<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lakhs of devotees thronged the decked-up ghats of River Ganga and offered the first “arghya” to the “astaachal surya” (setting sun) on the third day of the Chhath Mahaparv on Thursday.Chhath, the biggest festival in Bihar, which commenced with “Nahai-khai” on Tuesday, was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety as the fasting “vratis” reached various ghats and water bodies singing traditional festival hymns. Standing in knee-to-waist deep waters, the vratis offered prayers to the Sun God.Governor Satya Pal Malik, CM Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi along with senior officials toured various ghats to take stock of the arrangements. The ghats had been cleaned and decked up, safety enclosures, control room, watch towers, toilets, changing rooms, medical teams and water ambulances had been arranged for at the river banks. Security personnel were deployed and river patrolling was also undertaken to keep a tab on worshipers.At the CM’s house, Nitish’s sister-in-law and niece performed Chhath, while the CM offered “arghya” at a makeshift pond at his residence. “It is a festival of self-discipline and if that discipline continues for 10-20 days beyond Chhath, we will be able to witness a huge change in the society,” Nitish said.The CM said Chhath was a festival where the nature and Sun God were worshiped. “We know that life on earth is dependent on the sun. This is the most lively festival,” he added, while distributing “kharna prasad” at his home on Wednesday evening.Former CM Rabri Devi is also observing Chhath with her family members at her residence in Patna. Her husband and RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav, sons Tejashwi and Tej Pratap and daughters offered “arghya” on Thursday evening. While Lalu shared Chhath greetings, Rabri said, “I seek Chhathi Maiya and Sun God’s blessings for the prosperity of the people of Bihar.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Wednesday warned of a Uri-like terror attack and called for better intelligence.”Security of installations in the hinterland is becoming a cause for concern. We are getting reports of Uri-like terror attacks well in depth,” Rawat was quoted as saying by ANI.”Major requirement as of now is Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, to keep eye on adversaries on western and northern borders,” Rawat said.The Army chief also added that they were also looking at Electronic Warfare (EW) system to keep an eye not just on borders but in hinterland also.Last month, Rawat had asserted that surgical strike conducted by India along the Line of Control (LoC) will be repeated if the adversary does not mend its ways.”Surgical strike was conducted to send a message and if adversaries do not understand, it will be repeated,” he said.In the worst attack on the Army in many years, heavily armed militants from Pakistan-based JeM stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir killing 17 jawans. India carried out a surgical strike on September 29, 2016, eleven days after Pakistan carried out Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistan on Tuesday dismissed as unrealistic India’s move to appoint an interlocutor to understand the legitimate aspirations of people in Jammu and Kashmir, saying no interaction or dialogue would carry any weight without the participation of the Hurriyat Conference.India yesterday appointed former Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma as its special representative for a “sustained dialogue” with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, in a fresh move aimed at bringing peace to the troubled state. Responding to a question on Sharma’s appointment, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that the measure did not appear to be sincere and realistic. He said that, if anything, the Indian Government s announcement illustrated a recognition — once again — of the futility of the use of force and of the indispensability of dialogue.”However, for any dialogue process to be meaningful and result-oriented, it has to include the three main parties India, Pakistan, and the Kashmiris. In that context, without the participation of the Hurriyat leadership, no interaction or dialogue would carry any weight or meaning,” he said. The spokesperson said that the designated interlocutor had been entrusted with the task of understanding the “legitimate aspirations” of the Kashmiri people.He said that the need of the hour was to have dialogue for peacefully resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”This was imperative for ensuring durable and sustainable peace and stability in South Asia. Pakistan hoped that the international community would play its rightful role in facilitating such an outcome,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Border Security Force official who was killed by suspected cattle smugglers in Tripura, was cremated in Kolkata on Saturday.The BSF in a series of tweets paid homage to Deepak K Mondal, saying, “Untimely demise of a Son, Husband, Father. Nothing can make up the irreparable loss…Prahari Pariwar stands firm with the family of Martyr.”The second-in-command rank officer, Deepak K Mondal, commanding the 145th battalion of the border guarding forcewas air evacuated to Kolkata on October 16 due to critical injuries, a senior official said. He died on Friday.The incident took place at about 2 am near the Belardeppa border post in the Sipahijala district of Tripura earlier this week when the officer was allegedly hit by a four-wheeler used by the smugglers.The BSF officer was patrolling the “unfenced” area along the international border with his team to check cattle smuggling and other illegal activities.Mondal saw some cattle smugglers and challenged them, BSF officials had said, adding the officer along with his guard and driver tried to stop them.The group of about 25 smugglers were carrying bricks, lathis and machetes, they said.”When challenged, the smugglers tried to gherao the officer and the patrol party. The smugglers’ vehicle hit the officer from behind and he sustained severe injury to his head and legs,” the officials said.An accompanying BSF jawan had fired five rounds from his AK rifle to control the situation, they added. With PTI Inputs
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has expressed grave concern over the spike in terror attacks in Afghanistan and demanded that states “hosting” terrorists and their sanctuaries must eliminate them immediately.Condemning the “barbaric” attack on an army camp in Kandahar province in which 43 soldiers were killed, the Ministry of External Affairs said the recent strikes “demonstrate” that safe havens and support systems continue to be available to terrorists.”We strongly condemn the barbaric attack today at the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar province,” MEA said in a statement yesterday.It said India is “gravely” concerned at the escalation of terrorist violence against Afghanistan, despite hopes kindled recently by new strategies as well as efforts to bring peace in the country.”Coming on the heels of similar tragedies in Paktia and Ghazni, we share the grief of the families of the victims and the suffering of the Afghan people,” the ministry said.In what is being seen as a clear reference to Pakistan, it added, “States hosting the terrorists and their sanctuaries must eliminate them immediately and without distinction.” These concerns were also highlighted by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, the statement said.”The beginning of Afghan-owned and Afghan-led national reconciliation requires an end to violence.” It added, “India expresses solidarity with the people and the Government of Afghanistan in these difficult times.” In his visit to Kabul earlier this week, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and the top brass of the country’s military establishment. Issues relating to defence and security cooperation were discussed during the meetings.At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed and nine wounded in a Taliban-claimed assault on a military base in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday.The terrorists blasted their way into the compound with at least one explosives-laden Humvee, the Afghan defence ministry said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a crackdown on terror module, the Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir, in last three days.The three ultras were arrested from Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The LeT militants have been identified as Khursheed Ahmad Dar and Haziq Rather. One pistol, some ammunition and a live grenade were recovered from their possession.A joint party of the police, the Army and the CRPF established a check-point and nabbed the two militants, who were riding a motorcycle, said Inspector General of Police Kashmir Munir Khan.Another arrested militant has been identified as Rameez Yatoo, and arms and ammunition were recovered from his home.On Saturday, security forces killed two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.Last week, A Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suspected cattle smugglers attacked a BSF commanding officer along the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura in the early hours on Monday.The second-in-command rank officer, Deepak K Mondal, commanding the 145th battalion of the border guarding force is critical and has been air evacuated to Kolkata, a senior official said.The incident happened at about 2 am near the Belardeppa border post in the Sipahijala district of the state when the officer was allegedly hit by a four-wheeler being used by the smugglers.He was patrolling the area with his team to check cattle smuggling and other illegal activities along the international border which is “unfenced” here, he said.Mondal saw some cattle smugglers and challenged them, he said, adding the officer along with his guard and driver tried to stop them.”The group of about 25 smugglers were carrying bricks, lathis and machetes. When challenged, the smugglers tried to gherao the officer and the patrol party. Smugglers’ vehicle hit the officer from behind and he sustained severe injury to his head and legs and he is critical,” he said.An accompanying Border Security Force jawan fired five rounds from his AK rifle to control the situation, he said adding the area has been cordoned off.