was submitted that due to the large influx of illegal immigrants from the neighbouring countries, the demographic profile of some of the bordering states have undergone a serious change causing far-reaching complications in various contexts.The affidavit also insists that there are around 40,000 Rohingyas in India, though the United Nations says there are 16,000.It also added that India’s track record in dealing with illegal immigrants from Tibet, Bangladesh, Sri Lankan Tamils has been internationally acclaimed.Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday hit out at those criticising the government’s decision to deport Rohingyas saying it is a “calibrated design” to “tarnish” India’s image.

Rohingya crisis: India to send relief material to Bangladesh for refugees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India will send a consignment of humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh tomorrow for Rohingya Muslims, days after Dhaka briefed New Delhi about the problems faced by it due to the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Muazzem Ali had met Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar last week and discussed the issue of Rohingyas in detail.”An Indian aircraft will carry the first consignment of humanitarian assistance tomorrow…It will land at Chittagong airport at 11 am,” an Indian High Commission spokesman told PTI.Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla would hand over the relief materials to Bangladesh’s Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, the spokesman added.Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the international community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.According to the UN estimates, over 379,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh since August 25 when fresh wave of violence erupted.According to media reports, the violence began when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.Rohingya residents – a stateless mostly Muslim minority in a Buddhist-majority nation – allege that the military and Rakhine Buddhists responded with a brutal campaign against them, according to the reports.Bangladesh had earlier said the new influx of Rohingya refugees is an unbearable additional burden on the country which has been hosting around 400,000 Myanmar nationals who had to leave their country in the past due to communal violence and repeated military operations.Quader had said on Sunday that Bangladesh needed “crucial” Indian support in handling the crisis.”The entire world today is worried with the Rohingya issue (and) their (India’s) concern and stand beside us is very crucial at this moment,” he had said.Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, at a media briefing on the same day, however, referred to the Indian concern about the crisis.A “deeply concerned” India last week asked Myanmar to handle the situation in the Rakhine state with “maturity and restraint” while focusing on the welfare of the civilian population along with that of the security forces and asserted that it was imperative that violence ends there.

Rohingya man from Hyderabad arrested with fake Aadhar, PAN and voter id

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Rohingya man from Myanmar was arrested by the Rachakonda police here today on charges of forgery and cheating. The man — Mohd Ismail alias Esha (20) — holds UNHCR, Aadhaar, PAN and voter ID cards issued against his name.Esha, who was illegally staying in the Pahadishareef area of the city and working as a casual labourer, had allegedly applied for a passport, claiming to be an Indian citizen, with a plan to fly to Dubai, the police said.”During the inquiry, he (Esha) confessed that he was a native of Nayaphara village in the Ikyapu state of Myanmar, from where he fled and came to Bangladesh in 2014. He then boarded a bus to Kolkata and subsequently, reached Delhi with the help of an agent,” the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate said in a release.According to the police, Esha stayed in a refugee camp in the national capital, where he worked for a year. “He obtained a UNHCR refugee card in January, 2016,” the release said.Subsequently, the man went to the Belagavi district of Karnataka with the help of certain persons and worked in a meat shop there. He got acquainted with one Anwar, who helped him get the Aadhaar and voter ID cards, the police said.”In June 2016, Anwar brought Esha to Pahadishareef and introduced him to one Abdul Rasheed, who made arrangements of his accommodation. Esha had been making tiles at Chandrayangutta here,” the release said.The police said around 15 days ago, Esha got himself enrolled with an online service outlet here to change the address of his Aadhaar and voter ID cards, which he had procured from Karnataka.”He paid Rs 18,000 to Rasheed and asked him to arrange for an Indian passport for him. He applied for the passport claiming to be an Indian national. He changed his name and procured ID proofs to go abroad,” the police said, adding that they had seized the PAN and UNHCR cards of the man.Esha has been booked under sections 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of the IPC and relevant provisions of the Foreigners Act.Scores of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have been fleeing the restive region since August amid a fresh wave of violence, triggering a refugee crisis in neighbouring Bangladesh and India.Union minister Kiren Rijiju had recently said the Rohingya Muslims were illegal immigrants and pitched for their deportation.

