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Parliament panel raises concerns over lack of infra in railways to deal with cybercrimes

A parliamentary panel has expressed serious concern over lack of infrastructure in the railways’ vigilance directorate to deal with cybercrimes, days after the CBI busted a ticketing scam in the national transporter.The Railway Convention Committee that submitted its report in Parliament today on vigilance in Indian Railways said they were not satisfied that the ministry’s vigilance directorate was foolproof as far as dealing with cybercrimes was concerned. “When there is no requisite infrastructure or expertise available with the railways to effectively deal with cybercrime and software manipulation, the e-tendering and e- auction system introduced by the ministry cannot be claimed to be foolproof,” the committee has said, raising doubts over the security of all e-platforms used by the railways.The committee has urged the ministry to induct persons with “ample experience” in handling cybercrimes, either through deputation or permanent absorption, so as to eliminate any scope of “manipulation of the system by vested interests”.The parliamentary panel, chaired by BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab has 12 members from Lok Sabha and and six from Rajya Sabha.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested its software programmer for developing an illicit software to subvert the railways Tatkal reservation system, allowing hundreds of tickets to be booked in one go.

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On Rahul Gandhi’s agenda today, visit to Somnath, poll result review

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is slated to meet party leaders and workers on Saturday to review his party’s performance in the just-concluded assembly elections, will begin his visit by offering prayers at Somnath Temple.Congress officials said that Gandhi will visit Somnath Temple in Gir Somnath district of Saurashtra at 10:30 am before coming to Ahmedabad for the review.This will be the Congress leader’s second visit to the famous temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlings, in as many months. A huge row had erupted during Gandhi’s visit to Somnath on November 29 after an image with his and senior party leader Ahmed Patel’s names, purportedly from a register meant for non-Hindus, went viral. While the BJP raised questions about his religion and accused Gandhi of fooling people with his temple visits, Congress blamed the ruling party for the fake image. The party also sought to put question marks about Gandhi’s religion to rest, saying he was a ‘janeu-dhari’ Hindu, i.e. a Brahmin.On Saturday, after offering prayers at Somnath, the newly elected Congress president will reach Ahmedabad, where he will meet party leaders from four regions of the state one after the other from 1:15 pm to 5:15 pm.”Rahul ji will also address party workers at GU Convention Hall. He is expected to appreciate the workers’ efforts in the elections, and exhort them to start working for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” said a Congress official.Ahead of Gujarat elections, the Congress president spent over 20 days campaigning extensively for his party. The Congress put up a credible performance by winning 77 out of 182 seats, its best performance in the state in the past several elections while restricting the BJP’s tally to 99.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Cong analyses poll loss, prepares 2019 road map

Two days after the Congress lost in the Gujarat assembly elections, but also put up its best performance in over two decades, the Gujarat Congress began its two-day meet to analyse the poll results. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will also meet state party leaders and workers in Ahmedabad on Saturday as a part of exercise.On the first day of the meet, which is being held in Mehsana, Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki, Gujarat Congress in-charge Ashok Gehlot, and other leaders met with party leaders from 20 districts and discussed the performance in the elections.Discussions with leaders from remaining districts would take place on Thursday. During the discussions, some party leaders blamed poor selection of candidates for the loss, while some attributed it to tampering of Electronic Voting Machines. A few also blamed differences between the party’s leadership for the defeat, while others said how the loss of key leaders hurt the party.Addressing party leaders, Gehlot expressed satisfaction at the party’s performance in the elections and accused BJP of misusing government machinery. “The Congress did well. We could not form the government, but we have been able to send a message that Congress can fight the BJP even in the home state of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” he said. Speaking with reporters after the day’s proceedings, Bharatsinh Solanki said that the discussions were not just about the assembly elections, but also to start working for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “We have received various complaints and suggestions. The party will decide on them in due course,” he said. In the election results announced on Monday, the Congress won 77 seats, its best performance in last six elections, while restricting the BJP to 99 seats.RAHUL TO TAKE STOCKCongress president Rahul Gandhi, who had campaigned extensively in the state ahead of the elections, will be in Ahmedabad on December 23 to review the party’s performance. “Rahul ji will meet leaders from the four different zones of the state at GU Convention Hall during the course of the day. In the evening, he will address party workers,” Manish Doshi, Gujarat Congress spokesperson, said.

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7-year-old drowns in Madh hotel pool

The Malwani police have registered a case against the lifeguard of a four-star hotel in Madh island for allegedly causing death of a seven-year-old boy owing to negligence. The body of the deceased was found floating in the pool on Saturday.According to police, Idris Khokhar a resident of Prabhat colony in Santacruz, died in a pool at The Retreat Hotel and Convention Centre in Madh Island. Tasneem, mother of the victim had planned the outing along with her friends.There were six children playing in the resort when Idris went missing. The other visitors informed Idris’s sister Zahra,14 about the incident.The Malwani police sent the body for post mortem and registered a case of accidental death. Shrirang Nadgowda, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Malwani division), said, “We have taken the complaint of the parents and have registered the case against the lifeguard for failing to save the life of the child.”“We have acquired the CCTV camera footage and are probing the case further,” added Nadgowda.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan confirms wife and mother have received visas to visit him

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has approved the visa applications of the mother and wife of Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on a death row in that country on charges of espionage.The spokesperson for Pakistan’s foreign ministry shared the news on his Twitter handle on Saturday evening.Earlier, Pakistan’s foreign office sent a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs suggesting that Jadhav’s family can meet him on Christmas.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed that Pakistan will grant visa to both the mother and the wife of Jadhav. On November 10, Pakistan had agreed to allow Jadhav’s wife to meet him. India has been pressing Pakistan to grant a visa to his mother Avantika as well, on humanitarian grounds.Describing it as a positive development, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Pakistan has also permitted an Indian diplomat to accompany Jadhav’s wife and mother during their trip. The diplomat will be present during their meeting in the jail. When queried whether allowing Indian diplomat to accompany Jadhav’s relatives in jail meant granting consular access, Kumar said it was too early to predict the nature of the access.Jadhav had filed an appeal with Pakistani Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending. In October, the Pakistan Army had said it was close to a decision on Jadhav’s mercy petition.Also readNo consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pak tells ICJAccording to Pakistan, its security forces arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3, last year, after he reportedly entered the area from Iran. He was charged for espionage and sentenced to death. India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he planned to start a business after retiring from the Indian Navy.After India approached ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the adjudication of the case. The ICJ had asked Pakistan to submit its response by December 13, before the court could start further proceedings. Pakistan is now expected to inform the ICJ that since it has agreed to provide consular access to the prisoner, India’s plea at the world court be declared infructuous.Also readMom, wife can meet Kulbhushan Jadhav on Dec 25: PakistanHowever, Pakistan on Wednesday rejected India’s plea for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav at the ICJ, claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its ‘spy’.Media reports from Pakistan suggest that Pakistan in its reply has alleged Jadhav is not an ordinary person and had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities. The reply, which was submitted by the Foreign Office’s Director (India), Fariha Bugti, also claimed that Jadhav case does not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav’s friends celebrate after Pakistan grants visa to his mother and wifeThe counter-memorial said the consular access under the Vienna Convention was reserved only for legitimate visitors and not for spies.Reports said the reply also encompasses the charge-sheet filed against Jadhav, which also includes his confession.Pakistan has stated that “the Indians have not denied that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name.””Lack of explanation on how a serving naval commander was operating under secondment to Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and also was travelling under an assumed name leads to only one conclusion that India wanted consular access to the information he had gathered,” said the counter memorial.

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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.

Can’t direct centre to make law to prevent torture in custody, government looking at issue: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court today said it cannot direct the government to make a law to prevent torture and inhuman treatment in custody when the government was looking into the issue in “all seriousness” and had decided to adopt the United Nations’ convention on torture.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra referred to the submissions of Attorney General K K Venugopal who said the prayer in a plea with regard to framing of a law to prevent torture and inhuman treatment of individuals in custody was also a subject matter of discussion in the Law Commission.”The executive is looking at the issue with all seriousness,” Venugopal told the bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
ALSO READ Ryan school murder: ‘They thrashed my son,’ father of accused alleges torture, trashes CBI’s PTM theoryThe bench was hearing a PIL filed by senior advocate and former law minister Ashwani Kumar, who has sought directions to frame an effective law on the issue and empower agencies like the NHRC with necessary enforcement capabilities and mechanisms to implement its orders and directions.After hearing the submissions of the Attorney General, the bench asked Kumar, “can we direct the legislature to make a law by issuing a writ of mandamus?”
ALSO READ Predator slits throat of kid at top Gurgaon school, bus conductor arrested “They are saying that they are looking at it with all seriousness,” the apex court said, adding, “can we direct the government to adopt a particular UN convention and make a law?”Kumar asked the bench to keep the matter in abeyance for a month or two to see how things move on legislation front.But the bench did not agree to the submission and disposed of his plea in wake of the arguments advanced by Venugopal.The petitioner had earlier told the court that despite being a signatory to the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture, 1997, India has not ratified the convention so far since ratification required an enabling legislation to reflect the definition and punishment for ‘torture’.Kumar, a senior Congress leader, had contended that the Centre should have a comprehensive and stand-alone legislation against torture.The plea had sought a direction to the Centre to ensure an effective law and its enforcement to fulfil constitutional promise of human dignity and prevention of custodial torture.It had sought the issuance of guidelines for timely and effective investigation of complaints of torture and custodial violence and directions be given to the government for rehabilitation and compensation for the victims.The government had earlier said a writ petitioner cannot seek a legislation through the court as the issue fell under the domain of the executive and the legislature.

4 assurances India has asked for allowing Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother to travel to Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Thursday conveyed that it will allow Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother to travel to Pakistan to meet him. Jadhav is currently in death row holed up in Pakistan prison.The former Navy officer has been accused by Pakistan of hatching a conspiracy against them and planning terrorist acts in its soil. However, India has maintained that Jadhav was illegally abducted by Pak authorities. India has moved to ICJ seeking that Jadhav be freed. The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar laid out a series of assurances it wants from Pakistan regarding the visit of Jadhav’s family to the neighbouring country. On November 10, Pakistan had said it will allow Jadhav to meet his wife, months after India requested it to grant visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds.Here are the assurances India has asked:1.India has sought ‘sovereign guarantee’ from Pakistan to ensure safety and security of the wife and the mother of Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav if they are allowed to visit him.2.The external affairs ministry said Pakistan has also been asked not to subject the two women to any questioning, harassment or interrogation during their stay in Pakistan.3. The High Commission in Islamabad should be allowed to accompany the two women at all times, including during the meeting with Jadhav.4. MEA spokesperson also said that allowing the visit does not absolve Pakistan of the violations of the Vienna Convention on consular access and not following the due process in treating Jadhav who faces death sentence through a ‘farcical process and on concocted charges’.It will be interesting to see how Pakistan reacts to these requests. It is hard to think that Pakistan will allow a staffer of Indian High Commission to accompany Jadhav’s family when they meet him.Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India’s appeal.Last month, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav. After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case. (With agency inputs)

Foreign Secy S Jaishankar wants resolution of maritime disputes through UN body

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Describing maritime security as an important dimension of foreign relations, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday said India would ensure freedom of navigation over flight rights and unimpeded commerce, as the country’s trade volume along Indian Ocean amounts to 40%. In an oblique reference to Chinese attempts to flex military muscles to block other countries in South China Sea, despite an international tribunal voting against it, Jaishankar advocated a resolution of maritime disputes through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), saying all oceanic states were equal stakeholders.He noted the economic dimensions and security challenges in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) states and called for defining collective naval and national strategies. The 21-member IORA including states bordering Indian Ocean is seen as a front to challenge Chinese attempts to block sea-lanes. Describing the association as a collective platform to highlight common challenges, the Foreign Secretary said that IORA is an important instrument in promoting cooperation and ensuring stability in the region, and that India supports the intensification and invigoration of IORA activities in areas like renewable energy, blue economy and maritime safety.”Security challenges do not respect borders and need to be tackled through effective partnerships at the regional level. India has been working with like-minded countries to preserve the integrity, inviolability and security of maritime domain, much of which is a global commons,” he said.The remark is seen as a veiled reference to Pakistan. In November 2008, Mumbai witnessed a terror attack from Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), who used the Arabian Sea to enter India. He added that maritime cooperation is one of the “key pillars” of India’s cooperation in Asia and Africa and listed out initiatives New Delhi has undertaken to help its coastal neighbours.Maintaining that a favourable maritime environment in the Indian Ocean was a broad objective that requires coordination between India’s military, diplomatic and economic institutions, he said India has initiated help to its maritime neighbours to set up their network and contribute to the shared development of Maritime Domain Awareness. He said persevering efforts to secure shipping traffic in the area from pirate attacks has contributed to the greater maritime safety in the region and enabled the reduction of the High Risk Area in December 2015.In order to safeguard mainland and islands, defend interests, ensure a safe secure and stable Indian Ocean, he recommended that countries should deepen economic and security cooperation, envisage collective action and cooperation to advance peace and security and respond to emergencies and also seek a more integrated and cooperative future for the region that enhances sustainable development.

