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Abide by PMMVY: Delhi High Court tells Centre, Delhi

The Delhi High Court has directed the Centre and the Delhi government to strictly abide by the terms of the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) and Janani Suraksha Yojana on a plea which sought the implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013, in the slum cluster of Holambi Kalan area of the Capital.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also directed the Centre and Women and Child Development Department, the government of NCT” to ensure that the schemes are strictly and efficiently implemented and all the benefits thereunder are released to the beneficiaries”.The court’s direction comes on the plea which contended that pregnant and lactating women have been facing challenges in getting the cash assistance benefit under the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY). It sought directions to the respondents to ensure the implementation of the grievance redressal mechanism under the statutory enactment.In its response, the Centre filed an affidavit explaining that the IGMSY for pregnant women and lactating mothers was launched in October 2010, on a pilot basis in 53 districts across the country.Initially, monetary benefit of Rs 4,000 was being disbursed under this scheme which was revised to Rs 6,000 with effect from July 5, 2013, with the enactment of the National Food Security Act, 2013. The scheme was implemented through the state governments and the Union Territories and the performance/proper implementation was directly linked to the governance of the state.”Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana stands substituted by Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) with effect from 1st January, 2017,” the affidavit stated.On the other hand, the government of NCT submitted that there were difficulties with regard to identification of the beneficiaries for want of details of the Aadhaar card and as a result thereof, the same was not linked with their bank accounts.

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Mizoram: Special task force looks for ways to tackle illegal immigrants from Bangladesh

A district-level special task force committee has decided to create a mechanism for identifying and deporting undocumented Bangladeshi immigrants from the border areas of the state.The committee held a meeting, chaired by district deputy commissioner Benjamin Lalzama, at south Mizoram’s Lunglei district to discuss ways to tackle the influx of immigrants, an official statement here said.Top police officers, representatives of the Border Security Force (BSF) and leaders of civil societies were present at the meeting, it said.Officials posted along the border areas were instructed at the meeting to take care while issuing birth and residential certificates to ensure that no foreign nationals were in possession of such documents, the statement added.Mizoram has been facing a democratic nightmare due to unchecked flow of Bangladeshi nationals, mainly from the Chakma community.

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Doc of private hospital misappropriates funds, held

The Bhoiwada police have registered a cheating case against a doctor of a private hospital and two others for allegedly misappropriating funds related to providing security guards to Tata Memorial Hospital at Parel.According to the police, a firm of three partners called Rapid Guard Security Force had bagged the contract for providing security to Tata Memorial Hospital through connivance with the doctor working in the said hospital.The police alleged that the doctor had taken money from the partners for giving them the contract, however, later two of the three partners with the help of doctor duped the third partner, who was also the investor in the said firm.The complainant in the case, Qaisar Khan had invested in the firm and had signed partnership deal with the two accused. However, later the doctor started transferring payments to the different bank account instead of the partnership bank account to cheat Khan.After the accused persons did not give Khan his share, he approached the police. “We have registered a case of cheating against the doctor and other two partners of Khan. The doctor was asked to resign from the job by the hospital authorities after he was found giving illegitimate favors for allotting contract to the security agency. The alleged scam is between Rs 75 lakhs to Rs 1 crore,” said a senior police officer.Swami Mhatre, spokesperson of Tata Memorial Hospital, refused to comment when contacted.

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Post Doklam, Indo-China boundary talks on Friday

After the 73-day Doklam military stand-off, special representatives of India and China will meet in the nation Capital on Friday to carry forward talks on boundary dispute. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed that at the invitation of Ajit Doval — the National Security Adviser and the Special Representative on the boundary question — State Councillor and China’s Special Representative on the issue Yang Jiechi will visit India on December 22 to hold the 20th SR-level meeting.In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said this SR meeting is not only a high-level channel for the border issue discussion, but also the platform for strategic communication. “In 2017, China-India relations have generally maintained a good momentum, but the Doklam incident posed a major test for the two countries. We should learn lessons from this incident to avoid any further conflict of this kind in the future,” Hua said.Chinese and Indian troops were locked in the border stand-off from June 16 when Indian soldiers stopped Chinese personnel from building a key road close to India’s ‘chicken’s neck’ corridor.On August 28, India announced the “disengagement” between the soldiers of the two countries. The road was being built by China in an area also claimed by Bhutan.

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Rafale deal: Controversy baseless, govt bought at better terms, says Nirmala Sitharaman

The government today termed as “motivated” and “baseless” the controversy over the Rafale deal and asserted that the fighter jets have been bought at better terms.In a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said all the provisions of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) have been followed and an inter-governmental agreement was signed on September 23, 2016 after the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). “The allegations are motivated and baseless. The government has bought the Rafale aircraft at better terms,” she said. The question was asked by six MPs, including three from the BJP, BJD member Bhartruhari Mahtab, Samajwadi Party member Tej Pratap Singh Yadav and Shiv Sena’s Rahul Shewale.The Congress had alleged a “huge scam” in the deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter aircraft saying this was done unilaterally without following the DPP, without any inter-governmental agreement and in the absence of the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The Congress had also made it an election issue in the Gujarat polls. In response to a question on the number of surgical strikes made by the Army in the last three years, the defence minister did not given any direct answer.Also readA shake up has been given to the defence ministry to speed up acquisitions: Nirmala Sitharaman”Based on specific and credible inputs, Indian Army strikes at terrorists/ infiltrators at the borders from time to time, in order to preserve the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation,” she held. In response to another question on whether the government foresees a two-front war at western and northern borders and initiatives taken by the government to deal with situation like Dokalam and proxy war by Pakistan, Sitharaman said the government is fully seized of the security threats and remains prepared to deal with all kinds of security challenges.”Appropriate measures are taken from time to time to maintain/ upgrade the country’s defence preparedness to safeguard the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of India,” she said, adding that the government regularly reviews the threat perception to secure borders. Replying to another question, her deputy Subhash Bhamre said 103 defence personnel lost their lives in encounters with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir from 2014-16.On whether military expenditure as a percentage of GDP has reduced over a period of time, Bhamre said the defence budget was 1.54 per cent of the GDP. “Defence expenditure as a percentage of GDP may appear to be decreasing due to increasing trend in the growth of GDP. However, defence expenditure is increasing every year in absolute terms,” Bhamre said.

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Have achieved righful target of food subsidy with Aadhaar, says govt

The government on Tuesday said it has been able to achieve better targeting of Rs 17,500 crore worth food subsidy annually as bogus ration cards have been deleted and new cards issued to eligible beneficiaries under food law.In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs C R Chaudhary said the purpose of Aadhaar-based biometric authentication of beneficiaries is to correctly identify the eligible beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).He said states and Union Territories have deleted about 2.75 crore ration cards during 2013-2017.This has been done with the help of Aadhaar-based de- duplication of ration cards/beneficiaries and measures like digitisation of records, detection of in-eligible households/ beneficiaries under NFSA, transfer/migration/change in the economic status of households and deaths.De-duplication technique is used to eliminate duplicate set of data.”Against deleted ration cards, the State/UT governments have issued new ration cards to the eligible beneficiaries/ households under NFSA. Due to this, government is able to achieve an estimated ‘Rightful Targeting of Food Subsidy’ of about Rs 17,500 crore per annum,” Chaudhary said.The minister said that under the food law, ceiling limit of beneficiaries for each State/UT has been fixed. Inclusion/ exclusion criteria of beneficiaries is decided and notified by State/UT concerned.Under the food law, the government provides 5 kg of foodgrains per person per month at a highly subsidised rates of Rs 1-3 per kg. More than 80 crore people are covered under this law, costing exchequer about Rs 1,40,000 crore per year.

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Shoplifter made to fly back from Pune to Delhi airport to return stolen bag

A man managed to shoplift at Delhi airport and escape but was soon arrested as he landed in Pune.The passenger stole a ladies’ bag from a store at the Delhi T3 airport and managed to board his flight to Pune, according to a Hindustan Times report.The shop owner informed the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) staff at Pune on December 10 and shared details of the passenger’s phone number, photo. The shop owner lodged a complaint about the theft to Delhi Police. The passenger picked up the bag at Delhi airport at 1.15 am and boarded the Jet Airways flight at 2.15am for Pune. As soon he landed at Pune airport, he was detained by the officials and the shoplifter admitted that he stole the bag. He was made to return back to Delhi airport and return the stolen bag to the rightful owner. The shop owner withdrew its complaint after the bag was returned and the police did not register any FIR.

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We welcome India’s emergence as leading global power: Trump’s new National Security Strategy document

Describing India as a “leading global power” in its newly unveiled National Security Strategy, the Trump administration said it will deepen US’ strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in maintaining security in the Indo-Pacific region.The 68-page document said the US will seek to increase quadrilateral cooperation with Japan, Australia and India. “We welcome India’s emergence as a leading global power and stronger strategic and defence partner,” said the National Security Strategy unveiled by President Donald Trump yesterday. “We will expand our defence and security cooperation with India, a Major Defence Partner of the United States, and support India’s growing relationships throughout the region,” the NSS said, noting that its vision for Indo-Pacific excludes no nation.India-US defence relationship was mentioned in the context of Indo-Pacific region, whereas it gave a very prominent role to India in South and Central Asia. “We will deepen our strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the broader region,” according to the NSS which the White House said sets a positive strategic direction for the US that will restore America’s advantages in the world and build upon its strengths.Also readAfter quad; India, Australia hold first meet on strategic, defence ties With an eye on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the US administration said it will help South Asian countries “maintain their sovereignty” as China increases its influence in the region. “We will help South Asian nations maintain their sovereignty as China increases its influence in the region,” it said.The recent Chinese move in Sri Lanka and Maldives is seen as an effort on their part to encroach eat on their sovereignty with similar fears in Pakistan. India has objected to CPEC as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The US, it said, continues to face threats from transnational terrorists and militants operating from within Pakistan.US interests in the region include countering terrorist threats that impact the security of the US homeland and its allies, preventing cross-border terrorism that raises the prospect of military and nuclear tensions, and preventing nuclear weapons, technology, and materials from falling into the hands of terrorists, it said.

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Can’t rule out nuclear war in South Asia, says Pakistan

On a day when the Donald Trump administration told Pakistan to take ‘decisive action’ against terror groups, Islamabad’s nuclear war warning has hit global headlines.“The stability of the South Asian region hangs in a delicate balance, and the possibility of nuclear war cannot be ruled out,” Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua was quoted as saying by Pakistani media.He also accused the US for siding with India and said that New Delhi was ‘stockpiling a range of dangerous weapons as it threatens Pakistan continuously of conventional warfare.’Janjua was speaking at the “National Security Policy – Vision for Pakistan” that was organized by the Center for Global & Strategic Studies.On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump unveiled America’s new National Security Strategy and told Islamabad to take “decisive action” against terrorist groups operating from its soil.”We have made clear to Pakistan that while we desire continued partnership, we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory. And we make massive payments every year to Pakistan. They have to help,” Trump said in his remarks as he announced his NSS.

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Bomb hoax at upscale Khan Market in south Delhi triggers panic

A phone call claiming that a bomb was planted in the upscale Khan Market in south Delhi triggered panic in the area today, prompting a rush of bomb and dog squads to the spot. Security officials were sent into a tizzy when a person called up the police control room around 6:40 am and claimed a bomb had been planted in the market in the heart of the capital, police said. Bomb and dog squads were rushed to the area. No suspicious item was found during checking, they added. Further details are awaited. The market, a popular shopping and culinary hub, is the most expensive retail location in India. Meanwhile, US Embassy New Delhi recommends individuals monitor local media closely and avoid the Khan Market area until the police give the all clear. Also readSecurity agencies in tizzy after bomb hoax at Delhi airport

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Concerned over attacks on cash vans, Centre proposes ATMs shouldn’t be replenished after 9 pm

Concerned over incidents of attack on cash carrying vans, the government has proposed that ATMs should not be replenished with cash after 9 pm in cities and private cash transportation agencies must collect money from the banks in the first half of the day, officials said.The deadline for putting money in the ATMs in rural areas would be 6 pm, and 4 pm in Naxal-affected districts. Also, specially designed cash vans, fitted with CCTVs and GPS, must not carry more than Rs 5 crore per trip.Two armed guards and a driver in each van must be trained to “disengage with the situation and drive vehicle to safety” in case of an attack, a home ministry official said.These are part of the new SoPs proposed by the home ministry for private security agencies carrying out the task of replenishing ATMs. Nearly 8,000 private vans ferry around Rs 15,000 crore daily between banks, currency chests and ATMs across the country.An additional Rs 5,000 crore is held up overnight by private security agencies in their private cash vaults on behalf of the banks.The SoPs have been prepared after a spurt in attacks, hijacking and looting of cash vans which are seen as soft targets.The SOPs have been sent to the Law Ministry for a detailed vetting and once they are approved, the guidelines will be issued to all state governments for implementation, the official said.The government has proposed that for replenishment in ATMs, cash transportation agencies must collect cash from the bank in the first half of the day and no cash loading of the ATMs or cash movement should be done after 9 pm in urban centers across India.Per trip, a cash van cannot carry more than Rs 5 crore, the new SOPs have proposed.Specially designed and secure cash vans must be compulsorily deployed for carrying cash of over Rs 5 lakh per trip.All cash transportation and ATM cash replenishment activities must only be carried out by operational staff who have undergone thorough antecedent check.All state controlling authorities for Private Security Agencies Regulation Act, 2005 have been advised to enforce the above guidelines on all cash van agencies and review compliance from time to time.Such vans must have two independent compartments, with the one for storing cash to be separated and locked from passenger compartment and the cash compartment being specially reinforced with steel and with one door which can be opened internally through a manual or electronic lock, another official said.Every cash van must have the following minimum staff on board for every single cash transportation service — one driver, two armed security guards and two ATM Officer or custodians, according to the guidelinesCash van must always be escorted by two trained armed security guard on board.More than two armed security guards may be deputed on a cash van depending on the amount of cash carried and as per individual company’s insurance guidelines/ client contract/terrain of operation.Antecedent check of all personnel involved in cash transportation operations is a must.Licensed private security would be responsible to comply with the checks before an individual is allowed to participate in cash transportation and ATM cash replenishment operations.All personnel involved in cash transportation and ATM cash replenishment activities must be adequately trained and certified, the guidelines said.

