Indian Army troops crossed over the Line of Control killing three Pakistani army soldiers and leaving one injured in a cross border raid on Monday retaliating to the death of four India army personnel including a major on Saturday. Based on ground intelligence and surveillance intelligence, agencies have identified the Pakistani soldiers killed as sepoy Sajjad, sepoy Abdul Rehman and Sepoy M Usman. The injured soldier on the Pakistani side has been identified as sepoy Athzaz Hussain. “We got a go ahead to cross over and carry out an operation to avenge the killings of four soldiers including a major rank officer,” said government sources confirming the army strike in PoK. According to a statement by Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations, Indian forces opened fire along the Line of Control killing three of their soldiers. The raid happened in 12 Division of the 59 Balooch Unit in PoK, sources said. This comes a day after Indian Army said one Pakistani soldier was killed in retaliation to the Pakistani Army firing killing four Indian Army personnel. ISPR said one other than the casualties one Pakistani soldier was injured. There have been frequent skirmishes on the line of Control with Pakistan Army indulging in repeated ceasefire violations. There has also been an increase in infiltration attempts from Pakistan trying to send terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir.
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A worker in Indian Railways’ mechanised laundry lost his life on Sunday after an outlet pipe of a boiler hit his head causing an injury.The laundry for washing Railway Hospital linen is located behind the Northern Railway Central Hospital (NRCH) here and the operation and maintenance of this laundry are outsourced to a contractor ‘M/s Laundraid’.The outlet pipe of the boiler broke and a piece of this pipe hit Pradeep.”He was brought to the NRCH where the doctors gave him an immediate treatment and did all possible medical interventions and procedures to treat and stabilise his condition. Since he had a severe injury to head, he was immediately shifted to the RML Hospital by the paramedical staff for further treatment,” Nitin Chowdhary, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO), Northern Railways said, in a statement.He added that while Pradeep was in the RML hospital, the doctors tried to better his condition but after 35 minutes of efforts, the said person could not be saved and he passed away.”General Manager and Divisional Railway Manager, along with senior railway officials, visited the site of incident and also the patient and his relatives at the RML Hospital. A senior officer-level enquiry has been ordered by the General Manager,” the statement further read.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>St. Joseph’s College on Friday said it has initiated a probe into the circulation of study material that endorses dowry.”The matter is being investigated and we are trying to find the root of the problem. Such views have never been part of the college syllabus. Infact, the department and the college are opposed to such obscurantist and oppressive patriarchal views as are contained in the page cited,” college Public Relations Officer (PRO), Kiran Jeevan said.Reportedly, the students of sociology at the St Joseph’s College of Arts and Commerce were handed over study material that endorsed the system of dowry.The incident came to light after a female student posted a picture of page of study material on social networking site Facebook which shows that the page starts with “Generally, though accepted as an evil practice, dowry has its supporters, under the caption ‘Advantages of Dowry'”.”The marriage of ugly girls who would otherwise have gone without a partner is made possible by offering heavy amount of dowry,” the study material reportedly given to students states. “It is a useful and effective method of attracting good, handsome and sometimes unwilling boys for marriage,” the text states.The study material further said, “Dowry increases the status of a woman in the family. As a woman brings substantial sum at marriage, she is treated well just for her economic contribution. It affects the love and affection her husband bears for her. A poor girl who does not bring huge dowry in her marriage does not usually receive the same attention and affection that is bestowed up on a rich girl.”The study material also claimed that dowry provides “an opportunity for meritorious boys of poor classes” to pursue higher education.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala Information and Public Relations Department’s internal circular has directed to avoid usage of words ‘Dalit’ and ‘Harijan’ in its official communications.The order was issued based on the directive from Kerala State Commission for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) Chairman Justice P.N. Vijayakumar.The department informed that the government has also banned the usage of word ‘Keezhalar’ which was used to refer to scheduled communities.It says that usage of these words would only help sustain social boycott of communities.However, the move was not welcomed by few Dalit activists.They claimed that the ‘Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes’ were just administrative words.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress and the NCP slammed the Maharashtra government over a notice issued by Mumbai police to a journalist as part of an investigation.This was the beginning of “Emergency”, the opposition parties said.The police clarified later this evening that the journalist had been asked to meet the police officers only as a witness in a case, and not an accused.The journalist, who works with a Marathi newspaper, received a notice from the Cyber Police Cell some days ago, saying that his presence was required to ascertain some facts in connection with the investigation of a criminal case.Nidhi Kamdar, officer-on-special duty with the Chief Minister’s Office, had lodged a complaint that somebody had created a fake profile in her name and posted messages on social media.As the news went viral, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde claimed the government is strangulating the media to divert attention from issues like inflation, unemployment and corruption of ministers.”Summoning journalists in the name of investigation and threatening them is the start of another Emergency,” the NCP leader said. If the government cannot digest criticism, it should forgo power, he said.City Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said the BJP government only targets those journalists who question inflation, corruption, false promise of loan waiver for farmers and unemployment.”Anybody who speaks against the government is subjected to intense scrutiny,” Nirupam said. The former MP threatened an agitation if the government did not stop summoning journalists in the name of inquiry.Government spokesperson and the chief of Directorate General of Information and Public Relations Brijesh Singh said, “We have verified facts with the Mumbai police….this notice has not been issued in his capacity as a journalist.”He has been summoned not as an accused, but as a witness in a criminal investigation,” Singh told PTI.Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner of Police Sanjay Saxena said that some “misinformation” was being circulated that police had issued notices to 27 journalists. “No such notices have been issued by Cyber Police”, he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concludes his second India trip, China has issued a message for both India and Japan.In a veiled comment at the visit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “We advocate that regional countries should stand for dialogue without confrontation and work for partnership instead of alliance.”The comment by Beijing came as New Delhi and Tokyo sought to firm up their close ties during Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe’s visit to India.India and Japan inked 15 agreements to further broad-base their strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China is increasing its assertiveness.Hua, however, declined to comment on specific issue like Japan’s plans to sell US-2 amphibious aircraft to India, saying she would like to wait till a detailed readout from the two countries following a meeting between Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Japan’s plans to sell the amphibious aircraft to India raised eyebrows here as this is first such move by Tokyo to sell defence equipment to any country. China is also concerned about Japan getting the first bullet train project in India between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.China too is vying for high speed rail projects in India, specially the New Delhi-Chennai corridor.China and Japan also have a longstanding dispute over islands in the East China Sea. Chinese ties with Japan have also been strained by what Beijing see as Japanese leaders’ reluctance to atone for the country s wartime past.Hua said China will “stay open and welcome normal development of relations between the countries in the region”, as long as they are conducive to peace and stability in the region.”We hope that relations will be conducive to regional peace and stability and can play a constructive role in this regard,” she said.Commenting on Abe’s visit to India, Chinese think-tanks expressed concern over the “Freedom Corridor”, as well as several joint infrastructure projects being launched by India and Japan together in different countries as strategic move by the two countries to counterbalance China’s ambitious multi- billion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).The Indo-Japanese initiative, called the ‘Freedom Corridor’, stretching from Asia-Pacific to Africa, aims at stabilising the region.”The Freedom Corridor, designed to serve as a counterbalance to China’s BRI is expected to figure prominently in talks between Abe and Modi,” Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences told state-run Global Times today.However, the Japanese-Indian initiative is just a beginning. It is unlikely to reach the same level as the BRI, Chu Yin, an associate professor at the University of International Relations said.The Chinese analysts also referred to report that India and Japan were embarking on multiple infrastructure projects across Africa, Iran, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia in what could be viewed as pushback against China’s unilateral infrastructure initiatives connecting it with Europe and Africa.India boycotted the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) held this year due to its sovereignty concerns over the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.”Though India objects to CPEC, India’s real reason is that it doesn’t want to see China’s influence in South Asia and refuses to open its domestic market to China,” Ye Hailin, director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ National Institute of International Strategy, said.Also the Global Times tabloid, in an editorial titled ‘India-Japan intimacy no threat to China’ said “in a changing world, the India-Japan intimacy is more like a contrivance”.It said Japan is unlikely to challenge China as it has strong bilateral trade relations with Beijing.”Under the international relations logic of the 21st century, closer India-Japan ties won’t pose grave threats to China because many of their emotional moves to console each other won’t produce any real effects in challenging China,” it said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana Police on Saturday found illegal explosives factory inside the premises of Dera Sacha Sauda, as the sanitisation operation continued on the second day in Sirsa.”Illegal explosives factory inside Dera Sacha Sauda premises is sealed. Explosives and fire cracker have been seized,” said Haryana’s Information and Public Relations Department Deputy Director, Satish Mehra.A huge search operation, involving hordes of police, paramilitary and civil administration personnel, was launched on Friday at the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda spread over 800 acres here, two weeks after a CBI court convicted its head of rape and sentenced him to 20 years in jail in two rape cases.An unregistered luxury car and some banned currency notes were also seized from the Dera of rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh during a sanitisation exercise which also involved forensic examination of his so- called cave where he allegedly used to sexually exploit women. ALSO READ Dera Chief arrest: Reaffirmed faith in law, says son of slain scribe who broke the story on rapist baba The Dera premises houses educational institutions, markets, a hospital, a stadium, recreational areas and houses.To prevent any untoward incident, curfew was imposed on the roads leading to the Dera and mobile internet services in Sirsa district have been suspended till September 10 for the operation, which is still underway.”Some rooms have been sealed, computer hard disk drives, unregistered Lexus car, an OB van, Rs 7,000 of demonetised currency, Rs 12,000 cash and some pharma medicines without labels or a brand name, a walkie-talkie set are among other items which have been seized,” Mehra told reporters. ALSO READ Inside Ram Rahim’s wonderland: Luxurious suites, Eiffel Tower like-villa and secret caveThe Haryana government had filed a plea seeking permission for the sanitisation process under judicial supervision, after the conviction of the sect chief, now in a Rohtak jail.The HC appointed a court commissioner for the purpose earlier this week. A report of the entire exercise will be submitted to the high court by the court commissioner, with a copy to the state government.(With agency inputs)