Trade fair to focus on startups this year, showcase Modi govt’s schemes for youths

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In line with its last year’s focus on Central government schemes, the India International Trade Fair (IITF) will have indigenous start-ups as its main theme this year as well. The 14-day event, which starts on November 14 and will be held at Pragati Maidan, introduce visitors to various development schemes taken up by the government across the country.Titled ‘Startup India and Standup India’, the theme will specially put the youths in the spotlight, highlighting policy, schemes, and programmes started by the Centre for them in the last three years. The Indian Trade Promotion Organisation, which organises IITF every year, is currently setting up a special pavilion in Hall 18, where development work undertaken in different states of the country will be showcased. According to senior ITPO officials, the idea is to connect those visiting the trade fair with the welfare work done for them. Government agencies will find a special spot in this year’s fair.This year, for the 37th edition of IITF, Vietnam would be the partner country while Kyrgyzstan would be the focus nation. Jharkhand would play the role of partner state. Officials said India hopes to improve diplomatic and trade ties with the focus and partner nations, which is the main reason behind choosing them for their respective roles.In 2016, the IITF exhibited one of the most ambitious projects of the Modi government — Digital India. The partner country was South Korea and focus country was Belarus. Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand were partner states in the event that saw participation of more than 150 companies from around 27 nations.Meanwhile, Pragati Maidan is being redeveloped as Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC), at a cost of whopping Rs 2,254 crore. The organisation has set June, 2019, as the deadline for the state-of-the-art convention centre, work for which started in July this year. This has also taken away the sheen from IITF, which will be held in an area reduced to half this year. As opposed to the 1 lakh sq metres of space allotted to IITF every year, participants will have to make do with 50,000 sq metres this time.

Child Abduction: Committee to hold consultations on India’s position in Bengaluru

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The committee deliberating India’s position on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction is likely to hold a second round of consultations in Bengaluru this month. Concentrating till now on cases of parental abduction of NRIs from North India, the committee, has been approached by spouses from South India in the first round of talks that were held in Delhi on September 16 and 17.”There were a significant number of cases from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. Because of the cultural differences the kind of cases will vary differently. There’s a need to study these cases as well,” said a member of the panel headed by Justice Rajesh Bindal, which was formed in February. In July this year, the panel asked the public for comments.In the consultation, panel heard cases from both sides. “While the men point at the host country’s robust domestic violence laws and say that the child will suffer from the ‘parental alienation syndrome’, the women say that when a complaint of domestic assault is made, the child protection forces take away the child,” said the member. “At this point, we are in a Catch-22 situation.”While over 50 pleas were heard in the panel’s first consultation, there are over 95 cases still lodged with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The United States have been pursuing India to sign the Convention to which over 96 countries are signatories. But the plight of women who flee to India from abuse, in most cases, prompted women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi to carry on the consultation.The panel, which has representation from the Chandigarh Judicial Academy Chandigarh, along with NRI Commission of Punjab, will also study the Civil Aspect of the International Child Abduction Bill, 2016.Both sidesMen point at the robust domestic violence laws and say that the child will suffer from ‘parental alienation syndrome’. Women say when a complaint of domestic assault is made, the child protection forces take away the child

SEE PICS: Mamata Banerjee inaugurates Biswa Bangla Convention Centre; calls it ‘biggest in Eastern India’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre here, which she claimed to be the biggest in eastern India, and said that she wanted all states to grow, develop and inspire each other to do better.The main convention hall has a seating capacity of 3,000.The complex at New Town also has two smaller-capacity auditoria, each with a seating capacity of 434, and four large exhibition halls including a banquet hall.A business hotel is located at the convention centre.”We want all states to prosper and move forward on the road of growth. If we do good work that will be followed by others. Also, if others do good work, we will follow them and be inspired,” Banerjee said at the inauguration programme.”West Bengal has already proved its worth by hosting the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup successfully. Before Diwali the lamp of development is glowing in Bengal and Kolkata shines brighter than other cities,” she said.Describing the convention centre as the biggest in eastern India and one of the largest in the country, the chief minister said it was beautifully constructed by the Larsen & Toubro under the supervision of the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) at a cost of Rs 500 crore.The Bengal Global business Summit in January next year is going to be held at this convention centre, she said.”This (convention centre) is the new jewel in the crown of the state and of the country. The booking for the centre for 2019 has started already and that proves the industrial development in Bengal,” Banerjee said.The chief minister, who named the complex as Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, had proposed its setting up.Lauding West Bengal’s culture and heritage, she said her government has allocated Rs 350 crore to build a business centre at Digha in East Midnapore.

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mercy petition in final stage, Pakistan army says close to a decision

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistan Army has said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a military court on charges of spying.Jadhav, a 46-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was in April sentenced to death by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial on charges of his alleged “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” against Pakistan.”Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mercy petition has come to the army chief. There is a process, everything goes through a process but I can assure that it is near finalisation and we will give you news about this very soon,” Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Army spokesman told a news briefing.Jadhav in June had sought clemency from the Pakistan Army chief over the death sentence after his plea to an appellate court was rejected.Under the law, he is eligible to appeal for clemency to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and if rejected, subsequently to the Pakistan President.Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.India has accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by repeatedly denying consular access to Jadhav.In a hearing of the case on May 18, a 10-member bench of the ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav.Pakistan has said that the Indian national would not be executed until he has exhausted his mercy appeals.

Rohingya crisis: Centre’s stand on refugees out of sync, Fali Nariman tells SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday observed that the Centre should not act on its emotions; rather it should go by law and must be ruled by concern for human values and mutual respect. “I, for one, believe, from my past experience of 40 years, that when a petition like this comes to us under Article 32 of the Constitution, the court should be very slow in abdicating its jurisdiction,” Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said leading a bench that also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. The apex court’s observations were made during an appeal for a stay on the proposed deportation of the beleaguered Rohingya community in India. Several petitions seeking a stay, as well as a few seeking the expulsion of the refugee community are being heard in the top court. Replying to a batch of petitions that sought a stay on the proposed deportation of Rohingya community from India, the Centre had submitted that the refugees had no locus to approach Indian courts seeking rights. It further added that the decision to deport the 40,000 strong-community was the Executive’s decision and hence outside the purview of the judiciary. Earlier, the Centre had termed Rohingya refugees as “illegal immigrants” who were allegedly here as part of a “sinister” design created by Pakistan’s ISI and other terror groups such as the ISIS. In an August 8, 2017 communiqué to all the states, the Centre had advised all States to keep tabs on the influx of “illegal immigrants” and initiate the process for deportation immediately. The Centre said the states must aid in identifying the Rohingyas. It also said “some” Rohingyas were terrorists and that “illegal immigrants” were more liable to be lured by anti-national forces. The decision to deport the Rohingyas was made based on certain parameters like diplomatic concerns, geographical demographics of certain states and whether the county could sustain such an influx. When the arguments failed to impress the bench, the Centre backed down and said that it would try to convince the top court that refugees did not have locus to approach the judiciary and that why the issue was justiciable on October 13, when the matter will be heard next. Representing the refugees in India, eminent jurist Fali Nariman picked apart the Centre’s stand on this issue and revealed it’s dichotomy in handling refugees. The government’s stand on the issues of refugees has “gone out of sync,” Nariman said. While arguing for the cause, in a lighter vein, Nariman jested that he was the original refugee from British Burma, and not the Burma as we now know. “Our Constitution is not based on Group Rights like the French Constitution, it is based on Individual Rights. Union of India has always tried to advance Refugee rights. It is making such an argument for the first time,” Nariman submitted countering the Centre’s stand. In the rejoinder, those who sought a stay on the expulsion submitted various stands taken by the Indian government on the issue of refugees on international platforms. “The Government of India has constantly made efforts to substantiate, enhance the rights of refugees. The August 8 communication is totally contradictory to Article 14. It sticks out like a sore thumb in our nation’s policy towards protecting refugees.”Nariman then referred to a December 29, 2011 directive issued by the Centre which laid out the standard operating procedure (SOP) and internal guidelines for Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO). In the December directive, the Centre said that if necessary steps must be taken to provide the foreign national with a long-term visa. This had to be done irrespective of religion, gender, etc. Nariman then objected to the blanket claim for expulsion of all Rohingyas on account of probably a few allegedly having “terror links.”Responding to the rejoinder, the Centre today countered and said that though it was “fully conscious, aware and responsible about its obligations emanating from various international instruments”, but certain views expressed by Indian representatives and the contentions, based on “declarations/resolutions/international instruments” were devoid of merits.“As a sovereign State, India will always honour such obligations which are binding obligations. Having said that,it is reiterated that India is not a signatory to United Nation Convention of 1951 and the Protocol of 1967 issued thereunder.“The said Convention/Protocol is, therefore, not binding upon India and no other Declaration/Resolution/Convention/ international treaty or instrument of any kind is in force which prohibits India, as a sovereign nation, to exercise its right of deporting illegal immigrants in accordance with laws of India and thereby protecting the fundamental rights of its own citizens more particularly in the interest of national security,” the Centre said.

Despite Mulayam’s absence from SP state convention, Akhilesh Yadav says he has his blessings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav stayed away from the party State Convention on Saturday, his son and the party President Akhilesh Yadav announced that he continues to have blessings of his father and same will continue in future also.Significantly, it was the first Samajwadi Party State Convention in its 25 years of history that its founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav were conspicuous by absence. Mulayam is learnt to have gone to Haryana ahead of his crucial press conference on September 25 and Shivpal was not even invited.Allaying fears of party men that his father Mulayam and uncle Shivpal may cause a vertical split in the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh said emotionally that “Samajwadi Party was founded by his father and he was only taking his mission forward under his guidance and blessings which will continue in future also.”The party State President Naresh Uttam was re-elected unopposed during the state convention. Besides senior leaders like Azam Khan, Naresh Agarwal, Bhagwati Singh, Kiranmoy Nanda, about 15,000 SSamajwadi delegates across state attended the State Conventio organized at Ram Bai Maidan after denial of permission to hold at Janeshwar Mishra Park.Akhilesh, however, targeted his uncle Shivpal without taking his name blaming him for the party’s debacle in 2017 UP Assembly polls. “Some people are conspiring against us and trying to create differences. We must ensure that they did not succeed in their nefarious acts,” warned Akhilesh.He also took a dig at Modi and Aditynath’s governments. “Demonetization was biggest farce. Both the governments are surviving on offering lies to the people. They are anti-people and anti-development,” he charged.During the convention, some leaders demanded expulsion of Shivpal Singh Yadav for carrying out anti-party activities. But Akhilesh and Prof Ram Gopal Yadav ignored the demand and left the issue to be discussed at the National Convention to be held on October 5 in Agra.After failure of attempts to reunite the Yadav family, Akhilesh camp is now waiting for announcements of his father during the press conference on September 25. Speculations are rife that he may allow Shivpal to head Lok Dal, founded by late Chowdhury Charan Singh in 1980 and may distance himself away from both camps on health ground.

Rohingya are not refugees and will be deported, says Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said, “Rohingya Muslims are not refugees, but illegal migrants and will be deported,” questioning those who are objecting Rohingya deportation to Myanmar when their “own country was ready to accept them”.”The Home Ministry has clarified its position through its affidavit (in the Supreme Court) that these are illegal immigrants and they will be deported. The Rohingya are not refugees,” Singh said.”No Rohingya has got asylum in India nor anyone has applied for it. They are illegal immigrants,” he said while addressing a seminar organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).Rohingyas are minority Muslims in western Myanmar who have faced persecution in their country and fled to India and Bangladesh.The Home Minister said India would not be violating any international law if it deports Rohingya Muslims as it is not a signatory to the UN Refugees Convention 1951.The NHRC recently issued a notice to the Centre over its plan to deport Rohingya living in various parts of India.Dismissing allegations of human rights violations Singh said, “We have to think about the human rights of our own people before talking about the human rights of people from other countries.” Any sovereign country, the minister said, was free to take a decision on what kind of action it should take against illegal immigrants.”The issue of national security is involved with regard to illegal immigration which our country can’t undermine,” he said. He also referred to Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s statement two days ago that her country would resettle some of the refugees. “I am sure Myanmar will take positive steps to take back the Rohingyas.”Singh said some people had termed the process of deportation wrong by referring to the ‘non-refoulement principle’, which forbids a country receiving asylum seekers from deporting them to a country where they would likely face persecution.

Rohingyas not refugees; they are illegal immigrants, haven’t applied for asylum: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Updated: Sep 21, 2017, 12:39 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rohingyas were illegal immigrants and not refugees who had applied for asylum in India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.Addressing a seminar organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Singh asked why some people were objecting to the deportation of Rohingyas when Myanmar was ready to accept them.”The Rohingyas are not refugees. They have not come here after following proper procedures. No Rohingya has applied for asylum. They are illegal immigrants,” he said.The home minister also said that India would not violate any international law by deporting Rohingyas as it was not a signatory to the UN Refugees Convention 1951.The NHRC recently issued a notice to the Centre over its plan to deport Rohingyas, who are residing in various parts of India.
ALSO READ Arun Jaitley defends stand on RohingyaAccording to the Commission, from the human rights angle its “intervention is appropriate” in the matter.