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Fake arms licence: 1 held with BSF ID

The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) nabbed another person in the fake gun license and weapons case on Wednesday and arrested a man from Mavli area of Udaipur. The arrested accused is a real estate dealer in Udaipur. Notably, the man has even appeared for civil services examinations also but failing which he entered the real estate sector. Identified as Jeevan Singh, the thirty-nine-year-old man is a native of Boyna village under Mavli tehsil of Udaipur district.“Singh had purchased the license with the help of Jugal and Usman. Interestingly, the fake license claims that the man is a Subedar in the Border Security Force (BSF)” said Vikas Kumar, SP – ATS.Furthermore, the man even purchased a .32 bore pistol from Usman’s shop in 2016. “However, at that time, the man did not have a license but still he purchased the same and after that, he bought the fake license from the gang for four lakh rupees,” the SP said.This is the third instance unearthed by the ATS sleuths wherein the license has been made impersonating as a BSF of army official. “In his interrogation, the man has said that since he is associated with the real estate sector, he felt there was a need since everyone else he knew was getting one arm for themselves. He is well known in the real estate community of Udaipur and runs a good business. Further action in the matter is being taken,” officials said.

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Taj Mahal once again in controversy after video of ‘Shiv aarti’ at site surfaces

Taj Mahal witnessed high drama on Wednesday when two men worshiping Hindu God, Shiv, inside the Mughal monument. A video, showing one of the two men reading Shiv Aarti inside the tomb, while another filming him using a cell phone was leaked on Wednesday. Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force that guards the monument has sought a report on the incident.According to the sources in the force, the video appeared on Wednesday and was apparently filmed on Tuesday evening. Soon as the visitors reported that two men had kept some ‘pooja articles’ on the marble floor near the graves and were seen doing Shiv Aarti, officials intervened and the CISF deployed at Taj Mahal was also informed.”The Director General of Central Industrial Security Force has sought a report on this. The Deputy Commandant deployed at Taj Mahal has been asked to submit a report related to the incident to the DG office, to the District Magistrate and concerned Superintendent of Police. Primary probe has revealed that the video was filmed on Tuesday evening and the matter is being looked into,” a senior officer told DNA.However, the officers also said that cell phones are allowed inside the monument and the two men were not carrying anything suspicious for which they could be stopped at the entrance. “Soon after the incident was reported required measures were taken,” the officer added.The Taj had off late been into repeated controversies, one of them sparked recently when the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department had released a booklet on UP Tourism, featuring most of the state’s heritage and cultural sites leaving Taj Mahal. A few months before this Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a remark that attracted criticism and controversy, had reportedly said that Taj Mahal did not reflect Indian culture.

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Doklam stand-off put severe pressure on bilateral ties: Chinese Foreign Minister tells Sushma Swaraj

The Doklam stand-off had put “severe pressure” on India-China ties though the issue was resolved through diplomatic means, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during their meeting in New Delhi.The bilateral ties went through a serious test after Indian border troops “illegally trespassed” into the Chinese territory in June, Wang told Swaraj yesterday. The Chinese foreign minister was in New Delhi to attend the Russia-India-China (RIC) Foreign Ministers’ meeting. Although the stand-off ended eventually through diplomatic means more than two months later, lessons must be learned and efforts must be made to avoid such an incident in the future, said Wang, whose comments were posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website today.”The stand-off put the bilateral relations under severe pressure,” he said. Wang said that the Sino-Indian relations are at a crucial period and the most important thing between the two countries is to really cultivate mutual trust. Leaders from both countries have shared the view that China and India should regard each other’s development as opportunities rather than challenges, and China and India are partners rather than rivals, thus the two sides should sincerely implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, Wang noted.Also readFlashpoint, as India asks China to give back droneWhile enhancing strategic communication at all levels, restoring dialogue mechanisms that have been established and deepening pragmatic cooperation in all fields, both sides should also properly manage differences so as to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas, he said. Wang’s visit to New Delhi is the first by a top Chinese official to India after the 73-day Doklam stand-off and after the commencement of the second five-year term of President Xi Jinping.Also readChinese incursions increased after DoklamThe Doklam stand-off ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India s ‘Chicken Neck’ corridor. India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. The road was being built by China in an area also claimed by Bhutan. Besides Swaraj, Wang also called on President Ram Nath Kovind and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.In his meeting with Doval, Wang said China and India should make correct choice in development of relations without politicising and complicating issues left over by history. Sino-Indian relations are at a crucial moment when both sides need to make right choice on the future of the bilateral relations, Wang was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency. KJV

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Gunmen fire at bank vehicle in Shopian, two employees injured

Two employees of a bank were injured today when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. <!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>Security forces have launched a search operation to track down the assailants. A police official said, “Unknown gunmen opened fire on a vehicle of Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Keller area of Shopian this afternoon, resulting in injuries to two employees”. He said the injured are being shifted to a hospital.

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Indian Railways ups crowd management game as Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s followers flock to city

Two months after Elphinstone Road stampede; the death anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar and cyclone Ockhi is testing the lessons learnt by the Indian Railways post the tragedy. Though the dangers of cyclone Ockhi causing any damage to city’s infrastructure or lives seem to have ceased, handling lakhs of followers of Dr Ambedkar is surely a huge task at hand for the Indian Railways.Wednesday is the 61st death anniversary of Dr Ambedkar — social reformist, economist and jurist — for which lakhs of people come to Shivaji Park to pay homage. These people are coming in large numbers from various parts of the state and neighbouring states too for whom, long distance and suburban local trains are the best mode of transportation.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Rain spoils Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar followers visit”Ever since the stampede occurred, we have also decided to include crowd management to be vital for commuter’s safety. This is the reason foot overbridges have now become a matter of safety than a passenger amenity and so more FOBs have been planned,” said a senior railway official.Since the past two days, the presence of RPF staff at prominent stations like Dadar, Malad, Borivali, Kurla LTT, Churchgate, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus has increased. The Maharashtra Security Force too is helping with 250 personnel coming in for assisting the railway police.Also readPrime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes to BR AmbedkarThe followers are seen sitting, sleeping or staying back on station premises along with their luggage. They are also blocking the pathway to staircases of FOBs. So continuous announcements are being made urging people not to wait at the station premises and move towards Shivaji Park. The BEST Undertaking is running shuttle services from various stations to Shivaji Park as well. Posters and banners indicating directions to the followers are also seen. The ticket checkers are barely seen while trains are halting for more time at selective stations to assist people. No doubt, a lot has improved in terms of managing over crowded stations since the tragedy at Elphinstone Road struck. But sadly it took 23 people to lose their lives for the railways to take crowd management seriously.
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Countries not willing to talk about Kashmir because of India’s influence: Former Pak diplomat

A former top Pakistani diplomat has said that because of India’s influence and economic power, countries are unwilling to raise the issue of Kashmir at international level, including at the UN.Masood Khan, a former Pakistani Ambassador to the UN, who is now president of Pak-Occupied Kashmir (PoK), ruled that India has a veto on the talks between the two South Asian neighbours.Khan is currently in Washington, for what he described is part of his effort to appraise the international community about current situation in Kashmir.”India has strategic alliances with certain countries. Because of the lucrative deals that it offers to powerful countries in the West, it has practically imposed a gag order on Kashmir,” Khan said yesterday in response to a question at the Atlantic Council, a top American think-tank.Also readForget PoK, raise Indian flag in Srinagar first: Farooq AbdullahKhan said that because of increasing Indian influence, “people here (in Washington DC), in Brussels, in London or other world capitals don’t talk about Kashmir, because this would have consequences for these countries, like in terms of economic transactions, and strategic costs. Responding to questions at the thinly-attended Atlantic Council event, Khan alleged that the UN is not acting on its own resolution because of India.”The United Nations is not acting because of real politics,” he said.”The Security Council, first because of cold war dynamics, and now because of number of other factors is not taking cognisance of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, which is regrettable because of mandate that is given to the Security Council by the UN charter under chapter six and chapter seven,” he said.Khan argued that UN should be acting. “It should be proactive. It’s because of real politics. It is also because of two other factors,” he said.Also readChina helps Pakistan build bunkers, airports along border from Kashmir to Gujarat”One was that in the past 30 to 40 years, India and Pakistan have invested a lot of energy and time in bilateral talks. But these bilateral talks or dialogue have proved to be mirage for Kashmiris because it has produced no results,” he said, adding that these talks have been non-productive.Because of these talks, India has “acquired two vetoes” he said.One on the agenda whereby they have in fact reduced the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir to a fraction of their whole agenda. It is one of 10 agenda items, he added.Secondly, India has veto over the timetable. “They will start negotiations when it suites them and when they don’t like it they will blame Pakistan for terrorism. And that has just got scuttled the dialogue process,” he said.Khan claimed that there are no terrorist camps in PoK.”None whatsoever,” he said during the interaction.”This is in fact a propaganda against the Kashmiris intended to demonie them,” he said, and claimed that there is no terrorism right now in Kashmir. Neither there is any cross-border activities.”This is not happening,” he said.”Right now, India has fenced the Line of Control. There are two layers of the fence. In between there are landmines.There are motion sensors. They also have electronic surveillance, thermal imaging. If any crossing takes place they would be detected,” he added.
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Ex-army man held for killing 1, injuring 2

An ex-army man has been arrested for allegedly killing a person and injuring another in North-East Delhi on November 30. The accused Rajesh Kumar (43) was initially in the Army and later joined the Defence Security core.”He was currently posted in the Jat Regiment at the Meerut Cantonment as a constable. He had joined the Army and during his posting in J&K, he procured an arms license from Doda District. After his license came, he purchased a double barrel half gun. In 2006, he left the Army and got recruited in Defence Security Core. The gun has been seized by the police,” said AK Singla, Deputy Commissioner of Police, North-East.The police had received a call on November 30 about a firing incident near Shiv Mandir in Welcome area of North-East. After police reached the location, which was also a spare parts shop, they were informed that three persons were injured in firing and have been taken to GTB hospital. AT the hospital, they were informed that Shah Alam and Sharik were under treatment while Bhanu Partap was declared dead on arrival. Based on Alam’s statement, a case was registered. The deceased worked at the spare parts shop while the injured were customers.During investigations, it was revealed that the shots were fired from a Datsun car having an Army logo on both the number plates and that the person driving the car had come to attend a wedding in that area. The police were then informed about a wedding which was going on near Shiv Mandir and the Barat had gone to Nangloi. The address was traced but the police did not find any car there.Later, with the help of the CCTV footage, the car was spotted in Kabir Nagar. Kumar, who hails from Bulandshahar, had come to attend a wedding here. Kumar, unaware of the exact address of the wedding, parked his car in front of the spare parts shop where the injured and the deceased were standing. Kumar’s gun was lying in the car. While he was waiting for the Barat, he decided to put the gun inside its cover.”When he was putting the gun in the cover, the trigger was pressed accidentally and a shot was fired which hit the three persons standing at the shop. Kumar then dropped his wife at the wedding and fled.WHAT HAPPENEDThe police had received a call on November 30 about a firing incident near Shiv Mandir in Welcome area. After police reached the location, they were informed that three persons were injured in firing and have been taken to GTB hospital.
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Army jawan injured in J-K, encounter continues

An Army jawan was injured on Monday in an ongoing encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Qazigund.Earlier, there were reports of terrorists attacking an army convoy that was heading towards Srinagar.The area has been reportedly cordoned off by the security forces.Earlier on November 30, the security forces killed four terrorists in two separate encounters in Budgam and Sopore districts of Jammu and Kashmir.Further details are awaited.Also readKashmiris line up to become proud Indian army soldiersAlso readIndian Army finalises plan for infantry overhaul
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Dead eating subsidised ration: Rajasthan CM discovers fraud during public outreach programme