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police is in the process of procuring state-of-the-art gadgets to beef up the camp security and prevent terror attacks.Intrusion detection system and electric boom barriers are among some of the gadgets that are being inducted to foil terror designs and prevent outfits from carrying out suicide attacks on security force camps and vital installations. Initially Rs eight crore will be spent on the gadgets. If the initial move works, the fund will be increased.Fitted with shock sensors, the intrusion detection system use vibrations or shock waves to trigger an alarm at the command centre. This will not only alert the security forces and Quick Reactions Teams, but also give them ample time to foil the ultras bid to storm the perimeter.Radio frequency identification (RFID)-based vehicle access control system is also planned to be installed to ensure foolproof security camps. Under this system, the vehicles will be fitted with RIFD tags which will automatically identify authorised vehicles, saving time for security scanning.”We will do whatever we can to thwart terror attacks. We have already started security audit of our camps and vital installations to plug holes, if any,” a police officer said.Sources said Hand-held ground penetrating radar (HHGPR) system is also being considered to be put in place to detect explosives and IED at camps.Currently the system in vogue is time consuming and risky sometimes. The HHGPR will reduce time and also helps in detecting the explosives deep inside the ground. Anti-riot gas masks, shields and other modern equipment are also being considered for the cops to fight the street clashes and stone pelting.The need to induct new equipment comes weeks after security forces repulsed a Pathankote-type terror attack when three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeens were neutralized soon after they stormed the highly fortified Border Security Force (BSF) camp, neighboring Srinagar International Airport and Air Force Station. An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of BSF was killed and three others were injured in the operation that lasted for 10 hours on October 3.This was the second attack in less than two months in which Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeens stormed the security forces camp in the valley. Three of the fidayeens were killed when they attacked the District Police Lines Pulwama on August 26. Eight security force men –four each from CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police –were killed and six others injured in the encounter.Data available with different security agencies reveal that 70 new ultras have been able to infiltrate into Kashmir since January this year. Last year estimated net infiltration (number of militants who managed to sneak in) was 112 compared to 33 in 2015. Similarly estimated net infiltration was 65 in 2014 compared to 97 in 2013.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned, the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir are fast learning to their dismay. Their jilted girlfriends have found a way to hit back, and hard, where it really hurts. These women have been turning in to informers, giving the intelligence agencies vital information, which is immensely helping the forces track down the terrorists.In fact, according to some sources in the security establishment, some of the top terrorists gunned down this year were nailed after their heartbroken lovers became turncoats. The sources further said that the trend was catching up fast, and the forces were now deliberately identifying women who might have been exploited by these womanising terrorists before being abandoned.Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana and Khalid, who headed the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operations in Kashmir, were traced and gunned down earlier this year after forces were tipped off by their lovers.Dujana was trapped in Pulwama in August, after giving the security forces a slip on at least five occasions. He was visiting his wife at the time, but she and other locals were apparently irked with his womanising ways. “His wife and her father decided to share the information, which finally led us to success,” an official said.Similarly Khalid, who was responsible for the recent attack on a Border Security Force camp in Srinagar, was killed last week after his girlfriend tipped off the security forces about his movement.Only sketchy information was available about him after he infiltrated from Pakistan in August last year. He was active in Sopore area but the intelligence agencies knew very little about him.One of his girlfriends, who was upset with his philandering, provided specific details about where he was supposed to meet her. A trap was laid accordingly and he was killed.”These top terrorists were traced because of the information shared by their partners. So, now an effort is being made to win the confidence of these women and their families. It has given us good results as many women have come forward and shared information about their hideouts and movement,” a security officer said.According to sources, most of the top Pakistani terrorists lead debauched lives. The local Kashmiri youth, who are joining the terror ranks, are also getting influenced by this. Many of these terrorists start indoctrinating teenaged girls, before exploiting them.”They have a Robin Hood-like image and young girls get attracted to that. We noticed the trend and started approaching the girls’ families,” an official said. Sometimes, neighbours of these women also help agencies track down the terrorists, sources said.Over 170 terrorists have been killed this year, so far, as compared to 150 last year.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While solutions to traditional maritime security challenges can only be resolved through established conflict resolution mechanisms, Indian Navy Chief Sunil Lanba on Saturday said that “narrow and over-nationalistic” attitudes tend to undermine them.Admiral Lanba also warned of a growing nexus between perpetrators of a range of maritime crimes as a major challenge at sea.”Since the traditional maritime security challenges, essentially have a state versus state character, the solutions can only solutions can only be arrived through established conflict resolution mechanisms,” he said in his address at the Sagar Discourse 2017, organised by the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) at a south Goa resort.”However, narrow and over-nationalistic attitude at times tends to undermine such mechanisms as seen in the South China Sea or in the Korean peninsula. This remains a cause of concern for all of us,” he also said.Lanba also said that dealing with first threats should primarily be a military-diplomatic function.About the non-traditional challenges faced by the Indian Navy, he said: “A sinister nexus also appears to be emerging between various forms of maritime crimes, such as maritime terrorism, piracy, drug-smuggling and gun-running, human trafficking…”.He also warned that large-scale unreported and unregulated fishing was also causing severe ecological consequences, while also underlining the threat caused by climate change.Lanba also said, that the Indian Navy, as the lead agency entrusted with the overall responsibility of maritime security post 26/11, had gained significant success in weaving together a working protocol between different government agencies in order to respond to future security challenges.”The process of evolving a functional structure for coastal security was immediately kicked off and we are progressively been able to establish working protocols between 15 different agencies functioning under six ministries of the government of India, looking after diverse aspects of maritime law enforcement and security in the coastal zone,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On July 8, 2016, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the 21-year-old ‘poster boy’ of new wave of Kashmir militancy was gunned in Anantnag’s Kokernag area.More than a year later, top Laskar-e-Taiba commander Waseem Shah was killed in Pulwama on Saturday.Between the encounters of Wani and Shah lies the success of Indian armed forces.For Wani and Shah were part of the group photo that went viral in 2015. The photo of 11 young terrorists in army fatigue not only rattled the security forces but also became hugely popular among the youth of Kashmir.Seen as a propaganda attempt, Burhan Wani and his terror gang not only impressed the young minds but swayed the mood in the Valley in their favour.But the Anantnag encounter changed the narrative and thus began the story that led security forces to neutralise one terrorist after another.Despite the clashes and tension following Burhan Wani killing, the security forces were successful in making the impact.But the 2015 photo may have helped the security forces. Before Burhan Wani, Adil Ahmad Khanday, Afaaqullah Bhat and Waseem Malla were killed in 2015 itself. Another major blow that year was surrender of Tariq Ahmad Pandit. In 2016, Burhan Wani was killed in Anantnag. Others who were eliminated include Ishfaq Hameed and Naseer Ahmad Pandit.This year, the biggest success was encounter of Sabzar Ahmad Bhat. Today’s encounter in Pulwama killed Waseem Shah, who had switched sides from Hizbul to Lashkar. Local information also suggests that Anees has also been killed.The only surviving member of the original Burhan Wani gang is Saddam Paddar.Apart from these, other major successes this year include Lashkar chief Abu Dujana, Jaish-e-Mohammed’s operational chief Abu Khalid among others.But the biggest headache of the security agencies remains Zakir Musa, chief of Al Qaeda-linked New Jihadist group ‘Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind. The former top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen has not only distanced himself from the pro-Pakistan group, but is also seen and heard talking about establishing Sharia rule in Kashmir.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A civilian was killed as stone-pelting protestors clashed with security personnel near an encounter site in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district where two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were gunned down on Saturday.Police claimed that the victim, Gulzar Ahmad Mir, was caught in the cross-fire between the militants and security forces, but some locals alleged that he was killed in the action by security personnel against the protestors.Two militants, including wanted Lashkar commander Waseem Shah, were killed by security forces this morning at Litter in the district.Soon after the encounter, a group of people started throwing stones at the security forces, eyewitnesses said.They claimed that six persons, including Mir, were injured in the security forces’ action.Mir succumbed to injuries at a hospital here.Four injured persons were taken to a local hospital for treatment and another injured is admitted to a Srinagar hospital, the eyewitnesses claimed.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nagpur Government Medical College’s resident doctors have called off the strike after having a meeting with the state minister and the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).According to the doctors, the government officials have agreed on the security demands due to which they have called off the strike. Over 350 resident doctors went on strike since October 7 due to lack of security in the hospital premises.Dr Pradeep Kaswan, President of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctor (MARD), Nagpur Government Medical College, said, “Our primary demand was to get security guards for our safety due to which we went on strike. After meeting with the DMER authority Dr Pravin hingare on Thursday, they have agreed to meet our demand. Over 180 security guards have been deployed at the hospital.”Speaking about the termination letter given to 350 doctors by the hospital administration, Dr Pradeep, said, “The hospital has now issued a joining letter to all the resident doctors and we have joined back the duty. They have asked us to give list of government hospital where there is lack of security. We will be providing the information soon.”As per the resident doctors, after the Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) went on strike in the third week of September they haven’t join back on security duty. They started to go on mass leave when an unknown woman’s dead body was found inside the hospital premises on October 7. They feared of lack of security issues. The resident doctors are getting support from other resident doctors across the state.