NBCC helps Delhi get its own World Trade Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Believe it or not but the Capital will soon get its own World Trade Centre. According to Anoop Kumar Mittal, chairman & MD of the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), the company has got a licence to develop a commercial project at Nauroji Nagar in the national capital as World Trade Centre.Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Dr Mittal said that there would be 12 commercial towers in the complex, spanning over 3 million sq ft. This project is expected to be completed by 2020. One of the twelve towers planned has already been sold in April this year and another will also be put up for sale in October.Mittal said that conglomerates like Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Power Finance Corporation, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, HDFC Bank and SIDBI have bought space in the tower already sold. The rate is Rs 100 crore for a minimum 25,000 sq feet area.The World Trade Centres Association (WTCA) has given licences for the development of 21 WTCs in India. At present, five WTCs are operational, in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Noida and Kochi.The CMD said another project in East Kidwai Nagar, worth Rs 5,000 crore, which has 78 residential towers and four commercial, will be complete by 2019. Its social infrastructure project which includes community hall, school, and shopping centre is ready.Mittal also talked about various redevelopment works the NBCC is undertaking including the Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre which has come at a cost of Rs. 2,149 crores. He shared details on Rs 25,000-crore redevelopment projects secured recently at Netaji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar and Nauroji Nagar in Delhi.WHAT NBCC IS DOINGDeveloping World Trade Centre of 12 towers
Creating Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre for ITPO
Redevelopment project in East Kidwai Nagar (Rs 2,149cr)
Redevelopment work in AIIMS (Rs 5,828cr)
Creating 10 ‘smart’ railway stations in India

Here’s Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s schedule during his two-day India visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will arrive in Gujarat on Wednesday on a two-day India visit during which he and PM Modi will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit. ALSO READ PM Modi to hold road show with Japanese PM Abe in Ahmedabad on WednesdayTake a look at the full schedule of his visit:Wednesday, September 13, 20171530 hrsArrival in Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Airport1630 hrsVisit to Sabarmati Ashram1815 hrsVisit to Siddi Sayyaid ki JaaliThursday, September 14, 20170950 hrsGround Breaking Ceremony of High Speed Rail at Athletic Stadium, Near Sabarmati Railway Station1130 hrsVisit to Dandi Kutir1200 hrsHandshake Photo Opportunity at Mahatma Mandir1205 hrsDelegation level talks1300 hrsExchange of agreements and Press statements at Mahatma Mandir1430 hrsGroup photo with members of India-Japan Business Leaders Forum at Mahatma Mandir1545 hrsVisit to Exhibition Booths at Mahatma Mandir convention hall1600 hrsIndia-Japan Business Plenary at Main Convention Hall, Mahatma Mandir2135 hrs Japan PM emplanes for Tokyo

No-fly rules: Unruly to face ban from 60 days to life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unruly behaviour inside a flying airplane could get you grounded for a while. After the highly-publicised incident where Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad hit a crew-member inside an Air India flight with his shoes led demands from airlines for a no-fly list, the Centre on Friday unveiled guidelines under which an unruly passenger can be banned for life.The Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), announced by the Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha on Wednesday, categorises punishments into three parts and can land passengers on no-fly lists from periods ranging from two months to a maximum of a lifetime ban. Speaking to reporters, Sinha assured that a passenger will land on a no-fly list only if he or she threatens the security of the flight.A list of blacklisted passengers will be maintained by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and will be compiled from inputs given by private airlines.Passengers considered a threat to national security by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will also be added to the list. After any incident, the airlines must report and investigate the matter with 30 days.As per the new rules, the first category of misdemeanor involves verbal abuse and might lead to a ban of over three months. The second category involves physical assault, the maximum punishment for which is a ban of six months. The third category involves severe behaviour, including sexual harassment, jeopardising the safety of passengers in the flight, and can lead to a lifetime ban and a minimum of a ban for two years.In certain cases, the airlines is bound to file an FIR apart from the decision of the airline’s internal committee. The ministry also announced that they will link the PNRs with unique identification identities such as passport and Aadhaar.As per the rules, a passenger who is on a no-fly list, can approach an appellate authority within 60 days, and then a higher court if he or she is unsatisfied with the ruling of the appellate court.All domestic flights and international flights that flight over India are bound to follow it as per the rules of the Tokyo Convention, 1963.GRADES OF BEHAVIOURFirst grade involves verbal abuse and a ban of over 3 months
Third grade involves severe behaviour that can lead to a lifetime ban

RiddiSiddhi Bullions Ltd. MD awarded with Best Gold Bullion Dealer of the Year 2016-17

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai India, Aug.18 (ANI-Businesswire India): One of the top bullion companies of India, RiddiSiddhi Bullions Ltd. (RSBL), was conferred with the highest honor at the recently concluded awards from the India International Gold Convention (IIGC). Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, (Managing Director) ? RSBL, was awarded ?Best Gold Bullion Dealer of the Year 2016-17? at the splendid award ceremony held on August 12, 2017, at Grand Hyatt, Goa. The 14th India International Gold Convention (IIGC) 2017 was organized by Foretell Business Solutions Ltd. It is one of the highly regarded gold conventions in the bullion industry. It brings together the world bullion industry under one platform. And has been successfully running for the last 14 years. This year, the 2-day event included discussions on various topics by bullion experts under the theme of ?Building ethical business for sustenance?. This yearly celebration is attended by the renowned personalities of the Bullion Industry from across the world. The event was concluded with an awards night that honored top achievers from the bullion industry. RiddiSiddhi Bullions Ltd. (RSBL), was awarded ?Best Gold Bullion Dealer of the year 2016-17? second time in a row. This is a great accomplishment to be recognized as one of the best company for trading gold in India. Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, (Managing Director) ? RSBL, said, ?We are overjoyed with our win again this year! The award for ?Best Gold Bullion Dealer of the Year? is a huge achievement and a testimony to the team work we?ve exhibited all this while. We accept the award with humbleness and a promise to keep working harder!? These awards join the Hall of Fame at RSBL, joining other significant awards such as Best Gold Seller in India, Maharajah of the Bullion Industry, Golden Arm, Emerging India and EPCES Export Awards that it has earned over the years. The ISO 9001:2008 certified RSBL, renews its commitment to being responsible leaders of the bullion trade in India that is steadily getting India noticed on the global platform. (ANI-Businesswire India) Ends AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cohesive response needed to combat terrorism: V K Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has called for a “cohesive response” to tackle terror financing and the growing threat of violent extremism and radicalisation. Speaking at the 7th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting here on Monday, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said the countries should work together to ensure adherence to and implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on countering terrorism. “In an era when networking amongst terrorists is reaching critical mass, a cohesive response which should include blocking of terror financing, countering the use of Information and communication technology (ICT) for terrorism purpose as well as countering the spread of violent extremism and radicalisation is the need of the hour,” Singh said. “We should work together to ensure adherence to and implementation of United Nation Security Council Resolutions on Countering Terrorism, in particular resolutions no 1267 and 2354, in letter as well as in spirit,” he said in a statement. Singh said India was of “firm belief” that connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognised international norms, good governance, rule of law, openness, transparency and equality. He said India shared the international communities desire for enhancing physical and softer forms of connectivity and believes in transparent development of infrastructure and the use of responsible debt financing practices while underlining respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. Noting that shared prosperity demands cooperation, Singh said secure and open sea lanes were critical for peace, stability, prosperity and development. “India reiterates the importance of freedom of navigation and overflight on the high seas, unimpeded lawful commerce, as well as resolving maritime disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law notably the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” he said. “Making Maritime cooperation a priority and central to our discourse will contribute to fostering, among us, a sense of creation of a maritime community, with common interests and purpose and to empower us to respond effectively to the shared maritime challenges of the region,” he said. He said from the Indian perspective, Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) occupied a “central place” in the security architecture of the Asia-Pacific region. “It is our view that ASEAN, placed at the cultural, commercial and physical cross-roads of the region, has a unique ability to reflect and harmonise larger interests of the world beyond it,” Singh said. “ASEAN has celebrated this ability by playing a critical role in conceptualising and implementing the East Asia Summit process,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

An editorial appearing in the People?s Daily said Indian troops crossing into Chinese territory is totally illegal.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> State-run media in China has once again warned India not to underestimate Beijing?s resolve to defend its territorial sovereignty. The daily also warned India that China is taking ?all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate and lawful rights and interests.? The comment came after China?s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), on August 2, published an official document giving its side of the story, entitled ?The Facts and China?s Position Concerning the Indian Border Troops? Crossing of the China-India Boundary in the Sikkim Sector into the Chinese Territory? It alleged that Indian border troops, after ?illegally crossing the border? on June 18, were illegally staying in Chinese territory. Further stressing on the established boundary between India and China, the paper termed India?s alleged crossing the border to be ?reckless and rude.? The report read, ?It is universally recognized that once a boundary is established by a convention, it will come under particular protection by international law, the commentary noted, stressing that the China-India boundary in Sikkim sector is delimited by the 1890 Convention between Great Britain and China Relating to Sikkim and Tibet.? The daily cited a convention signed between Britain and China, in 1890, relating to Sikkim and Tibet and said that according to that convention, Doklam was indisputably Chinese territory. The article however admits that Chinese and Indian sides have been in discussion on making the boundary in the Sikkim Sector an ?early harvest? in the settlement of the entire boundary question during the meetings between the Special Representatives on the China-India Boundary Question, but pointed out at the same time that this is mainly in view of a series of considerations. It explained that the boundary in the Sikkim Sector has long been delimited by the 1890 Convention, which was signed between then China and Great Britain. China and India ought to sign a new boundary convention in their own names to replace the 1890 Convention. The Convention also describes the alignment of the boundary in the sector, said the article, and delineates that the actual boundary on the ground follows the watershed and its alignment is easily identifiable. The report further says that after the foundation of the Indian independence and the People?s Republic of China, the governments of both countries inherited ?the 1890 Convention and the delimited China-India boundary in the Sikkim Sector as established by the Convention.? Adding, each of the two sides has for a long time exercised jurisdiction over its side of the boundary delimited by the 1890 Convention without any dispute over the specific alignment of the boundary. The article further denied the justification put forward by India for ?the actions? and termed the latter?s ?security concerns? to be ?ill-founded. ?If India insists on this kind of logic, how can it get along peacefully with its neighboring countries?? the report questioned and stressed India?s claims regarding Doklam (Doklam is a disputed area between China and Bhutan) is ?against the truth and the law.? The daily even alleged that ?India?s intrusion? is ?a severe violation of the UN Charter and its behavior has formed an international delinquency.? The People?s Daily said this does not alter the nature of the boundary in the Sikkim Sector as having already been delimited and should not be used as India?s excuse for illegal trespass, the article continued. The stability and inviolability of boundaries is a fundamental principle enshrined in international law, it further pointed out. It is clear and definite that India?s crossing is illegal, the article emphasized. Since the incident occurred, China has sought to communicate with India through diplomatic channels to resolve the incident. But no country should ever underestimate the resolve of the Chinese government and people to defend China’s territorial sovereignty, the commentary stressed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

For NRIs, adoption dream no child’s play

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vivek and his wife Ramya gave up a perfect life in Sydney earlier this year and relocated to India. The couple, who wanted to adopt a child, were told by officials that non-resident Indian couples are not allowed to adopt Indian children in Australia. In Chennai, where they are based now, Vivek is finding it hard to rebuild his career.Australia, along with Canada, various Middle Eastern countries, and the US, do not permit NRI couples to adopt Indian children in their countries. It has now been learnt that Woman and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi has now written to officials of the Australian High Commission to come up with a solution. Gandhi has also asked the officials to fast-track a few adoption cases, including Vivek and Ramya’s.Gandhi had also issued a DO to Foreign Secretary Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, but the Ministry of External Affairs, however, did not pursue the matter. Former WCD secretary Leena Nair had also written to the MEA.Australia had suspended adoption involving Indians since 2011. “The officials told us that the reason for the suspension was an adoption racket involving Indian officials,” said Vivek, who says that while he’s finding it difficult to find a job here, his former employers in Australia want him to return.Col Deepak Kumar, CEO of the Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), said that apart from Australia, countries from the Middle East, Canada and in some cases the USA bar NRIs from adopting. “The Authorised Adoption Foreign Agency (AAFA) in the receiving country is supposed to carry out home checks and issue no-objection certificates, and then carry out post-adoption checks. In Australia, the designated AAFA has refused to carry out these checks, without which, we cannot let the child go,” said Col Deepak.He said that there have been cases where Indian couples have adopted babies in India and taken them under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act. Australia, Canada and the USA are all signatories to the Hague Adoption Convention.In Canada, Col Deepak says the country’s adoption authorities give parents no choice for adoption, whereas as per Indian laws, overseas parents are given a choice of two children. “The Canadian authorities want us to change the adoption laws in India to bring down screening choices to one, which is not possible. We have communicated to them that India will have no problem if they do not give NRI couples in Canada any screening choice, but not much has happened since,” he said.In USA, inter-country adoptions are allowed only when one of the prospective parents is an overseas India citizen (OCI). Adoptions are not allowed when both the prospective parents are NRIs, said Col Deepak. As per US adoption laws, inter-country adoptions involving two NRIs are deemed as an Indian adoption case, and dependent visas are given only after the child has lived in the USA for over two years. Because of the tangle, Indian parents need to issue a tourist visa for their children every six months. CARA has written to officials in the American Embassy.Middle Eastern countries under the rule of Islamic law do not allow adoption, and several countries are not signatories to the Hague Adoption Convention. In the absence of a process and of an AAFA, CARA has engaged social workers to carry out home-checks. Yet, several complaints come in routinely.On the other hand, all the countries that bar adoptions to Indian couples carry out routine inter-country adoptions with India. In 2015-16, American couples adopted 222 Indian children, while in 2016-17, over 213 children were adopted. Canadians adopted 30 children from India in 2015-16, and 35 in 2016-17. In all, there were 430 inter-country adoptions in 2013-14, 374 in 2014-15, 666 in 2015-16, and 578 in 2016-17.Vivek says that as of now, the only way out was to be a part of India’s adoption process, which can take anywhere from three months to a year, and raise the child for two years, and then move back to Australia. “The financial loss aside, my time, too, is running out,” said the 42-year-old.