George Eliot said the dead are not dead to us unless we have forgotten them. This saying ironically came true when Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje was holding a public dialogue under the CM Jan Samvad Programme, at Gudagaurji village in Jhunjhunu district. There many deceased villagers continue to ‘eat’ the subsidized rations meant only for the living. The ration is supplied by the state government at subsidized rates to poor people under Food Security Scheme. Some residents of Aduka village complained to Raje that the local ration dealer had fudged the list and many deceased individuals are still included in the list of beneficiaries under the Public Distribution System (PDS) system. They complained that Mohanlal Sharma, the sarpanch of their village who also happens to be the ration dealer continues to take supply of rations in the name of the people who are dead. They further complained that the district supply officer (DSO) Subhash Choudhary did not pay heed to their grievances and failed to take any action. Raje asked officials to verify the complaint and when it turned out that the allegations are true, a fuming Raje immediately issued chargesheet to the DSO. CM then assured those at the Jan Sanwad program that the government would take strict action against the higher officials if their subordinates fail take action. “The higher officials need to act against the subordinates if they fail to address grievances given by the commoners. We will also take action against the higher officials if the grievances remain unaddressed at lower lever,” said Raje. She then asked for compliance report on all grievances received on Friday by Saturday morning. Raje is on a two day tour to Jhunjhunu district to meet various sections of the society.
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NIA takes custody of captured Pak terrorist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken the custody of the 18-year-old Pakistani terrorist who was captured in Kupwara district on Friday.Identified as Amir of Baldia town, the teen was a part of the same group which was neutralised by the security forces on November 21. Security forces had dealt blow to Lashkar-e-Taiba when they killed three newly infiltrated Pakistani terrorists in a surgical operation in Magam area of Handwara.However, during the follow up mopping and sanitising operation, security forces apprehended the Pakistani intruder who was hiding in the jungles after his three associates were killed. The arrest comes against the backdrop of the release of Mumbai attack mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed from house arrest in Pakistan, triggering strong condemnation by India.“He (Amir) has been handed over to the NIA. They are investigating the matter now”, said Vidhi Kumar Birdhi, deputy inspector general of police, North Kashmir Range.It is not the first time a Pakistani terrorist has been arrested, though it is very rare that a foreign militant is captured alive in Kashmir. On July 26, 2016, the Indian army arrested 22-year-old Bahadur Ali, alias Saifullah of Lahore on the Line of Control in Nougam sector of Kupwara district.Last year on June 21, Abu Ukasha, alias Hanzullah of Bhawalpur in Pakistan was arrested during a routine patrol in Lolaab area. The 19-year-old LeT terrorist was buying groceries when a police party grew suspicious of him.On May 14, 2016, the state police caught a top Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber in Baramulla. In February last year, the police arrested 17-year-old JeM terrorist Sidiq Gujjar, alias Shahid of Sialkot in Pakistan, along with three local ultras.LeT’s Mohammed Naveed, alias Usman of Faisalabad, Pakistan, was captured after he and his associate Noman attacked a BSF convoy near Narsoo Nallah in Udhampur on August 5, 2015.PRIZED CATCHAccording to officials, it is not the first time a Pakistani terrorist has been arrested, though it is very rare that a foreign militant is captured alive in Kashmir. Such arrests help Indian agencies gain more insight into the operations of terror outfits.

Tej Pratap’s Skinning Modi Comment: BJP MP files complaint, Lalu regrets remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Lalu Prasad appeared to apologise for his son Tej Pratap Yavav’s comment about skinning PM Modi even as he attacked the PM for downgrading his security. Meanwhile, a BJP MP filed a case against Tej Pratap Yadav at Delhi police station. He was quoted saying by ANI: “If a son comes to know that his father is being conspired against, his security is being revoked, he will react. I don’t approve of this. I have spoken to him to not speak anything like that again.”Attacking Modi, he said: “If Narendra Modi thinks I will be scared, I won’t. All the people, even the children of Bihar will protect me.”
ALSO READ Congress doesn’t believe Army about surgical strikes, celebrates release of Haifz Saeed: PM ModiHe also tweeted saying: “Modi listen, Lalu is not a man who gets scared. Go and scare someone else, like u scared Nitish. Bihar’s 11crore people and children will protect me.”He further tweeted: “PM Modi doesn’t want me to go or come, there can be an attack on me anywhere. When I was Rail Minister and went to Gujarat, Modi was CM. At that time, my car was attacked. Just hearing that I will go to Gujarat, they cut my security detail. How is someone so scared of Lalu?”
ALSO READ After Lalu Yadav’s security downgraded, son Tej Prasad Yadav threatens PM ModiMeanwhile, BJP MP Parvesh Verma filed a complaint against Tej Pratap Yadav in Delhi’s Parliament Street Police Station. Hitting out at the comment, DC Yadav, Bihar Disaster Management minister said that Tej Pratap was ‘mentally unstable’. He said: “Only a person who is mentally unstable will make such statements, a politically sane person will never speak those things. Lalu Ji also said things in the past but never crossed lines like this.” Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on Monday said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son and former state cabinet minister Tej Pratap Yadav would be taught a lesson by the public for his threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”He can use language of his choice. But those who use this kind of foul language are taught a lesson by the countrymen,” Modi told ANI.Earlier in the day, Tej Pratap alleged the Centre was conspiring to get his father killed and that, to this end, he would get Prime Minister Modi “skinned”.Tej Pratap’s remark came in the wake of the Centre’s decision to completely withdraw the NSG (National Security Guard) security cover provided to Lalu Yadav. His Z-Plus security category has also been downgraded to ‘Z’ category.‘Despite that (security downgrade), our programmes are continuing and Lalu Yadav is addressing rallies. However, this is a conspiracy to get him (Lalu) murdered, but we will give a befitting reply to them (the Centre). We will get Narendra Modi skinned (Hum Narendra Modi ki khaal udedhva denge); go and tell him,’ Tej Pratap said.Sushil Modi further said that Lalu Prasad shouldn’t be scared of anyone as people were more scared of him.‘Who is Laluji scared of’ Why does he need the security’ This was a status symbol for him. But now the entire Bihar is scared of him and his foul play,” he said.The Centre has withdrawn RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s ‘Z+’ VIP security cover of NSG commandos after a recent review of the threat to various protectees, official sources said today.The former Bihar chief minister will now be given ‘Z’ category security and be guarded by an armed commando squad of the Central Reserve Police Force, in accordance with the protocol of the scaled down cover, the sources said.Yadav will not have National Security Guard black cat commandos guarding him any more. The NSG only provides ‘Z+’ security cover.The decision was taken after the Union home ministry recently reviewed the threat levels of various VIP protectees, the sources said.The ‘Z+’ CRPF VIP security cover of former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has been withdrawn completely. He will have state police cover now.The ‘Z’ cover of Union minister Haribhai P Chaudhary has also been scaled down to ‘Y+’, entailing less manpower and other paraphernalia, they said.The minister of state for coal and mines was accorded the larger security cover of central security forces commandos when he was minister of state for home. With inputs from PTI and ANI

PM Modi and Ivanka Trump to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 10,000 security personnel to be deployed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 10,000 security personnel would be deployed during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which begins on Tuesday and would be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump.Modi, on his day-long visit to the city on Tuesday, would inaugurate the Hyderabad Metro Rail project and the three-day GES, to be organised at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.”A total of 10,400 security personnel drawn from various wings will be deployed for the summit,” Telangana DGP M Mahendar Reddy said on Sunday.Apart from Law and Order police, personnel from Traffic Police, Central Armed Reserve, Telangana State Special Police, Intelligence Security Wing, commandos of Greyhounds anti-naxal force, elite OCTOPUS anti-terror force, and dog squads would be deployed in Hyderabad as part of the security arrangement.Hyderabad and Cyberabad police commissioners would be incharge of security arrangements in the areas under their jurisdictions, Reddy said.Ivanka Trump, an adviser to the US president, would attend the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which this year has been themed ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’.Leading the US delegation, Ivanka Trump would focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering global economic growth at the summit.Modi and Ivanka Trump, along with 100 special guests, would also attend a special dinner at the Falaknuma Palace, now a plush hotel, in the Old City on Tuesday, Hyderabad Police Commissioner V V Srinivasa Rao has said.The dinner will be served on a Nizam-era table around which 101 guests can sit at a time. A separate dinner would be arranged for 1,500-2,000 delegates on the lawns of the palace.Officials of the Special Protection Group and the US Secret Service have visited Hyderabad and reviewed the arrangements, a police commissioner official said.The official said a five-tier security would be provided to Ivanka Trump.More than 2,000 police personnel would be deployed around Falaknuma Palace, he said, adding the police has conducted a door-to-door search campaign at 3,500 houses in surrounding areas of the palace.”We have sanitised the areas and we have instructed the citizens of the localities not to give shelter to strangers in their houses. People are supporting the security measures,” the official said.

BMC struggling to hire over 1,700 security guards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is facing acute shortage of security personnel. As a result, most of the civic-run hospitals, gardens and schools do not have enough security personnel deputed. The shortage of security guards at hospitals is despite a clear directive from the state government following Bombay High Court order.According to an official from the civic body’s security department, there is a provision of 6,000 security personnel in the BMC. But the corporation has around 4,300 personnel, including guards hired from private agency.According to BMC rules, nearly 4,000 posts are to be filled by its own security personnel, while the remaining is to be procured from private agencies. “Of BMC’s own 4,000 security personnel, there are around 1200 posts are vacant,” said an official from the security department. Similarly, only 1,500 private guards have been hired, leaving a shortfall of 500.Six months ago, civic doctors went on a mass strike following a number of attacks on medical staff in the city as well as across the state. The Bombay High Court had then directed the state to provide security to doctors. The BMC had then roped in around 400 security personnel from Maharashtra State Security Board for major civic hospitals and assured to deploy 300 more guards.However, the security personnel went on a strike due to their own issues with the MSCC. Currently, only 80 security personnel from MSCC are deputed at different civic hospitals. While the BMC has deputed its own security at hospital, the numbers are enough.”The BMC is not keen to take security personnel from private agency as the civic body had received several complaints in the past. Even private agencies security personnel are not fit upto the mark,” said the official. Nearly a month ago, the civic body removed around 200 private guards after they were found unfit. “Some of the security personnel were too old to be deputed in hospital or any other places.”The BMC has even asked its contractors maintaining civic gardens to depute their guards at the open spaces.A senior civic official said they trying to sort out the security issue. “We hope to get additional security from the MSSC soon.”

India slams Pak on Hafiz Saeed release

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a Lahore High Court judicial review board ordered 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s release from house arrest, India expressed “outrage”, saying Pakistan has exposed its true face by attempting to “mainstream” UN-proscribed terrorists.The Ministry of External Affairs said the order confirms the “lack of seriousness” on Pakistan’s part in bringing terrorists to justice, and its nefarious designs to shield non-state actors.Top US counter-terrorism and South Asian experts also expressed anger at the banned Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief’s imminent release that has come as a setback to India’s efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 attacks in which 166 people had been killed.Bruce Riedel, who served in the US National Security Council, said it was time to rescind Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally.Saeed is designated a global terrorist by the United Nations. The US has also a $10 million bounty on him.”India and the entire international community is outraged that a self-confessed and UN-proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free and continue with his evil agenda,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.He described Saeed as the “prime organiser” of the November 26 attacks and said he was also responsible for unleashing numerous other terror attacks against Pakistan’s neighbours. “His release confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of the Pakistani government in bringing to justice perpetrators of heinous acts of terror, including by individuals and entities designated by the UN.He said it also appears that Pakistani system was attempting to mainstream proscribed terrorists, and that Islamabad has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is there for all to see.On Wednesday, the judicial review board rejected an appeal of Pakistan’s Punjab provincial government, which had sought to extend Saeed’s detention for three more months, after it failed to submit any evidence against him.Saeed’s counsel AK Dogar said he “feared that the Punjab government may detain him in any other case.”Media reports from Pakistan quoting sources close to Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif said the home department would slap more charges to ensure Saeed is not released. They said that the government would go after JuD’s activities. “Their activities are already under the scanner and action against them was taken many times in the past. We will do so again,” an official said.