Relations were strained over a border standoff, which was resolved days before the gathering.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> United States President Donald Trump has sought more help from India in Afghanistan. Speaking from the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Va., Trump said, ?We will develop a deeper strategic partnership with India, but we want them to help us more in Afghanistan.? He further added that ?India makes billions of dollars with the United States in trade; we want them to help us more in Afghanistan?. It is notable that India has been actively helping Afghanistan in the reconstruction of the terror-torn country. India aided the overthrow of the Taliban and became the largest regional provider of humanitarian and reconstruction aid to Afghanistan. Indians are working in various construction projects, as part of India’s rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan. US President?s desire for an increased role of India in Afghanistan is a blow for Pakistan as it is opposed to Indian presence in Kabul. In the aftermath of the 2008 Indian embassy bombing in Kabul, the Afghan Foreign Ministry quoted India as a “brother country” and the relationship between the two as one which “no enemy can hamper”. Relations between Afghanistan and India received a major boost in 2011 with the signing of a strategic partnership agreement, Afghanistan’s first since the Soviet invasion of 1979. According to a 2010 Gallup survey, Afghan adults are more likely to approve of India’s leadership than Chinese or U.S. leadership. Trump?s desire of a bigger Indian role in Afghanistan is a blow for Pakistan, which has been opposing New Delhi?s presence in Kabul. Pakistan alleges the Indian intelligence agency RAW is working in cover to malign Pakistan and train and support insurgents. This claim has been rejected strongly by India and the United States, which is historically being a strong ally of Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Weeks after 43 outlets of fast food giant McDonald’s were shut in the Capital, the McDonald’s India has terminated the franchise agreement for all of its 169 outlets in north and east India, run by the Connaught Plaza Restaurant Limited (CPRL). The company has blamed breach of contract terms and non-payment of dues for the decision.As per the latest development, the company has also barred CPRL, under which McDonald’s estranged franchise partner in the region, Vikram Bakshi, holds 50 per cent stake, from using the brand. It implies that the CPRL can no longer use McDonald’s name, system, trademark, design, and associated intellectual property, among other things.The decision will affect thousands of workers at the McDonald’s outlets. The company, however, has assured that it would give due consideration to lessening the impact on affected parties, such as employees, suppliers, and landlords, and is open to working with the CPRL to achieve these ends.In an official statement, McDonald’s Corporation Global Head of Corporate Relations, Foundational Markets, Ron Christianson, said: “The termination is essentially because of the CPRL’s violation of certain obligations as part of the agreement, including a default of payment of royalty.” He said the royalty was not paid for two years, even though the CPRL was given ample opportunity to rectify the defaults.”Today, we have issued the CPRL board a notice of termination of the franchise agreement between McDonald’s India Private Limited and the CPRL for 169 restaurants operated by the CPRL in north and east India,” the fast food chain statement read.Commenting on the termination notice, Bakshi said the decision was an open challenge to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) judgment, which had directed the CPRL board to meet and discuss various issues.”The timing of this notice is hugely suspect because it comes on the morning of the first board meeting scheduled by the administrator,” Bakshi said. The administrator — a former judge of the Supreme Court of India — was appointed by the NCLT.”This is a completely contemptuous, malafide, and yet another oppressive act indulged in by the McDonald’s,” Bakshi said, adding that the CPRL was considering appropriate legal remedies to counter the notice. — with PTI inputs.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, August 16 (ANI-NewsVoir): The seventh edition of the Harvard Model United Nations India hosted by the Harvard IRC and Worldview Education kicked off with its opening ceremony on the August 12, 2017. With over 1500 delegates attending this year, the biggest conference yet, the delegates have debated on prominent issues such as funding ?Sustainable growth in Africa”, ?Mental health awareness and treatment? and many other issues as well with solutions in the form of a resolution at the closing committee sessions on August 15. As a part of HMUN India, co-hosted by the Harvard International Relations Council and Worldview Education, special sessions and talks were conducted as part of the ?Leadership Forum? with senior industry experts in attendance. The Leadership Forum acts as a platform for the industry to engage with Gen-Z, or Gen-S (A Generation of Solvers), as Sampreeth Reddy, the Managing Director of Worldview called them. As a part of this in this year?s edition of the conference, the keynote speaker was Shobana Kamineni, the first woman President of CII, and Dr. Mukund Rajan, Chief Ethics officer Tata Sons chaired the India @75 panel which also had Savita Mahajan as a panelist. During their addresses to the audience, they urged the young crowd to not only think of solutions for global and national issues but also to take these solutions seriously and put them into practice. As a part of the opening ceremony, the Worldview Education and The Harvard International Relations Council announced the HMUN India fund, the proceeds from which will go to develop a government school in Shahpur village in Telangana. On the second day of the conference at the Leadership forum, Asim Parekh from Coca-cola India, spoke to the delegates about the ?Fruit Circular Economy? and encouraged students to take up agriculture sciences as a career, emphasising on how large corporations need to take up sustainability in their practices and how that would create a positive effect on these environment and surroundings. On day three of the conference, the penultimate day, Jason Lewis delivered a talk at the leadership forum in the evening. Lewis is the only man to circumnavigate the earth using nothing but human power. (ANI-NewsVoir) Ends SN NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided over the 203rd Corps Commanders? conference at the General Headquarters (GHQ) here on Monday. An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said that the forum undertook a comprehensive review of internal and external security environment. The forum also deliberated upon regional security situation, especially Afghanistan and reaffirmed its commitment to regional peace and security. ” The ISPR statement quoted General Bajwa, as saying, “We look forward to a trust based mutual cooperation in this regard which can achieve the policy ends of enduring regional peace”. According to the ISPR, the forum was also briefed about situation along Line of Control (LoC). The forum acknowledged positive long term effects being achieved through Operation Radd-ul- Fasaad. General Bajwa especially appreciated successful conduct of Operation Khyber 4 in a most inhospitable terrain of Rajgal with minimal own casualties which is made possible through high standards of professionalism. Expressing full satisfaction on the army’s commitment to national defence and security, he directed that efforts must continue, in concert with other elements of national power to defeat terrorism/ militancy in order to establish Rule of Law and uphold supremacy of constitution.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters on board a Churchgate-bound local, on Sunday, were rattled as the semi-fast train sped past a designated halt at Jogeshwari station.”It was a semi-fast train from Borivli that was to halt at all stations till Andheri. But, the motorman forgot to halt,” said a WR official.The incident took place at around 8.05 am, and left commuters, who were to alight at Jogeshwari, fuming. This briefly affected train services, as the railways were running the Sunday timetable, when 30 percent lesser services are operated.”We have suspended the motorman with immediate effect,” said Ravindra Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer, Western Railway.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to promote interaction between the general public and Delhi police, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal, on Tuesday, has constituted a district level committee.The district level committee (DLC) will have MPs and local MLAs and representatives for various RWAs, educational institutions, women organizations, student and labour representatives and industry association of the district concerned.The committee, across the 13 police districts, will hold meetings on a quarterly basis. According to officials, DLC meetings have been held recently in July 2017 in South-East, West, North-West, Rohini, North-East and Shahdara districts.”These meetings have provided a real time feedback on several policing initiatives and have led to modifications in key schemes and areas of concern of respective district police establishments,” said a senior police official.According to officials, commonly observed issues which have been collated from the minutes of several DLC meetings and which can be said to be pertaining to almost the entire 13 policing districts have been concerns over traffic congestion and road engineering, unauthorised parking, consumption of liquor at public places, sale of illicit liquor, encroachments along pavements and pedestrian areas resulting in traffic congestion, deployment of police at parks and schools during opening and closing time, incidents of thefts, etc.”The benefits of this inter-disciplinary approach towards community policing are also reflected in the follow-up meetings where the agenda points and minutes of the previous meetings are laid bare before the gathering. On several occasions, the efforts of the local police, individually as well as jointly along with other civic agencies, have found appreciation by the co-opted members who have expressed their satisfaction as the issues raised by them have been duly taken care of,” said Madhur Verma, DCP (Crime) and Public Relations Officer (PRO).