Covert op to check wildlife trade

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) is all set to launch a month-long covert operation across the country on August 1, to check illegal trade of lesser-known species of animals.Named Operation Lesknow, the mission would be to get hold of poachers and others involved in the illegal trade by roping in multiple investigation and enforcement agencies, including the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).Not only that, the WCCB will also seek help from international agencies such as the Interpol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to bust international poaching rackets.A four-page detailed note regarding the operation, accessed by DNA, stated that the operation will cover animals such as Spinner Dolphin, Hump-Backed or Plumbeous Dolphin, Tibetan Pole Cat, Hog deer, and 70 other lesser-known species.The operation will not, however, include big cats, birds, elephant rhinoceros and marine species such as turtles.As per the note prepared by Additional Director Tilotama Varma: “The bureau envisages conducting wildlife enforcement operation, code named Operation Lesknow, to be carried out from August 1 to 31. The operation is conceived to rope in all enforcement agencies within the country to focus their attention towards illegal wildlife trade in lesser-known species.”It further stated that the operation would be jurisdiction-specific, and the states or agencies will cooperate and coordinate with each other, so that inter-state networks can be detected.”Despite the aggressive efforts of the government and international bodies such as Interpol to address wildlife crime at all levels, it remains one of the most lucrative criminal activities in the world. According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the illegal trade is worth nearly $20 billion a year, placing it just under guns, drugs, and human trafficking,” the note stated.While species such as tiger, elephant, rhinoceros, and leopard get much attention, species such as Pangolin, Otter, Monitor Lizard, Nigri Tahr, Red Panda, Slender Ioris, Mongoose, and Civets are hardly even known. “To end poaching of lesser-known species, enforcement agencies in the field of wildlife crime have to run this covert operation,” the note stated.Talking about the modus operandi, the note stated: “Intelligence gathered from all states will be shared with the Bureau every Monday. We will coordinate with the agencies and if the information leads us out of the state or country, specific agencies and Interpol will be roped in to facilitate detection of links.”The WCCB had forwarded the details and the purpose of the operation to all enforcement agencies on July 25 and had appealed to them to be ready to assist.

Chinese held at Delhi airport for smuggling red sanders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Chinese national has been arrested by the customs at the Indira Gandhi International airport here for allegedly trying to smuggle out over 86 kg of red sanders. The accused was intercepted when he was proceeding to depart to Kunming in China on Sunday. “A through search of the passenger’s baggage resulted in the recovery of 86 kg of red sanders,” a senior customs official said today. Red sanders, a prohibited item for export, is banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). However, it is traded illegally in the international market as it is used in manufacturing of medicinal products and aphrodisiacs. The wood costs about Rs 10,000 per kg in India and it is in high demand at much higher price in China, Japan and other East Asian countries. The value of the 86 kg of seized wood is about Rs 8.6 lakh. The passenger, who is 48-year-old, has been arrested, he said. In another incident, an Indian has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle into the country gold valuing about Rs 43 lakh. The accused was intercepted after his arrival from Dubai on July 23. He had concealed gold in the form of wires in his baggage, the official said. The gold weighing 1.5 kg has been seized and the man has been arrested, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dharmendra Pradhan lauds JNU for organising event for Kargil martyrs @ 7/23/2017 9:21:56 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday lauded the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) authorities for organising an event for Kargil martyrs, while saying that it was a proud day for every citizen of the country. On the occasion of 18th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, the JNU organised a programme to commemorate India’s glorious victory and to pay homage to the Indian Army and the Kargil martyrs. Addressing the gathering, Pradhan said, “The JNU has set an example in the country for its respect for the Indian Army. I congratulate the JNU VC for organising this kind of historic event. It is a proud day for every citizen of the country.” Besides Pradhan, General (Retired) V.K. Singh, and the Mentor of Veterans India, Major General G.D. Bakshi, and cricketer Gautam Gambhir also took part in Tiranga March. The programme was jointly organised with the Veterans India. The Tiranga March started from JNU’s main gate and went on till the Convention Centre where more than two thousand members of the JNU community carried the 2,200-feet long Tricolour for nearly two kilometres upto the Convention Centre. Alongside the Veterans India members, 23 families of martyrs also joined the event. Welcoming the guests and the huge gathering R.P. Singh, Rector III of JNU, said it was a proud moment for the JNU to have had the privilege of paying its heartfelt tributes to the Indian Army and its martyrs of Kargil. The Vice Chancellor, M. Jagadesh Kumar, praised the valour of the Indian soldiers in the Kargil War, and expressed his profound gratitude to the Indian Army and expressed his satisfaction that the JNU was able to pay homage to our martyrs. The VC also requested the union ministers to “help arrange for an old Army tank so that the JNU can display it in a prominent place on the campus.” Former Indian Army Chief and now MoS, External Affairs, General (Retired) V.K. Singh shared his experiences in the wonderful tradition of the Indian Army and underlined the importance of the Kargil victory for India and our Armed forces and emphasised that “the Indian Army believes only in protecting the sanctity of Indian Independence and sovereignty.” Major General G.D. Bakshi spoke about how Indian soldiers guard our nation’s treacherous borders with Pakistan in a completely inhospitable weather conditions of Kashmir heights. Supreme Court Advocate Monika Arora and cricketer Gautam Gambhir underlined the importance of Indian nationalism for the Indian youth. Gambhir said, “We should feel proud to respect our national flag, and our country and the Army which provides us the freedom we enjoy.” The programme concluded with an acknowledgement of the moral bravery and steadfastness of the families of the Kargil bravehearts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dharmendra Pradhan lauds JNU for organising event for Kargil martyrs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday lauded the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) authorities for organising an event for Kargil martyrs, while saying that it was a proud day for every citizen of the country. On the occasion of 18th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, the JNU organised a programme to commemorate India’s glorious victory and to pay homage to the Indian Army and the Kargil martyrs. Addressing the gathering, Pradhan said, “The JNU has set an example in the country for its respect for the Indian Army. I congratulate the JNU VC for organising this kind of historic event. It is a proud day for every citizen of the country.” Besides Pradhan, General (Retired) V.K. Singh, and the Mentor of Veterans India, Major General G.D. Bakshi, and cricketer Gautam Gambhir also took part in Tiranga March. The programme was jointly organised with the Veterans India. The Tiranga March started from JNU’s main gate and went on till the Convention Centre where more than two thousand members of the JNU community carried the 2,200-feet long Tricolour for nearly two kilometres upto the Convention Centre. Alongside the Veterans India members, 23 families of martyrs also joined the event. Welcoming the guests and the huge gathering R.P. Singh, Rector III of JNU, said it was a proud moment for the JNU to have had the privilege of paying its heartfelt tributes to the Indian Army and its martyrs of Kargil. The Vice Chancellor, M. Jagadesh Kumar, praised the valour of the Indian soldiers in the Kargil War, and expressed his profound gratitude to the Indian Army and expressed his satisfaction that the JNU was able to pay homage to our martyrs. The VC also requested the union ministers to “help arrange for an old Army tank so that the JNU can display it in a prominent place on the campus.” Former Indian Army Chief and now MoS, External Affairs, General (Retired) V.K. Singh shared his experiences in the wonderful tradition of the Indian Army and underlined the importance of the Kargil victory for India and our Armed forces and emphasised that “the Indian Army believes only in protecting the sanctity of Indian Independence and sovereignty.” Major General G.D. Bakshi spoke about how Indian soldiers guard our nation’s treacherous borders with Pakistan in a completely inhospitable weather conditions of Kashmir heights. Supreme Court Advocate Monika Arora and cricketer Gautam Gambhir underlined the importance of Indian nationalism for the Indian youth. Gambhir said, “We should feel proud to respect our national flag, and our country and the Army which provides us the freedom we enjoy.” The programme concluded with an acknowledgement of the moral bravery and steadfastness of the families of the Kargil bravehearts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt may propose caveat to Hague treaty on child abduction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre is deliberating on proposing a caveat to the Hague convention dealing with international child custody issues to secure the rights of NRI women. The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) yesterday sought suggestions from all stakeholders on the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980) as part of a concept note on its website. The deadline for submissions is July 31, a ministry official said. “Our mandate is to suggest changes to the law so that it is more suitable to the Indian situation. When a victim of domestic abuse returns to India from abroad, we should not ask her to go back,” said a member of a committee set up by the ministry. The Hague Convention is a multilateral treaty developed by the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) that provides an expeditious method to return a child abducted by a parent from one member country to another. India had refused to ratify the convention in the past, arguing that it would have mandated the government to send back women, who have escaped bad marriages abroad and brought their child along with them to India, to the country of their husbands’ residence. The concept note by the WCD ministry has been prepared by the committee set up to look into trans-national custody issues and deliberate upon a 2016 draft law prepared by the ministry– the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Bill, 2016. “The (committee) has to look into all aspects of the (Hague) Convention and figure out how to modify the treaty to address Indian concerns,” a ministry official said, adding that India was unlikely to sign the convention in its current form. The Hague Convention came into force in 1983 to ensure that any child ‘wrongfully’ removed or retained from the ‘habitual residence’ is returned. Under this, the burden of proof rests with the “abducting parent”, who is required to provide “clear and convincing evidence” of abuse of the child. Countries like the USA and UK are signatories to the the convention. Though the Japanese government deliberated for years about signing the convention, it finally inked the pact in 2014 with a caveat that children exposed to adult domestic violence would be considered at “grave risk” in that country. This could set a precedent for India and other countries. NRI women have opposed the convention saying that most of them have had to flee foreign lands to escape abuse and violence. The WCD committee member said that the panel was deliberating on certain terminologies like “child’s habitual residence” in the convention and seeking to redefine them in the Indian context.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J’khand Govt makes rules to give land rights to the poor: Das

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said the state government never intends to take land of the poor, rather rules have been made to give them their rights. But, the intention of the opposition, he said, is to misinform and misguide innocent tribals and make them spend their lives in huts and take political mileage by creating a vote bank. “But our government will never allow the opposition’s intention to be fulfilled,” the chief minister said. Das was addressing representatives of the Schedule Tribe Divisional Convention here, an official release said. The chief minister said his government’s objective is to bring schemes to the ground and make lives of the poor prosperous. He said participation of common people is necessary to take the schemes to the last person (of the society). Keeping the interest of all round development of the tribal society, schemes are being made, so that they can be freed from poverty, Das said. Das said teachers will be recruited in every school and medical and engineering colleges will be set up for children from poor families through Mukya Mantri Sahayata Yojana, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak again denies consular access to Jadhav, says not civilian

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today again rejected India’s demand for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav handed down the death penalty by a military court, saying it would be a “travesty of logic” to link his case with Indian civilian prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails. India yesterday had sought consular access to the 46- year-old Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer sentenced to death in April by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial for “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities.” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement today that “the Indian attempt to equate Commander Jadhav’s case with civilian prisoners and fishermen is a travesty of logic.” It claimed Jadhav was a serving Indian Navy officer “and was sent to Pakistan by its intelligence agency RAW for espionage, terrorism and subversive activities which resulted in loss of many innocent lives and damage to property.” Pakistan has dismissed India’s consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. And India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so. India moved the International Court of Justice against Jadhav’s death penalty and the ICJ on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing the death sentence. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he was dealing with his business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. The denial for consular access came a day after India and Pakistan exchanged a list of prisoners lodged in each other’s jails. According to the list Pakistan shared with India, at least 546 Indian nationals are lodged in its jails. The lists were exchanged as per the provisions of the bilateral agreement on consular access signed on May 21, 2008. As per the pact, such lists have to be exchanged twice a year, on January 1 and July 1. The Foreign Office also said that Pakistan is committed to implement the 2008 agreement and ensure that humanitarian cases are not held hostage to politics. “We expect India to reciprocate through action rather than rhetoric.” It said five Indian nationals, who had completed their sentences, were repatriated on June 22. “In contrast, 20 Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentence still await repatriation, while consular access to 107 Pakistani fishermen and 85 civilian Pakistani prisoners is also pending,” it said. “Indian humanitarian claims appear contrary to reality in view of the impossible conditions imposed for medical visas for Pakistani patients,” it claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UK Parliament eases dress code for MPs as ties come off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UK Parliament has eased its conventional dress code to allow male MPs the option of not having to wear ties in the chamber. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow made the change after a Liberal Democrat MP, Tom Brake, asked a question during a session yesterday without his tie on. He was challenged by Conservative MP, Peter Bone, who asked the Speaker why Brake was being allowed to address the House without the appropriate neck-wear. “It seems to me that as long as a member arrives in the House in what might be thought to be business-like attire, the question of whether that member is wearing a tie is not absolutely front and centre stage,” Bercow said. “Do I think it’s essential that a member wears a tie? No. I think there has always been some discretion for the Chair to decide what is seemly and proper, and members shouldn’t behave in a way that is disrespectful of their colleagues or of the institution,” he said. It has been long-standing parliamentary convention in the UK that male MPs must wear both a jacket and tie as part of a set of rules governing conduct and courtesy in the Parliament. But the Speaker has discretion about who he can call to speak in the House and Bercow is known for his unconventional ways and efforts to break down a stiff upper lip approach of doing things in Parliament. While there are spare ties and jackets available in the Parliament building for those who may forget to bring their own, there is no exact dress code. “Convention has been that for men, a jacket and tie is expected; for women the equivalent level of formality should be observed,” the guidelines issued to MPs reads. The Erskine May Treatise on the Law, Privileges, Proceedings and Usage of Parliament, a parliamentary practice guide regarded as the last word on parliamentary etiquette, also states that the dress code rules are a custom rather than a rule. “It remains the custom for gentlemen members to wear jackets and ties, but the Speaker has not enforced the practice in all circumstances,” it reads. However, Tory MP Bone remains unhappy with the Speaker’s decision, warning it could lead to a complete breach of dress code. “It’s a matter of opinion but generally speaking I thought the rule that male colleagues had to wear a tie was perfectly reasonable If you are not wearing a tie, are we going to turn up in jeans?”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mizoram govt to hold political level talks with HPC (D)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The peace talks between Mizoram government and the Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) scheduled to be held during July is most likely to be elevated to political level talks from the present official level talks, a senior state Home department official today said. The official said that four rounds of talks held since August 10 last year were held under cordial atmosphere and mutual trusts and had proceeded fast towards reaching an amicable settlement to the vexed Hmar imbroglio. The ongoing talks had revolved around deliberations on the autonomy and functions to be accorded to the Sinlung Hills Development Council (SHDC) which is most likely to be renamed as Sinlung Hills Council (SHC). Financial allocation for rehabilitation and resettlement of HPC (D) cadres once they came over ground with arms had reportedly been approved by the state Finance department. The HPC (D), earlier demanded a separate autonomous district council in Mizoram by carving our the areas in the north eastern part of the state adjoining Manipur. The outfit, earlier, did not accept the formation of SHDC, constituted following the agreement signed between the state government and the erstwhile underground HPC in 1994 and went underground again soon after the surrender of arms by the HPC militants.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Declare Nepal and India as Hindu Rashtras: All India Hindu Convetion passes resolution in Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The All India Hindu Convention today passed a resolution demanding that India and Nepal be declared ‘Hindu Rashtra’. “Various pro-Hindu and patriotic organisations all over India and abroad are striving to establish Hindu Rashtra. Declaring India and Nepal Hindu Rashtra was one of the many resolutions passed at the convention,” Hindu Janajagruti Samiti leader Charudatt Pingale told reporters here. “The 6th All India Hindu Convention, which was organised to unite and channelise the efforts of these organisations, concluded successfully,” he told a press conference.Over 342 delegates representing 132 right-wing organisations from across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka attended the four-day convention at Ramnathi in Ponda.Pingale said the convention adopted resolutions to launch a “legal campaign” against “rampant malpractices” in administrative, commercial, educational and political domain.”Only when these sectors are able to provide clean, corruption free and pro-people services to the society will it be possible to establish Hindu Rashtra….This is something all pro-Hindu organisations have agreed upon,” he added.According to Pingale, all these organisations have pledged to unitedly work to protect the nation and dharma (religion).BJP MLA from Telangana T Raja Singh said, “BJP should decide on a national agenda for curbing cow slaughter.”