Herculean effort behind ICJ win: MEA reached out to 175 countries, Swaraj spoke to 60 of her counterparts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Intense efforts were made since June when India announced Judge Dalveer Bhandari’s name for the International Court of Justice and support was sought from nearly 175 nations, including at the highest level, culminating in his re-election to the world court.According to officials, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj directly spoke with her counterparts from nearly 60 countries to push Bhandari’s case.In the run up to the re-election, India made intense positive campaign regarding the candidature. It raised the issue at every possible meeting at various levels, an official said.At the highest level also, the prime minister raised the issue during his meetings with world leaders, the official said.”India never indulged in the negative campaign. It was run on the strength of our candidate and strength of India strong constitutional system,” an official said.In what was described by India as one of its “biggest diplomatic victories” in the multilateral arena, Bhandari received 183 of the 193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all 15 votes in the Security Council to fill the final vacancy on the Hague-based International Court of Justice after separate but simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters here.Bhandari, 70, was declared re-elected for a fresh nine- year term at the ICJ after Britain withdrew its candidate Christopher Greenwood from the race about an hour before the scheduled voting.According to observers, Bhandari’s victory has sent a strong message to the leading powers about the winds of change in the world and underscored the point that India is now a force to reckon with.The ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term. To be elected, the candidate needed majority in both the chambers.Established in 1945, the role of the ICJ is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions.Soon after the election results were announced, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin was congratulated by representatives of other countries on the floor of the General Assembly.”Vande Matram – India wins election to the International Court of Justice. JaiHind,” tweeted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.In the previous 11 rounds of voting, Bhandari had consistently polled nearly two-thirds of the members of the General Assembly.With Bhandari’s election, Britain will not have a judge on the world court’s 15-member panel for the first time.Also for the first time in 70 years, a permanent member of the Security Council lost to a non-permanent member for a seat in the ICJ.The British move to block voting in the Security Council and go for the joint consultation mechanism, which was last used some 96 years ago, also fell flat yesterday.This is because, many of the Security Council members including some Permanent Members which were consistently supporting Britain in the secret ballot, backed off from voting in favour of the UK move to stop next rounds of voting as this required open voting, observers said.”It is actually perhaps the biggest diplomatic victory we have in a multilateral arena,” a long-time friend of India at the United Nations said.In a dramatic move, British Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft wrote identical letters to the presidents of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council before the two chambers were scheduled to meet at 3 pm (local time) for the 12th round of voting.Rycroft said in his letter the current deadlock is unlikely to be broken by further rounds of voting and the UK therefore has decided to withdraw Greenwood’s nomination.”In taking this step, we have borne in mind the close relationship that the United Kingdom and India have always enjoyed and we will continue to enjoy…,” Rycroft said.Noting that Britain is a major player in the UN system, sources said the “signal to all the membership is clear that Indians are now a force to reckon with”.According to informed sources, three hours before the voting, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak and Italian Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi in his capacity as Security Council President for the month of November convened a consultative meeting with the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN Rycroft and Akbaruddin.India refused to budge against any kind of pressure and insisted to complete the democratic process, sources said.It was unclear what transpired in the next two hours that forced Britain to withdraw from the race.In Washington, US President Donald Trump in between had a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Indian- origin Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.It is learnt that many of the Britain’s supporters at this point of time clearly told them that they would vote for Greenwood only in a secret ballot but could not be seen voting in open against India and that too at a time when two-thirds of the world community was backing New Delhi.Reading the writing on the wall, Britain decided to withdraw from the race, sources said.At the start of the General Assembly and the Security Council meeting both Lajcak and Cardi read similar letters from Rycroft informing them about UK’s decision to withdraw from the race.Thereafter Lajcak and Cardi announced to complete the rest of the election process by having the name of just Bhandari on the ballot. Soon Bhandari was declared elected.In the last 10 days, it is learnt that India mounted an unprecedented diplomatic campaign to win the ICJ seat.Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is believed to have taken up the matter with some of the world leaders.After Bhandari’s re-election, he congratulated him and said: “His re-election is a proud moment for us”.He also expressed gratitude to the members of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council for “their support and trust in India.”

Bhandari’s ICJ win reflective of India’s strong constitutional integrity and independence of judiciary: MEA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Tuesday welcomed the re-election of Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and said that the extraordinary support from the UN members was reflective of the respect for India’s strong constitutional integrity of the polity.Hailing Bhandari’s re-election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed it as a proud moment and credited External Affairs Ministry Sushma Swaraj and her ministry’s officials for their efforts in ensuring his success.On her part, Swaraj made a special mention of India’s Permanent Representative at the UN Syed Akbaruddin while hailing her ministry’s team.”Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re- election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team – MEA. Syed Akbaruddin, our Permanent Representative in the UN deserves a special mention,” she said on Twitter.In a statement, the MEA said the UN Security Council and the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of India and Judge Bhandari received all 15 votes in the UN Security Council and 183 out of the 193 votes in the UN General Assembly.”The extraordinary support from the UN membership is reflective of the respect for strong constitutional integrity of the Indian polity and the independence of the judiciary in India,” it said.It may be recalled that the Indian National Group to the Permanent Court of Arbitration had re-nominated Judge Dalveer Bhandari as India’s national candidate in June 2017, the ministry said.”India has been supporting the campaign of Judge Bhandari through diplomatic efforts at different fora. The UK decided to withdraw its candidate after a closely fought electoral process. We appreciate the UK decision. We thank all those governments who supported India in this election.In a series of tweets, the prime minister also expressed gratitude to members of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council for “their support and trust in India.””Congratulations to EAM SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA and diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India’s re-election to ICJ,” Modi tweeted.Bhandari, 70, and UK’s Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election as the UN could not decide between them after electing four out of five judges to the ICJ.Terming Bhandari’s re-election as a “huge diplomatic win”, BJP president Amit Shah said his win is a reflection of a “strong and decisive” leadership.

Humiliating blow for UK, sign of India’s ascendancy: Britain media mourns ICJ loss to India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Justice Dalveer Bhandari’s victory over Britain’s candidate in the world court is a “humiliating blow” for the UK, the media said today, even as India asserted that the hard-fought race will not impact the bilateral ties.India’s Acting High Commissioner to the UK Dinesh Patnaik also reiterated that diplomats of both countries had been in contact with each other from the very start, which reflects the strong bond between India and the UK.”A senior representative from the UK Foreign Office has been in contact from the beginning and expressed the view that it is two friendly countries with similar legal systems in the running. The whole process has been very cordial and it will not impact the bilateral relationship in any way,” he said.Just minutes after an 11th round of voting was scheduled to begin in New York on Monday, a letter was released by the UK mission to the UN announcing that Sir Christopher Greenwood would accept defeat and allow his Indian rival to fill the vacancy in the UN s principal legal body based in The Hague.The UK media has branded the “acrimonious” vote as a sign of Britain’s eroding stature on the world stage.”The UK will not have a judge on the bench of the International Court of Justice for the first time in its 71- year history,” reports the Guardian in dismay.”The decision to bow to mounting opposition within the UN General Assembly is a humiliating blow to British international prestige and an acceptance of a diminished status in international affairs,” it notes.Political observers believe the UK had no choice but to back off as it cannot be seen to continue to use its position in the UN Security Council to muscle its way in on important global affairs.It is also reflective of a wider chain of events triggered by the vote for Brexit in last year’s European Union referendum, which has already lost London two prestigious EU institutions the European Banking Authority to Paris and the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam.The ICJ blow hits harder as the UK is one of the founding members of the United Nations and has had a representative on the ICJ bench since its inception in 1946.”The UK’s failure to guarantee a place on the court of an organisation it helped to found has been interpreted as a sign of its increasingly irrelevance on the world stage following the decision to leave the European Union,” notes the Independent newspaper.”In contrast India, with its status as the world’s biggest democracy and with a growing economy, is seen as in the ascendancy,” it adds.Greenwood and Bhandari were both hoping to win re- election but this time Lebanon’s former ambassador was an unexpected sixth candidate for the five slots.His victory had left Bhandari fighting for a spot normally reserved for Europeans, and in this case the UK.In a statement, UK Ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft said: “The UK has concluded that it is wrong to continue to take up the valuable time of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly with further rounds of elections.”We are naturally disappointed, but it was a competitive field with six strong candidates.”Many attributed Britain’s decision to remove itself from the race to the potential impact an intensified battle would have on the economic relationship between India and the UK.But there is no doubt that when Greenwood steps down at the end of his term early next year, it will reflect a shift in the balance of power at the UN away from the Security Council.”The so-called Group of 77 which represents a coalition of mostly developing nations has long been pushing for greater influence. The victory of India over the UK will be seen as a huge success for the G77 in pushing back against the traditional northern powers on the Security Council,” notes the BBC.Almost unanimously, the UK media laments what this defeat at the UN means for the UK a significant diplomatic setback and a symbol of Britain’s reduced status on the world stage.

Win wouldn’t have been possible without PM Modi and Sushma Swaraj: Dalveer Bhandari after ICJ re-election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India’s Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice with more than two-thirds of the UN members backing him, forcing Britain to withdraw its candidate amidst high drama in the hard-fought race to the world court.In one of the country’s “biggest diplomatic victories” in the multilateral arena, Bhandari received 183 of the 193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all 15 votes in the Security Council to fill the final vacancy on the Hague-based International Court of Justice after separate but simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters here.”The win wouldn’t have been possible without the support of PM Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj,” Dalveer Bhandari said, adding,”the win happened due to coincidence.”Reflecting on the victory, Bhandari said India is known as an “emerging nation worldwide”.Bhandari, 70, was declared re-elected for a fresh nine- year term at the ICJ after Britain withdrew its candidate Christopher Greenwood from the race about an hour before the scheduled voting.According to observers, Bhandari’s victory has sent a strong message to the leading powers about the winds of change in the world and underscored the point that India is now a force to reckon with.The ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term. To be elected, the candidate needed majority in both the chambers.Established in 1945, the role of the ICJ is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions.Soon after the election results were announced, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin was congratulated by representatives of other countries on the floor of the General Assembly.”Vande Matram – India wins election to the International Court of Justice. JaiHind,” tweeted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.In the previous 11 rounds of voting, Bhandari had consistently polled nearly two-thirds of the members of the General Assembly.With Bhandari’s election, Britain will not have a judge on the world court’s 15-member panel for the first time.Also for the first time in 70 years, a permanent member of the Security Council lost to a non-permanent member for a seat in the ICJ.The British move to block voting in the Security Council and go for the joint consultation mechanism, which was last used some 96 years ago, also felt flat yesterday.This is because, many of the Security Council members including some Permanent Members which were consistently supporting Britain in the secret ballot, backed off from voting in favour of the UK move to stop next rounds of voting as this required open voting, observers said.”It is actually perhaps the biggest diplomatic victory we have in a multilateral arena,” a long-time friend of India at the United Nations said.In a dramatic move, British Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft wrote identical letters to the presidents of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council before the two chambers were scheduled to meet at 3 pm (local time) for the 12th round of voting.Rycroft said in his letter the current deadlock is unlikely to be broken by further rounds of voting and the UK therefore has decided to withdraw Greenwood’s nomination.”In taking this step, we have borne in mind the close relationship that the United Kingdom and India have always enjoyed and we will continue to enjoy…,” Rycroft said.Noting that Britain is a major player in the UN system, sources said the “signal to all the membership is clear that Indians are now a force to reckon with”.According to informed sources, three hours before the voting, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak and Italian Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi in his capacity as Security Council President for the month of November convened a consultative meeting with the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN Rycroft and Akbaruddin.India refused to budge against any kind of pressure and insisted to complete the democratic process, sources said.It was unclear what transpired in the next two hours that forced Britain to withdraw from the race.In Washington, US President Donald Trump in between had a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Indian- origin Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.It is learnt that many of the Britain’s supporters at this point of time clearly told them that they would vote for Greenwood only in a secret ballot but could not be seen voting in open against India and that too at a time when two-thirds of the world community was backing New Delhi.Reading the writing on the wall, Britain decided to withdraw from the race, sources said.At the start of the General Assembly and the Security Council meeting both Lajcak and Cardi read similar letters from Rycroft informing them about UK’s decision to withdraw from the race.Thereafter Lajcak and Cardi announced to complete the rest of the election process by having the name of just Bhandari on the ballot. Soon Bhandari was declared elected.In the last 10 days, it is learnt that India mounted an unprecedented diplomatic campaign to win the ICJ seat.Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is believed to have taken up the matter with some of the world leaders.