Karnataka BJP Yuva Morcha issues legal notice to Ramchandra Guha for linking Gauri Lankesh’s murder to BJP-RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP has issued a legal notice to historian Ramchandra Guha for linking Gauri Lankesh’s murder to BJP and RSS. According to ANI, the Karnataka BJP Yuva Morcha’s secretary has issued a legal notice to the historian over his statement in an interview. Guha had said about Gauri’s murder that the ‘climate of hate and intolerance promoted by the current (BJP) government’ was complicit in the murder. He had said that India was becoming a mirror image of Bangladesh and Pakistan, ‘where writers were killed for what they said’. Guha had added that there was an attempt to silence all of those who believed in democracy.He was quoted saying by The Indian Express: “The climate of hate and intolerance that has been promoted by this current (BJP) government, aided by television channels and freelance goondas, is complicit in this murder. It is chilling. We are becoming mirror images of Bangladesh and Pakistan, where writers are killed for what they say. This is an attempt to silence all of us, all of those who believe in democracy and decency.”
ALSO READ Gauri Lankesh: Left of centre, but heart in the right placeHe had also written in a column in Hindustan Times that the murder had been ‘ghoulishly celebrated by Hindutva right-wingers’.
ALSO READ A R Rahman condemns Gauri Lankesh’s murder, says ‘This is not my India’He had written in his column: “Gauri Lankesh’s death has been widely mourned by ordinary, decent, Indians. On the other hand, it has been ghoulishly celebrated by Hindutva right-wingers. The senior Cabinet Minister, Nitin Gadkari, has denied that the BJP or its affiliates had anything to do with Gauri Lankesh’s murder. How, so soon after the event, can he be so sure? Even if the BJP or the RSS is not directly involved in this and similar murders, there is little question that the ruling dispensation has enabled a climate of hate and suspicion that makes such targeted killings of writers and scholars possible. It may be freelancers who actually commit these acts; but they are emboldened by politicians, ideologues and television anchors who demonise all critics of the ruling regime as anti-national. The political climate is now more poisonous and rancorous than at any time since the Emergency. Rahul Gandhi must prove his claim: Karnataka BJP
ALSO READ Never said BJP-RSS behind Gauri Lankesh’s murder: Congress leader Mallikarjun KhargeThe Karnataka BJP today said if Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is holding the RSS and right-wing ideology responsible for the killing of journalist -activist Gauri Lankesh, he should furnish evidence to back his allegations.A day after the Left-leaning journalist was killed, Rahul Gandhi had said that anybody who speaks against the ideology of BJP and RSS, is pressured, beaten up, attacked and even killed.State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa today said, “If Rahul Gandhi has any proof to prove his allegations, he should furnish it.”BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had also attacked Gandhi on September 8 for holding the right wing and RSS ideology responsible for the killing of the 55-year- old journalist.”The BJP would like to ask the Chief Minister of Karnataka that in the light of the unilateral malafide comment of Rahul Gandhi, should we expect a fair investigation by the SIT,” he had asked.The state government has formed an SIT to probe the killing.Replying to a query, Yeddyurappa told reporters here today, “Let all inquirers get over and whoever are the culprits, they must be hanged. For that, we (the BJP) has no objection.”Asked if the BJP was satisfied with inquiry by the SIT or would demand a CBI probe, the former chief minister said it was left for the government to decide.Yeddyurappa alleged the government has “failed” in maintaining law and order, which is reflected in the murders of RSS and BJP activists, Left-leaning intellectuals, and a journalist.”At least, in Gauri Lankesh’s case, let the government take proper action and culprits should be brought to book and punished,” he told reporters here.Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home here on the night of September 5. With inputs from PTI