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has written to the CISF, asking it to prohibit passengers from carrying matchboxes and lighters in metro trains and on station premises as it “promotes smoking”.In its letter, the health department said the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) does not allow such items at airports and for the same obvious reasons these items should not be allowed in the DMRC premises as well.The health department, last month, had issued a strict compliance notice to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in this regard.The DMRC had in January taken lighters and matchboxes off the list of restricted items. A commuter is now allowed to carry one matchbox and one lighter in metro trains and on station premises.”We have come to know that security to the DMRC is provided by the CISF as an independent government body under the Ministry of Home Affairs and these items (lighter and matchboxes) are allowed after the CISF security check of the commuters,” Dr S K Arora, Additional Director (Health), Delhi said.Arora in his letter sought an urgent action not only in public health interest to protect non-smokers from the hazards of the smoke but also in the interest of safety of commuters and staff as these fire-causing items may cause a big security risk any time in the present sensitive scenario.”It is worth mentioning that when the CISF doesn’t allow such items at airports then for the same obvious reasons these items should not be allowed in DMRC also,” he said in the letter.”Therefore, you are requested to look into the matter urgently in public health interest and also in the interest of safety of the commuters and staff in the DMRC,” he said.Earlier, a strict compliance notice was issued to the DMRC under Section 4 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, asking it to stop allowing matchboxes and lighters in metro trains and on station premises, or legal action would be initiated against it and the erring commuters.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An annual affair for the past eight years, the Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Lecture might not see the light of day this year. An RSS-affiliated legal organisation has lodged a complaint with Mumbai police commissioner against the lecture that is held in the memory of the underground Maoist women’s organiser Anuradha Ghandy, wife of well-known jailed Maoist Kobad Ghandy. The lecture has been dubbed as “urban front of armed militants groups”.The complaint, lodged by the Legal rights Observatory (LRO) led by former RSS pracharak Vinay Joshi, alleged that Maoists were trying to afflict urban areas by their ideology using such over-ground activities.Sources told DNA that an intervention from the government was most likely expected as the complainants had apprised the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) of the matter and that the issue would be further escalated to the Home Secretary.”Such events and the ideology of violence that they represent are against the fabric of the nation. They must be stopped at any cost. We will be forced to raise the matter with the National Security Advisor if it is not stopped. Naxals come at such events and spew venom against the country and the security forces,” said Joshi, the national convenor of LRO.”By arranging such programmes, Maoists are trying their best to garner support of more and more civilians for their bloody war against the Indian state. So allowing such programmes to happen would be a highly objectionable thing. With this letter, we request you to immediately ban this programme and register FIR against organisers of the programme…under UAPA and MCOCA provisions,” the complaint read.The right-wing has threatened the Mumbai Police with escalating the matter to the Union Home Ministry as well as the PMO if permission to the meet was not rescinded by 10 am today.The complaint warned the police that “if no visible and immediate action is taken against organisers of the programme, we would be forced to take legal counter-measures against Police and Civilian authorities for not taking appropriate action against spread of militant ideologies.”Noted Naxal ideologues such as Varavara Rao and Tilak Dasgupta are to address the lecture that is considered an above-ground meeting of underground Naxal organisations.Moreover, the case with the venue of the lecture, Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, as listed on the Facebook page of the event, is also a curious one. While the event page is clear about the venue, when DNA called the Sangh, they said they had not been booked for any such event.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the attacks on resident doctors across the state in March this year, resident doctors are attempting to make authorities aware ofthe lack of security measures inside hospital premises once again. ?On Monday?,JJ Hospital’s resident doctors went on a silent protest for two hours inside the hospital premises.Over 30 resident doctors came together with placards outside the main hospital building. Through the silent protest, they want to highlight the lack of security facilities inside the hospital’s hostel.Vineeta Singh, a resident doctor and member of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), said, “The Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) personnel went on strike in the third week of September but never returned. Since then, the hospital does not have any officials for the security of resident doctors.”Amol Hekare, another resident doctor and member of MARD, said, “We want to stand by our resident doctors working across the state and make the authorities understand the issue. Though there have been no instances of attack on resident doctors at JJ Hospital, we fear for the safety of all of resident doctors.”The resident doctors also highlighted the lack of facilities at the hostel. Another resident doctor, Akash Mane, said, “The hostel rooms are in poor condition. There is always a leakage problem and we want authorities to look into the matter.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said India is unleashing baseless propaganda against the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).”India wanted to divert attention over its (alleged) atrocities in occupied Kashmir through false allegations about Pakistan’s support to indigenous Kashmiri struggle for freedom,” Radio Pakistan quoted Abbasi, as saying. He asserted that prime ministerial-level talks can only be held after India ends alleged rights violations in Kashmir, implement UN resolutions, end Line of Control (LoC) violations and budge from its Cold War doctrine.Abbasi dismissed U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis’ statement over CPEC, saying the United Nations should ensure implementation of Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. Pakistan’s Foreign Office has already dismissed Washington’s concerns over CPEC, saying the project is for the betterment of the region and beyond.The Foreign Office was responding to Mattis telling the Senate Armed Services Committee that the One Belt, One Road goes through disputed territory and that it itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate. On October 7, China cautioned the Trump administration about CPEC, citing that its OBOR initiative was not directed against third parties.”We have repeatedly said that the CPEC is an economic cooperation initiative that is not directed against third parties and has nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes and does not affect China’s principled stance on the Kashmir issue,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, in a statement. Mattis also said that in a globalised world, there are many belts and many roads and no one nation should put itself into a position of dictating the ‘One Belt, One Road’.China came up with its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative in 2013. The CPEC project comprises a network of railways, roads and pipelines that would connect Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar in the province of Balochistan, with the Chinese city of Kashgar in landlocked Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).Human rights activists have time and again spoken about and highlighted growing atrocities in Pakistan and particularly on the indigenous people of Balochistan as a result of the CPEC.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was on Monday killed in an encounter between terrorists and security forces in Ladoora area of Baramulla district of Kashmir.The JeM Operational Head has been identified as Khalid.Khalid is believed to have trained and infiltrated from Pakistan and was active in North Kashmir’s Sopore area. His name had cropped up for the first time in October 2016, when the Army busted a JeM module in Baramulla. Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Ladoora area following information about the presence of militants in the area.Meanwhile, an Army soldier was killed in a brief encounter with militants.The slain soldier has been identified as Subedar Raj Kumar.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Wednesday personnel studied the module of Government Railway Police (GRP) control room to upgrade their systems, which will soon help them to bring down their response time to reach out to anyone needing emergency. Satish Mathur, Director General of Maharashtra Police, on Monday initiated the new control room system at the Commissioner of Railways office at Wadi Bunder.Sachin Bhalode, RPF, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of Central Railway also met Niket Kaushik, Commissioner of Railway Police, on Wednesday to discuss the new module of the control room. The RPF now plans to set up such control rooms to facilitate the commuters.”Often there is a delay in response from our end in cases of distress. We are planning to upgrade the control room on the lines of GRP, which will reduce the response time,” a senior RPF personnel said on condition of anonymity.”We are also planning to increase the number of operators in the control room to reduce call-waiting”, said the official. The control room, which has been set up by GRP, has a new system which could be directly reached by the commuter and get linked to the nearest police officer at the station. The GRP personnel are now armed with a mobile phone software R-tracker, which helps the control room to check their locations.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Panic gripped the Delhi’s Azadpur metro station, a CISF jawan fired in the air to disperse a violent crowd that had gathered after a scuffle broke out between two groups in the metro premises.The incident took place on Monday evening.As per reports , two men entered into an argument at the ticket counter after which a violent clash took place between the two.The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel deployed at the station brought the two to the control room and asked them to pay the fine for creating trouble, CISF officials said.But one of them, a 17-year-old resident of Wazirpur industrial area, called his associates to the station.Soon, almost 20 people reached the station and allegedly beat Delhi Police constable ML Meena, who was taking the two to the Kashmere Gate police station.The miscreants grabbed the collar of CISF Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammed Umar, who had to fire in the air to control the crowd. The situation at the station was chaotic.Metro rail services however remained interrupted, officials added further.Few people were detained and examined in connection with the Azadpur scuffle incident.Meanwhile, senior CISF officials and the Delhi Police are examining the CCTV video of the incident.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan on Tuesday raked up the Kashmir issue again at the UN with its envoy accusing India of spreading terrorism in the Valley, drawing a strong reaction from India which described her diatribe as a “lonely voice from the wilderness”.Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi, during a debate of the General Assembly, also alleged that India made a “false claim” of conducting surgical strike across the LoC to provoke conflict with Pakistan.She warned New Delhi that “any aggression” by it would receive a “matching and effective response”.”This claim, and India’s repeated threats to conduct such strikes across the LoC, constitute flagrant violations of the UN Charter’s injunction against the use or threat of use of force,” Lodhi said during the debate on the Report of the Secretary General on the work of the world body.Continuing her tirade against India on the Kashmir issue, Lodhi alleged, “To cover up its crimes against the Kashmiri people, and to divert world attention, India resorts to daily violation of the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir.”Lodhi said the international community represented in the United Nations cannot allow “India impunity to conduct “crimes against humanity” in Kashmir under the “flimsy cover” of combating terrorism.”The only terrorism in Kashmir is India’s state terrorism. State terrorism is, in fact, considered as the gravest form of terrorism by the Non-Aligned Movement, comprising almost two thirds of the General Assembly s membership,” she alleged.Eenam Gambhir, First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, exercising the country’s right to reply said, “We have heard a lonely voice from the wilderness articulate a narrative of the past.”Pakistan, Gambhir said, has “focused on a topic that has not even been deliberated upon for decades” at the UN.”An issue which that delegation tries to keep alive by procedural stratagems even while the world has moved on.Yesterday’s people reflecting antiquated mindsets of the bygone times are symbolic of what holds us all back,” she said.The Indian delegation does not wish to “waste the precious time of this August Assembly” in engaging further with such distractions, Gambhir said.Lodhi also said India’s claim of carrying out the surgical strike provides Pakistan “sufficient reason” to respond and exercise its right to self-defence.Lodhi went ahead to warn India, saying it should not “underestimate Pakistan’s resolve and capacity to defend itself”.The top Pakistani diplomat said that the UN should not “ignore these open threats to use force” by India.The international community should take urgent action to ask India to halt its provocations against Pakistan, she said.During the General Assembly debate last month which was addressed by leaders from more than 100 countries, not a single country supported Pakistan’s Kashmir policy.Unmindful of that, Lodhi reiterated her allegation with regard to non-implementation of the UN Security Council resolution on Kashmir.In her address to the UN General Assembly last month, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had responded to a similar allegation raised by the Pakistani Prime Minister on Un Security Council resolution.”Prime Minister Abbasi has recalled old resolutions that have been long overtaken by events. But his memory has conveniently failed him where it matters. He has forgotten that under the ShimlaAgreement and the Lahore Declaration India and Pakistan resolved that they would settle all outstanding issues bilaterally,” Swaraj had said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new video analytics system will now help the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in preventing unwanted intrusion into the Delhi Metro. According to senior officers, the sensor-based system will detect movement and ring an alarm whenever CCTV cameras catch any suspicious activity in restricted areas.The step has been taken in the wake of repeated terror incidents across the world. Also, on Monday, a group of people had barged into the Azadpur Metro station and thrashed a Delhi Police constable, who was trying to take two men to a nearby police station for creating ruckus at the station. The ruckus soon grew violent, forcing a senior CISF officer on duty to fire a shot in the air from his service pistol, to disperse the violent mob. Four women were detained and two men were arrested for the offence, and a case of rioting was registered.“The new system will be installed mainly in restricted areas, such as entrance to tunnels, so that any movement on tracks other than that of trains can be traced without any delay. Also, the system will alert personnel about unattended bags. Emergency gates will also be covered, so that any unauthorised use of these gates can draw immediate attention of personnel on duty,” a senior CISF officer said.He further said that CISF had recently sent a proposal in this regard to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), and the matter was also discussed in a meeting.“Initially, we have requested for three such systems. These will be installed at all Metro stations. The CCTV operator will get alerts on his screen, so that he can identify the area of concern and alert the Quick Response Teams. This would help us tighten the vigil, especially during peak hours,” the officer added.NEW SYSTEMTraces unattended baggage and raises alarm
Senses any movement other than that of trains on tracks
Alerts personnel about emergency exits being used
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Inspector General (IG ) Munir Khan on Tuesday said that the attack on a BSF camp near the Srinagar International Airport was not a setback and it was repulsed successfully.Killing all three militants in an operation that also claimed the life of an assistant sub-inspector of the force, security forces foiled an attempt by the Jaish-e-Mohammed to storm a BSF camp.The gun-battle also forcing brief suspension of air traffic and closure of schools in the vicinity.”Three terrorists were killed, unfortunately, we lost one ASI. The terrorists were from Jaish-e-Mohammed,” Munir Khan said speaking to media.However, taking a swipe at the media for saying that the attack was setback, the IG requested them to be reasonable before running news.”Such attacks will continue to happen as long as Pakistan is our neighbour. I don’t know how some sections of media are saying it is a setback, it is not. Attack was repulsed successfully,” he said.Khan also said that they are looking for 6-7 terrorists and need to neutralise them very fast.Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh complimented the security forces for successfully eliminating the terrorists involved in an attack.Singh said he has spoken to the chiefs of the Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force following the suicide attack near the Srinagar airport.”I have spoken to the DG CRPF and DG BSF. It was a good operation that they have conducted,” he told reporters here.
Three soldiers have been injured in the ongoing attack in Srinagar, Indian officials say.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One militant was killed and three jawans were injured in a gunbattle after the militants attacked a three Border Security Force (BSF) camp near the high-security Srinagar International airport on Tuesday morning.”Three personnel have been injured. Firing is ongoing,” BSF officials said.The ultras targeted the administrative block of BSF’s 182nd Battalion, located just outside the main gate of the airport.The attack took place at 4.00 am and exchange of firing was going on between the militants and security forces.The terrorists are holed up inside the building campus of the 182nd Battalion camp, according to BSF officials.No employee, passenger or vehicle is being allowed to go towards the Airport.Besides the only civilian airport, the technical airport used by Armed Forces and VIPs is also in the vicinity. The area also houses training centres of the BSF and CRPF.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have been arrested for their alleged role in cow slaughtering at Bhatpurwa village in Katra Bazar leading to tension in the area, police said today.Ram Sewak and Mangli have been booked under the stringent National Security Act (NSA), they said.According to police, the duo took away the cow belonging to Ganesh Prasad Dixit from the latter’s house yesterday and slaughtered the animal in a nearby field, Superintendent of Police, Umesh Kumar Singh said.”There was tension in the village, but the police reached the spot and now the situation is under control,” he said.The officer added the incident was deliberate and that it was planned keeping in mind the Moharram procession in the village today.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 10-year-old boy and a girl were killed and five other civilians injured on Monday morning as Pakistani troops targeted border villages and forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kerniand Digwar sectors of Poonch in J&K.The Pakistani troops resorted to firing mortal shells. Indian troops too fired in retaliation. The exchange of fire between the two sides was continuing when last reports came in.The deceased boy has been identified as Arrar Ahmad of Karni sector.The official said the heavy cross-border firing started around 06:50 hours, triggering panic among border residents.Yashir Hussain and Mohd Sadiq are among those injured.The injured civilians have been rushed to a hospital. On September 15, one Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed.On September 24, two soldiers were injured as Pakistan opened fire at forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Poonch district.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BSF detected a 14-feet long tunnel on the Internation Border in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.The Border Security Force said that it ‘averted a near catastrophe’ by thwarting Pakistan’s major attempt for cross border infiltration bid.The security personnel also recovered ‘war-like’ store in Arnia sector.“An under-construction tunnel was found during sanitisation operation along the international border between Vikram and Patel posts near Damana,” an official was quoted as saying by the PTI.It must be noted that the tunnel was discovered just a day after a meeting of local commanders of the Pakistan Rangers and BSF.According to an NDTV report, this was the second tunnel detected along the International Border. The first was unearthed in Sambha’s Ramgarh sector.A BSF official said the tunnel was being constructed to push a large number of terrorists into India “to cause havoc in festival season” in Jammu, the NDTV report said.Apart from explosives, the BSF also found sleeper bags, digging tools and food items.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has claimed that Islamabad has received a proposal to swap Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist who carried out the horrific 2014 Peshawar school attack and is now jailed in Afghanistan.Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court for allegedly spying for India. Pakistan has also denied consular access to him on 16 different occasions, a point highlighted by the Indian team during the hearing before the ICJ bench.The Foreign Minister has not specified a name of the terrorist and the National Security Advisor who had made the proposal.”The terrorist who killed children in APS (Army Public School) in Peshawar is in Afghan custody. The National Security Advisor (NSA) told me that we can exchange that terrorist with the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Asif told the audience after his speech at the Asia Society.Asif also discussed Pakistan’s vision and approach towards regional peace and development during his conversion with author and journalist Steve Coll.Over a fortnight ago, Pakistan had accused India of trying to highlight the ‘humanitarian’ aspect of Kulbhushan Jadhav case in the International Court of Justice to cover up its alleged ‘subversive activities’ in the country.Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria has claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav has been providing “crucial intelligence” on recent terrorist attacks that have taken place in the country.Jadhav’s execution, however, has been stayed by The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ).