Inside Story: Here’s how India ensured Dalveer Bhandari’s re-election as ICJ judge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The re-election of Indian nominee Justice Dalveer Bhandari to the last seat of the world court has sown India’s strategic connect as well as the new world order based on democratic processes and principles.Ahead of the election, where Bhandari was pitted against the British nominee Christopher Greenwood, India pulled all stops to ensure his victory with the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj contacting some of her 100 counterparts mostly from African and Latin American countries. Officials at her ministry were also in constant touch with the envoy of developing countries stationed in New Delhi.“They had all ensured support, but were skeptical whether India will be able to pull support at the 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) dominated by world powers,” a source said.For a victory, it was necessary to enlist majority both at the UN General Assembly as well as at the UNSC.After former Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case (currently on a death row in Pakistan) reached to the world court, there was an understanding that having an Indian judge in the ICJ was a political priority. Insiders said that till early 2017, the South Block had almost made up mind to demit the Indian seat in the current election cycle, as they had assessed there were not many chances for their nominee to get re-elected with Britain and other countries joining the race. Bhandari’s nomination was officially backed by India, along with Australia, Bangladesh, Colombia, and Israel.In a carefully crafted strategy involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swaraj, the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and India’s representative at the UN Syed Akbaruddin, India sought to enlist the support of countries raising the issue of democratic process.“We convinced countries that the democratic process needs to play its full course in both the Security Council and the General Assembly and there should not be an intervention or adoption of a process that has never been used before or the one that undermines the voice of the majority,” officials said.The strategy clicked with a number of developing countries pledging their support to India against the nominee of a former colonial power and member of the UNSC. Admitting that there were pulls, pressures, and allurements, asking India to withdraw its candidature in favour of powerful UK, but it was firmly put down. In a typical disruptions style of PM Modi, the team overlooking the election ruled out any compromise asserting that the candidate who enjoys the overwhelming support of the General Assembly members can be the only be a legitimate candidate to go through. As the lobbying has intensified, the campaign took an ugly turn with Greenwood’s supporters trying to break Bhandari’s growing support in the Assembly by carrying out a stealth campaign to make it appear that India was giving up, according to diplomats.But Indian officials maintained that voting in the General Assembly which overwhelmingly favoured India is reflective of the new global order, which is not pleasant to the world powers. In earlier rounds Bhandari has nearly a two-thirds majority with 121 votes in the 193-member Assembly, while Greenwood has a slender majority of nine in the 15-member Council. Both the 193-member UNGA and the 15-member UNSC have to vote independently to elect the members of the ICJ.A beaming Syed Akbaruddin admitted that a huge diplomatic effort had gone into electing Bhandari to the world court. “There was a crucial meet before the vote. We put forward our view and stuck to it. It was apparent that vote will be in our favour. We are grateful that the UK judge recused and recognised that the Indian judge was doing good in UNGA,” he said in New York.Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj congratulated Justice Bhandari this morning. “Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team – MEA. Syed Akbaruddin, our Permanent Representative in UN deserves a special mention,” she said in a tweet.President Ram Nath Kovind also congratulated Bhandari, posting on Twitter. “Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari for his re-election to the ICJ. A diplomatic milestone for India.”India officially began the process of re-nominating Bhandari in late June, which kick-started the lobbying process to get him on back on the bench in The Hague’s Peace Palace. With the ICJ to adjudicate the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav over the next few years, the perception in New Delhi is that having an Indian judge on the bench is a national priority. Pakistan, the other party in the ‘Jadhav Case’, also has the right to nominate an ad-hoc judge to the bench since the ICJ has a serving Indian judge, but not one with Pakistani nationality.Sources here said that the lobbying had already begun at the highest level at the G-20 meeting in Hamburg in the first week of July, when Modi solicited support for Bhandari in all his diplomatic interactions with foreign leaders. He also got support from BRICS leaders during the summit in Xiamen, China, and then raised the issue again during his bilateral trip to Myanmar, while calling for just international order.Swaraj, who led an Indian delegation at the UNGA’s annual session, stayed in New York last September for seven days. Her top priority was to directly speak to her counterparts and get as many committed votes for Bhandari as possible. As one source here confirmed that there was a very high level of effort being put in by the Indian government. “Instructions had gone out to ensure that Bhandari’s candidature finds mentions at India’s diplomatic interactions, whether they involve just diplomats or the country’s top leaders,” they said.Plans were also drawn up to draft personal letters from the prime minister to his counterparts. Diplomats were also sent to the critical countries to garner support. India decided on Bhandari’s re-nomination only a few weeks before the July 3 deadline. This despite that India’s seat for Asia Pacific group already had a contender in the form of Lebanon’s permanent representative, Nawaf Salam. Egypt, currently a non-permanent UNSC member was the first to announce that it will support Bhandari. In return, India agreed to back the Egyptian candidate for the post of director general of UNESCO.The current diplomatic push for the world court seat reminded the 2010 elections for the UNSC non-permanent seat when the government of Manmohan Singh also pulled all stops to win the election. Due to those efforts, India won the seat that it held for two years with an overwhelming number of countries including Pakistan endorsing its sole candidature from the Asian group. India received the highest number of votes — 187 out of 192 — among all countries in the fray.

Pleased to see ‘close friend’ India win: UK on Dalveer Bhandari’s re-election to ICJ

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Britain has congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to the International Court of Justice and said it will continue to cooperate closely with India at the United Nations and globally.Bhandari was today re-elected to the last seat of the Hague-based ICJ after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election.India’s nominee Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.Britain’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft, in a statement said it decided to withdraw Sir Chris Greenwood as a candidate for re-election as a Judge of the International Court of Justice.”The UK has concluded that it is wrong to continue to take up the valuable time of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly with further rounds of elections,” he said. Britain, he said, congratulates the successful candidates, including Judge Bhandari of India.Earlier, it appeared that there was a neck-and-neck contest between Bhandari and Greenwood.”We are naturally disappointed, but it was a competitive field with six strong candidates,” Rycroft said. “If the UK could not win in this run-off, then we are pleased that it is a close friend like India that has done so instead. We will continue to cooperate closely with India, here in the United Nations and globally,” he said.Rycroft said that the UK will continue to support the work of the ICJ, “in line with our commitment to the importance of the rule of law in the UN system and in the international community more generally”.Britain’s withdrawal from the election to the prestigious world court would mean that there will not be a British judge on the UN’s most powerful court for the first time in its history.

UK withdraws judge from UN court of justice seat bid

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Here’s why UNSC permanent members are wary of India’s nominee winning ICJ election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The permanent members of the UN Security Council are ‘unnerved’ by the prospect of India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari winning against Britain’s candidate in the election to the last seat of the World Court as it would set a precedent that may challenge their power in the future, observers here feel.Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, the sources say. The permanent members of the Security Council — the US, Russia, France and China — appeared to have rallied behind Greenwood. Britain is the fifth permanent member of the Security Council. In the 11 rounds of election so far, Bhandari has been receiving support of nearly two-third of the members of the General Assembly, but is trailing by three votes against Greenwood in the Security Council.The 12th round of elections has been scheduled for today. Britain on Friday in an informal consultation of the UN Security Council members mooted the idea of joint conference mechanism as it feels that this could be their only face saving exit strategy, informed sources said. As shared with other members of the Security Council during informal consultations, Britain would prefer to stop voting on the ICJ elections after the first round as it fears that otherwise India could well cross the two-third mark. In that scenario it would be very difficult for the UN Security Council stop India’s candidate from being elected to the ICJ.
ALSO READ ICJ election: Amid Britain resorting to ‘dirty politics’, India and UK face off today for last seatHowever, the prospect of India winning against a P5 member through democratic means is something that this elite club of veto-wielding countries Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States are unnerved with, because this would set a precedent that they do not want to be repeated. “Today it is Britain, tomorrow it could be any one of us” is the argument which has brought all these five countries together, sources say.”If the one (of the P5) is going to be knocked off today, the other fear that they might be knocked off tomorrow,” according to a source.
ALSO READ Desperate for ICJ seat, UK pushing for joint conference of UNSC and UN Gen AssemblySuch an assessment of the UN insiders is based on informed sources, as voting for the ICJ election in both the Security Council and the General Assembly are based on secret ballots and there is no way to know who voted for whom. In all the rounds of the election so far, Greenwood has consistently got nine votes and Bhandari five in the Security Council. It is likely that on Monday India might increase its tally.It is understood that both New Delhi and Permanent Mission of India to the UN have been working overtime to convince the members of the Security Council on the need to go by the voice of the majority of the General Assembly.
ALSO READ Ahead of ICJ election, UK resorting to ‘dirty politics’ at UN to beat India: SourcesBut by Sunday evening it appeared that Britain was ready to execute its plan, as per which after the first round of voting they would call for a meeting of the Security Council and would seek a mandate to stop any further round of voting, and would call for adoption of joint conference mechanism, which was last adopted in 1921. However, this might come as a silver lining for India, sources said. This is because the Security Council vote to stop further rounds of the ICJ election would be open and not through a secret ballot.As a result, countries, many of whom have been pledging friendship with India but secretly voting against its candidate would be exposed in the open of raising their hands against India. This is something that members of the Security Council would avoid. Of the Permanent Five members, the US under President Donald Trump has just come out a 100-year plan of friendship with India and renamed Asia-Pacific and the Indo-Pacific region. Incidentally, hours before the ICJ election, Trump would be meeting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley at the White House.It is not sure, if Trump plans to weigh in on this issue in favour of India. Trump has repeatedly called himself as the “best friend of India and Indian Americans” in the White House.Russia is an all-weather tested friend of India. Over the past several decades, France has emerged as a reliable friend of India. The stand of China on a lot of issues is well known including India s membership to the Security Council and Beijing vetoing a move to designate Azhar Masood as a global terrorist by the UN. So, it would be quite a surprise, if China favoured an Indian candidate. “When chips are down, you always get support from developing countries,” commented one India watcher at the UN. The voting in the General Assembly which overwhelmingly favours India is reflective of the new global order, which is not pleasant to the world powers.Despite best of the British effort, their vote tally in the General Assembly has decreased with every other round of voting.”That’s why they are trying to find a face saver to get out of this,” a source said. India has been seeking that the democratic process need to be played its full course in both the Security Council and the General Assembly and there should not be an intervention or adoption of a process that has never been used before or the one that undermines the voice of the majority. The British move to stop voting after the first round might create bad blood between two important wings of the world body, which could have a long-term implication. The General Assembly might think that it has been denied its right to vote.Hours ahead of the scheduled vote the UN General Assembly president and Security Council president is likely to hold another round of consultation with the stakeholders to explore what are their options.

Ryan murder: CISF offers consultancy services to ensure safety in schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CISF has written to schools across the country, including noted ones like KVs, DPS, Doon and Scindia, offering professional security consultancy services to ensure safe environment for children, a move that comes in the wake of the killing of a student in Gurugram.The paramilitary, mandated as the nodal security agency to guard critical installations in the country including airports, has written dozens of letters to school authorities stating it can help create a “safe and secure” environment for school-going children which will come with a service fee.The consultancy fee would be around Rs 4 lakh for an average school.The trigger for this all-India exercise by the Central Industrial Security Force is the recent incident of killing of a Class 2 student of the Ryan International School in Gurugram who was found dead in the school bathroom with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.”It is felt that in the wake of the recent unfortunate incident in one of the reputed schools in the national capital region (NCR) in which a young student lost his life, there is now a need for revisiting the security infrastructure of our schools.””You will agree that a healthy and secure environment is a right of every child and schools have a major role to play in the providing the same,” the CISF letter addressed to one of the school principals read.Among those who have been sent the offer letter include the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, the Delhi Public School Society, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Springdales, Salwan Education Trust, Modern School, Sanskriti, Mother’s International, Shri Ram and Appejay Education Society in Delhi.The force has even approached the Ryan Group of Schools in Mumbai, the Doon School in Dehradun, Scindia School in Gwalior and Rishi Valley in Chitoor in Andhra Pradesh even as many more such letters are being dispatched.CISF Director General O P Singh said the force took the initiative as part of its responsibility towards society.”We are the best suited government agency for doing such expert security consultancies and in preparing safe environments. We need to ensure safety to the school-going children. About 200 institutions of national repute are our satisfied clients under this umbrella,” he told PTI.The force that works under the command of the Union home ministry has conducted similar security consultancy for the Dhirubhai Ambani International school in Mumbai and has similarly audited a number of Indian Institutes of Management (IIsM) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IIsT).The force has assured the schools that its professional but chargeable security solutions will be custom-made for them like it does for each of its clients.”We firmly believe that out consultancy will assist in finalising the blue print for effective security and fire protection of your esteemed educational institutions,” the CISF has told the schools.It said that its security audit report will “cover aspects related to integrated security solutions, student and faculty protection and any specific requirement put forth by them.”A senior officer of the force said after the first set of offer letters were dispatched few days back, three reputed schools from Delhi have already approached them with a positive word.The official said the CISF security consultancy, used by Infosys, Reliance, the Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) and AIIMS among others, will cost one-fourth as what is charged by some private players in this domain.”So, for an average school that we are talking about, an amount of about Rs 4-4.5 lakh would be incurred as the CISF consultancy fee. The private players charge as much as Rs 20 lakh for the same job,” he said.He said once the client agrees for the consultancy, a team of CISF experts from its special unit visit the premises that is to be audited and handover the final report from a time period ranging between 3-4 months.The report tells the client where to install CCTV cameras, where to deploy security staff, how to check access control, how to train their security staff and install emergency response gadgets.”The effort is to make the security system professional and competent.The security consultancy is also added with the fire audit where anti-blaze and counter-fire measures are suggested,” he said.The security consultancy wing in the 1969 raised force was created in 1999 and it has an elite team of 130 expert officials.