Church questions use of Goan soil for divisive conventions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa Church has questioned BJP-led state government’s absolute silence over increasing use of Goan soil for social and religious conventions which propagate divisive, anti-national and terrorist ideologies. “We question the absolute silence of the Government of Goa over the increasing use of Goan soil for social and religious conventions which propagate divisive, anti-national and terrorist ideologies,” Fr Savio Fernandes, executive secretary of Council for Social Justice and Peace, a wing of Goa Church, said in a statement today. The statement is issued in the backdrop of the just concluded All India Hindu Convention which passed several resolutions including India be declared a Hindu Nation. “The emboldened rantings from some of the religious leaders and politicians to foist a theocratic state are an open rejection of the secular and democratic ideals of the Constitution of India. “The advice given to people of a particular faith to store arms in their houses is tantamount to a call to violence and terrorism,” the statement said. Fernandes said “the people of Goa need to know the mind of the government about how such divisive, discriminatory and violent statements as pointed out above are different from the slogans of ‘Azaadi’ and sympathy to the Jammu and Kashmir or naxalite issue, in which students and social activists are hauled up and even jailed for sedition and anti-national activity.” “The Goa government owes a response to its people in the background of the nationwide growing insecurity and anguish among citizens,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sadhvi Saraswati says beef eaters should be hanged in public, Congress asks Parrikar to take action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A sadhvi attending a conclave of various Hindu outfits here has said those who eat beef should be hanged in public, sparking a row amid the raging debate over cattle slaughter and consumption of beef.The remark made by Sadhvi Saraswati last evening was condemned by the Congress, whose leaders demanded that the BJP-led government in Goa lodge an FIR over the “hate speech” and put her under arrest.Saraswati, president of Sanatan Dharma Prachar Seva Samiti of Chhindwara in MP, also likened eating beef to “eating one’s own mother.”
ALSO READ People who eat beef as ‘status symbol’ should be hanged: Sadhvi Saraswati”I would recommend the Government of India that those who consider it as a status symbol to eat the meat of one’s own mother should be hanged in public. Then only people will realise that it is our duty to protect ‘gau mata’,” the sadhvi said during the inauguration of the All India Hindu Convention at Ramnathi village here. She also exhorted the Hindus to keep arms at their homes to protect themselves. “If we do not stock arms, we will be destroyed in future,” she said.”Today Bharat is under attack from all directions. Efforts are being made to separate Kashmir from Bharat and also stop the Amarnath pilgrimage. Bharatmata-Gaumata are under attack,” she added.Slamming the demand by some political parties to ban the right-wing outfits calling for the creation of the “Hindu rashtra”, she said they should realise that no power in the country can prevent the Hindus from establishing the “Hindu Nation.”She also said “there is no such thing as saffron terrorism,” adding that “saffron means dedicated life for the nation and dharma.”About 130 Hindu organisations from 21 states and foreign countries including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal are attending the four-day convention, its organisers said.Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Shantaram Naik said he had raised Saraswati’s speech at the meeting of the Consultative Committee of Home Affairs, presided over by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, held in New Delhi today. Naik said Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who also holds the Home portfolio, should immediately take cognizance of the sadhvi’s statement and put her under arrest.Otherwise it would be presumed that BJP, including its national leadership, is in agreement with her views, Naik said in a press note. Reacting to the speeches made at the meet, All India Congress Committee secretary Girish Chodankar questioned the Manohar Parrikar-led state government’s silence over them. “Statements causing communal hatred are made during the convention. The state government has become a party to the entire programme by maintaining silence and allowing it to continue,” Chodankar alleged.He also questioned Goa Forward Party leader Vijai Sardesai’s silence on the issue.Sardesai, whose party is now an ally of the ruling BJP, had in the past hit out at the VHP’s claim that it would ban beef in the state.”Why is he (Sardesai) silent over Sadhvi’s statement promoting violence?” Chodankar asked. He said the government should have taken cognisance of the sadhvi’s comments on its own and filed an FIR against her for ‘hate speech’.

People who eat beef as ‘status symbol’ should be hanged: Sadhvi Saraswati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid a row over the issue of cow slaughter and consumption of beef, Sadhvi Saraswati from Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara has stoked a controversy saying, people who eat beef as ‘status symbol’ should be hanged.Sadhvi Saraswati made the remarks at the inauguration of a four-day All India Hindu Convention held at Ramnathi in Goa, organised by the Hindu Janajagriti Samiti, reported Indian Express.“I request the government to hang those who eat beef as ‘status symbol’… They should be hanged in a full public view (Jo vyakti apne ma (gau mata) ka maas khaane ko apna status symbol maanta hai, aisi vyaktiyon ko Bharat sarkar se nivedan karti hoon, phaansi pe latkana chahiye. beech chaurahey pe latkana chahiye),” said Sadhvi.
ALSO READ Centre’s notification on cow slaughter not an issue in North East, everyone eating what they like: Kiren RijijuShe further went on to say that only then people will understand that cow protection is our responsibility.Sadhvi reportedly also urged Hindus to stock arms at home to ‘save our women from love jihad’.
ALSO READ As another party leader quits, BJP says no move to impose beef ban in MeghalayaMeanwhile, the convention also slammed the BJP for its double standards on issues like cow slaughter.“These people came to power invoking gau-mata, now they have forgotten her. These people promised protection to cow. Now they speak in two voices,” Abhay Vartak, national spokesperson of Sanatan Sanstha, said.
ALSO READ Odisha: Puri pontiff laments killing of cows during ‘rule of Hindus’He also took on the Goa BJP for defending beef eating. “In Goa, BJP says beef is a food habit. A CM from another state says he eats beef. This party propagated ‘one nation, one symbol’ once. Now they have become ‘one party, two thoughts’,” Vartak said.Two days ago, Tarun Vijay, a former editor of an RSS-affiliated weekly, said eating habits of North Indians cannot be imposed across the country.In a write-up published in the ‘Panchjanya’, a pro-RSS journal, he also asked cow protection groups to read the likes of Swami Vivekananda and V D Savarkar to understand that the habits of people living in North India cannot be imposed across the country.

India ratifies key global conventions to combat child labour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India today ratified two fundamental global conventions on combating child labour which a top ILO official described as a “positive step” on the country s path towards full respect for fundamental rights at work.The Indian government today deposited with the International Labour Office (ILO) the instruments of ratification of the two fundamental ILO Conventions concerning the elimination of child labour — the Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No 138) and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182). Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said ratification of the two ILO Conventions reaffirmed India’s “commitment to a child labour free society,” according to an ILO statement.ILO Director-General Guy Ryder welcomed India among the member states party to the two fundamental Conventions. “We all recognise the great progress India has made against child labour in recent years and the major role played by its convergence model of coherence between public policies and services, which was strongly supported by the ILO,” he said. India’s ratifications of Conventions 138 and 182 “solidifies further in treaty obligations – that commitment to the global fight against the scourge of child labour in all its forms. They also represent a positive step on the country’s path towards full respect for fundamental rights at work,” he added.India is the 170th ILO member state to ratify Convention No 138, which requires states party to set a minimum age under which no one shall be admitted to employment or work in any occupation, except for light work and artistic performances. The second most populous country in the world is the 181st member state to ratify Convention No 182, which calls for the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including slavery, forced labour and trafficking; the use of children in armed conflict; the use of a child for prostitution, pornography and in illicit activities (such as drug trafficking); and hazardous work.Dattatreya outlined a series of measures taken by India to end child labour, including the amendment to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 which came into effect in September 2016.This amendment now completely prohibits employment or work of children below 14 years in any occupation or process and also prohibits the employment of adolescents (14 to 18 years) in hazardous occupations and processes.Another key measure taken recently by India to meet the objective of a child labour free society is the strengthening of the National Child Labour project, which is a rehabilitative scheme providing bridge education and vocational training to adolescents. “The momentum of the recent initiatives taken to eradicate child labour has to be maintained as elimination of child labour is also crucial for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, Dattatreya said.Ryder said universal ratification of the conventions is “within reach” and as of today, only six member states remain to ratify this fundamental convention. “This reflects the overwhelming global consensus, as re- affirmed by the adoption of the sustainable development goals and more particularly Goal 8….which aims at the complete eradication of child labour by 2025 and calls for immediate action to prohibit and eliminate its worst forms,” the head of the ILO said.

Peoples’ strong emotions on a Hindu nation has forced Rahul Gandhi to read The Gita: Hindu group

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said that he was reading Upanishads and the Bhagwad Gita to take on the RSS and BJP, a right wing Hindu organisation today said that peoples’ strong emotions about the idea of the ‘Hindu nation’ has forced him to do so.While addressing his party functionaries in Chennai recently, Rahul had said that he was studying the Upanishads and the Gita since he was fighting the RSS and BJP.Talking to reporters here today, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) national spokesperson Ramesh Shinde said, “Presently, brainstorming is going all over the nation on the topic of the ‘Hindu nation’. During the campaign in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, it was one of the prominent issues.”
ALSO READ Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Driven on by Rahul Gandhi, Congress mounts pressure on Shivraj govt”BSP chief Mayawati and MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi had challenged Hindus over establishing the ‘Hindu nation’.But the people of Uttar Pradesh gave a fitting reply to them through their actions and established the government of Yogi Adityanath, who is a supporter of the ‘Hindu nation’, , with full majority,” he said.Shinde said this example was enough to show how intense the emotion of people about the idea of ‘Hindu nation’.”It is the side effect of this emotion that made Rahul Gandhi start studying Upanishads and the Bhagawad Gita,” he said.The HJS made this statement during a press conference organised to announce sixth Hindu Convention scheduled to be held in Goa between June 14-17 at Ramnath village.”As a part of the mission of propagating this emotion of the people throughout the nation, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) is organising ‘All India Hindu Conventions’ since last five years,” he said.The convention will be attended by more than 400 delegates from over 150 Hindu organisations from 21 states of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Shinde claimed.