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a stark reminder of Lt Umar Faiyaz’s killing in May, the terrorists gunned down a jawan of the Border Security Forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora on Wednesday.According to initial reports, the terrorists stormed the house of Rameez Ahmad Parray in Bandipora’s Hajin area, and started firing indiscriminately.The 33-year-old BSF personnel, who had come home on leave, was declared dead on arrival at the local hospital.Other members of Parray’s family including his father Mohamad Mqabool Parray, mother and his aunt also got injured in the attack.The trio have been shifted to hospital for treatment. The Jammu and Kashmir Police took to Twitter to inform about the killing.Parray’s killing is eerily similar to the kidnapping and murder of Lt Umar Faiyaz, a 22-year-old young army officer, who was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifle.Lt Faiyaz was was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam in May. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.The incident took place when the army officer had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative.He was abducted by five to six terrorists from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian.His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian.A local boy from Kulgam district, Faiyaz was in the Infantry and posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu.He was commissioned in the Army in December last year. His death, particularly the brutal nature of it had shaken the Valley.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday, approved implementation of an umbrella scheme of “Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF)” for the years 2017-18 to 2019-20. The financial outlay for the scheme over the three year period is Rs 25,060 crore, out of which the Central Government share will be Rs18,636 crore and the States’ share will be Rs 6,424 crore. Salient Features:- Special provision has been made under the Scheme for internal security, law and order, women security, availability of modern weapons, mobility of police forces, logistics support, hiring of helicopters, upgradation of police wireless, National Satellite Network, CCTNS project, E-prison project etc.- Under the umbrella scheme, Central budget outlay of Rs 10,132 crore has been earmarked for internal security related expenditure for Jammu & Kashmir, North Eastern States and left wing extremism affected States.- Scheme of Special Central Assistance (SCA) for 35 worst LWE affected districts has been introduced with an outlay of Rs.3,000 crore to tackle the issue of underdevelopment in these district. – An outlay of Rs 100 crore has been earmarked in the North Eastern States for police infrastructure upgradation, training institutes, investigation facilities etc.- Implementation of this scheme would bolster the Government’s ability to address challenges faced in different theatres such as areas affected by LWE, Jammu and Kashmir and North East effectively and undertake development interventions which will catalyze in improving the quality of life in these areas and help combat these challenges effectively at the same time.- New initiatives are being introduced to provide assistance to States for upgradation of police infrastructure, forensic science laboratories, institutions and the equipment available with them to plug critical gaps in the criminal justice system. Police Stations will be integrated to set up a national data base of crime and criminals’ records. It will be linked with other pillars of criminal justice system such as ‘prisons, forensic science laboratories and prosecution offices.- The umbrella scheme also provides for setting up of a State-of Art forensic science laboratory in Amravati, Andhra Pradesh and upgradation of Sardar Patel Global Centre for Security, Counter Terrorism and Anti Insurgency in Jaipur and Gujarat Forensic Science University in Gandhi Nagar.It is expected that the umbrella scheme, “Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF)” will go a long way to boost the capability and efficiency of Central and State Police Forces by modernizing them.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan has long been resorting to unprovoked firing, causing loss of life and property of civilians. The situation got worse over the last month as snippers were pressed into action by Pakistan to kill Indian jawans. Shelling on border villages on Indian side also continued unabated. But now, the Border Security Force has devised a method to hit Pakistan where it hurts the most, making our neighbour to seek a ceasefire. According to a report in The Times of India, use of targeted firepower on farms and residences of Pakistan’s serving and former officers housed near the border has given favourable results to the Border Security Force. According to the Times of India report based on top sources, code named ‘Operation Arjun’, the border force’s counter-offensive on Pakistan’s pain points saw the latter seek a ceasefire three days ago. BSF has particularly targeted farms and residences of retired Pakistan army, ISI and Pakistan Rangers officers who have been given land near the Indian border to facilitate their task of guiding infiltration and providing logistical help in anti-operations India.The BSF counter-offensive–using small, medium and area weapons–resulted in heavy damage on the Pakistan side and the death of seven Pakistan Rangers and 11 civilians. According to the report, several border outposts of Pakistan army were destroyed. Earlier, Army chief general Bipin Rawat said on Monday that surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) could be repeated, if necessary, seeking to send a stern message to Pakistan.He said cross-border infiltration will continue because camps across the Line of Control, from where terrorists are launched, are still operational, and warned that the Indian Army is ready to “receive” them and keep dispatching them to their graves.“The strike was a message we wanted to communicate to them and they have understood what we mean…that things could follow up, if required,” Rawat said.Army chief’s statement and BSF’s ‘operation Arjun’ once again highlight the recent change in tactics of our forces when it comes to replying to ceasefire violation by Pakistan. Our forces are repeatedly making Pakistan realise that unprovoked attacks on Indian territory will not only meet with the fierce opposition but also invite more surgical strikes if required.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has asked the UN Security Council to use sanctions regime as a weapon against terror funding in Afghanistan and support the strengthening of the war-torn country’s sovereignty and stability threatened by terrorist safe havens across the borders.India also asked the international community to ensure that the forces of terrorism and extremism do not find sanctuaries and safe havens anywhere and at any level.”We must not differentiate between good and bad terrorists, or play one group against the other. The Taliban, Haqqani Network, AI-Qaeda, Daesh, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e- Mohammad and others of their ilk are all terror organisations, many of them proscribed by the UN,” Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, said.”The international community cannot remain silent. It is the international community’s first and foremost duty to ensure that the forces of terrorism and extremism do not find sanctuaries and safe havens anywhere and at any level,” he said in an apparent dig at Pakistan.Participating in an open debate of the UN Security Council on Afghanistan, Akbaruddin said that these terrorist groups should be treated like terrorist organisations with no justifications offered for their activities.Noting that the situation in Afghanistan has remained particularly painful and disturbing with security worsening and visible signs of withering away of the gains by the international community and Afghan people, the top Indian envoy said that the incessant attacks on hospitals, schools, funerals, or international development agencies, diplomatic missions are a matter of serious concern.”The Security Council must act on the funds which the terrorists in Afghanistan are generating through their illicit activities. In this regard, we would like the Council to consider how the 1988 sanctions regime can be utilised and also leverage for progress in the peace process? These are significant instruments and must be utilised to their full capacity,” he said.”While making our collective efforts here at the UN or at other multilateral settings, we must be mindful to support the strengthening of Afghanistan’s sovereignty and stability, the two things anti-Government terrorist elements are trying to undermine from their safe havens across the borders of Afghanistan,” he said.He said the multiple crises that have been inflicted on Afghanistan had made the country’s territory attractive for criminal and terrorist groups, who are well connected to international terror and crime networks.”These groups are stealing the resources of Afghanistan which ought to belong to the people of the country,” he said.Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani joined Akbaruddin in identifying terrorist safe havens across the border.”The scourge of terrorism and violent extremism affecting Afghanistan is the product of a long-standing policy by a neighbouring State to keep Afghanistan unstable,” he said.”It has menaced Afghanistan for several decades now, with its roots located in terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens outside of my country,” Rabbani said, adding that the new strategy of the United States for South Asia has generated new hope among people across the country.”In this connection, we welcome the fact that the new strategy recognises the critical need to address the lingering problem of terrorist safe-havens and sanctuaries in our region; and for more determined efforts to end political, logistical and financial support enjoyed by terrorist groups,” he said.”Furthermore, the strategy’s conditions based approach has addressed some uncertainties by reinforcing the right message that the international community’s engagement will endure until Afghanistan becomes stable and secure,” Rabbani said.