Ahead of ICJ election, UK resorting to ‘dirty politics’ at UN to beat India: Sources

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UK is trying to ‘misuse’ its UN Security Council membership by pushing for a joint conference mechanism, which was last used 96 years ago, in the election to the last seat in the World Court tomorrow in which India’s Dalveer Bhandari is a front-runner, diplomatic sources said.Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the ICJ.One-third of the court’s 15-member bench are elected every three years for a nine-year term, elections for which are held separately but simultaneously in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council in New YorkBritain is aggressively pushing in the UN Security Council for resorting to the joint conference mechanism which was last used some 96 years ago and against which there exists an unequivocal legal opinion, the diplomatic sources said.The “dirty politics” being played by India’s former colonial ruler, as one UN insider put it, has sent a sense of “uneasiness” among other members of the powerful UN Security Council, many of whom are aware of the long-term implications of a move to ignore the voice of the majority of the United Nations General Assembly.In all previous incidents, the candidate getting majority in the General Assembly has eventually been elected a judge of The Hague-based International Court of Justice.Bhandari, 70, has support of nearly two-thirds of 193 UN members. Greenwood, who has already served one nine-year term in ICJ, is trailing behind more than 50 votes in the General Assembly. However, he received nine against five for Bhandari in the Security Council.To win ICJ election a candidate needs to get majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council, which has not been the case in the 11 rounds of voting so far.Both the General Assembly and the Security Council have convened separate meetings at the UN headquarters tomorrow (3 p.m. local time) to hold the 12th round of voting.At a reception for Bhandari at the UN headquarters here on Friday, representatives of 160-member countries were present reflecting the overwhelming majority India enjoys in the General Assembly.Sensing that majority is not on its side, almost at the same time, the United Kingdom went to the Security Council for an informal consultation with other 14 members.Observing that there is a deadlock situation on the ICJ election, Britain is learnt to have proposed that voting in the Security Council be stopped after first round tomorrow and they go for joint conference mechanism. It is understood that this was opposed by some members of the Security Council.However, the British diplomats on Friday appeared confident to push its agenda through on Monday.Britain needs nine votes for the voting be stopped.Their calculation is based on the fact that in multiple rounds of the elections in UNSC, Britain has been getting nine votes for its candidate. But it is yet to be seen if the same countries support such an undemocratic move to stop voting.The British proposal is against all legal advices, which basically says that this option has never been used in the entire history of seven decades of the ICJ, the sources said.The only time it was used was prior to the establishment of the UN in 1921, when Deputy Judges for the Permanent Court of International Justice were selected, they said.A point in this regard was made by Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, at the ICJ reception at the UN headquarters.He had strongly opposed the joint conference mechanism.”Those who talk of bringing the UN and updating it to the 21st Century world cannot look back to the toolkit of 100 years ago and try to take out a tool which has never been used in the history of the UN and perhaps for valid reasons,” he had told the diplomats from more than 160 countries.”Because it opens a can of worms. We will forget about the electoral process and go after a can of worms? You are diplomats, you are sagacious people. Diplomacy is the solution. Voting is the way that diplomats resolve their differences, rather than through convoluted, cabalistic solutions of a bygone era,” Akbaruddin had said.Legal opinions also point out that there have been several instances of deadlocks between the General Assembly and the Security Council during ICJ elections.On these occasions, the balloting took place in many more rounds than what has been completed this time.On each such occasion, the candidate who was consistently leading in the General Assembly, was elected ultimately.In fact, there exists an unequivocal legal opinion provided in the 1984 UN Juridical Yearbook that argues against the resorting to the Joint Conference mechanism.Under this, three members each from the General Assembly and Security Council would be formed to come out with a name, which would again have to be voted through both the Security Council and the General Assembly.Britain, informed sources said, is now suggesting something which has never been tried and no one knows what its implications are.Its move raises a series of question, as to what happens if the three representatives of the General Assembly stick to the voice of the majority, or if it does not provide any names or every time says that it does not agree with the names being proposed by the Security Council, they said.”There is unease among several countries on the move to stop voting,” an informed source said.These countries feel that such a move would unnecessarily pitch Security Council against the General Assembly.”No one is certain how it will play out,” sources said.Once Security Council stops voting, the General Assembly has to comply. This is because under the ICJ election rules the candidate needs to get majority in General Assembly and Security Council.”This is their hope to stall the trend which is moving against them,” informed UN sources said.The British fear that as the voting goes into multiple rounds tomorrow, it might snowball into India getting more than two-thirds of the votes, which could be humiliating for them and would become “morally difficult” for the UN Security Council to stop voting.

Rafale deal | ‘What’s shameful is your boss silencing you,’ Rahul Gandhi takes down Nirmala Sitharaman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman slammed the Congress over scam allegations in the Rafale deal, calling it ‘shameful’, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi hit out at the minister with a brutal tweet.In his takedown, Gandhi tweeted, “Dear RM (Raksha Mantri), what’s shameful is your boss silencing you (sic).”In a point-by-point rebuttal, the Gandhi scion questioned the government on a: Final price of each Rafale jet; b: Did PM take CCS permission before announcing purchase in Paris and c: Why PM bypassed experienced HAL & gave the deal to AA rated businessman with no defence experience.The Congress has been questioning the Dassault Aviation deal with Anil Amabani led company Reliance Defence Limited. The Opposition party asserts that its UPA-led government had negotiated a $10.2 billion deal for 126 Rafale jets, as opposed to the current government’s $8.7 billion contract for just 36 fighters without any provision for technology transfer.On Friday, Sitharaman defended the government over the Rafale deal and said that there was no overpricing as alleged by the Congress.”These allegations are shameful…The deal was finalised following a transparent procedure,” Sitharaman told reporters.The defence minister also called the bickering against the deal as “disservice” to the armed forces, asserting that urgent requirement of the Indian Air Force was the main reason for sealing it.The defence minister said the final agreement for 36 Rafale jets was signed in September, 2016, after five rounds of lengthy discussions between Indian and French sides and approval by the Cabinet Committee on Security.She said the UPA government had sat over the proposed procurement of jets for 10 years.

Pakistan NSA Nasser Khan Janjua accuses India of creating ‘two-front situation’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua accused India of creating a “two-front situation” for Pakistan, saying such a policy would be detrimental to regional peace and stability.His statement came during his talks with visiting Special Representative of Germany for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel who was accompanied by German Ambassador Martin Kobler here.According to a statement by the NSA office, the two sides discussed the regional security situation and the prevailing situation in Afghanistan.Janjua said that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan but the same is under stress due to involvement of India which wants to create a “two front situation” for Pakistan.”India is self-seeking a two front situation which does not augur well for the region. All major powers of the world need to play their role in keeping the region stable and balanced,” he said.He meant to say that Pakistan was being stretched to fight militants on the western front with Afghanistan and face Indian army on the eastern border with India.The NSA also said that for “regional peace and stability, it is imperative for both the countries to engage with each and resolve their disputes”.He said Pakistan and India should resolve their disputes for the sake of better future.Janjua also said Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan and urged for a political settlement of the Afghan issue.”To end miseries of Afghanistan and its people, warring sides should seek a political solution to the conflict as the perpetual war of last 16 years has given us nothing but human miseries and sufferings,” Janjua added.

India, China hold first border consultation mechanism meet after Doklam standoff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and China on Friday held their first meeting on the border consultation and coordination mechanism here after the Dokalam standoff and reviewed the situation in all the sectors of their border and exchanged views on enhancing CBMs and military contacts.The 10th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) was held in Beijing, a press release from the Indian Embassy here said.The WMCC was established in 2012 as an institutional mechanism for consultation and coordination for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas.It was established to deal with the tensions over recurring border incursions as well as to exchange views on strengthening communication and cooperation, including between the border security personnel.The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC). While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as Southern Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covered Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.Today’s talks were held in a constructive and forward- looking manner, the release said.Both sides reviewed the situation in all sectors of India-China border and agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas is an important prerequisite for sustained growth of bilateral relations, it said.The two sides also exchanged views on further confidence building measures (CBMs) and strengthening of military-to- military contacts, it said.The talks between the delegations headed by Pranay Verma, Joint Secretary (East Asia), Ministry of External Affairs and Xiao Qian, Director General, Department of Asian Affairs, were the first such dialogue between the two countries after the 72-day-long standoff at Doklam in the Sikkim section.The standoff which began in mid-June ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India’s Chicken Neck corridor. India objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. The road was being built by the Chinese troops in the area also claimed by Bhutan.This is the first round of talks between the two countries after Chinese President Xi Jinping began his second five-year term as the chief of the ruling Communist Party of China last month.Today’s talks took place ahead of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s planned to visit to India to take part in the Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministers meeting expected to be held in New Delhi next month.Chinese officials earlier said Wang is expected to meet his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj as well as top Indian leaders.The contentious issues bedeviling both the countries, including the $ 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as Bejing’s veto blocking UN listing of JeM leader Masood Azhar as a global terrorist are expected to be discussed during Wang’s talks with Indian leaders.Ahead of the talks, Chinese officials have expressed optimism that differences over the listing of Azhar by China in the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council may be resolved soon. China has blocked India’s application last year and vetoed a similar resolution sponsored by the US, the UK and France twice this year.Also the 20th round of India-China border talks headed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, who are the designated Special Representatives, are expected to be held in New Delhi next month.The dates for both RIC and border talks are yet to be announced.The Special Representatives were also mandated to discuss all issues related to India-China relations.The delegations at today’s talks comprised of diplomatic and military officials from each side.The two sides agreed to hold the next meeting of the WMCC at a mutually convenient time, the release said.

CISF, cops to replan Metro’s security structure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the molestation of a journalist at ITO metro station subway sparked a row over women’s safety, Director General of CISF, the force that secures metro stations, and Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik, on Friday, discussed a review of the present security system of Delhi Metro.It was on Tuesday night when the journalist who was entering the metro station was attacked by a man who attempted to grope the woman. CCTV footage of the incident which went viral on social media also shows that when the woman was confronted and raised an alarm, the man tried to escape but was chased by the journalist. A day later he was arrested by the Delhi Police and was identified as a 25-year-old tea stall worker.Following the incident, while the DG CISF, OP Singh, has directed his DIG DMRC unit to review the security setup in Delhi Metro, Patnaik also ordered a Special Commissioner to look into the security structure that the Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP)follows. Soon the Delhi Police and CISF are expected to replan their security set up in Delhi Metro.The incident took place in the subway that connects the main road to ITO metro station. When DNA looked into the security set up of a metro station, it was found that various areas are divided according to jurisdiction of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police’s DMRP.However, Singh pointed out that the force is always the first responder to any incident inside or even in the proximity to any metro station. “For us, security and safety of passengers come first and we have always responded with our best. Such incidents are addressed with utmost priority and no laxity will be tolerated,” Singh said.Talking to DNA, a senior CISF officer said, “Technically the areas that fall under CISF’s are start from frisking gates to the platform. The tracks, electrical installations over the tracks and areas beyond frisking areas, like the entry staircase or subways connecting the metro station to main roads are to be technically guarded by the DMRP. However, since the DMRP is drastically short staffed, our QRTs keep patrolling these areas also.”Even on Tuesday, the CISF was the first responder when the journalist was attacked at ITO, the DG claimed. Pankaj Singh, DCP Metro, said that they have requested for increased manpower.SOLUTIONS NEEDEDDMRP – metro train track tunnel, electrical installations over the track, subways connecting metro stations to main roads, staircase at entrance of metro stations
CISF – from the frisking gates to the platforms
Problem: Every metro station in the Capital is divided into different areas to be taken care of by the CISF and DMRP separately. This creates confusion over jurisdiction in such cases leading to delayed action

New round of ICJ voting to be held on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UN General Assembly and the Security Council will meet on Monday for a new round of voting for the last seat at the International Court of Justice as the battle between India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood remained deadlocked.Bhandari and Greenwood, who are seeking re-election at the Hague-based ICJ, are locked in a major battle as 11 rounds of elections held in both the UNGA and UNSC have failed to yield results.Under the election procedures, the balloting would be held simultaneously by the Assembly and the Council.In the successive rounds of elections spread over two days in the last two weeks, Bhandari, 70, enjoyed nearly two- third majority in the 193-member Assembly.Greenwood, 62, received nine votes as against five by Bhandari in the Security Council. As per ICJ rules, the candidates need to gain majority in both the General assembly and Security Council to be declared elected.On Monday, the election would be presided over by the General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak, his spokesperson Brendan Varma said at a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York.The spokesperson was asked whether the election process would be turned over to the ICJ in The Hague if the General Assembly and Security Council could not agree on the last seat.He said that there were additional procedures that could be followed in New York if the Monday’s meeting remained inconclusive.For example, a joint conference could be formed, consisting of six members (three appointed by the General Assembly and three by the Security Council).”This joint conference could then agree upon a name by an absolute majority and submit it for the acceptance of the Assembly and the Council, said Varma.”Nevertheless, the time for that procedure had not come yet, he said and advised the journalist to wait and see what happened in the Monday’s meeting.The ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term, elections for which are held separately but simultaneously in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council in New York.Last week, four of the six candidates in the fray were elected as they got absolute majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council.They are Ronny Abraham of France, Antnio Augusto Canado Trindade of Brazil and Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia and Nawaf Salam of Lebanon.