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Owners of banquet halls in Haryana will also be held responsible for mishaps due to celebratory firing or bursting of firecrackers during weddings or other functions, the state government said today. The Haryana government has decided that owners of banquet halls would take affidavits to this effect before making any bookings. “In case an incident takes place, then the owner of banquet hall would also be held responsible,” state Transport and Housing Minister Krishan Lal Panwar said at a meeting of the District Public Relations and Grievances Redressal Committee in Sonipat. He issued directions to officers after a complaint was received regarding the death of a man in celebratory firing. A three-year-old girl was also killed in celebratory firing during a wedding ceremony in Yamunanagar district a year ago.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A total of 56164 ticketless passengers or those travelling with invalid tickets were caught under East Central Railway zone in the month of June this year and Rs 2.31 crore penalty realised from them, ECR said today. Cracking down on illegal chain pullers, 412 people were held on this count and Rs 2.97 lakh fine collected from them, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of ECR Rajesh Kumar said in a statement. ECR comprises Danapur, Samastipur, Sonepur, Dhanbad and Mughalsarai divisions. In intensified campaign, 608 unauthorised vendors were caught and Rs 6.97 lakh penalty realised from the, the CPRO said. A total of 526 people were caught on charge of misbehaving with passengers and fine of Rs 1.38 lakh collected from them, he said. Giving details of the operation, he said 212 people were caught travelling on trains roof and Rs 1.93 lakh penalty taken from them during June month. A total of 686 people were held smoking in railway premises and Rs 1.32 lakh fine collected from them. Around 1059 people were caught on charge of littering on stations and Rs 2.09 lakh fine taken from them, the ECR CPRO said. A total of 957 male passengers were caught illegally travelling in coaches reserved for women and a penalty of Rs 2.71 lakh taken from them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Pakistan Army on Sunday claimed that it has allegedly destroyed two Indian Army posts along the Line of Control (LoC) and killed four Indian soldiers. The Pakistan Army said the action was taken in response to the alleged “unprovoked firing by the Indian side from across the Line of Control (LoC) that killed five civilians (Pakistani civilians)” on Saturday. “Pakistan Army befittingly responded on July 9, causing substantial losses to men and material. Two Indian Army posts firing on innocent civilians have been destroyed, four Indian soldiers killed,” read a statement issued by the Pakistan Army Inter-Services Public Relations wing. The statement further stated that, ?it resolves to protect the civil population against unprovoked Indian aggression at any cost.? Meanwhile, the official spokesperson of Pakistani Armed Forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor also took to his twitter account to inform about the same and also released a video of Pakistani Armed forces allegedly destroying two Indian Army posts. ?In utter failure to cap remembrance of Wani’s shahadat, Indian forces targeted innocent civ along LOC. Indian guns silenced effectively!,? he tweeted. Earlier on Saturday, on the occasion of the first death anniversary of the Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, the Pakistani Army claimed that Indian Armed forces allegedly resorted heavy shelling in different areas of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) from across the LoC. As per reports, at least five Pakistani civilians, including four women were killed and ten others were injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today demanded urgent intervention of the Centre for early settlement of the Gorkhaland issue to safeguard the interest of Sikkim. He said in case the issue was not addressed on priority basis, the Sikkim government might approach the apex court of India. “I seek urgent intervention of Government of India and all the authorities concerned for early settlement of the situation to safeguard the interest of Sikkim from these hazards and constraints on priority,” Chamling said through a press statement issued by the Information and Public Relations department of the state. “In case of not addressing this issue on priority, the state government may have to approach the apex court of India in the larger interest of Sikkimese people for justice,” the statement said. Stating that the inter-state ramifications of the Gorkhaland agitation and treating it “merely as a West Bengal issue” was not adequate, the chief minister noted that the present situation in Darjeeling Hills has had a direct impact on life of the people of Sikkim and that this issue must be looked into with utmost seriousness. “Sikkim s geographical location having international boundaries with three countries – China in the North, Bhutan in the East and Nepal in the West, and the potential threat to the national security is a matter of supreme importance,” the statement said. “The only access to the rest of the country is through the state of West Bengal. Sikkim is sandwiched due to the agitation and prevailing law and order situation. “As far as the national security is concerned, Government of India is appropriately handling the matter. We fully support Government of India s effort, which is addressing the national security in the best interest of our country,” the statement said. The Sikkim Chief Minister also said that the law and order being a matter of the government of West Bengal, the loss and misery suffered by Sikkim could have been avoided. “The Gorkhaland agitation-related anguish of Sikkim is as old as the agitation itself. Sikkim bound vehicles have been targeted by fringe groups in Siliguri,” it said. “Trucks carrying essential goods, commodities and petroleum products are being ransacked right in the presence of the West Bengal Police, and it has been learnt that in some cases, the West Bengal police itself is overseeing the situation,” it said. The statement also said that people in need of immediate advanced medical care were affected. In addition, the economic development of Sikkim has also been affected. The CM’s statement also said that due to the unrest in the neighbouring state of Bengal, “Sikkim has already borne the loss of over Rs 60,000 crore.” “In the agitation related violence on NH10, Sikkim s only road link with the rest of the nation, over 5,000 vehicles have been vandalised and around 1,300 people (drivers and passengers) killed in the last 32 years of Gorkhaland agitation,” it said. Fresh violence today erupted in Darjeeling hills prompting the West Bengal government to call the Army back on the streets as Gorkhaland supporters torched a police outpost, a toy train station and clashed with the police. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), spearheading the agitation for a separate state carved out of West Bengal, claimed that two youths were killed in police firing and rejected West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s offer of talks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shujath Ali, an Indian Information Service officer, who served as Head of Regional News Unit, Doordarshan Chennai, and held a number of other posts during his decades-long career, retired on June 30. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Podhigai News Unit, an official release said. During his 34-year-long career, Ali, who hails from Hyderabad, held various positions in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He had also served as the Chief Public Relations Officer of the undivided Andhra Pradesh Police, the release said. Ali had a long stint as a Correspondent of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Hyderabad, and also as News Editor at News Services Division, AIR, New Delhi, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, under the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, celebrated seven decades of India-Russia Diplomatic Relations at an event here. The officiating Consul General of the Russian Federation in Mumbai, Sergey Kotlyar was the chief guest on the occasion. Among the eminent speakers at the event held yesterday were Rear Admiral R Vishwanathan, Cmde Swaminathan, Prof Emeritus (MU) Hidadhubli and D R Nasibullin from the consulate, an MDL release said. Cmde Rakesh Anand, CMD, MDL, in his welcome address spoke on the very long association with Russia in the field of defence manufacture. The event also had a cultural show with dances from the different states of India as well as Russian folk dances and ballet and was attended by a large number of guests from Russia, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madhya Pradesh government today suspended Satna Municipal Commissioner Surendra Kathuria, who was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 12 lakh. Kathuria, a State Administrative Service (SAS) officer, was suspended as he was caught accepting the bribe at his official residence yesterday, said an official of the Public Relations department. He was nabbed while taking Rs 12 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh from a nursing home owner, said Divesh Pathak, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Lokayukta. Kathuria had demanded Rs 40 lakh in cash and gold jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh from the complainant for not dismantling parts of the nursing home building, which had allegedly been built illegally, the DSP added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has told Britain that if it does not recognise that the “epicentre” of terrorism lies on India’s west then there is “very little” scope to strengthen the bilateral cooperation. Indian High Commissioner to the UK Y K Sinha, who was speaking at the launch of a new book on India-UK ties titled ‘Winning Partnership: India-UK Relations Beyond Brexit’ in London yesterday said the two countries must look beyond striking a free trade agreement (FTA) and achieve a congruence of views on “core issues”. “A winning partnership needs to be constructive, it is not just about an FTA or cultural links. There is a lot of work to do on areas such as terrorism. For us, Af-Pak Afghanistan-Pakistan is our neighbourhood. The epicentre of terrorism is on our west and if that is not recognised by the UK, then I am afraid there is very little we will be able to do together,” he said. “India has borne the brunt of terrorism for decades and until that is recognised, bilateral cooperation will not lead to too much success,” the senior diplomat noted. Describing the UK’s policy in the Af-Pak region as “to set a thief to catch a thief” by trying to get Pakistan and Afghanistan talking, the Indian envoy added: “It is time to realise where the problem actually lies. It is not just us, other neighbours are also complaining. It is something that has to be recognised and not tip-toed around because if that continues, we will see that epicentre of terrorism thriving”. ‘Winning Partnership’ is a collection of essays by around 24 authors from across the fields of politics, business, finance, strategic affairs and culture on various aspects of the India-UK relationship and its scope as Britain prepares to leave the European Union (EU). “This book is a repository of ideas intended to open a fresh dialogue. In some ways, India and the UK are so comfortable with each other that we are in danger of falling into the trap of becoming more of a transactional relationship. The real challenge is how to convert this into a transformational one and move from a special relationship to a genuinely global one,” said Manoj Ladwa, the founder and CEO of UK-based publisher India Inc. and editor of the book. “The UK today is competing with the rest of the world to grab India s attention. It needs to have a more positive approach to issues like student migration,” added Cobra Beer founder Lord Karan Bilimoria, one of the contributors to the book.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In response to a query regarding the so-called confessional video of Kulbhushan Jadhav and a press release by Pakistan in the matter today, India said that the developments bring out once again the lack of transparency and farcical nature of proceedings against Jadhav on concocted charges, continued violation of his legal and consular rights and an attempt to introduce prejudice in the proceedings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). “Pakistan has never disclosed even to the ICJ Jadhav’s purported appeal to a military tribunal in Pakistan and has effectively prevented his parents from pursuing the appeal and the petition filed by Jadhav’s mother. The details and circumstances of the alleged mercy petition by Jadhav are not clear and even the fact of its existence is doubtful, shrouded as the proceedings against Jadhav have been in opacity,” the government said in a statement.The government added that it had once again demanded earlier this week Consular Access to Mr. Jadhav and reiterated his family’s request for visas.
ALSO READ Full text of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s second confessional video“Manufactured facts cannot alter the reality, and do not detract from the fact that Pakistan is in violation of its international obligation to India and Jadhav. We expect Pakistan to abide by the order of ICJ staying Jadhav’s execution and desist from attempting to influence the ICJ proceedings through false propaganda.India is determined to pursue the matter in ICJ and is confident that justice will be done without being affected in any manner by these unwarranted and misleading steps taken by Pakistan.”