Updated: Sep 26, 2017, 09:40 AM IST, Reuters
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A shooting incident took place on Tuesday close to the Manila residence of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a spokesman for his security detail said, but an official from the presidential palace said Duterte was not there at the time.The incident took place in Malacanang Park, the base of Duterte’s guard unit and close to his Bahay ng Pagbabago residence, Presidential Security Group spokesman Mike Aquino said in a text message to reporters. He said the unit was investigating the incident and had no more details.DZMM radio reported that one person was wounded.An official from the presidential palace, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media, told reporters Duterte was not there at the time.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces this morning resumed the anti-militancy operation, which was launched yesterday, following information about presence of more terrorists in the area.”We have recovered body of another militant, which takes the number of militants killed in the operation to four,” an Army official said.”The operation resumed this morning after there were reports of more militants hiding in the area,” the official said.He said the area of operation was expanded to ensure that no militants get away from the security forces’ cordon.Three Pakistani militants were killed yesterday in the gunbattle with security forces in Kalgai area of Uri.Three civilians and a soldier were injured in the operation.Director General of Police S P Vaid had said the militants were planning a suicide attack like the one carried out on an Army base last year in Uri that left 19 soldiers dead and several others injured. “A big tragedy has been averted.Like the suicide attack on the Army base last year, they (militants) had similar plan this time also but the police and the Army got information before hand,” Vaid told reporters.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul Gandhi on Sunday thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for recognising Congress governments’ vision during her address at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).”Sushma ji, thank you for finally recognising Congress governments’ great vision and legacy of setting up IITs and IIMs,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.Other party leaders also welcomed Swaraj’s address and praised her for replying to ‘those who ask what happened in the last 70 years’.”Befitting reply to those who ask what happened in last 70 years. Sushma Swaraj mirrored the yeoman’s progress made by India under Congress rule, making ‘inclusive growth & progress’ as India’s mantra,” said Surjewala in a series of tweets.The Congress leader further said, “It was ‘time to move words into action as Pakistan still receives 743 million dollars annual US aid, collaborates with China on CPEC and buys arms from Russia.”On Saturday, Sushma ripped apart Pakistan at UNGA in New York stating that “India has risen despite being the principal destination of Pakistan’s nefarious export of terrorism.Swaraj also asked Pakistani leaders to introspect as to why India is recognised as a global IT superpower while the neighbour is infamous as the “pre-eminent export factory for terror”.She also slammed Pakistan for creating terror groups like LeT, JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Haqqani Network.In her address, Swaraj spoke on issues like terrorism, climate change, maritime and cyber security, UN Security Council reforms, poverty and unemployment.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mr President, Let me begin by offering my heartiest congratulations on your election as President of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. For those of us fortunate to represent our nations as Foreign Minister this is a particularly happy event: one of us has this honour.Mr President, India welcomes your efforts to place people at the heart of international diplomacy as you shape policy and lend direction to world affairs from your august chair. I thank you for the theme you have chosen: ‘Focusing on people: Striving for peace and a decent life on a sustainable planet’. People, peace, decency, sustenance and focus define a noble objective.Mr President: The United Nations was established for the welfare, security, harmony, rights and economic progress of the people of our world. India fully supports your efforts in this great mission. I had spoken before this Assembly last year as well. It is a year that has seen much change both in this Assembly and the world it represents. We have a new Secretary General at the United Nations. He is determined to prepare and strengthen the United Nations to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We welcome his efforts, and see in him a leader who can give practical shape to a vision.Mr President, Our contemporary world is trapped in a deluge of troubles of which, surely, the most dangerous is the relentless rise of violence, Terrorism, and the ideas that engineer this evil, are spreading at the pace of a conflagration. Climate change stares us in the face, and threatens us with its dimension. There is a growing question mark over maritime security. For a mix of reasons, provocative and inflammatory, people are leaving the psychological, cultural and economic comfort of their traditional home space to seek refuge on distant shores causing global anxiety. A large part of the globe’s population is still tortured by hunger and poverty. The young are beginning to lose hope as they confront unemployment. Women, victims of historic discrimination, are demanding what they must get: gender empowerment. Nuclear proliferation is back in the zone of dangerous headlines. Cyber security has become a source of deep insecurity.In 2015, we set ourselves a target of 2030 to find solutions to many challenges on this Agenda. Two of these years have already passed. Surely it is already time to ask how much has happened. If complacency defmes the next 13 years then we are in danger of losing control. We need a sense of urgency as well as unshakeable fortitude to take decisions that can avert catastrophe.I am pleased that India has displayed the courage and leadership to take tough decisions which have launched the interlinked process of sustainable development. The complete eradication of poverty is the most important priority of the present government. Sushma Swaraj External Affairs Minister There is no shortage of issues; there is even less shortage of problems which should be recognised from this podium. But time is not always on the side of those who would like to raise issues and problems in the interests of a better, more peaceful and progressive future.Mr President, There are two ways of addressing the curse of poverty. The traditional method is through incremental levels of aid and hand-holding. But our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen the more radical route, through economic empowerment. The poor are not helpless: we have merely denied them opportunity. We are eliminating poverty by investing in the poor. We are turning them from job-seekers into job-providers.All our economic programmes have a principal purpose, die empowerment of the poor; Jan Dhan, Mudra, Ujjwala, Skill India, Digital India, Clean India, Start-Up India, Stand-Up India. To describe them all would take up more time than I have at my disposal, and I shall therefore dwell on only three core programmes.The Jan Dhan plan must surely count as the world’s largest financial inclusion scheme. At least 300 milion Indians who had never crossed the doors of a bank today have bank accounts; this is equivalent to the population of the United States of America. This was, understandably, not easy to complete in three years, but our banks, achieved this visionary goal set by our Prime Minister. While some remain to be included, the target has been set – every Indian family will have a bank account.Mudra yojana has enabled government to fund the unfunded. Those who had never dreamt that bank credit was within their options, today, through Mudra, are getting soft loans without coUateral to begin micro businesses. 1 am particularly delighted to inform you that over 70 per cent of these loans have gone to women. Unemployment spreads despair. Through Skill India, Start-Up India and Stand-Up India poor and middle class youth are being trained to match their honed talent with bank credit and become self-employed or small-scale entrepreneurs. Ujjwala is a signature scheme of our government. Free gas cylinders are being provided to the poor so that women do not have to suffer the dangerous consequences of wood-fired kitchens. Uniquely, gender emancipation is at the creative core of this programme.Demonetisation was a courageous decision to challenge one of the by products of corruption, the “black money” that disappeared from circulation. Today, India has passed the Goods and Services Tax legislation, through which there is one-tax across the country, without the untidy and punishing system of multiple taxes under differing categories in different parts of the country. Our “Save the girl, Educate the girl” campaign is reducing gender inequality. Our Clean India programme is generating what can only be described as a revolutionary change in social attitudes and habits.I would like to note, at this point, that nations with rising capabilities will be able to generate such change, but the developed world must become an active partner in helping those vulnerable countries which are still mired in stagnant poverty reach SDG horizon within 2030. That is why the principle of Global Partnership was included in SDGs. I am happy to report that India has started, this year, the India-UN Development Partnership Fund.Mr President, We are completely engaged in fighting poverty; alas, our neighbour Pakistan seems only engaged in fighting us. On Thursday, from this dais, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi wasted rather too much of his speech in making accusations against us. He accused India of State-sponsored terrorism, and of violating human rights. Those listening had only one observation: “Look who’s talking!” A country that has been the world’s greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity became a champion of hypocrisy by preaching about humanity from this podium.Pakistan’s Prime Minister claimed that his nation’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah had bequeathed a foreign policy based on peace and friendship. I would like to remind him that while it remains open to question whether Jinnah sahab actually advocated such principles, what is beyond doubt is that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, from the moment he took his oath of office, offered the hand of peace, and friendship. Pakistan’s Prime Minister must answer why his nation spurned this offer.Prime Minister Abbasi has recalled old resolutions that have been long overtaken by events. But his memory has conveniently failed him where it matters. He has forgotten that under the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration India and Pakistan resolved that they would settle all outstanding issues bilaterally. The reality is that Pakistan’s politicians remember everything, manipulate memory into a convenience. They are masters at “forgetting” facts that destroy their version.Pakistan’s current Prime Minister spoke of a “Comprehensive Dialogue” between our two countries. I would like to remind him that on 9 December 2015, when I was in Islamabad for the Heart of Asia conference, a decision was made by his leader Mian Nawaz Sharif, then still Prime Minister, that dialogue between us should be renewed and named it a “Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue”. The word “bilateral” was used