Move to block resolution on Masood Azhar not contradictory to BRICS declaration: China

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China has asserted that there is no contradiction in its policy to block India’s bid to designate Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, saying the BRICS declaration was against terror groups and not individuals, Pakistani media today reported.A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to impose a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. The latest technical hold by China came on November 2 when it blocked another proposal by the US, France and the UK to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN. Beijing had blocked such a move in February this year. Speaking to a delegation of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors in Beijing this week, Counsellor and Asia Division Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chen Feng said vetoing a resolution against Azhar after the BRICS declaration against terror outfits did not reflect a contradiction in China’s policy as BRICS members have not entered into any such agreement.The Chinese move was not in contradiction with Chinese policy in the context of BRICS declaration against terrorism, Chen was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune. Chen clarified that the BRICS summit discussed only banned organisations and not individuals, Pakistan Today reported. The BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – at a summit in China in September named, for the first time, Pakistan-based groups like the Lashkar-e- Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Haqqani network in a joint declaration condemning terror.In early November, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said: “we raised a technical hold so as to allow more time for the committee and its members to deliberate on this matter. But there is still absence of consensus on this matter.” Defending the repeated technical holds, Hua said China’s actions are meant to ensure and safeguard the authority and effectiveness of the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council. China in the past has also asked India to discuss the issue directly with Pakistan to reach an understanding on Azhar’s listing.In the last two years, China has stonewalled efforts by India to declare Azhar as a global terrorist. The senior Chinese Foreign Ministry official also briefed the Pakistani editors about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), an ambitious project that is opposed by India as it is passing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Chen said Beijing was trying to convince India that the multibillion dollar project is based on economic cooperation and that its main aim is to promote peace and prosperity in the region.”The CPEC is neither a way to achieve political aims nor to be used in regional conflicts. Basic aim of the economic plan is to expand the mutual relations. China wants to engage other countries in the economic corridor too,” Chen said. He said China had time and again clarified it to India that it had no hegemonic designs in the region.”We rather view CPEC as a way of forming equal relationships with regional countries and to promote friendship and neighbourhood in the region,” he added. Feng clarified that China was not a party in the Kashmir dispute. “India’s accusation of Chinese occupation on any part of Kashmir is baseless. We have denied such claims in the past as well. Kashmir is a bone of contention between India and Pakistan, peaceful solution of which is the only way to regional peace and prosperity,” he was quoted as saying.

ICJ: Dalveer Bhandari gets overwhelming backing in UNGA but not in UNSC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Dalveer Bhandari, India’s nominee for the last seat in the World Court, has received an overwhelming support from the UN General Assembly members who defied permanent members of the Security Council to back him against Britain’s candidate, resulting in a deadlock.The battle between Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) seat remained deadlocked yesterday as neither could get the requisite numbers of votes in the latest face-off. Bhandari, 70, and Greenwood are seeking re-election at the Hague-based ICJ. One-third of the court’s 15-member bench are elected every three years for a nine-year term, elections for which are held separately but simultaneously in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council in New York.Last Thursday, four of the six candidates in the fray were elected as per the UN laws, got absolute majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council. Ronny Abraham of France, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia, Antonio Augusto Cancado Trindade of Brazil and Nawaf Salam of Lebanon were elected after four rounds of elections on Thursday. Yesterday, the UN General Assembly and the Security Council met separately to elect the remaining one candidate for the ICJ.In each of the five rounds of elections, Greenwood of Britain received nine votes and Bhandari got five in the UN Security Council. The winner must secure 8 votes in the Security Council.Given that Britain is a Permanent member of the Security Council, Greenwood has an advantage over Bhandari. Bhandari received absolute majority in the General Assembly elections in all the five rounds. In fact, he increased his vote tally from Thursday’s 115 to 121 votes in the General Assembly elections yesterday against the absolute majority number of 97.The vote tally of Greenwood dropped from 76 to 68 yesterday.Both the General Assembly and the Security Council announced to adjourn the meeting for the election to be convened at a later date. Ahead of the yesterday’s voting, Congress leader and former top UN official Shashi Tharoor said that the “voice of the General Assembly” has been ignored for too long. He accused the “UK of trying to stall the will of the majority of the UN General Assembly”.”As the UN Security Council (SC) & General Assembly (GA) vote to choose a judge for the International Court Of Justice (#ICJ) between Indian & UK candidates, the legitimacy & effectiveness of the UN are at stake. The voice of the GA has been ignored too long,” he said in a tweet.”This time a nominee of a Permanent member of the SC has failed to get an absolute majority of the GA, for the first time in a direct contest to a major @UN organ. GA vote has turned into a protest against an unwarranted extension of privilege for 70+ years. P5 lost by 40votes!” he said. Tharoor said the election is no longer about the judge or the country he hails from, but about the General Assembly standing up against a member of a privileged club who has lost comprehensively among the Members at large but still leads 9-6 in the Security Council.”The UK is trying to stall the will of the majority of the GA,” he charged. Decisions at the UN, he said, must reflect the voice of the majority of Members and cannot continue to be decided by a few states with long-held privileges. Noting that this is not about India or any single country, he said this is about the idea of justice, of equality and fairness.

CISF may take over security of Delhi courts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The security of courts in the national Capital might soon be a mandate of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Top level sources in the force told DNA that after “successfully” guarding the Madras High Court, the CISF may now find itself stationed at various Delhi courts. Nothing, however, has been finalised as of now.An undertrial was shot at and killed inside the Rohini court complex on Monday. This was not the first time that a court in Delhi witnessed such an incident. In April, a shootout had left the Rohini court complex rattled. In 2015, three men opened fire inside a court room at the Karkardooma court, killing a Delhi Police constable and critically wounding an undertrial.“Our deployment at the Madras High Court has received a positive response. The hooliganism and nuisance that was reported at times have witnessed a drastic curb. The premise has also witnessed a tighter security ring and a hawk-eye vigil. If asked to secure Delhi courts, the force will make a proposal accordingly,” a senior officer said.“If deployed, the CISF will demarcate fixed entry-exit points, install baggage scanners, and get cameras installed to get rid of dark zones. This will step up the security manifold,” the officer said.Security of the Madras High Court landed in CISF’s lap in 2015, following a suo motu PIL on two incidents that had raised serious concerns about the arrangements at the court premises. A group of lawyers had laid siege to the bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, sporting black flags and placards and demanding that Tamil be declared the official language of the High Court.Former Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul then insisted on getting the court building secured by the CISF, though the state government objected to it and went up to the Supreme Court. It lost the case. A series of orders extended the cover periodically, by either a year or six months.

Prez Ram Nath Kovind’s daughter gets ground role at Air India due to security reasons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind’s daughter Swati, who was an air hostess with national carrier Air India, has been assigned ground duties because of security reasons, according to the airline’s spokesperson.Swati, who doesn’t use a surname, was a cabin crew on Air India’s long-haul Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 flights, but for nearly a month now she has been deputed with Air India’s integration department at the airline’s headquarters, the official said.The department oversees human resource integration of erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India since their merger in 2007.”As a President’s daughter, I don’t think she can fly as a crew with security personnel around. It is not possible to block so many passenger seats,” an airline source explained.

Odd-Even to make comeback on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Delhi government has decided to bring back the Odd-Even scheme in the National Capital, beginning Monday, the Delhi Traffic Police have listed operational issues while implementing the scheme.The police have also expressed concerns about the problems they are likely to face during the first phase of the scheme. Unfortunately these concerns, which were voiced last year — when the scheme was first introduced — will remain relevant this time as well since the exempted vehicles category is more or less the same as last year.Other major concerns include exemption of vehicles carrying school children in school uniforms. This had caused operational issues especially because a parent wanted to pick up his/her child from school after closing hours and similarly while dropping the child to school in morning and then returning home.Also, there was no exemption given to LPG motor vehicles which are also considered as a clean source of fuel, at par with CNG.The Delhi Traffic Police is a force of about 5,922 police officers; 80 per cent of whom are posted for field duties whereas 20 per cent are in offices and other units. With approximately two crore people residing in Delhi and over 90 lakh vehicles plying on its roads, the numbers are stacked against the Delhi Traffic police. Other parallel concerns include checking at border points as many vehicles from NCR enter Delhi which poses a great challenge. Then, identifying an offending vehicle in running traffic is not only challenging but can lead to traffic snarls as well.”A major concern is the use of fake number plates since the High-Security Registration Plates (HSRP) has not been implemented for vehicles registered before May 1, 2012,” said Dependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police, Traffic.Also, there is an issue of surge pricing. Commuters have voiced concerns that surge pricing will rise during the implementation of the scheme. They’ve said there must be a solution for auto-rickshaws and taxis charging exorbitant fares during this time. Meanwhile, as men of the force will be on the ground implementing the scheme, the traffic police has also decided to rotate their duties from inner/middle/outer areas.”We tell our staff members to go for regular medical check-ups. We are also planning to introduce shift system for traffic police for vulnerable heavy junctions where traffic remains heavy through the day,” added Pathak.Last year’s numbersPhase-I (Jan 1 to 15, 2016)Total Challans: 3065Amount collected: Rs 66,36,000Phase-II (April 15 to 30, 2016) Total Challans: 4062Amount collected: Rs 80,78,300

BSF-Pak Rangers to resume Commandant-level talks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers have decided to resume the Commandant-level talks between the two border guarding forces that had been abandoned for the last one year.The decision was taken during the Director General level talks of the two forces held in Delhi from November 8-10.The decision to resume talks is aimed at helping the civilian population living near the border areas that often suffers due to the hostility between two countries.Major General Muhammad Saeed, Director General, Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) led a 19-member Pakistani delegation to India. The 23-member Indian delegation was led by Sharma, DG BSF. Both the delegations also had representatives from respective home & foreign ministries along with officers from narcotics control & survey departments.The Indian side firmly and strongly took up specific issues of concern including incidents of unprovoked cross border firing, smuggling of narcotics, infiltration attempts, tunneling and defence construction activities.”The need for timely exchange of information, at the field level with increased frequency of field commanders level meetings, simultaneous coordinated patrolling etc. were also discussed,” the BSF said in a statement.The issue of inadvertent crossing over by the border population and ways to facilitate their return on both the sides was also discussed. It was agreed upon in deliberations that utmost caution and care should be exercised in dealing with the civilians.It was mutually agreed to hold the next round of talks in Pakistan. “The talks ended with both sides agreeing on constant endeavor to maintain peaceful and tranquil borders,” BSF said.The delegation from Pakistan that was expected to stay back in India till Sunday and also visit Agra cut short their plan.

Dalveer Bhandari, Christopher Greenwood locked in major battle for ICJ seat; stakes high for both India and Britain

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s Dalveer Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Based out of The Hague, the ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term.Along with justice Bhandari and justice Greenwood, three others — Ronny Abraham of France, Ant nio Augusto Can ado Trindade of Brazil and Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia — were seeking re-election. Their terms expire on February 5, 2018.Nawaf Salam of Lebanon was also in the fray, making a total of six candidates for five positions.Judges of France, Somalia, Lebanon and Brazil were elected after fourth round of voting late in the afternoon, as they received absolute majority in both the General assembly and the Security Council elections.Stakes are now high for both India and Britain for the last seat.In the fourth round, Bhandari received a majority — 115 votes — in the General Assembly, while Greenwood received 76 votes.However, in the 15-membered Security Council Greenwood got majority (nine) of the votes as against six votes by Bhandari.As a result, another round of votes have been scheduled for Monday.As per the United Nation’s ICJ election rules, the candidates need to get absolute majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council.Both elections are held simultaneously but independently of each other.That means 97 votes in the Assembly and eight votes in the Security Council are required to win the ICJ election.Several rounds of elections were held today at the General Assembly and the Security Council in the absence of any candidates getting absolute majority.A former judge of the Supreme Court, Bhandari, 70, was elected to the International Court of Justice in April 27, 2012 following a vacancy after the resignation of sitting court judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh from Jordon on being appointed as the Prime Minister.Bhandari had received 122 votes in the UN General assembly as against 58 for Florentino Feliciano from the Philippines.