ALSO READ WATCH: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s seeks ‘forgiveness’ his actionsEarlier, Jadhav had submitted second mercy plea to Pakistan Army chief, claimed ISPR. It has also released a confessional video where Kulbhushan Jadhav describes how he was a covert RAW agent and undertook several operations for it. In the video, it is seen that Jadhav confesses to his ‘crimes’ and asks for mercy on compassionate ground. Earlier Jadhav had sent mercy petition to military appellate court which was rejected.The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, claimed that in his plea, Jadhav has “admitted his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities” in Pakistan and “expressed remorse” at the resultant loss of lives and extensive damage to property. “Seeking forgiveness for his actions he has requested the Chief of Army Staff to spare his life on compassionate grounds,” the ISPR said. The statement said that Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, had earlier appealed to the Military Appellate Court which 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. The military also released a “second confessional video”, in which purportedly Jadhav can be seen “accepting his acts of terrorism and espionage”. The Army said it released the video “so that the world should know what India has done and continues to do against Pakistan.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Tamil Nadu government has announced a six month-long celebrations of the birth centenary of AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran with Chief Minister K Palaniswami presiding over it. The events will culminate in a “grand celebration” scheduled in Chennai in January next year, the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) said. A series of events have been scheduled starting June 30 to December 30, before the “grand” valedictory slated in January, it said. Palaniswami had earlier invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the valedictory of the birth centenary celebrations of Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR, a former chief minister and a Bharat Ratna recipient. Interestingly, former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, leading the AIADMK’s rival Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction, has also invited Modi for the birth centenary celebrations of Ramachandran, tentatively scheduled in October.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today quizzed Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia for “clarifications” in connection with a preliminary enquiry against him related to alleged irregularities in the “Talk to AK” campaign. The agency had asked Sisodia for a convenient time and place for an interaction. The AAP leader is understood to have called a CBI team at his residence today, sources said. The sleuths kept “seeking clarifications” for over six hours at his residence, they said. The CBI sources said a similar exercise had already been carried out with other people linked to the campaign including Dilip Cherian, the head of well-known public relations company Perfect Relations. A message sent to Cherian seeking his reaction remained unanswered. The CBI had registered the PE in January on the basis of a complaint filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government. The sources said no search or raid was conducted at the premises of Sisodia. According to rules, no search or raid can be carried out under a PE. The vigilance plaint had alleged the Delhi government had hired a consultant of Perfect Relations to promote the “Talk to AK” campaign and a proposal of Rs 1.5 crore was prepared for this purpose. AK stands for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. It alleged that despite objections from the principal secretary, the government went ahead with the proposal and the consultant spent the money thereby creating a liability for the government. The sources said the CBI had registered the PE to probe these allegations and is looking into the alleged role of Sisodia and others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistan Army today released a video purportedly showing “destruction” caused by it to the Indian military posts across the Line of Control, the second such video in two weeks amidst a flare-up in border tensions. The 27-second video was released a day after it claimed to have killed five Indian soldiers while retaliating to India’s “unprovoked ceasefire violation” in Tatta Pani sector along the LoC. Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor posted the video on twitter in the wee hours today. “Video clip showing destruction of Indian posts on LOC by Pak Army in response to unprovoked Indian firing on innocent citizens,” he said in a brief statement with the video. This is the second time in two weeks when Pakistan army released such a video. On May 24, it released a video purportedly showing heavy damage caused to the Indian posts across the LoC, in a tit- for-tat action after the Indian Army released a clip of the “punitive fire assaults” on Pakistani positions. Yesterday, Army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) claimed to have killed five Indian soldiers and destroyed Indian bunkers in the firing. No further details of the cross-border exchange of fire were provided by the Pakistan Army. Yesterday, the Indian Army said that a woman was injured when the Pakistani Army violated ceasefire twice in two sectors of Poonch district by firing mortar shells on forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC, prompting Indian troops to retaliate. There are strains in ties between India and Pakistan over cross-border terror attacks in India and the death sentence of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court on spying charges.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistan Army today released a video purportedly showing destruction caused to the Indian military posts across the Line of Control. The 27-second video was released a day after it claimed to have killed five Indian soldiers while retaliating to India’s “unprovoked ceasefire violation” in Tatta Pani sector along the LoC. Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor posted the video on twitter in the wee hours today. “Video clip showing destruction of Indian posts on LOC by Pak Army in response to unprovoked Indian firing on innocent citizens,” he said in a brief statement with the video. This is the second time in two weeks when Pakistan army released such a video. On May 24, it released a video purportedly showing heavy damage caused to the Indian posts across the LoC, in a tit- for-tat action after the Indian Army released a clip of the “punitive fire assaults” on Pakistani positions. Yesterday, Army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) claimed to have killed five Indian soldiers and destroyed Indian bunkers in the firing. No further details of the cross-border exchange of fire were provided by the Pakistan Army. Yesterday, the Indian Army said that a woman was injured when the Pakistani Army violated ceasefire twice in two sectors of Poonch district by firing mortar shells on forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC, prompting Indian troops to retaliate.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Officers’ Mess Road in the city’s Chanakyapuri area now has a new name – Alexander M Kadakin Marg – with the NDMC passing a resolution to rename it after the former Russian Ambassador to India who passed away in January. The decision by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) at an emergent meeting, comes a day after the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in St Petersburg while issuing a joint statement with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Officers’ Mess Road is located near Army Battle Honours Mess in Chanakyapuri connecting Sardar Patel Marg with San Martin Marg. “To cherish the memory of Alexander Kadakin, (July 22, 1949 January 26, 2017) NDMC has renamed after him an important road in Delhi’s diplomatic area. He was born in Russia but his ‘Karma-Bhoomi’ was India, where he served as ambassador from 2009 until his last breath in January this year,” a senior NDMC official said. “This road shall bear testimony of great diplomatic bond between two great old friend nations Russia and India. The renaming is in honour of the ties between the two countries,” he added. Hailing Ambassador Kadakin and his contribution to India-Russia ties, Modi had yesterday said that the late diplomat was a “glorious son of Russia and a great friend of India”. “A street in Delhi has been named after Ambassador Kadakin,” Modi said addressing a joint press event with Putin. Kadakin, 67, a fluent Hindi-speaking career diplomat considered a close friend of India, passed away in Delhi in January this year after a brief illness. He was serving as Russia’s ambassador to India since 2009 and was credited with playing a significant role in promotion of relations between the two countries. Kadakin began his diplomatic career as a third secretary at the Russian Embassy in India in 1972. He held the position of the Head of the Russian diplomatic mission in New Delhi from November 2009. Kadakin was born in Chisnau in the then USSR on July 22, 1949. He graduated with honours from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1972.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the Indian Army released video footage of Pakistani army posts being hit across the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistani Air Force fighter jets flew near the Siachen Glacier on Wednesday.The Indian Air Force (IAF) downplayed the developments, saying there was no violation of Indian air space.Reports in Pakistani press said that PAF chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman flew a Mirage from the Skardu air base in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) close to Kargil.”We cannot comment on what Pakistan is doing. All we can say is that Indian air space was not violated,” said air force sources in New Delhi.The PAF is holding war exercises with their fighter jet squadrons, according to news reports.Days after IAF chief BS Dhanoa wrote to his senior officers asking them to be ready for battle at a short notice, his Pakistani counterpart on Wednesday sounded a warning to India saying that any misadventure by the enemy will be remembered by their generations.Dhanoa in his letter had also touched upon sub conventional threats, a possible reference to terror strikes backed by Pakistani forces.According to Pakistani news reports, all forward operating bases of PAF were made fully operational after the Indian action across LoC destroying army posts aiding terrorist infiltration. “The nation should not worry about the enemy’s statements,” Pakistan Air Chief Aman was quoted by news reports.Pakistan also claimed that Indian forces targeted a UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) vehicle along the LoC in Khanjar sector. The vehicle was carrying UNMOGIP officers and had a blue flag as per protocol. Both officers returned safely to their locations.After the Indian Army’s announcement on Tuesday of targeting Pakistan army camps earlier this months, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of Pakistan armed forces also released a video claiming similar action by their army in which Indian Army posts were damaged in Naushera sector.Indian Army sources denied that there was any action on May 13.Indian Army said on Tuesday that in a punitive assault, Pakistani army posts were targeted on May 9, acting on specific input that terrorist infiltration was being aided from these locations.The Indian Army has said that infiltration attempts by Pakistani terrorists are likely to increase in the summer. In view of the heightened threat, the Indian Army is making efforts to dominate locations close to LoC. Pakistani posts and terror launchpads aiding infiltration of terrorists are being targeted and destroyed to deny advantage to terrorists thus curbing infiltration attempts.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Army sources on Wednesday said the Pakistan armed forces claim that they had destroyed Indian Army posts in Jammu and Kashmir in retaliatory firing is fake. The sources said all Indian Army border posts have walls thick enough to to withhold fire of recoiless gun.Rejecting the Pakistan Army’s video showing damage being caused to Indian border posts, the army sources further stated that the impact of an IED blast is usually felt from below the structure and not from the explosion from artillery fire.They also claimed that the video has clear visibility of editing marks, and therefore, must be deemed to be unreliable and incorrect.