consciously to remove any confusion or doubt about the fact that the proposed talks would be between our two nations and only between our two nations, without any third-party present. And he must answer why that proposal withered, because Pakistan is responsible for the aborting that peace process.I would like today to tell Pakistan’s politicians just this much, that perhaps the wisest thing they could do is to look within. India and Pakistan became free within hours of each other. Why is it that today India is a recognised IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognised only as the preeminent export factory for terror?India has risen despite being the principal destination of Pakistan’s nefarious export of terrorism. There have been many governments under many parties during 70 years of Indian freedom, for we have been a sustained democracy. Every government has done its bit for India’s development. We have marched ahead, consistently, without pause, in Education, Health and across the range of human welfare. We established scientific and technical institutions which are the pride of the world. But what has Pakistan offered to the world and indeed to its own people apart from terrorism? We produced scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists. Doctors save people from death; terrorists send them to death. If Pakistan had spent on its development what it has spent on developing terror, both Pakistan and the world would be safer and better-off today. Mr. President: Terrorism is at the very top of problems for which the United Nations is searching for solutions. We have been the oldest victims of this terrible and even traumatic terrorism. When we began articulating about this menace, many of the world’s big powers .dismissed this as a law and order issue. Now they know better. The question is: what do we do about it? Sushma Swaraj External Affairs Minister If Pakistan had spent on its development what it has spent on developing terror, both Pakistan and the world would be safer and better-off today.We must all introspect and ask ourselves whether our talk is anywhere close to the action we take. We all condemn this evil, and piously resolve to fight it in all our declaratory statements. The truth is that these have become rituals. The fact is that when we are required to fight and destroy this enemy, the self-interest of some leads them, towards duplicity.This has been going on for years. Although India proposed a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) as early as in 1996, yet two decades later the United Nations has not been able to agree upon a definition of terrorism. If we cannot agree to define our enemy, how can we fight together? If we continue to differentiate between good terrorists and bad terrorists, how can we fight together? If even the United Nations Security Council cannot agree on the listing of terrorists, how can we fight together? Mr President, Through you, with utmost sincerity, I would like to request this august assembly to stop seeing this evil with self-defeating and indeed meaning less nuance. Evil is evil. Let us accept that terrorism is an existentialist danger to humankind. There is absolutely no justification for this barbaric violence. Let us display our new commitment by reaching agreement on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism this year itselfMr President, I had identified climate change as one of the significant dangers to our existence. India has already said that it is deeply committed to the Paris Accord. This is not because we are afraid of any power, influenced by friend or foe, or tempted by some imagined greed. This is an outcome of a philosophy that is at least 5000 years old. Our Prime Minister has, on his personal initiative, launched the International Solar Alliance as witness to our abiding commitment to a cause.When we talk of. world peace, we mean peace not only among, human beings but also peace with nature. We understand that human nature is sometimes inimical to nature, but we would like to amend human nature when it tends in the wrong, directions. When we inflict our greed upon nature, nature sometimes explodes. We must learn to live with the imperatives, cycles and creative urges of nature; in that lies, our own salvation.We have just witnessed hurricanes, earthquakes, rains that inundate, storms which terrify. This is not a mere coincidence. Nature sent its warning to the world even before the world’s leadership gathered in New York at the United Nations through Harvey. Once our gathering began an earthquake struck Mexico and a hurricane landed in Domimca. We must understand this requires more serious action than talk. The developed world must listen more carefully than others, because it has more capacities than others. It must help the less fortunate through technology transfer and Green Climate Financing – that is the only way to save future generations.Mr President, We are discussing turbulence and change across the world, but the one organisation created to address world affairs is beset by its own problems. It seems to believe that it can afford not to change from the precepts and perceptions that determined its birth. On 18 September, there was a meeting here on UN reform. I participated. I witnessed an evident desire for change, to do something. But I do want to remind you that at the 2005 World Summit there was a consensus that the early reform of the Security Council is an essential element of our overall effort to reform the United Nations.Efforts at text-based negotiations on the reform and expansion of the Security Council were initiated in the last session and more than 160 nations had expressed support for this effort. If we are serious, then the least we can do is produce one text that can be the basis for negotiation. I hope that under your enlightened leadership, Mr President, this will become a priority. If that happens it will be a significant achievement.We also have high expectations from the new Secretary General of the United Nations. If he wants to reform the peace and security architecture, he will also need to address reforms related to peacekeeping that have been urged for long. Without improvements in UN Peacekeeping this goal can’t be achieved.Mr President, There is no shortage of issues; there is even less shortage of problems which should be recognised from this podium. But time is not always on the side of those who would like to raise issues and problems in the interests of a better, more peaceful and progressive future. The issues you have chosen are relevant to the UN Charter as well as to the ancient traditions of myland.Mr President, My country’s culture and thought has been shaped by a history and philosophy that believes in peace as humankind’s only rational and practical objective. We truly believe that the world is one family and we hope that every member of this family deserves that elixir of life, happiness. Let me end by reciting a verse that is a synthesis of thought: May all be happy; May all be healthy; May all see what is good; May all be free from suffering.Thank you, Mr. President.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was just another Monday at a house in south Mumbai’s Nagpada, where the occupants were busy watching Kaun Banega Crorepati and having biryani, when the Thane Police came knocking.In what could be the biggest catch for India, ex-encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma and his team detained Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar, the younger brother of India’s most wanted criminal — Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.On the surface, it looks like a simple case of a Mumbai underworld criminal involved in an extortion racket targeting realtors and businessmen.But why would the police arrest Iqbal Kaskar is an old extortion case now?The answer lies in a special strategy adopted by India, reportedly formulated by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, which is targeted to corner Dawood.Iqbal Kaskar is a very strong link that can help New Delhi to unmask the D-Company syndicate.The younger brother of Dawood Ibrahim, number 5 among 11 siblings, is relatively less fierce than other Kaskar brothers.An HT report quotes a police official, who said that Kaskar was a ‘softy’ in the D Company who ran extortion racket solely on ‘merit’ of his surname.Iqbal Kaskar never went with Dawood and other brothers Anees and Noora to Pakistan.He migrated to Dubai in late 80s, where he used to sell electronic items in shops given to him by Dawood.After 9/11 attacks, when the security forces came down on the D Company, Iqbal Kaskar was deported to India in 2003.He was booked in two case but was released on bail in 2007. The police said that he was running the extortion racket from the home of his sister Haseena Parker after her death in 2014.As the latest reports suggest that Iqbal Kaskar was in touch with his brother Anees Ibrahim, the police may be able to prove the link between Kaskar and his brothers in Pakistan.Amid all this, another important link in the D-Company mystery is Chota Rajan.Once a great friend and partner, Chota Rajan is now an arch enemy of Dawood Ibrahim.Arrested in Indonesia in 2015, Chota Rajan may be helping Indian security agencies with such specific intel.He is providing much insight to the police to nab the second most richest gangster in the world after Pablo Escobar, an HT report said.With arrest of Iqbal Kaskar, Dawood Ibrahim must be having sleepless nights in his plush home in Karachi.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The security agencies at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) were thrown in a tizzy on Sunday, after a rashly driven Swift Dzire car, with a DIAL security person clinging to its bonnet, was spotted outside the departure terminal.Amid high drama, a Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF’s ) chased and intercepted the vehicle. The security officer on the bonnet survived with minor injuries and the driver was arrested. It was later revealed that the accused driver, identified as Dev Narayan Singh, a resident of Sangam Vihar in southeast Delhi, had hit the security personnel by mistake, and panicking, had driven on.The bizarre incident triggered panic related to vehicular terrorism, as frequent such cases involving vehicles have been reported all over the world in the recent past.The incident was reported at 4.11 pm. Arun Kumar, an officer with DIAL’s private security firm Raxa, spotted a Swift Dzire taxi, even though not authorised, trying to pick up customers from the airport. Kumar asked the driver to park in a corner.”Afraid of being handed over to the police, instead of stopping, the driver accelerated and rammed the car into Kumar, who jumped up on the bonnet to save himself. As the car was in motion, Kumar held on to the wipers to avoid falling off it,” a senior CISF officer said.Seeing this, a QRT deployed nearby instantly flashed a message about the white-colour car headed towards the exit from the departure terminal opposite gate number 7, and started chasing the vehicle.”Seeing armed commandos behind him and realising that there was no way to escape, the driver stopped the car and Kumar fell off. Commandos pulled the driver out and frisked him, following which police were called,” the officer said.Inquiry revealed that errant driver Singh worked for taxi aggregator Ola. “He revealed that he was trying to escape after being flagged by Kumar and unintentionally hit him. He was handed over to the Delhi police. Kumar was taken for treatment,” the officer added.Following recent incidents of vehicular terror attacks, the CISF deployed at airport has been on a special watch for suspicious vehicles. Additional barriers have been put up on approach roads and every vehicle is frisked thoroughly before nearing the terminal buildings.