IndiGo: Fisticuffs aren’t ok, says Gajapathy Raju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after controversy erupted over a viral video that showed IndiGo staffers allegedly manhandling a passenger in Delhi, IndiGo promoter Rahul Bhatia met Civil Aviation Minister Gajapathy Raju. The minister sought an ‘independent’ report from regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the matter, saying that fisticuffs are not acceptable in a civilised society.Raju also said that the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) will check whether certain procedures were violated, as the incident happened in the security area.A video surfaced on Tuesday showing IndiGo staff assaulting a passenger at the Delhi airport. The incident happened on October 15 on the tarmac. On Wednesday morning, IndiGo promoter Rahul Bhatia held meetings with Raju and civil aviation secretary R N Choubey.The minister further said that any violation on the airside is dangerous. “I understand that some of them (procedure) have not been followed and notice will go from the BCAS as to why things have not been followed,” Raju said. “We can’t have violations. These are incorrect. Can there be fisticuffs on the airside? What is this?”When asked whether there would be any punishment for the airline, Raju said, “I have not studied that.” A punitive action would depend on a lot of things, he said, adding that let the DGCA report come out.Meanwhile, President and Whole Time Director of IndiGo Aditya Ghosh, in a letter to the Civil Aviation ministry said that Montu Kalra – the self-professed whistle-blower who was sacked – not only instigated the incident but also provoked the passenger by shooting a video on his mobile phone. He also did not bring the incident to the notice of his superiors.— With agency inputs

Prime conspirator in Akshardham temple terror attack case held in Ahmedabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The alleged prime conspirator in the 2002 terror attack on Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, Abdul Rashid Ajmeri, was arrested at the city airport after he arrived from Riyadh, a senior official said.The arrest was made late last night.”Ajmeri is one of the prime conspirators behind the Akshardham temple terror attack. He was arrested from the airport after he landed here late last night. We had inputs that he is travelling to Ahmedabad from Riyadh to meet his brother,” the DCP of Ahmadabad Crime Branch, Deepan Bhadran, said.It was alleged that he had planned the terror attack and helped Lashkar-e-Taiba in carrying it out.Ajmeri, an Ahmedabad resident, “had absconded to Riyadh before the terror act was committed,” Bhadran said, adding that more names may come out during his interrogation.Two militants, allegedly with links to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, had attacked the temple in Gandhinagar on September 24, 2002, killing 32 and injuring over 80 people.The attackers were were killed by the National Security Guard (NSG) commandos.The Supreme Court had, in May 2014, acquitted all six convicts arrested earlier, including three facing death sentence, in the case.

CRPF vehicle attacked by militants in J&K’s Anantnag, two jawans injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two jawans were injured on Thursday after militants attacked CRPF vehicle in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag. CRPF spokesperson said that the vehicle was coming from Jammu when the attack took place.Injured jawans are out of danger.Last month, militants had attacked a CRPF vehicle in busy Sanat Nagar area of Srinagar.On October 16, in a crackdown on terror module, the Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier, two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district were killed.In another encounter, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.

6-year-old boy kidnapped, sodomised for 6 hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan’s 6-year-old boy was kidnapped and sodomised by a 21-year-old youth who spotted him playing near his house. After the boy went missing for hours, his relatives started searching for him and informed the police. However, six hours later, the victim’s uncle finally caught the man red-handed in a compromising position with the boy and handed him over to the police. On Tuesday afternoon, the boy was playing near Adinath Society in the Odhav area, when according to the police, they received a complaint from the boy’s father that he had gone missing. The family and the police then started a search in the area and it was only after six hours that the uncle chanced upon the youth with the boy behind a workshop 300 metres away from his house. The accused was identified as Mayur Suthar (21), a construction labourer, who revealed during his interrogation that he was passing by area when he started talking to the boy. He then took him for a ride, promising to teach to ride a bike as well, after which he took the boy behind the workshop and sodomised him. CB Tandel, in-charge inspector of Odhav police station said,“The accused was nabbed by the boy’s uncle and handed over to police. Suthar didn’t know the boy, he had randomly picked him and sodomised him. We have lodged a case against him and further investigation is underway.”

New China doctrine leaves strategic affairs experts worried

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The recently concluded 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has raised concerns among strategic affairs experts, particularly the decision by that nation to take a great leap forward in strategic ability to modernise its defence forces by 2035 and to reach out to new dominions. However, they agree that India is among the few developing that have pushed back against China.Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran, however, expressed optimism in the elevation of Yang Jiechi, who is a state councillor and special representative of India-China Border Dispute Talk Mechanism, to the powerful seven-member Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC). Yang is believed to have played a significant role in the peaceful resolution of the 73-day Doklam face-off.Although China’s political processes are often highly opaque, Saran said Yang’s elevation could mean China was adding diplomatic heft in pursuit of seeking the role of a global leader. He also said that the Congress highlighted that a separation of powers between the Communist Party and the government that has been practised for years has ended and they have again become conjoined.”Even the public sector enterprises have been told to include party members on their board. Foreign investors are apprehending that rule may apply to joint ventures as well,”” he added.He agreed that India will face more complex Chinese challenge in times to come than in recent past. “We will be bumping up more in overlapping peripheries,” he said.Veteran diplomat Vijay K. Nambiar, who till recently served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Myanmar, said there was opportunity as well for both countries to look at a realistic solution to their boundary question.Commenting on China’s military reforms, Lt. Gen. SL Narasimhan, Member, National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), said the doctrinal change of seeking to reach out to new domains was a source of concern.China’s decision to modernise its armed forces and reach out to new regions has become a matter of concerns in Delhi, with experts worried about its implicationsIndia is likely to face a more complex China in the years ahead, given the collapsing of walls between the government and the Communist PartyThe presence of strong leaders in both nations, however, could be a benefit as it could help lower suspicions and psychological hang-ups.CONCERNEDChina’s decision to modernise its armed forces and reach out to new regions has become a matter of concerns in Delhi
India is likely to face a more complex China in the years ahead, given the collapsing of walls between the government and the Communist Party

Pakistani fisherman nabbed by Border Security Force

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) patrolling team on Monday morning arrested a Pakistani fisherman with a boat from the Harami Nala in the Sir Creek area of Kutch.According to sources, during patrolling the BSF team spotted a fisherman trying to sneak into India from the Pakistan side. Immediately, the team cornered and arrested him. Fishing net and other equipments were also found from the boat.Source said he would be handed over to local police. Initially, he would be kept at the Joint Interrogation Centre, where several intelligence agencies will interrogate him.RECENT CASESSeptember 7: Three Pakistanis apprehended with boats.September 6: Two Pakistani crew members were arrested and the boat seized.August 18: Abandoned Pakistani boat was seized from Harami Nala.March 25: Indian Coast Guard apprehended 9 Pakistani crew members on a boat from Indian waters.December 2016: Indian Coast Guard apprehended 26 Pakistanis with five boats from Indian Waters.

Coast Guard rescues 9 stranded fishermen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Coast Guard has rescued nine fishermen whose boat had sunk, and were stranded off Pipavav Coast.Official sources said the Coast Guard received information in the early hours of October 28 about a fishing boat Jayvanti Prasad sinking eight miles off Shiyal Bet near Pipavav. Nine fishermen onboard the boat later took shelter on an anchored vessel MS Gas Challenger.”The Coast Guard Interceptor Boat was tasked to recover the men and to assist them in planning recovery of the capsized boat,” the Defence PRO said in a release. The release added that reasons for the emergency are being investigated, even as the survivors were handed over to marine police.ICG negotiates release of fishing boatThe Indian Coast Guard successfully negotiated release of an Indian fishing boat from the custody of Pakistan Marine Security Agency recently.According to officials, Coast Guard Ship Ankit located a radar contact which was later confirmed as that of fishing boat Al Sha Asht Husen on wireless.”The boat was in the custody of Pakistan MSA ship. On continuous persuasion, the Pakistani agency released the boat with warning,” they said. Officials said that documents of the boat have been seized for imposing legal action and diverted to Okha.Defence PRO said in a release that increase in Pakistani presence has been noticed along the mutually agreed maritime boundary line. It added that Coast Guard ships and aircrafts operating from Gujarat too have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance in the area to shepherd the fishing boats away from the international waters.

China likely to again block move to list Masood Azhar as global terrorist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today hinted at no change in its policy of blocking efforts to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist during the second tenure of President Xi Jinping, as Beijing continued to harp on its familiar stand that there was no consensus among UN Security Council members.A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. JeM has already been in its banned list. China had in August extended by three months its technical hold on the the US, France and UK-backed proposal to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN after having blocked the move in February this year at the United Nations.”We have made our position clear many times from this podium. The relevant resolutions of Security Council have clear stipulations as to the mandate of 1267 Committee and also clear stipulations when it comes to the listing of relevant organisations and individuals,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here. Replying to questions whether China will block the ban on Azhar again when the 1267 Committee of the UNSC takes up the issue on Thursday, Hua said “as for listing application by the relevant country, there are disagreements”.China’s latest hold is due to lapse on Thursday. India has identified Azhar as the mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack on January 2, 2016. It has also blamed his brother Rauf and five others for carrying out the attack in which seven Indian soldiers were killed. Hua’s remarks indicate that China will continue its policy to block moves by India and other countries led by US to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN during the second term of President Xi.Hua said that China had put a technical hold to allow for more time for more parties to deliberate on this matter. “To our regret the committee is so far yet to reach consensus,” she said. China in the past had asked India to discuss the issue directly with Pakistan in order to reach an understanding. In the last two years, China has stonewalled efforts by India and then later by the US, the UK and France to declare Azhar as a global terrorist, stating that there was no consensus on the issue.She also put up all familiar defence of Pakistan, shielding it against criticism for sheltering terror groups. “You mentioned Pakistan. Pakistan is also a victim of terrorism and we support Pakistan in countering terrorism in accordance with the its own national conditions,” she said, adding that China advocated international cooperation on combating terrorism. On the Azhar issue, Hua said the UNSC resolutions have clear stipulations when it comes to the mandate of 1267 Committee and the listing of terrorist groups and individuals.”So far consensus has yet to be reached by the members of the Committee and the actions taken by China are meant to safeguard the authority and effectiveness of this committee,” she said, defending Beijing’s actions.She also claimed that China’s stance showed a “sense of responsibility”. “China will continue to follow the resolutions and the rules of procedure of the Committee and remain in touch and coordination with relevant parties,” she said, adding that the Chinese actions are meant to ensure the authority and efficacy of the UN Committee.”We believe that the Committee should follow the principles of objectivity, professionalism and fairness and reach decision by a consensus based on solid proof,” she said when asked if China is blocking India’s efforts at the behest of Pakistan. Last year in March, China was the sole member in the 15- nation UN organ to put a hold on India’s application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.

VK Singh bent on finding missing Indians

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh on Sunday met Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Eshaiker al-Jaafari in Baghdad, and held meetings with Iraqi National Security Advisor and Chief of Staff of the Army to coordinate search operations for the 39 missing Indians and find concrete information related to their whereabouts.The news agencies earlier quoted him saying that the search in Mosul and Badush to trace missing Indians has not revealed any positive results. He also said that Operation Hunt was over in Iraq. General Singh said “we will now have to rely on DNA samples” to ascertain the fate of the 39 Indians who were earlier believed to be held in ISIS captivity in Mosul and neighbouring areas. The minister said the search teams have explored all possible avenues and inputs in Mosul, Badoush and Talafar, but no positive results of any leads could be found. He said that the DNA samples collected from some of the family members of missing persons had been sent to match with the database in Iraq, and also with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).There are some mentally unstable ISIS captives in Iraqi prisons, but they are unable to identify themselves. “We will not lose hope as we have no conclusive proof they are dead or alive,” said VK Singh.The 39 Indians were kidnapped by terrorist group ISIS in June 2014. Among them, 22 were from Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Jalandhar in Punjab. One person, Harjit Masih, who escaped from ISIS captivity, claimed that the rest were shot dead.

J&K: Encounter breaks out between militants, security forces in Bandipora

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An encounter between militants and security forces broke out on Sunday in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.Security forces cordoned off the Mir Mohalla village in Hajin area of the district this morning following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants thereWhen the forces were conducting the searches the militants opened fire on them, triggering a gun battle, the official said.The encounter is still underway.On October 16, in a crackdown on terror module, the Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier, two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district were killed.In another encounter, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.

Caught on camera: Robber hits Goa ATM guard multiple times on head with hammer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A security guard was hit several times on the head with a hammer when he tried to fight off a robber in Goa.The incident took place in Bank of Maharashtra ATM in Goa’s Panaji.The security guard of the ATM center can be seen in a video attempting to catch hold of the robber.In a 37 second video, released by the news agency ANI, a robber can be seen hitting the guard multiple times with a hammer before escaping. However, even after being hit and falling down on the floor, the guard continued to fight off the robber who managed to flee.A case has been registered with the police who are investigating the incident.

Now show m-Aadhaar to enter airport; no id proof required for minors accompanied by parents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mobile Aadhaar can be used as an identity proof to enter airports, while identification documents will not be required for minors accompanied by parents, according to a circular issued by aviation security agency BCAS.Passengers entering an airport premises need to produce any one of the ten identity proofs listed by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) in its latest communication, which include passport, voter ID card, Aadhaar or m-Aadhaar, PAN card and driving licence. “In order to ensure that a bonafide passenger is travelling on a valid ticket issued in his/her name as well as to avoid any controversy/argument with the security staff, any of the following photo identity documents shall be carried in original,” according to the BCAS circular issued on October 26.A passbook issued by a nationalised bank, pension card, disability photo identification and service photo ID card of central/state government, PSU, local bodies and private limited company will also be acceptable. Differently-abled persons will have to produce a disability photo ID or a medical certificate. Students also have the option to furnish a photo identity card issued by a government institute. The order, however, exempts a minor accompanied by a parent or a guardian from producing an identity proof.”There shall not be any requirement of identity proof in respect of infant/minor accompanied by their parents/guardian who is a bonafide passenger having a valid identity proof,” the order adds. If a passenger is not able to furnish one of the ten documents, then there is also an option to provide an identity certificate issued by a group A gazetted officer of central/ state government. For international passenger the requirement of producing a passport and an air ticket will continue. P

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