ALSO READ J&K: Pakistani posts across LoC destroyed in ‘punitive assault’The response came a day after the Pakistan Army denied claims by the Indian Army that the latter had carried out an ‘operation’ on Pakistani posts along the Line of Control (LoC).The video Pakistan claims is ‘proof'”Indian claims of destroying Pakistani post along LoC in Naushera Sector and firing by Pakistan Army on civilians across LoC are false,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.Indian Army had claimed that it had recently carried out “punitive fire assaults” on Pakistan’s posts in the Nowshera sector along the LoC in a bid to prevent “infiltrators” from entering India, Hindustan Times had reported earlier.”Pakistani Army has been providing full support to infiltrators by engaging Indian Army posts,” Major General Ashok Narula said at a media briefing. Major General Narula further claimed that damage had been caused to the posts in question and added that the purpose of the Indian army’s ‘engagement’ was to “bring down the number of terrorists in Kashmir so that local youth are not encouraged to take up arms”.However, Pakistan military’s media wing denied all claims made by the Indian Army, saying: “On the contrary, Indian Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation, including heavy mortar and artillery fire on civil population in Bhimber Sector on May 13, which resulted in civilian casualties and damages to civil infrastructure.”In the wake of the alleged Indian aggression, Pakistan Army claimed that “a befitting and stern response was mounted on Indian posts causing substantial losses to military men and material”.The ISPR released their own video clip, also heavily edited, to substantiate their claim.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake a three-nation tour of Germany, Spain and Russia from May 29 with an aim of consolidating the relations with these countries and invite investments to India.The visit to Germany and Spain will be bilateral in nature while the trip to St Petersburg in Russia is in connection with the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) to be held from June 1-3, sources told PTI here today.The SPIEF, which will be attended by thousands of business leaders from across the globe, will provide Modi an opportunity to invite investments in India. On the sidelines of the SPIEF, the Prime Minister is expected to have talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to review the state of bilateral relations and ways to push the ties further, the sources said.Matters related to trade and investment, defence and nuclear cooperation are expected to figure in the talks. India and Russia are currently in talks over finalisation of the General Framework Agreement (GFA) for units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu but it is not clear yet whether it would be signed during the visit.In Germany, the first stopover of the five-day three- nation tour, the Prime Minister will hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and discuss ways to take the Strategic Relations to the next level by mainly enhancing the business ties. This will be his second visit to Germany in two years. Earlier, he had paid an official visit to the country in April 2015 when India was the ‘Partner Country’ in the annual Hannover Fair.Merkel had subsequently visited India in October in the same year. On May 31, the Prime Minister will be in Spain where his focus will be on seeking cooperation in sectors like infrastructure and energy, the sources said.After return from the three-nation tour, Modi will be travelling to Kazakhstan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet to be held in Astana on June 7-8.Significantly, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also expected to attend the Summit of the SCO, a grouping which includes Russia, China, Kazakshstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.He will also be travelling to the US and Israel, for which dates are being finalised.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today summoned Afghanistan’s Deputy Head of Mission to the Foreign Office here and lodged a “strong protest” over detention of its diplomats in Kabul. Foreign Office said in a statement that the officials were detained in Kabul reportedly by the Afghan security agencies. “The Afghan DHM was conveyed that the incident was a clear violation of the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations (1961) and against the spirit of the brotherly relations between the two countries,” it said in a statement. It was emphasized that such incidents undermined the constructive engagement which the two countries envisaged for strengthening of bilateral ties, according to the statement. “We urge the Afghan Government to take immediate steps to ensure the security and safety of our diplomatic personnel and premises and to ensure that such incident do not take place in future,” the statement read. No further information has been provided about the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Southern Railways’ Palakkad division today faced the ransomware cyberattack with 23 of its 500 computers getting affected by ‘WannaCry’ virus, but its reservation and ticketing services escaped the attack. In a press release, the Railways tonight said “the virus threat was found in 23 out of about 500 computer systems available in various departments of the office.” The affected computers ceased to function, displaying the warning that “unless specified ransom money is paid in bit-coins made in the address stipulated within the prescribed time limit, the whole data stored in the systems was bound to be destroyed.” As most of the affected systems were located in the personnel department which deals with staff matters, data loss would be limited to particulars of Railway staff, like appointments, transfers, promotions, seniority, it said. All this data had already been backed up in the main server and also in hard copies available in files and so their loss would only be a temporary one for the division. The lost data would be retrieved from the server in due course, the release added. The Railways use different networking system for Reservation of tickets, management of goods movement, coach regulation and crew deployment and as such there is no security threat to any of these systems, Palakkad division Public Relations Officer M K Gopinath said in the release. Computers in two panchayat offices in Wayanad and Pathanamthitta districts too were disabled yesterday in the cyberattack. Four computers at Thariyathodu panchayat in Wayanad and two computers at Aruvappulam panchayat in Pathanamthitta district were hit, but no major damage was caused, the police said. Over the weekend, global ransomware WannaCry has hit systems in over 150 countries, including Russia and UK, in one of the most widespread cyberattacks in the history.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of India’s top lawyers Harish Salve charged only Re 1 as the fee to fight India’s case at the International Court of Justice against the death penalty given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court. This was disclosed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj late last night in response to a tweet by one Sanjeev Goyal, who said India could have got any good lawyer with much less fee than what Salve must have charged for fighting the case. “Not fair. #HarishSalve has charged us Rs. 1/- as his fee for this case (sic),” Swaraj tweeted. Salve was India’s lead attorney at the ICJ hearing the case of Indian national Jadhav. India has petitioned the ICJ, urging that it immediately suspend Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at ICJ. Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav was an agent of India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). India has denied that he has any connection with the government. The ICJ yesterday heard arguments of both India and Pakistan. On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by repeatedly denying it consular access to Jadhav. India, in its appeal, has asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he was doing business after he retired from the Indian Navy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Pakistan crossed swords at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case with New Delhi demanding the immediate suspension of his death sentence and Islamabad accusing it of using the world body as a stage for “political theatre” through a “misconceived” plea.The two neighbours — who last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft — India took the Jadhav case to the world court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a “farcical trial” for convicting Jadhav without a “shred of evidence”.After hearing the arguments of the two sides, the court said it will issue its order on India’s request for provisional measures “as soon as possible”.
ALSO READ Sushma Swaraj just revealed how much Harish Salve is charging to defend Kulbhushan Jadhav at ICJ”The date on which this order will be delivered at a public sitting will be duly communicated to the parties,” the court said.India demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the ICJ was over.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Highlights of Pakistan’s argument at International Court of JusticeHowever, Pakistan asserted that Jadhav’s execution was not imminent, saying that a time frame of 150 days is provided for seeking clemency and in Jadhav’s case even if it started on April 10, 2017, the date of his conviction, the period could extend to well beyond August, 2017.India made a forceful submission as the ICJ began hearing the case of the 46-year-old former Navy officer who was arrested on March 3 last year and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav’s human rights thrown to the wind by Islamabad: India slams Pakistan at ICJ”Jadhav has not got the right to get proper legal assistance and the right to consular access. There is an immediate threat to him to be executed even before a decision is passed,” joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Deepak Mittal told the court in his opening remarks.Representing India, lead attorney Harish Salve said, “The execution of the death sentence cannot be done while this court is hearing the appeal. Else, it will be a violation of the Vienna Convention.”Following India’s arguments, Pakistan, in its submission before the UN’s highest judicial body, said India’s application on Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities last month, was “unnecessary and misconceived” and must be dismissed.India has seen it fit to use the International Court of Justice as a stage for “political theatre” but “we will not respond in kind”, Mohammad Faisal of the Pakistan Foreign Office said in his opening remarks in response to India’s submissions earlier in the day.Vienna Convention provisions on consular access were not intended for a “spy” involved in terror activities, Pakistan asserted. The ICJ also denied permission to Pakistan to play a purported “confessional” video of Jadhav at the public hearing here. Later, after the hearings, Salve told a TV channel that the ICJ denying permission to Pakistan to play the “confessional” video was a setback to it.Representing Pakistan, lawyer Khawar Qureshi said India has sought to persuade this court that Pakistan intends to execute Jadhav within days. “Simply by referring to the clemency process available as a right to Commander Jadhav. A period of 150 days is provided for in this regard which even if (it) started on April 10, 2017, which is the date of conviction at first instance, could extend to well beyond August 2017.”There is also of course the potential for the writ petition of the High Court to be invoked as we believe India must be well aware,” he said.Earlier, Salve said Pakistan had denied India its 16 requests for consular access.”The graver the charges, the greater the need for continued adherence of the Vienna Convention. Jadhav has been in judicial custody without any communication with his family,” he said.The rights of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations are sacrosanct, Salve said, citing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) that recognises that no one can be arbitrarily be deprived of their lives.India had not been given the copy of the charges filed against Jadhav, Salve said. “The need for a wholesome compliance is greater when charges are serious. We want appropriate legal representation for Kulbhushan Jadhav,” he said.Not just had all requests for consular access fallen on “deaf ears”, the trial was conducted without providing Jadhav his rights. Pakistan did not even respond to Jadhav’s mother’s pleas to see her son, India told the court. Human rights treated as “basics” all over had been thrown to the wind by Pakistan and the trial had been vitiated, India argued.Though Pakistan says Jadhav has the right to appeal, two-star generals will hear his mercy plea, Salve stressed, questioning the impartiality of the process. India asserted that it wants the ICJ to annul Jadhav’s death sentence and for Pakistan to ensure that no action is taken that may prejudice the rights of India or of Jadhav.On India invoking the Vienna Convention, Qureshi said, “The Vienna convention article 36 which adopted to set up standards of conduct particularly concerning communications and contact with nationals of the sending state which would contribute to the development of the friendly relations among nations…the observation we made immediately is this is unlikely to apply in the context of a spy, terrorist send by a state to engage in acts of terror.”Faisal, in his submission before the court, claimed that India had been unable or “perhaps more accurately unwilling to provide” an explanation for Jadhav’s passport which has a Muslim name on it.”We submit that India’s silence is telling. Indeed. India could and should have responded to a letter of request dated January 23, 2017, seeking India’s assistance to investigate the criminal activity and links with people of India which commander Jadhav has revealed,” he said.Instead, India appears to have been in hyperdrive mode to brief its press that Jadhav took early retirement and was kidnapped in Iran from where he was brought to Pakistan to give a false confession presumably, Faisal alleged.Jadhav, the latest flash point in the tensions between Pakistan and India, was sentenced last month. On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. On May 9, the highest court in the UN gave Jadhav a lease of life.India, in its appeal to the ICJ, had asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy. India denies that he has any connection with the government.Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Harish Salve, who fought India’s case at the International Court of Justice against the death penalty given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, has charged Re 1 as fee, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. “Not fair. #HarishSalve has charged us Rs. 1/- as his fee for this case (sic),” Swaraj tweeted. Her tweet came in response to a tweet by one Sanjeev Goyal, who said India could have got any good lawyer with much less fee than what Salve must have charged for fighting the case. Salve was India’s lead attorney at the ICJ hearing the case of Indian national Jadhav. India has petitioned the ICJ, urging that it immediately suspend Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at ICJ. Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav was an agent of India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). India has denied that he has any connection with the government. The ICJ today heard arguments of both India and Pakistan. On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by repeatedly denying it consular access to Jadhav. India, in its appeal, has asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he was doing business after he retired from the Indian Navy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The cremation of Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao, who passed away on Saturday after a brief illness, was held at Lodhi Crematorium in Delhi on Monday afternoon. The last rites were performed by Mrs. Smita Prakash the daughter of Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao in the presence of his son-in-law Mr. Sanjiv Prakash, members of the family, friends and well wishers. Mr. Rao had an illustrious career spanning over six decades in which he held several key appoints with Government of India and the civil stream. He superannuated from the government from the top position of Principal Information Officer, Government of India, and went on to hold many advisory positions. He was, presently, Editor (Print) Asian News International. A large number of people, from various walks of life, who had known Mr. Rao, or had worked with him, came to pay homage to him. Among those present were top bureaucrats, political leaders from all parties, analysts, intellectuals and friends who had been associated with him. Others used the medium of Twitter to pay their homage to the departed soul and forward their messages of condolences. ?Shocked to learn about the demise of Sri Ram Mohan Rao Fmr PIO, PIB . A visionary in Govt communication, huge loss for IIS service. RIP,? tweeted Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. ?Saddened by the demise of former PIO, PIB Sri Ram Mohan Rao. Stellar communicator and a warm human being. Condolences to the family,? tweeted Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. ?Saddened by demise of Sh.Ramamohan Rao who served as a journalist & communicator for over 60yrs & also Media Adviser to 4 fmr. PMs @ANI_news,? tweeted Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel. “The passing away of Shri I. Ramamohan Rao is a huge loss to the Indian Information Service fraternity,” she added. Gandhi said the Congress Party stands in grief with the family of Mr. Rao. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” she added. ?A veteran of the Indian Information Service, Ramamohan Raoji rose to the pinnacle of his career& embodied the best values of his profession. A former PIO to GoI, he worked with four Prime Ministers including my father. My sincere condolences on his passing,? said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Mr. Rao joined the Press Information Bureau (PIB) in 1956. A large part of career was with the Defence Public Relations Organisation (DPRO) wherein, he was totally involved in the Indo-China War 1962 and Indo-Pakistan Wars of 1965 and 1971. He was also closely associated with the efforts of the government to build the defence structure of the country and Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence, was actively involved in path-breaking events like the 1982 Asiad Games, The Non-Aligned Summit in 1983 and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet in Delhi. He also served in the Information Division of the Research and Analysis Wing at a time when the organisation was new and finding its roots and headed the News Service Division of the All India Radio during the turbulent years, which saw the Blue Star Operation and the period after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. He was the head of the Indian Information Service for seven years before his superannuation in 1992. During this period, he had the unique distinction of being Principal Information Officer and official spokesperson to four Prime Ministers, Rajiv Gandhi, VP Singh, Chandrashekar and PV Narasimha Rao. Post superannuation Mr. Rao held many advisory positions with various state governments and institutions but after the Kargil War he dedicated his energy towards interaction and mentoring of young journalists at Asian News International(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to begin its hearing over the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by Pakistan on charges of being an Indian spy. Here is a detailed timeline of the important developments in the matter of Jadhav so far: 15 May 2017: The ICJ to hear the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav as India and Pakistan presents their argument in the trial. 9 May 2017: The 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.” 8 May 2017: India moved 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. 26 April 2017: Pakistan denied India?s 16th request for consular access to Jadhav. 10 April 2017: Pakistan 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. 6 January 2017: Pakistan announced that it has submitted a dossier to the new United Nations’ Secretary General Antonio Guterres over Indian interference in Islamabad, which was aimed at “destabilizing” the nation. 7 December 2016: Pakistan Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz confirms that conclusive evidence against Kulbhushan has not been found. Pakistan Foreign Ministry released a statement the same day stating that the statement attributed to the Adviser is incorrect. 25 March 2016: Indian authorities are notified about Jadhav?s arrest in a press release. 3 March 2016: Kulbhushan Jadhav, retired navy officer accused to be an Indian Intelligence agency RAW’s operative was arrested in Balochistan. ENDS AM/mp NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid border tension, Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa today toured some areas along the Line of Control, two weeks after a similar visit which was followed by the beheading of two Indian soldiers. Bajwa visited troops deployed along the LoC in Nikial sector, Pakistan Army’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. He was briefed about the ground situation by a commander. “He (Bajwa) appreciated high state of operational readiness, effective response to Indian cease fire violations and high morale of troops,” the ISPR said. Bajwa was accompanied by commander Rawalpindi Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza. The LoC has been witnessing exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops for the last several weeks. On May 1, two Indian security personnel were beheaded, a day after Bajwa visited some areas along the LoC and promised support to the Kashmiris. The soldiers killed were Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Infantry and Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of BSF.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The world’s first “ladies special” suburban train today competed 25 years and the Western Railway (WR), which started the service, termed it as a “milestone” in its long journey. The WR started the maiden train exclusively for women commuters on May 5, 1992. It was first such train service in the world. The service, started between Churchgate and Borivali and later extended to Virar, was well-received by the commuters, who were till then forced to travel in cramped regular ladies compartments, an official said. Since then, the train has been serving thousands of women commuters daily. Terming the train as a “milestone” in its eventful journey, the WR, which came into existence on November 5, 1951, said it was a boon for women commuters. “The 1990s saw immense industrial and commercial growth towards the southern side of Mumbai and also an increase in number of working women. “The ladies special came as a boon for women who could commute more comfortably and safely,” said Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer of the WR. At present, the WR operates eight ladies special services daily, divided equally during the morning and evening peak hours between the Up and Down lines. Bhakar said the WR is committed towards ensuring safe journey for women passengers. “The Western Railway has installed CCTV cameras in almost 60 ladies coaches. A new security measure, talk-back system, was introduced as a pilot project this year on the occasion of International Women’s Day. “Under the system, any lady commuter can directly contact the train guard in case of an emergency,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 13 persons, including six children, drowned in a stream near Guntakal in Anantapuramu district of Andhra Pradesh as the dinghy they were riding in capsized this evening. Three girls from the group swam to safety while one boy is still missing. To add to the tragedy, a swimmer suffered a heart attack and died while trying to rescue the victims, the police said. The victims were related to each other and some of them belonged to the same family. Seven women were killed in the accident. The government would pay an ex-gratia of Rs three lakh and Rs one lakh each to the kin of adult victims and children, respectively, Andhra Pradesh Information and Public Relations Minister Kalva Srinivasulu said here. Bodies of the deceased were fished out and taken to Guntakal hospital for autopsy. Steps would be taken to prevent such mishaps in future, the minister said. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed grief over the incident. Naidu spoke to the Anantapuramu district collector and the superintendent of police. Overcrowding was suspected to be the cause of the accident, police said. The incident occurred at Yerra Timmaraju Vagu near Guntakal when over 17 persons, who had come to a function in the village this afternoon, took the dinghy for a ride in the stream. They didn’t take local fishermen who operate these dinghies with them as the relatives wanted to go in a group, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India on Wednesday shrugged off former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsaan?s claim that New Delhi and Afghanistan intelligence agencies gave funds and other assistance to Pakistani Taliban militants to fight Islamabad. ?India attaches no credibility to the claims made by an alleged former TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsaan,? sources told ANI. In a video released by Pakistan military?s media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Ehsaan claimed that he and his accomplices had links with India?s Research and Analysis Wing, reports the Express Tribune. ?My name is Liaquat Ali, aka Ehsanullah Ehsan and I belong to the Mohmand Agency. I joined the TTP in 2008,? he said. ?They the TTP leadership got their Indian support, their funding and took money for every activity they did. They pushed the TTP soldiers on the front lines to fight against the Pakistan Army and went into hiding themselves,? he added. Asserting that TTP had taken help from RAW, Ehsan said, ?When they started taking help from India and RAW, I told Umar Khalid Khorasani TTP commander that we?re supporting the kuffar non-believers and helping them kill our own people in our own country.? ?He Khorasani said, ?Even if Israel agrees to fund me to spread terror in Pakistan, I will take their help?? At that point, I had figured out that the TTP leadership was functioning to serve its own self-interest and agendas?These terrorist organisations have their committees in Afghanistan through which they communicate with NDS and through it RAW. NDS gave them documents Afghan IDs so that they can easily move around in Afghanistan,? he said. Last week, Ehsan had surrendered to the security forces, ISPR Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madhya Pradesh will be awarded with Centre’s Krishi Karman Award for 2015-16 for wheat production, an official said today. “Centre has announced to confer on Madhya Pradesh the prestigious Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 for the fifth consecutive year. MP will receive the award under category – wheat production,” a Public Relations department officer said. “MP wheat production in 2015-16 stood at 184.10 lakh tonnes as against 171.03 lakh tonnes in 2014-15, a rise of 7.64 per cent. Wheat productivity grew to 3,115 kilograms per hectare in the state, which was was 2,850 kgs per hectare last year,” he said. As honour, the state government will receive a trophy, citation letter and a cash reward of Rs 2 crore, he said. In addition, the cash reward of Rs 2 lakh and a citation letter will be handed over to a woman and a male farmer as ‘best wheat producer’. Meanwhile, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has congratulated all farmers, officers of the agriculture department and organisations connected with agriculture development.