No Modi-Sharif meeting in Astana; ICJ has no role in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today ruled out any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif when the two will be in Kazakhstan this week, and asserted that Pakistan cannot take Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Taking a tough stance on ties with Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said “talks and terror cannot go together” while articulating strategy of India which was based on three pillars in dealing with that country. She also emphasised that India was engaged with other countries on the issue of cross-border terrorism. “No meeting is scheduled either from their side or from our side,” Swaraj told a press conference on completion of three years of the government. She was asked if Modi and Sharif will meet on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Astana, Kazakhstan on June 8-9. Asked about reported remarks of a Pakistani law officer that Islamabad will take the Kashmir issue to ICJ after India approached the global court in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the minister said, “Pakistan cannot take Kashmir issue to ICJ. The Shimla agreement and Lahore declaration are very clear on Kashmir issue that it can only be resolved bilaterally. The two countries are bound by these bilateral agreements.” She also referred to some cases pending at other courts such as Hyderabad Nizam funds case in the UK court and issues pertaining to Indus Waters Treaty before the World Bank. Rejecting suggestions that the government had a “flip- flop” policy in handling Pakistan, she said India is very clear that “it wants to hold dialogue, resolve all issues bilaterally without mediation from any third country, organisation or anyone else. But at the same time terror and talks cannot go together.” The minister also emphasised that the government was asking other countries not to see cross-border issue or terrorism emanating from Pakistan from the prism of India but see if the international terrorism was in anyway linked with that country. “Finally, where was Osama bin Laden found? In Pakistan,” she said, adding it was time to finalise the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the UN and define terrorism. On Pakistan’s contention that it will raise jurisdiction on the merit of the Jadhav case, she said India has a very strong argument and it will win the case. She also made it clear that India’s case was based on Pakistan’s violation of Vienna Convention under which consular access was not only “essential but compulsory”. India has made 16 requests to Pakistan to grant access to Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” against the country. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy and approached ICJ to save his life.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India, Germany sign 12 MoUs, Modi says ‘made for each other’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Germany “are made for each other,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday. The two countries signed 12 MoUs, which also included a commitment to spend 1 billion euros (about Rs 7,120 crore) in the areas of development cooperation for 2017.Merkel said that India has proved to be a reliable partner and both countries have been able to deepen cooperation. The MoUs/agreements are related to the fields of cyber policy, development initiatives, sustainable urban development, continued development of cluster managers, skill development, digitalisation, railway security and vocational training.Earlier, Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome with military honours at the Chancellery, the office of the German Chancellor, where he was greeted by Merkel and senior German officials. The two leaders then headed for the fourth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) Plenary session, the focal point of Modi’s two-day visit to Germany.The Prime Minister is on a six-day-long four-nation tour that will also take him to Spain, Russia and France. During his talks with Merkel, Modi was assisted by Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Energy Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar.Without naming China and South China Sea, the joint statement issued at the end of the meeting underlined the importance of freedom of navigation in international waters, the right of passage and other maritime rights and obligations in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and other principles of international law.Recently Germany was represented by its economy and energy minister at the One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR) summit in Beijing, which was boycotted by India. India’s Ambassador to Germany Mukta Dutta Tomar said the issue featured during the talks, when the Chancellor explained German participation. “India reiterated its stand against the initiative,” she said.Germany is the largest trade partner for India in the European Union (EU) and one of the leading sources of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country. There are more than 1,600 German companies and 600 German joint ventures in India.Highlighting that this is Modi’s second bilateral visit to Germany since 2015, Tomar said that the ease of doing business in India and the fast-track mechanism set up in 2015 to assist German businesses work in India received appreciation from the German side. “In fact, there has been foreign direct investment of $2 billion (from Germany) in the past two years. The figures speak for themselves,” she said.”The consequences of Brexit (the UK’s exit from the European Union) and how it would affect India and Germany were covered by the two leaders,” Tomar said, adding that the prime minister reiterated the utmost value that India attaches to the EU’s cohesiveness, which is a major factor of stability in global politics. Peace in Afghanistan and the importance of the “Afghan-led and owned reconciliation and development process” was touched upon, with the Prime Minister expressing appreciation over the German presence in Afghanistan and calling for a consolidation of efforts in the country, Tomar said.Both countries also vowed to take strong measures against those who encourage, support and finance terrorism. The two leaders underlined their common concern about the threat and global reach of terrorism and extremism while condemning terrorist violence in all its forms and manifestations, the joint statement said. They also called for finalisation and adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, the joint statement said.Modi also called for European Union (EU) unity and said India would play a positive role in enhancing that through Germany.”EU unity, proactiveness and strong relations with other countries is extremely important for global development. We want the EU to become stronger and India will play a positive role towards that through the medium of Germany,” Modi said. Germany also backed India’s bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). The two sides also vowed to strengthen the bilateral cyber relationship as laid out in the Joint Declaration of Intent on German-Indian Cooperation on Cyber Policy.Pacts inked, PM pushes for green causeMOUs/agreements are related to cyber policy, development initiatives, sustainable urban development, and vocational training among others.
It would be an “immoral and criminal act” to spoil the environment for future generations, PM Modi said and underlined the need to protect nature.

Red Sanders wood exports: ComMin fixes timeline for AP, MH, TN

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The commerce ministry has fixed timelines for the governments of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu to finalise modalities and complete the export process of Red Sanders wood. While Andhra Pradesh is allowed till April 30, 2019, time up to August 31, 2018 has been fixed for other two states to finalise the modalities and complete the process of the exports of these woods. “Time upto August 31, 2018 has been allowed to the governments of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu to finalise the modalities and complete the process of export of respective allocated quantity of Red Sanders Wood,” the DGFT has said. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in a notification also said that time up to April 30, 2018 has been allowed to Directorate of Revenue Intelligence to complete these activities. Further, it said that Andhra Pradesh government is permitted to complete the export of value added products of these woods till April 30 next year either by itself or through an authorised entity. This wood is an endangered species of flora protected under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna. It is illegal to possess and sell the same. Red Sander is found mainly in the Seshachalam hill ranges spread across Kadapa, Chittoor and Kurnool in the Rayalaseema region and parts of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh. It has huge demand abroad, especially in China and Japan, where it commands a good price. According to some reports, the wood fetches Rs 25 lakh a tonne in the international market. It is a valued item in traditional medicines and woodcraft across China, Myanmar, Japan and East Asia.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi Govt orders ITPO to plant over 17,000 trees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has directed India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) to plant more than 17,000 trees to compensate for the green cover that will be done away with to develop the Integrated Exhibition cum Convention Centre (IECC). The onus of maintaining these trees will also be on ITPO, according to a notification issued by the office of Lt Governor Keshav Chandra.The ITPO, which is developing a more grandiose and contemporary avatar of Pragati Maidan, has sought removal of 1,713 trees from an area spread across 41 hectares to construct its ambitious project. Granting exemption for the said space, department of environment, forest and wildlife notified them to plant 1,000 times the number required to be removed, making it 17,130 in total. The remaining 825 trees in the area, however, will not be felled or harmed in any manner, the department directed.The agency will also have to look after the plantation cover for seven years till its establishment. These trees will be planted at Yamuna Flood Plains (in between Yamuna Bank metro station and railway line adjacent to CWG Village Complex in 17.13 ha of land). This will be subject to approval of the principal committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal.Talking to DNA, LC Goyal, chairman and managing director, ITPO said, “We have identified 24 acres of land where these trees will be planted. All the logistics are in place, and we are committed to fulfil our responsibility towards the environment. We would take all necessary step to plant to trees within given time period.”The ITPO will also have to give an amount of Rs 9.75 crores in advance with the department as security deposit, which is also the total amount including administrative expenses and contingency charges. According to the orders, the timber obtained from cutting the 1713 trees will be auctioned by the land owning agency, and the revenue generated from this will be deposited to the government.It will also hand over firewood, if any obtained, on removal of trees belonging to such species, to the Municipal Corporation Delhi for use in crematoria in the capital. Similarly, tops of trees will also be sent to nearest crematorium free of cost.

Jadhav case: Attorney General Ashtar to represent Pak at ICJ

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali will plead Pakistan’s case at the International Court of Justice against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. The development came after the Pakistan Foreign Office was criticised for its “poor handling” of the case and for its choice of Britain-based Khawar Qureshi as counsel. The ICJ on May 18 stayed the execution of Jadhav. The Attorney General said the country s defence against India s case before the ICJ was prepared by the government in consultation with all stakeholders, including the military establishment, Geo TV reported. He also dismissed criticism on why Pakistan accepted the global court’s jurisdiction. Referring to the Pakistan’s March 2017 declaration in relation to the jurisdiction of the ICJ, Ausaf said that the ongoing propaganda on the issue was misplaced. “The correct position is that Pakistan had signed off to an unconditional declaration to agree to the jurisdiction of the ICJ way back in September 1960. In March 2017, we made a declaration of exceptions reservations, and conditions,” Ausaf said. He said that the original — 1960 declaration — was without reservations and exceptions. Pakistan prior to March 2017 had signed up to an ipso facto (by the fact itself) compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ. “We had become signatory to a declaration of submission to jurisdiction without any exceptions in September 1960.” In March 2017, he said, Pakistan created the firewalls, including the one relating to the security of Pakistan for the first time. He explained that in the present case, the ICJ is not looking at this aspect of the matter. “They are looking at the Vienna Convention and the optional protocol to the convention. India and Pakistan both are signatories to this. The optional protocol invests the ICJ with powers and jurisdiction to decide disputes between member states.” “If we were to withdraw this declaration, we would have to go back to 1960 declaration which gives jurisdiction without exceptions,” he maintained. The TV channel also reported that Qureshi was paid 50,000 pounds for the case. However, the Indian lawyer charged only one Indian rupee for his services.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP to overhaul structure, focus on voting booths

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party’s project ‘Mera Booth Sabse Majboot’ will be launched on Sunday statewide on May 21 at Punjabi Bagh club. The announcement comes after a three-week long feedback exercise undertaken by Delhi’s convener Gopal Rai with various stakeholders of the AAP Delhi unit.Rai also announced that the party was altering its organisational structure by introducing the new role of a mandal adhyaksh for each polling station, apart from the existing structure right from booth, ward, assembly and district”All mandal adhyaksh positions in the party will be filled before the May 21 convention and along with other office bearers of the party, the new appointees will also be invited to the convention. The ‘Mera Booth Sabse Majboot’ campaign will be launched at this convention,” Rai said.The party has also decided that everyone associated with the party will have to take charge of organisational building in their own polling booth. “This is based on the feedback that despite performing well as the Government of Delhi, the party organisation was unable to communicate this message in every gali-mohalla of the city. There will be an effort to encourage a dialogue within and outside of the organisation through this structure, combined with building of an ongoing communication channel,” he said.

Real fight to save Kulbhushan Jadhav will take place in Pakistan court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Thursday, asking Pakistan to “take all measures at its disposal” to ensure that he isn’t executed till its final judgment, is binding on the Pakistan government. Jadhav is currently in a Pakistani jail.Simply put, Pakistan won’t be able to execute Jadhav till the ICJ’s final decision.The Pakistan government’s official stand is that the ICJ has “no jurisdiction in national security matters”, and that Thursday’s order “does not change the status of Jadhav in any manner.” This is just a brave front, for the fact is that it will be extremely difficult for Pakistan to not implement the order.In case Pakistan refuses to accept the ICJ order, which seems unlikely, India can approach the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).For the Indian security establishment, the initial grandstanding notwithstanding, the real fight has not even started. More importantly, most people, including those in the security establishment, don’t seem too sure of what India is fighting for, right now.Legal experts point out that, under the UN charter, the ICJ is not a court of appeal where countries or individuals can take their grievances in criminal matters. That’s one reason why India or Jadhav’s family can’t appeal in the ICJ against his conviction and death sentence by the Pakistani military court.That legal assault would have to be mounted in Pakistan’s Supreme Court or the proper court of appeals that is empowered to hear appeals against orders of the Field General Court Martial, commonly known as military court.In fact, late last month, India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gautam Bambawale, handed over to Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary a petition from Jadhav’s mother, seeking an appeal against the military court’s order in the appropriate court of appeals.The Indian government would do well to concentrate on this appeal also, since even a final victory at the ICJ will only result in consular access to Jadhav. A loss in the Pakistan court’s appeal process, however, could mean the end of the road, and life, for him.All that the ICJ can and will decide is whether Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, in denying, as India alleges, consular access to the former naval officer after he was arrested by Pakistani authorities.When this happens, India will have to be ready with a strong defence to Pakistan’s allegations that Jadhav was a spy, caught with two passports, etc. The good omen for India is that Thursday’s order was a unanimous one from the 15 judges of the ICJ.