Friend-in-need: India stands by Myanmar as global pressure grows against Aung San Suu Kyi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a show of solidarity with Myanmar, India on Thursday refused to be a part of a declaration adopted at an international conference as it carried “inappropriate” reference to violence in Rakhine state from where 125,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh.An Indian parliamentary delegation, led by Speaker Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, dissociated itself from the ‘Bali Declaration’ adopted at the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development held here in Indonesia.”This was in view of the fact that the declaration, which was to be adopted at the conclusion of the Forum, was not in line with the agreed global principles of sustainable development ,” said a press release issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.India reiterated its stance that the purpose of convening the Parliamentary forum was to arrive at mutual consensus for implementation of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) which requires inclusive and broad-based development processes, it said.”Therefore, the proposed reference to the violence in Rakhine state in the declaration was considered as not consensus-based and inappropriate,” the release said.The part of the declaration to which India objected spoke of the forum expressing “deep concern on ongoing violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, amongst others…” The declaration went on to “call on all parties to contribute to the restoration of stability and security, exercise maximum self-restraint from using violent means, respect the human rights of all people in Rakhine State regardless of their faith and ethnicity, as well as facilitate and guarantee safe access for humanitarian assistance.” The Indian delegation took the stance on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his visit to Myanmar where he expressed solidarity with the government there against the “extremist violence” in the Rakhine state.Modi on Wednesday urged all stakeholders to find a solution that respects the country’s unity.”The country-specific amendment to the draft declaration was proposed at the eleventh hour by selective countries which referred to the violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar.”India argued that specifying a particular country is unjustified as this Forum is focussed on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and inclusive development for all countries based on cooperative and collaborative approach to achieve the 2030 Agenda for the world,” the press release said.India said, “Never before country-specific issues have been included in the declaration as these dilute the objective of these Forums which require unity and focussed efforts of all the countries,” the release said.

In Myanmar, PM defends note ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday justified demonetisation which has come in for criticism, asserting that his government was not afraid of taking “big” and “tough” decisions in the interest of the country.Addressing the Indian diaspora here in Myanmar, he said his government could take such decisions because it considers the country above politics.Meanwhile, PM Modi held talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday. On his first bilateral visit to the Buddhist-majority nation, the PM urged all stakeholders to find a solution that respects the country’s unity.A security force operation in Rakhine has sparked a refugee influx in some neighbouring countries, mainly Bangladesh. India said on Tuesday that Rohingya Muslims are illegal immigrants and stand to be deported. The two leaders discussed the security situation along the borders of the two nations and expressed concern at various incidents of terrorism and extremist-related violence that have taken place in their respective nations.The two leaders vowed to combat terror and boost security cooperation. PM Modi emphasised that it was important to maintain stability along the long land and maritime borders of the two countries.Myanmar condemned the recent barbaric terror attack during the Amarnath Yatra in India as also various acts of terror perpetrated by terrorists from across the borders. The two leaders called on the international community to end selective and partial approaches to combating terrorism.”When it comes to a big peace process or finding a solution to a problem, we hope that all stakeholders can work together towards finding a solution which respects the unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar,” said Modi in his joint press statement with Suu Kyi after the talks. Modi also said that India stands by Myanmar amid the challenges the country is facing.After the talks, 11 agreements were signed between the two sides in areas like maritime security, strengthening democratic institutions in Myanmar, health and information technology.Suu Kyi took a strong stance on terror said, “Together we will ensure that terror is not allowed to take roots on our soil or on the soil of neighbouring countries.” She also thanked India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently.Myanmar has come under international pressure after some 125,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from Rakhine, beginning with an August 25 attack by Rohingya insurgents on dozens of police posts and an Army base.Modi also said that India has decided to grant gratis (no-cost) visa to Myanmarese citizens who wish to visit India. “We would like to contribute to Myanmar’s development efforts as part of our ‘Sabka saath sabka vikaas’ initiative,” said Modi who reached Myanmar on the second leg of his two-nation trip after he travelled to the south-eastern Chinese city Xiamen where he attended the annual BRICS Summit.The PM also announced that India has decided to release 40 Myanmarese citizens, currently lodged in various jails in India. “We hope that they will soon be able to meet their families in Myanmar,” he said.(With agency inputs)

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