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The East Central Railway zone has converted 29 unmanned crossings into manned ones during the last financial year, which also saw improvement in punctuality of trains running. The ECR also closed 10 unmanned crossings having low traffic pressure and built ROB (Rail Over Bridge) at three other places, ECR General Manager D K Gayen said addressing the 62nd Railway week celebration. ECR comprises five divisions including Danapur, Sonepur, Mughalsarai, Dhanbad and Samastipur. DRM of all divisions along with other senior officials were present at the function conducted by Chief Public Relations Officer Arvind Kumar Rajak. The ECR GM said that the zone with headquarters at Hajipur, which came into existence 14 years ago, earned Rs 2604.28 crore from passenger fair in 2016-17, which is 7.18 per cent more than earned in 2015-16. There was improvement in trains punctuality too, he said. In terms of Mail Express trains 1.29 per cent improvement was registered in timely running while it was 9.28 per cent for passenger trains as compared to 2015-16. Dhanbad division was declared the winner in overall performance while Danapur and Mughalsarai held the second positions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Parliament on Tuesday is expected to be rocked with the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav- the Indian national sentenced to death by Pakistan on charges of being a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) spy. The Congress is set to raise the matter in the Lok Sabha today, along with the burning issue of Kashmir unrest. India on Monday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and issued a demarche against Pakistani military court for awarding death sentence to Jadhav. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the Indian High Commission in Islamabad was not even informed about Jadhav’s trial in the court. The ministry added that the subsequent presence of Jadhav, who was kidnapped last year from Iran, has never been explained credibly by the Pakistani authorities. “The proceedings that have led to the sentence against Jadhav are farcical in the absence of any credible evidence against him. Senior Pakistani figures have themselves cast doubt about the adequacy of the evidence,” an official release stated. “The claim in the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) release that Jadhav was provided with a defending officer during the so-called trial is clearly absurd in the circumstances,” it added. The Ministry said the Indian Government, through its High Commission in Islamabad, repeatedly sought consular access to Jadhav, as provided for by the international law. “Requests to that effect were formally made 13 times between March 25, 2016 and March 31, 2017. This was not permitted by the Pakistani authorities,” it said. “If this sentence against an Indian citizen, awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice, is carried out, the Government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder,” it read. Earlier, Jadhav was given the death sentence by the Pakistan Military, its media wing the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016 through an operation in Balochistan’s Mashkel area for his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan, the ISPR said. “The spy was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence. Today Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence awarded by FGCM,” the ISPR said. Jadhav was “tried by FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and Section 3 of official Secret Act of 1923,” ISPR said. The accused had been “provided with a defending officer as per legal provisions,” the ISPR said. Meanwhile, Amnesty International has blasted Pakistan military court system for awarding of death sentence to Jadhav. In a strongly worded statement, Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director of Amnesty International said in New Delhi that military courts are an inherently abusive system that are best left to deal with issues of military discipline, not any other crime. Earlier in March 2016, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the former Indian naval officer was arrested by Pakistan for allegedly engaging in subversive activities was possibly kidnapped from Iran and denied any possibilities of him being involved in subversive activities in Pakistan. The accused, used to run a business in the Iranian port city of Chabahar. He was seen in a video confessing that he was an official of RAW.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India today decided not to release about a dozen Pakistani prisoners, who were to be repatriated on Wednesday, hours after Pakistani army chief approved the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for alleged “espionage and sabotage” activities.The government feels that it is not the right time for the release of Pakistani prisoners, official sources said here. The prisoners were to be released as part of the practice by India and Pakistan to repatriate nationals lodged in each other’s jail after they complete their sentence. The death sentence to Jadhav, 46, was confirmed by Pakistan army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa after the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) found him guilty of “all the charges”, said the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in Rawalpindi.Angered by the development, India today said it will regard as “premeditated murder” if Pakistan carries out the death sentence “without observing basic norms of law and justice”. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit and issued a strongly-worded demarche.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) V.K. Singh on Monday avoided commenting on the death sentence given to an alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court and said that he would put forth his views only after a through probe into the matter. ?Let complete probe happen. Then we can comment and act accordingly,? said the former army chief. Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016 through an operation in Balochistan’s Mashkel area for his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan, the Inter?Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Jadhav was “tried by FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and Section 3 of official Secret Act of 1923,” ISPR added. Later Jadhav confessed before a magistrate that he was tasked by Indian spy agency Research and Analysis wing to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities seeking to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan through impeding the efforts of law enforcement agencies for the restoration of peace in Balochistan and Karachi. Earlier in March 2016, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the former Indian naval officer was arrested by Pakistan for allegedly engaging in subversive activities was possibly kidnapped from Iran and denied any possibilities of him being involved in subversive activities in Pakistan. ‘Kulbhushan Yadav’, the accused, used to run a business in the Iranian port city of Chabahar. He was seen in a video confessing that he was an official of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency. “The government categorically rejects allegations that this individual was involved in subversive activities in Pakistan at our behest. Our enquiries reveal that he apparently was being harassed while operating a legitimate business from Iran. While we probe this aspect further, his presence now in Pakistan raises questions, including the possibility of his abduction from Iran,” the ministry had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today decided not to release about a dozen Pakistani prisoners, who were to be repatriated on Wednesday, hours after Pakistani army chief approved the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for alleged “espionage and sabotage” activities. The government feels that it is not the right time for the release of Pakistani prisoners, official sources said here. The prisoners were to be released as part of the practice by India and Pakistan to repatriate nationals lodged in each other’s jail after they complete their sentence. The death sentence to Jadhav, 46, was confirmed by Pakistan army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa after the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) found him guilty of “all the charges”, said the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in Rawalpindi. Angered by the development, India today said it will regard as “premeditated murder” if Pakistan carries out the death sentence “without observing basic norms of law and justice”. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit and issued a strongly-worded demarche.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Defence expert Brigadier (Retd.) Anil Gupta on Monday lashed out at Islamabad after a Pakistan military court sentenced to death Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav arrested last year on charges of spying and said this development is a gross violation of international law and all international convention. Stating that Pakistan has got a properly elected civil government, Brigadier (Retd.) Gupta said the trial of an Indian national by the Pakistan military court is, therefore, highly illegal. ?Secondly, Pakistan has so far been denying that there is no evidence against Jadhav and all of a sudden they have announced death sentence,? he added. Brigadier (Retd.) Gupta further said that if the Pakistan Army, which was investigating the case, had some evidence then they should have brought that evidence to the public domain and then had him tried by a civil court in the country. ?So, all these things put together it is very evident that all these things have been done clandestinely to prove to the world and India that Pakistan can do whatever it wants. It does not respect any international law and conventions,? Brigadier (Retd.) Gupta told ANI. ?India must react very very strongly to it and tell Pakistan that it is unacceptable to us. It is a cross violation of international law and all international convention,? he added. Jadhav has been given the death sentence by the Pakistan Military, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan said in a statement. Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, through an operation in Balochistan’s Mashkel area for his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan, the ISPR said. “The spy was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence. Today Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence awarded by FGCM,” the ISPR said. Jadhav was “tried by FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and Section 3 of official Secret Act of 1923,” the ISPR said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav today stressed on the need for engineering officials to leverage the technological advancements to ensure safety. Yadav, who reviewed the performance of engineering department over the zone with senior divisional engineering officers from various divisions here, asked them to leverage the technological advancements and ensure perfect track conditions and accord highest priority to the safety of train services. He also undertook review of the various aspects pertaining to traffic facility works, track renewals, track machine progress, progress of bridges, elimination of level crossing gates, water conservation, rain water harvesting and passenger amenities works on all Divisions, SCR Chief Public Relations Officer M Umashankar Kumar said in a release.