ICJ’s verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav justified MoS Law

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Union Minister of State for Law and Justice, PP Choudhary, on Friday asserted that the verdict passed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on former Indian Navy Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav is justified and in accordance with the law. ?The order passed by the International Court of Justice is justified. It is in the interest of justice and same in accordance with law,? Choudhary told ANI. He said that Pakistan has clearly violated the Vienna Convention by denying consular access of Jadhav and added that it is the victory of the experts how presented strong case in front of the ICJ. Earlier on Friday, the ICJ had announced its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and dismissed Pakistan’s claim that it did not have jurisdiction over the matter. Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ read out the much-awaited verdict and asserted that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities.” However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India’s case on Jadhav emboldened by ICJ order: Salve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s case on Kulbhushan Jadhav has been “emboldened” and “invigorated” with the first round of victory at the International Court of Justice, senior advocate Harish Salve, who represented the country, said today. Salve, who took up the case ‘pro bono’ (free of charge), said India had “a lot at stake” in it and that he felt a “positive energy and connect with judges” while arguing the matter in which Pakistan did not seem to have the same. “As a lawyer for 40 years, you get a feel of how judges are reacting. I felt a positive energy when I was arguing the case. “I felt the judges were connecting. I felt gratified. I did not feel that connection when the other side was arguing,” he told TV news channels from London. Salve said, “It was a complicated subject. We worked hard and prima facie got acceptance on all our points. We are now a lot more emboldened and a lot more invigorated.” He said it was a big decision by the government to approach the ICJ as India had a lot at stake. “The government had complete faith in my advice,” he said. He said that the ICJ has rightly held that India should have been granted consular access as per the Vienna Convention to which both the countries have been signatories since 1977. “We had asked for consular access much before the trial began. The consular access should have been granted in March 2016 itself,” Salve said. He said that the order of the ICJ was “binding” on both the countries. “I think the court thought it appropriate to clarify that this order is binding. That puts everything to rest and also indicates the mind of the court prima facie. To me as a lawyer, it’s a degree of satisfaction,” he said. On being asked about charging Re 1 as the fee for fighting the case, Salve said he took the case “pro bono” as he believed in it. “When you believe in the case you do it pro bono and this was such a case. Government of India sought advice from me at the initial stage after which I researched about the case and gave my advice,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress dubs Pakistan’s intentions dubious, calls on Centre to ensure Jadhav’s safety

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former union minister and Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Thursday welcomed the International Court of Justice?s (ICJ) ruling in the Kubhushan Jadhav case, but questioned Pakistan?s intention and response to the ruling. Pilot told ANI, ?The signatories to the Vienna Convention are bound by the verdict of the International Court of Justice. Now, the ICJ has intervened and given relief to Kulbhushan Jadhav, which is a welcome step. I think we all very thankful and appreciative that finally justice has prevailed. The kangaroo military court that Pakistan has established, I think, was completely illegal and there was no ground on which a person could be executed,? said Pilot. ?Unfortunately, I am not confident about the intentions of Pakistan because it is known for disregarding the international court?s verdict. So, I just hope that the Government of India is able to counter those moves and is able to guard Jadhav and his life despite the court?s verdict today,? he added. Another Congress leader K T S Tulsi congratulated lawyer Harish Salve and the Centre for taking adequate steps in putting forth India?s point clearly and succinctly. ?I would like to congratulate Mr Harish Salve and the government for a very decisive victory that India has had with the verdict of the ICJ coming entirely in our favour. Pakistan?s case was not found to be correct prima facie. I only hope that Pakistan will abide by this verdict and will not defy the order of the international court failing which the consequences could be far more serious,? said Tulsi. In a major reprieve to India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the primary judicial organ of the United Nations, temporarily stayed the death sentence awarded to former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by the Pakistan military court, citing that both India and Pakistan were bound by the Vienna Convention and that the rights invoked by New Delhi under the Vienna Convention were plausible. Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ read out the much-awaited verdict and asserted that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. The only condition under which Jadhav now stands to face execution is if Pakistan does not comply with the ICJ’s decision. India can then go to the Security Council, which may then decide upon measures to be taken to give effect to the judgement. The UN charter entails that ‘each member of the United Nations undertakes to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice’ and ‘if any party to a case fails to perform the obligations, the other party may have recourse to the Security Council.’ A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities.” However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ has no jurisdiction, says Pak FO @ 5/18/2017 7:16:39 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistan?s Foreign Office on Thursday said that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has no jurisdiction over the county?s national security matters. The reaction came shortly after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Islamabad to stay the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until the court reaches a final decision on the matter. Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the decision to challenge the ICJ?s jurisdiction was taken after consultation with all the government institutions and agencies. Zakaria said Pakistan?s reply to the court was submitted in line with Article 36 of the Vienna Convention, explaining that Pakistan does not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICJ on some issues. Pointing out that there exists a bilateral pact on consular access between the two countries since 2008, Zakaria said the matter of consular access lies solely on the merit of the case according to article six of the pact. Zakaria said India had presented a humanitarian angle on Jadhav?s case to divert the world’s attention. “After India stood exposed on state-sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention by presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle,? Geo News quoted Zakaria, as saying. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the primary judicial organ of the United Nations, stayed the death sentence awarded to former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by the Pakistan military court, citing that both – India and Pakistan – were bound by the Vienna Convention and that the rights invoked by New Delhi under the Vienna Convention were plausible. Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ read out the much-awaited verdict and asserted that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. The only condition under which Jadhav now stands to face execution is if Pakistan does not comply with the ICJ’s decision. India can then go to the Security Council, which may then decide upon measures to be taken to give effect to the judgement. The UN charter entails that ‘each member of the United Nations undertakes to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice’ and ‘if any party to a case fails to perform the obligations, the other party may have recourse to the Security Council.’ A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities.” However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention. India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan from carrying out the death sentence of Jadhav. Demanding the immediate suspension of the death sentence, New Delhi expressed fear that Islamabad might execute the formal naval officer even before the hearing of the ICJ was over. Pakistan, on its part, told the ICJ that the provisions of Vienna Convention on consular access were not applicable for a ‘spy’. It also accused India of using the international body for political theatrics. Arguing before the 11-judge bench at the ICJ, which included former Supreme Court Judge Dalveer Bhandari, India’s counsel Harish Salve stressed that not granting consular access and not giving legal representation of Jadhav’s choosing amounted to a “miscarriage of justice” and a “violation of his right” to defend himself from concocted charges in a “farcical trial”. India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan’s from carrying out the death sentence of Jadhav. Salve had told the court that India couldn’t arrange for Jadhav’s defence due to denial of consular access by Pakistan. He said India made innumerable requests for consular access, but Pakistan refused to provide documents relating to the case and consular access to him. Pakistan raised the confession statement of Jadhav as a base of its argument and accused India of using the ICJ for its “political theatrics.” India termed that the confession of Jadhav was forcibly taken by the military while in captivity and he was tried by a military court in Pakistan. Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi, while presenting Islamabad’s stance in the ICJ on death sentence handed to Jadhav, said that the former naval officer entered Islamabad through Iran using a fake passport. He told the court that Pakistan had given India all information regarding Jadhav’s investigation, but didn’t receive any response from New Delhi. India demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence but Pakistan presented the Kulbhushan Jadhav case as a matter of national security and the ICJ’s decision would not apply to “matters related to the national security of Pakistan.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nation welcomes ICJ’s order, wants Jadhav to return soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> People from all walks of life today welcomed the stay on the execution of former Indian Naval officer and alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court. The stay order was issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). People in Varanasi burnt Pakistan?s national flag and raised slogans against that country. Ecstatic cries of Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Vande Mataram echoed across the country. Some people distributed sweets and, burst crackers near Jadhav’s Powai residence and others Jadhav?s returns to India safely. Earlier, Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ read out the much-awaited verdict and asserted that the Kulbhushan Jadhav?s case was indeed debatable, and added that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. The final verdict is expected in August. The only condition under which Jadhav now stands to face execution is if Pakistan does not comply with the ICJ’s decision. India can then go to the United Nations Security Council, which may then decide upon measures to be taken to give effect to the judgement. The UN charter entails that ‘each member of the United Nations undertakes to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice’ and ‘if any party to a case fails to perform the obligations, the other party may have recourse to the U.N. Security Council.’ A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities.” However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ICJ stays Jadhav’s hanging: India hails verdict, Pak questions court’s ‘jurisdiction’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major boost to India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. “Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings,” ICJ President Ronny Abraham said while reading out the verdict.The UN’s highest judicial body, which had earlier provisionally stayed Jadhav’s sentence on May 9, also instructed Pakistan to inform it “of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order”.”The court also decides that, until it has given its final decision, it shall remain seized of the matters which form the subject matter of this order,” a press release from the global court said.
ALSO READ Vande Mataram: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s friends welcome ICJ ruling with fire crackers Asserting its jurisdiction over the case, the court backed India’s contention that there has been a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as New Delhi’s requests for consular access to its national had been denied 16 times.India and Pakistan, it noted, have been signatories to the Vienna Convention since 1977.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ‘Rs 1 lawyer’ Harish Salve hails ICJ order after playing match-winning inningsAs soon as the order came in, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his satisfaction and spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who described the verdict as a “great relief”.They both thanked senior lawyer Harish Salve, who headed the battery of lawyers presenting India’s case.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: ‘Pakistan must learn from its own mistakes’, Sarabjit’s sister on ICJ verdictOfficial MEA reactionSpeaking about verdict, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Gopal Baglay stated that the ICJ has delivered a unanimous, clear and unambiguous order asking Pakistan not to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav. Calling it a ‘matter of great relief’ that Pakistan couldn’t execute Jadhav, the EAM assured parliament that the government will do everything to ensure justice. The MEA spokesman added that provisional relief was an essential first step and the order will help remedy violation of Jadhav’s rights. The Mea added that it hoped that the concerned authorities of Pakistan had heard and that the order was a legally-binding international international obligation. The MEA said that the order is binding internationally and that New Delhi hoped that all members of the international community would follow the law. Speaking about getting consular access to Jadhav, he said that matter was subjudice. The next hearing date will be decided by the ICJ, and said that if Pakistan wanted to give consular access, it could give it any time.Pakistan cries foulPakistan does not accept the International Court of Justice’s jurisdiction in matters related to national security, its Foreign Office said today after the UN court stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria also hit out at India, saying the country has been “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ. Jadhav, 46, was sentenced to death in March by a Pakistani military court and India approached the highest UN judicial body with the plea to stay his execution. The Hague-based ICJ heard the two sides on Monday where Pakistan had challenged the jurisdiction of the court but in its decision the court prime facie exercised the jurisdiction and accepted Indian pleas. The court today instructed Pakistan to take all “necessary measures at its disposal” to ensure that Jadhav was not executed pending a final decision by it. Pakistan was in shock as it was confident that the ICJ will throw out the case on the grounds of jurisdiction. Talking to the state-run Pakistan Television after the ruling was delivered, Zakaria said India has been “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ. “The real face of India will be exposed before the world,” he said, adding that Jadhav has confessed his crimes of sabotage, terrorism and subversion activities not only once but twice.He said Pakistan has already informed the ICJ that it does not accept its jurisdiction in matters related to the national security. “We do not accept the jurisdiction of the ICJ in matters related to the national security of the country,” he was quoted as saying by the Dunya TV. However, he said Pakistan “will present solid evidence against the Indian spy in the International Court.Earlier, Zakaria said at the weekly press briefing said India was trying to portray Jadhav’s case “as a humanitarian issue to divert the world’s attention from his role in fomenting terrorism” inside Pakistan. “After India stood exposed in state sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention from presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle,” he said.He said Pakistan’s position was clear as it was a matter of national security. He said Pakistan s reply to ICJ was in line with Article 36 (2) of the Vienna Convention that Pakistan does not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICJ in this case. With inputs from agencies

Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: ‘Pakistan must learn from its own mistakes’, Sarabjit’s sister on ICJ verdict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the primary judicial organ of the United Nations, temporarily staying the death sentence of former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court, Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit Singh, who died in a Pakistan jail in 2013, on Thursday said Pakistan must learn from its own mistakes.”Firstly, I want to thank my God. Today, it’s a very big victory for India. This is the victory for all Indian citizens, victory for truth. India defeated Pakistan today and Pakistan must learn from its own mistakes. I am very happy to hear this. A very big congratulation to Kulbhushan’s family, citizens of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sushma ji and to Rajnath ji. Pakistan is habitual to face such things. The decision came in our favour because truth always wins,” Dalbir Kaur told ANI.Sarabjit Singh, an Indian national, had been sentenced to death for alleged involvement in a string of bombings in 1990 by a Pakistani Court. He was later on murdered by by his jail inmates at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in 2013. He and his family, notably his sister, Dalbir Kaur had constantly tried to free him through mercy petitions but failed.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Rajnath Singh says govt will ‘go to any extent’ to save JadhavEarlier in the day, Justice Ronny Abraham, President of the ICJ read out the much-awaited verdict and asserted that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prima facie jurisdiction in the case. Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. The only condition under which Jadhav now stands to face execution is if Pakistan does not comply with the ICJ’s decision. India can then go to the Security Council, which may then decide upon measures to be taken to give effect to the judgement. The UN charter entails that ‘each member of the United Nations undertakes to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice’ and ‘if any party to a case fails to perform the obligations, the other party may have recourse to the Security Council.’A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged ‘espionage and subversive activities.’ However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention. India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan from carrying out the death sentence of Jadhav. Demanding the immediate suspension of the death sentence, New Delhi expressed fear that Islamabad might execute the formal naval officer even before the hearing of the ICJ was over. Pakistan, on its part, told the ICJ that the provisions of Vienna Convention on consular access were not applicable for a ‘spy’. It also accused India of using the international body for political theatrics.
ALSO READ Full text of ICJ’s order staying Kulbhushan Jadhav’s hanging Arguing before the 11-judge bench at the ICJ, which included former Supreme Court Judge Dalveer Bhandari, India’s counsel Harish Salve stressed that not granting consular access and not giving legal representation of Jadhav’s choosing amounted to a ‘miscarriage of justice’ and a ‘violation of his right’ to defend himself from concocted charges in a ‘farcical trial’. India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan’s from carrying out the death sentence of Jadhav. Salve had told the court that India couldn’t arrange for Jadhav’s defence due to denial of consular access by Pakistan. He said India made innumerable requests for consular access, but Pakistan refused to provide documents relating to the case and consular access to him.Pakistan raised the confession statement of Jadhav as a base of its argument and accused India of using the ICJ for its ‘political theatrics.’ India termed that the confession of Jadhav was forcibly taken by the military while in captivity and he was tried by a military court in Pakistan. Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi, while presenting Islamabad’s stance in the ICJ on death sentence handed to Jadhav, said that the former naval officer entered Islamabad through Iran using a fake passport. He told the court that Pakistan had given India all information regarding Jadhav’s investigation, but didn’t receive any response from New Delhi. India demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence but Pakistan presented the Kulbhushan Jadhav case as a matter of national security and the ICJ’s decision would not apply to ‘matters related to the national security of Pakistan.’

ICJ stays Jadhav’s execution, instructs Pakistan to implement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major boost to India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) today stayed the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. “Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings,” ICJ President Ronny Abraham said while reading out the verdict. The UN’s highest judicial body, which had earlier provisionally stayed Jadhav’s sentence on May 9, also instructed Pakistan to inform it “of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order”. “The court also decides that, until it has given its final decision, it shall remain seized of the matters which form the subject matter of this order,” a press release from the global court said. Asserting its jurisdiction over the case, the court backed India’s contention that there has been a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as New Delhi’s requests for consular access to its national had been denied 16 times. India and Pakistan, it noted, have been signatories to the Vienna Convention since 1977. As soon as the order came in, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his satisfaction and spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who described the verdict as a “great relief”. They both thanked senior lawyer Harish Salve, who headed the battery of lawyers presenting India’s case. In Islamabad, Pakistan said it did not accept the ICJ ruling in matters related to national security. Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria also hit out at India, saying it was “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ. The unanimous verdict of the 11-judge bench comes three days after the two countries gave their submissions during which India demanded annulment of the sentence and described Pakistan’s trial to convict Jadhav as “farcical”. Pakistan, in turn, had argued that the 46-year-old Indian national was a spy and India’s plea was “misconceived”. The court said Pakistan had indicated that the execution would probably not take place before August 2017. “This means that there is a risk that an execution could take place at any moment thereafter, before the Court has given its final decision in the case.” It also noted the urgency of the case since Pakistan had given “no assurance that Mr. Jadhav will not be executed before the Court has rendered its final decision”. Examining India’s argument that is a risk of irreparable prejudice, it said, “… the mere fact that Mr. Jadhav is under a death sentence and might therefore be executed is sufficient to demonstrate the existence of a risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights claimed by India”. India moved the ICJ against the death penalty on May 8. The next day, the global court gave Jadhav a lease of life and stayed the death sentence as a provisional measure. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. Jadhav’s case is the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India. The two countries last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India should have got consular access to Jadhav: ICJ

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today said that India should have been granted consular access to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav as per the Vienna Convention. The ICJ asserted its jurisdiction over the case of Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by Pakistan on charges of espionage and subversive activities. The circumstances of Jadhav’s arrest remain disputed, ICJ president Ronny Abraham said while reading out his verdict. The 11-judge bench of the UN’s highest court is presenting its verdict two days after India and Pakistan gave their submissions on the 46-year-old former Indian Navy officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ICJ stays Kulbhushan Jadhav’s hanging: A timeline of his battle for justice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The International Court of Justice (ICJ) pronounced its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case staying the Pakistani military court’s decision to hang Jadhav till further notice. The Jadhav case was taken to the world court on May 8 by India, which accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a “farcical trial” for convicting Jadhav without a “shred of evidence”.On its part, Pakistan told the ICJ that Vienna Convention provisions on consular access were not intended for a “spy” involved in terror activities and charged India with using the world body as a stage for “political theatre” in the Jadhav case.The two neighbours last had a face-off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.
ALSO READ India, Pak face off over Kulbhushan Jadhav at ICJ; court says no to Islamabad’s effort at playing ‘confessional’ videoHere’s a timeline of Jadhav’s case: March 3, 2016Indian national Jadhav arrested on charges of terrorism and sabotage by Pakistan on Iran border.March 24, 2016Pak Army says Jadhav is a RAW agent and was picked up from Saravan which is near Pakistan-Iran border to the south-east of Zahidan.March 26, 2016Pak summons Indian High Commissioner and releases statement protesting his ‘illegal entry’. India says Jadhav has no links to govt, retired from Navy in 2002. India is denied consular access to Jadhav.March 29, 2016Pak releases Jadhav’s ‘confession video’. In the video Jadhav says he is a serving Navy officer, and RAW operative. India questions legitimacy of video. India still denied consular access.December 7, 2016Pakistan Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz confirms that conclusive evidence against Kulbhushan has not been found. Pakistan Foreign Ministry released a statement the same day saying that the statement attributed to the Adviser is incorrect.January 6, 2017Pakistan announced that it has submitted a dossier to the new United Nations’ Secretary General Antonio Guterres over Indian interference in Islamabad.April 10, 2017Pakistan Army’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a press release informed that Jadhav had been awarded the death sentence by a military court in Pakistan.26 April 2017Pakistan denies India’s request for consular access to Jadhav.May 8, 2017India moves a petition in the UN seeking justice for Jadhav after being denied 16 consular accesses, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by Pakistan.May 9, 2017The ICJ puts a stay on the death sentence given by Pakistan to Kulbhushan Jadhav after an appeal from India, which accused Pakistan of “egregious violations of the Vienna Convention.”May 15, 2017The ICJ to hear the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav as India and Pakistan present their arguments in the trial.May, 18 2017ICJ provisionally stays death sentence by Pakistani military court

ICJ-to-pronounce-verdict-in-Jadhav-case-today @ 5/18/2017 9:04:52 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The most-awaited judgement in regard with the Kulbhushan Jadhav case is all set to be pronounced today by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Pakistan military court awarded death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities”. However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention. India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan’s from carrying out the death sentence of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. Demanding immediate suspension of Jadhav?s death sentence, New Delhi expressed fear that Islamabad might execute the formal Naval officer even before the hearing of the ICJ was over. Pakistan, on its part, told ICJ that the provisions of Vienna Convention on consular access were not applicable for a ?spy?. It also accused India of using the international body for political theatrics. Arguing before the 11-judge bench at the ICJ, which included former Supreme Court Judge Dalveer Bhandari,India’s counsel Harish Salve stressed that not granting consular access and not giving legal representation of Jadhav’s choosing amounted to a “miscarriage of justice” and a “violation of his right” to defend himself from concocted charges in a “farcical trial”. India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan’s from carrying out the death sentence of Jadhav. Noted lawyer Harish Salve had told the court that India couldn’t arrange for Jadhav’s defence due to denial of consular access by Pakistan. He said India made innumerable requests for consular access, but Pakistan refused to provide documents relating to the case and consular access to him. Pakistan raised the confession statement of Jadhav as a base of its argument and accused India of using the ICJ for its “political theatrics.” India termed that the confession of Jadhav was forcibly taken by the military while in captivity and he was tried by a military court in Pakistan. Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi, while presenting Islamabad’s stance in the ICJ on death sentence handed to Jadhav, said that the former naval officer entered Islamabad through Iran using a fake passport. He told the court that Pakistan had given India all information regarding Jadhav’s investigation, but didn’t receive any response from New Delhi. India demanded immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence but Pakistan presented the Kulbhushan Jadhav case as a matter of national security and the ICJ’s decision would not apply to “matters related to the national security of Pakistan.” It will be a big success for India and a setback for Pakistan if the death sentence of Jadhav is suspended by the ICJ. Where on the one hand, India?s hopes regarding Jadhav will revive, on the other, Pakistan’s relations with the other nations will suffer, affecting the country multi-laterally and economically.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi to unite 20 countries against smokeless tobacco

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In absence of a uniform policy on smokeless tobacco (SLT) consumption that can help curb its harmful effects on health, over 20 countries are coming together to form guidelines. The first meet is set to take place in Delhi from August 16 to 18.The global hub of World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Noida along with the Union health ministry is on the forefront to form the policy. According to health ministry officials, the aim will be to impose heavy taxes and initiate strict guidelines for the advertisement of SLT products.“This is the first time a global policy is being looked at for SLTs. It’s important to take a stand considering at present India is one of the biggest exporters of SLT products,” said Dr Ravi Mehrotra, director, WHO FCTC.Globally, 90.4 per cent of SLT users live in 11 countries — India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, US, China, Indonesia, Nepal, Madagascar, Germany, and Uzbekistan.Harmful health effects of SLT include cancer, pre-cancer, cardiovascular effects, adverse pregnancy outcomes, respiratory infection, addiction and poor oral health that lead to early mortality.As per a 2015 report, 352 million people 121 countries consume SLT. About 95 per cent of these live in developing countries.SLT PRODUCTSWorld over, SLT like snus, snuff, gutka, tambaku, khaini, qiwam, etc are consumed

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ to give verdict on death sentence by Pakistan today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after it finished hearings in India’s plea for directions to Pakistan to suspend the death sentence awarded to former Indian naval officer Kulbushhan Jadhav by a military court there, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will deliver its verdict on Thursday afternoon.India has sought immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence, also expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the ICJ decided its plea.However, it now emerges that before India decided to move the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the first week of May, the government had spent a lot of time deliberating on the possible “consequences” of the move.For before moving the ICJ, the government had to take into consideration that this move would mean that, if it succeeded, Pakistan could in future try and take the same route against India in the same forum, especially to help Pakistan-trained terrorists caught by Indian security forces.In the end, after hectic parleys, it was decided at the highest level that such a possibility couldn’t be allowed to stand in the way of Indian government coming to the assistance of Jadhav, who, India strongly feels, had been wrongly convicted and sentenced to death.”India has always played by the book and has never allowed its territory to be used for terror activities aimed at another country. We have nothing to hide. This is the reason we decided to move the ICJ,” top sources privy to discussions told DNA.Multiple sources in the Ministry of External Affairs, Law Ministry and the security establishment put together the sequence of events leading to the filing of the case at The Hague.According to sources, worried that Pakistan could execute Jadhav any day, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj personally consulted legal and foreign affairs experts.A retired foreign service officer was also drafted as a consultant to assist in the plans.However, when the decision got stuck due to the wording of a key clause in the Agreement on Consular Access, a bilateral agreement dated May 21, 2008 between India and Pakistan, Swaraj called Minister of State for Law and Justice P P Chaudhary and asked him to take the final call.Sources said, on May 3, Chaudhary, who was out of station, was summoned back to Delhi and asked to resolve the issue.The issue pertained to Clause 6 of the agreement and which reads: “In case of arrest, detention or sentence made on political or security grounds, each side may examine the case on its merits.”This clause, many within the government felt, could be cited by Pakistan to refuse India’s case. However, eventually, legal experts consulted by the government assured it that the bilateral agreement couldn’t override the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 and that India had a strong case.Sources said that while the Vienna Convention allows two or more nations to enter into separate agreements “confirming or supplementing or extending or amplifying” the provisions of the Convention, the terms of any such agreement couldn’t run counter to or be incompatible to the Convention.It was also the view of the experts that Pakistan hadn’t shown any valid ground to invoke Clause 6 of the bilateral agreement.It was finally decided that in its case, India should categorically state that it wasn’t seeking “reinforcement” of the bilateral agreement nor “basing its claim on any rights or obligations under it”. Rather, it was basing its claim solely upon the Vienna Convention.HOW IT UNFOLDEDMarch 3, 2016: Kulbhushan Jadhav arrested by Pakistan on charges of spying.
March 29, 2016: Pakistan releases video showing Jadhav “confessing” to his crimes.
Dec 2016: Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs advisor to Pak PM, admits there isn’t enough evidence against Jadhav
April 4, 2017: Jadhav handed over a death sentence by a military court.
April 26, 2017: Pakistan denies India’s 16th request for consular access to Jadhav.
May 9, 2017: India petitions the ICJ, which stays the execution.

ICJ to pronounce verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav on Thursday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The International Court of Justice at The Hague will pronounce its verdict on Thursday over the death sentence awarded to former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by the Pakistani military court. India has dragged Pakistan to the International Court of Justice over Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case after Islamabad two star military court framed concocted charges against Jadhav. India has accused Pakistan of not following diplomatic norms and dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention by refusing New Delhi’s 16 requests of consular access to Jadhav and denying him the right to defend himself. Arguing before the 11-judge bench at the ICJ,which included former Supreme Court Judge Dalveer Bhandari,India’s counsel Harish Salve stressed that not granting consular access and not giving legal representation of Jadhav’s choosing amounted to a “miscarriage of justice” and a “violation of his right” to defend himself from concocted charges in a “farcical trial”. India told the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan’s from carrying out the death sentence of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. Noted lawyer Harish Salve had told the court that India couldn’t arrange for Jadhav?s defence due to denial of consular access by Pakistan. He said India made innumerable requests for consular access, but Pakistan refused to provide documents relating to the case and consular access to him. Pakistan is deliberately executing Indians in the military courts where there is no scope for any arguments even in military courts and the charges are mostly fabricated and concocted which are outside the jurisdiction of civil courts. Pakistan raised the confession statement of Jadhav as a base of its argument and accused India of using the ICJ for its political theatrics. India termed that the confession of Jadhav was forcibly taken by the military while in captivity and he was tried by a military court in Pakistan. Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi while presenting Islamabad’s stance in the ICJ on death sentence handed to Jadhav said that the former naval officer entered Islamabad through Iran using a fake passport. He told the court that Pakistan had given India all information regarding Jadhav’s investigation, but didn’t receive any response from New Delhi. Jadhav,a former Indian Navy officer ,was given the death sentence by a military court in Pakistan on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities”. To which Pakistan stated that the Vienna Convention provisions did not apply to a spy involved in terror activities. Also the International Court of Justice (ICJ) denied permission to Pakistan to play a six-minute”confessional” video of Jadhav which India terms as a statement taken forcible in captivity. India demanded immediate suspension of Jhadav’s death sentence but Pakistan presented the Kulbhushan Jadhav case as a matter of national security and ICJ’s decision would not apply to “matters related to the national security of Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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