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Nepal today agreed for further studies and discussions on updating and reviewing some of the bilateral agreements including the crucial Peace and Friendship Treaty signed in 1950. This was decided at the third meeting of the India-Nepal Eminent Persons’ Group which concluded here today. During the two-day meeting, the Nepalese and Indian sides held extensive talks on the treaty and on several bilateral issues, former Nepalese ambassador to India and leader of the Nepalese team Bhesh Bahadur Thapa said. The 1950 treaty is a bilateral treaty between Nepal and India for establishing a close strategic relationship. The meeting mainly dwelt on three areas: Nepal India cooperation in water resources, ways to reducing Nepal’s huge trade deficit with India and the 1950 treaty. “During the meeting, the entire gamut of Nepal-India ties were discussed,” Thapa said. Bhagat Singh Koshyari-led Indian team took a positive note of Nepal’s proposal regarding updating and reviewing some of the clauses of the 1950 treaty in the changed regional and global context, Thapa said. “The remaining issues will be discussed during the fourth meeting of the group scheduled for May 29-31 in Dehradun,” he said, adding that issues like regulating the open India-Nepal border and controlling illegal activities there were also discussed. Those attended the meeting included Thapa, Nilamber Acharya, Rajan Bhattarai and Surya Nath Upadhyay from the Nepalese side, and Koshyari, Jayant Prasad, BC Upreti and Mahendra P Lama from the Indian side. The Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India Relations (EPG-NIR) is a joint mechanism consisting experts and intellectuals from Nepal and India that was set up in February last year to provide necessary suggestions to update all existing bilateral treaties and agreements. Its first meeting was held in Kathmandu in July and second meeting in New Delhi in October last year. The EPG is supposed to submit its recommendations to the respective governments in July next year when its two-year tenure completes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The third meeting of the India-Nepal Eminent Persons’ Group began today in the Nepalese capital which will discuss various bilateral issues including the revision of the crucial Peace and Friendship Treaty signed in 1950. The 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship is a bilateral treaty between Nepal and India establishing a close strategic relationship between both countries. Those who are attending the two-day meeting includes, Bhekh Bahadur Thapa, Nilamber Acharya, Rajan Bhattarai and Surya Nath Upadhyay from the Nepali side, and Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Jayant Prasad, BC Upreti and Mahendra P Lama from the Indian side. The Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India Relations (EPG-NIR) is a joint mechanism consisting experts and intellectuals from Nepal and India that was set up in February last year to provide necessary suggestions to update all existing bilateral treaties and agreements between the two countries. Its first meeting was held in Kathmandu in July and second meeting in New Delhi in October last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh, the Aligarh Muslim University?s students union has written to the vice chancellor complaining meat going missing from the mess menu. Previously, meat would be served twice a week, but now students are claiming that only vegetarian food is being served throughout the week. Faizul Hasan, president of the AMU Students? Union, told ANI that the menu change may also lead to an increase in dining fees. ?There haven?t been any meat dishes for the past six to seven days. The biggest problem in this is that it may lead to an increase in dining charges. Chicken prices have gone up from Rs. 120 to Rs. 220 per kilogram, vegetable prices have also increased. Students from middle and lower-middle classes may suffer due to this,? Hasan said. Hasan further said that a meeting between the 19 provosts of different halls and the Dean of Students? Welfare will discuss the issue soon. ?We are also thinking of writing a letter to the Chief Minister, asking him to solve the problems of those who have lost their livelihood after the crackdown on slaughterhouses,? Hasan added. AMU?s Public Relations Officer, Omar Peerzada, asserted that the issue has risen in the university due to the shortage of meat. ?This is a clear case of demand and supply. This will affect a few issues, one of which is the price hike. For instance, fish and chicken prices also will go up. We are also opting for items like soyabean, rajma and other things. But it is a challenge for taste buds to adjust to the new menu,? Peerzada said. Abdul Qadir, a PhD student at the university, questioned the manner in which the state government has executed the decision. Qadir asked, ?If a certain amount of time was allotted during demonetisation move, why so much haste in shutting down illegal abattoirs? Why couldn?t the government give some time to get the licenses issued or renewed?? Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a crackdown on illegal meat shops and slaughterhouses soon after he assuming office. Following the crackdown, thousands of meat sellers and traders are on an indefinite strike.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least twelve people suffered injuries on Thursday after eight coaches of Delhi-bound Jabalpur-Mahakaushal express derailed near Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba railway station.The incident took place at around 2am. No casualties have been reported so far.District officials from Jhansi and General Manager of North Central Railway, M. C. Chauhan rushed to the sport.”One AC-II coaches, three AC-III coaches and four sleeper coaches are among those which have been derailed. Around 12 people are injured. The route between Jhani and Allahabad has been affected,” Manjar Karar, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Northern Central Railway told ANI.Accident relief medical van from Jhansi and Mahoba has also been deployed to tender the injured people.However, the cause of the derailment is yet to be ascertained.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chhattisgarh government today announced implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission, which will benefit over 2.60 lakh state government employees. Chief Minister Raman Singh made the announcement while replying to discussion on the appropriation bill 2017 in the state Legislative Assembly. The bill was passed by voice vote after the discussion, paving the way for withdrawal of state’s annual budgetary provision of around Rs 81,000 crore for 2017-18 from the Consolidated Fund. The government would implement the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission with effect from April 2017, Singh said. He also announced hike in the Public Relations Fund of MLAs from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh. Salary of managers of Primary Minor Forest Produce Cooperative Societies would be increased by 25 per cent, from existing Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 12,500. Prabandhak Kalyan Nidhi (Manager Welfare Fund) will be created for them and their families. Minor Forest Produce Association will deposit a fixed amount in this fund, while the managers will have to deposit Rs 500 each month, the CM said, adding that they will also get insurance cover. Singh also announced setting up of an award in the memory of forest officer Daulat Ram Lader for Forest Department employees for contribution to conservation and promotion of forest, wildlife and forest produce. Ram himself will get the award posthumously this year. His wife Pushpa Lader will receive the award carrying Rs one lakh and citation, the CM said. Lader (44), a Forest Ranger of Lailunga forest range in Raigarh district, was hacked to death by members of timber and mining mafia on February 20. Six people were arrested in the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>University teachers across India will get lessons from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat on how to “Indianise” teaching and put behind the current “colonial way” of imparting knowledge.The RSS is organising a two-day seminar in Delhi University from March 25 to 26 which will attendance of teachers from various universities to hold discussions on “how to free teaching system from colonial values and establish national values in them”.The seminar will be called ‘Gyan Sangam’, and will be organised in an auditorium in Hansraj College in DU’s north campus. Panelists will include RSS chief, joint general secretary Krishna Gopal and others.According to a letter circulated by RSS, a copy of which is with DNA, the seminar will see session-wise discussions on various subjects like Political Science, International Relations, History, Archaeology, Science, Sociology, Communications, Theatre, Literature, and Economics.”Our education system is thousands of years old. But even then, the system is so strong that foreign elements have not been able to destroy it. Although. they have been able to cause some harm to it,” reads the letter which further blames English for making students lose faith in their own culture and studies.”While on one side Turkish and Mughal invaders destroyed our temples, the English have established an education system which has made people lose their trust in the Indian education system,” it says.Describing the agenda of the meeting, the letter reads: “We have to develop a social and intellectual point of view which will be able to solve the problems of our current generation. We have to make students free of colonial values and establish national values in them,” it adds.The meeting will be a closed affair with only invited teachers and RSS leaders taking part in the discussion. The letter that has been circulated internally within the RSS also makes it mandatory that only teachers who are associated with the ideology of Sangh will be a part of the discussion.Around 100 teachers and RSS workers from various universities will participate in the two-day event.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madhya Pradesh cabinet today gave nod to a proposed law guaranteeing house or a piece of land for the landless families. “At today’s meeting, chaired by the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the cabinet has given its nod to the proposal of enactment of a law that would guarantee house or a piece of residential land to the poor sections of the society,” Minister for Public Relations Narottam Mishra said. “The bill would be tabled in the state Assembly during the ongoing budget session,” Mishra said, adding that Madhya Pradesh would be the first state to enact such a law for the landless poor. There would be no shortage of public land for the implementation of this law and if needed the government would purchase private land, he said in reply to a reporter’s question. The cabinet today also approved construction of 25,000 houses for the police personnel over the next five years, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A labourer was killed and 16 other workers were injured when an under-construction building of a police training academy collapsed in Bhopal district. The third floor of the building of Central Academy of Police Training, the construction of which was going on for last three months at Kanhasaiya locality on the city outskirts, collapsed suddenly late last evening during beam laying work. The two floors below it also came crashing down, trapping the labourers working there under the debris, Superintendent of Police, Bhopal (south), Siddharth Bahuguna said. A labourer, identified as Matlu Koda (35), was seriously injured in the mishap. He died on way to hospital, the SP said. Sixteen other labourers, including three women, were pulled out of the debris and admitted in hospital for treatment of their injuries, he said. The SP said that a case will be registered against the company involved in the building’s construction. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief over the incident. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the deceased labourer. He also promised an assistance of Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured persons and Rs 25,000 to those who suffered minor injuries, a state Public Relations officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The PRO of a former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister attempted suicide by consuming drugs in a police station where he is lodged in connection with a disproportionate assets case, police said today. Kewal Sharma, former Public Relations Officer of Tara Chand, attempted suicide in police custody here yesterday, but was immediately rushed to the hospital. “He consumed some drugs and attempted suicide yesterday. He was taken to hospital and treated,” a police officer said today. The officer said they had registered an attempt to suicide case against Sharma. The State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) had arrested Sharma here on February 20 on charges of amassing wealth disproportionate to his source of income and not cooperating in investigation. During investigation, assets like commercial and luxury vehicles and immovable properties like residential houses, within and outside the state, worth crores of rupees have been unearthed. Sharma qualification documents on the basis of which he was appointed have also been found to be fake and a separate FIR has been filed and the matter is being investigated, the officer said. Sharma, who is a forest guard by profession, was the PRO of Chand during the National Conference-Congress dispensation. During the probe, it was found that Sharma had opened bank accounts with the help of fake documents and deposited crores of rupees in them, and utilised the money for amassing assets. In September 2015, the SVO raided and seized movable and immovable properties of Sharma at Patta Paloura, his two houses including ancestral at Kachrial and a property at Migrant Colony (Gurah Jageer-Paluwan) in Akhnoor. It was further alleged that he had opened different bank accounts in his name, his sons’ name and in the name of his close relatives in which transactions of more than Rs 4 crore have taken place during in 2013 and 2014, officer said. The accused purchased luxury vehicles and commercial vehicles allegedly in a mostly benami (nameless) manner, officer said. Sharma was also alleged to have made a number of foreign visits in violation to service rules, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The External Affairs Ministry Secretary (Economic Relations) Amar Sinha on Tuesday stated that a joint coordination committee will be created by India and Israel to plan out high level political visits between both nations. ?We (India and Israel) will create a joint coordination committee which will plan out high level political visits apart from the other things,? said Amar Sinha at an event to mark the commencement of commemoration of 25 years of diplomatic ties. ?Both the governments are contemplating to hold a series of events on a variety of subjects to celebrate the occasion in a befitting manner. We are constantly trying to make it a more multi-dimensional relationship,? added Sinha. India and Israel have been co-operating each other on many fronts including cooperation in Defense and in Agriculture and achieved milestones in fostering bilateral relationship. Through agricultural technology of Israel, India has set up 25 Centre of Excellences (CoEs) spread over nine Indian States for the benefits of Indian farmers. Both the countries are committed to further deepening and diversifying the relation in many areas including space, S&T, R&D, education, dairy and innovation. India established diplomatic ties with Israel in 1992. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to make a bilateral visit to the Jewish nation sometime later this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)