Updated: Sep 17, 2017, 12:08 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The firing that began on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Arnia sector stopped on Sunday morning, killing one civilian.The number of injured civilians rose to six, but one of the injured succumbed to the injuries.Earlier, on September 15, one Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s RS Pura sector.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the VIP security list reaching a high of over 450, the Centre is reviewing threat perception of many, looking to bring down the numbers. This is an all-time high compared to previous years when the number protected under UPA was around 350.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been emphasising on the need to end VIP culture, and the government earlier banned beacon lights on vehicles of ministers, judges, and other senior officials.Politicians like former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav, UP’s father-son duo Mulayam and Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati, and former Chief Ministers of Assam Tarun Gogoi and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, are among those enjoying Z plus security, the highest category of security cover. Some of these might be downgraded after the review, sources said.The current UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also enjoys Z plus security.Sources said the Z plus list will definitely be pruned after an assessment is made. At present, 14 people enjoy the services (protection) of the elite National Security Guards. There are nearly 550 commandos of the force protecting these VIPs. While the number remains the same as during the UPA government, sources said, after the assessment, this could come down, too.While most of those included in the list are politicians, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, and religious personalities like Mata Aamritanandamayi, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, receive security cover from the Centre.The committee, headed by the Union Home Secretary Rajeev Gauba, is likely to make an assessment of the threat perception based on intelligence inputs before reviewing the status.Other than the National Security Guards who provide security to those with highest threat perception, the Central Reserve Police Force, and the Central Industrial Security Force are involved in giving a security cover.Z-plus securityFormer Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav, UP’s father-son duo Mulayam and Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati, and former Assam CMs Tarun Gogoi and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta are among those enjoying Z-plus security.
Updated: Sep 15, 2017, 09:20 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed after Pakistan violated ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s RS Pura sector on Friday.The jawan, who got seriously injured in the ceasefire violation, was succumbed to his injuries on his way to the hospital. The deceased constable identified as Brijendra Bahadur Singh was posted at Border Out Post (BOP) Chenaz. Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing at several Indian positions. This is the sixth ceasefire violation by Pakistan in less a week.Further details are awaited.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday came down hard on the Delhi government to ensure safety for children in schools after the recent murder of a seven-year-old student in Gurugram’s Ryan International School, and a sexual assault of a minor i another school.The L-G asked Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to make safety guidelines mandatory for schools in the Capital and stated that these guidelines must be binding for the granting of recognition of schools under the Delhi School Education Act and Rules. Sisodia, who is also the Delhi education minister, was told to “urgently formulate and enforce guidelines to ensure safety and security of children in schools”.Verification of the antecedents of security guards, support staff and employees, employment of adequate number of security guards preferably from ex-servicemen, authorised private security agencies registered under the Private Security Agencies Regulation Act, security audit of schools, installation of CCTV cameras at suitable points, proper illumination of dark spots and training modules, among others must be a part of the mandatory safety guidelines, said Baijal.”The security of our children cannot be compromised and has to be an essential condition to allow the running of schools in Delhi,” said Baijal.Baijal had earlier asked Delhi Police to initiate action to brief and sensitise field level police officials to visit schools and advise them to implement security measures in the interest of students. Besides, he LG he had asked Delhi Police to suggest safety guidelines that can be implemented by schools.The LG also suggested that the security measures listed by the Police along with measures suggested by other stakeholders including Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) be considered for inclusion.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five pople, including two BSF jawans, were injured in firing and shelling by Pakistani troops in violation of ceasefire along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting forces here to retaliate.The Pakistan Rangers today resorted to small arms firing on Brahman Bella and Raipur Border out Posts (BoPs) along the IB in Pargwal sector of Akhnoor belt in Jammu district from 1515 hours today, a police officer said.They fired mortar shells along the IB, forcing the BSF to retaliate, resulting in exchange of fire, he said, adding that so far, there is no loss of life or injury to any one.In another incident of cease fire violation, Pakistan Army resorted to firing and shelling on Indian posts along the LoC in Mankote, Sabjian and Digwar forward areas in Poonch since 1500 hours, another police officer said.Three civilians and two BSF Jawans suffered injuries, he said, adding that heavy exchange of fire were taking place.This is fourth ceasefire violation in past five days.Earlier, on September 1, an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of the Border Security Force, Kamaljit Singh, sustained bullet injuries due to enemy fire from across the LoC while he was deployed at a forward post in Krishna Ghati Sector in Poonch.He later succumbed to his injuries.Incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan have increased this year.Till August 1, there were 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army, while in 2016, it 228 for the entire year, according to the Army figures.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>185 Young Soldiers from Jammu & Kashmir passed out from The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre on Tuesday. Recruit Course Serial number 110, on having completed one year of strenuous training was attested today at a glittering parade at the Bana Singh Parade Ground of JAK LI RC.The Passing Out Parade, depicting graduation of a Recruit and his transformation into a Young Soldier, was reviewed by Lt Gen Satish Dua, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence and Colonel of the JAK LI Regiment and was attended by over 1000 parents / relatives of young soldiers besides a number of civil and military dignitaries.The dauntless young soldiers of the Regiment hailing from all regions and religions of the State of J&K, marching in precise unison with a singular aim of devoting their lives in service of their nation, singing their Regimental Song `Balidanam Veer Lakshnam’, inspired one and all as their voice echoed in the Parade ground. Their salute to the Tri-Colour with National Anthem playing inspired patriotic fervour in all present.General Dua congratulated the Young Soldiers for their immaculate Parade and impressed upon them to render selfless service to the Nation. He praised their contribution towards encouraging more youth from J&K to come forward to join the Security Forces & also highlighted the vital role played by their parents in motivating their wards to join this noble profession.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Monday agreed to provide Afghanistan further assistance to strengthen its security forces as the two strategic partners decided to deepen security cooperation and resolved to work closely to deal with the challenge of cross-border terrorism from Pakistan.After holding wide-ranging talks with her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani, External Affairs Mnister Sushma Swaraj said 116 new “high impact” development projects would be implemented jointly in 31 provinces of Afghanistan.”We remain united in overcoming the challenges posed by cross-border terrorism and safe havens and sanctuaries to both our countries,” Swaraj said at a joint media briefing with Rabbani.Afghanistan has faced a wave of terror attacks in the last few months and the proposed reconciliation and peace process is yet to make any progress.Asserting that its relationship with Afghanistan is an “article of faith” for India, she said New Delhi would continue to work with Afghan people in their efforts to build a secure, stable, peaceful, prosperous, united and inclusive Afghanistan.The two sides also inked four pacts, including one on vehicular movement to boost overland transit and another on fresh batch of development projects by India in Afghanistan.”We support national peace and reconciliation in an atmosphere free from violence and within the framework of Afghanistan’s Constitution,” Swaraj said, reiterating that India would continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Afghanistan in realising their dreams.Both Swaraj and Rabbani were clear in their references about terrorism emanating from Pakistan though they did not name the country.Thanking India for its unflinching support for peace and stability in Afghanistan, Rabbani said both countries agreed to strengthen security cooperation. “India has further agreed to provide assistance for Afghan national defence forces.” India has already invested over USD 2 billion in reconstruction of Afghanistan in the last 15 years but has been adopting a cautious approach in supplying military hardware.India has given four military helicopters to Afghanistan and imparted training to hundreds of Afghan security personnel.Rabbani said the current regional situation brings Afghanistan and India closer to protect and achieve their socio-economic goal and protect citizens.”The enabling environment for terrorism is directly linked to continued support they receive from outside of Afghanistan,” he said.The Afghan foreign minister said the countries have been the target of terrorism and violent extremism which is threatening the stability of the region.He referred to “terrorists groups like LeT and JeM which have been launching attacks against India and indiscriminately killing civilians in this country and engaging in similar terrorist activities along with Taliban Al-Qaeda and Daesh in Afghanistan”.He said Afghanistan’s friendship with India or any other country does not mean hostility with others in the neighbourhood.”Unlike others, Afghanistan has hardly sought security in the insecurity of others.”Afghanistan, Rabbani added, is a landlocked country and its peace and prosperity is dependent on “those of our neighbours near and extended”.”That is why we reject zero sum approaches that undermine our collective security today and years to come.” In her remarks, Swaraj said India was “indebted” to Afghan security forces for ensuring safety of Indians working in Afghanistan.Discussing connectivity projects, Swaraj said the development of Chahbahar Port in trilateral cooperation with Iran was being expedited. The supply of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chahbahar port would begin in the coming weeks.She also announced 500 new scholarships programmes for next of kin of the martyrs of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces from academic year 2018.Rabbani said Afghanistan strongly supports India’s membership of the UN Security Council and other groupings and hoped that it would back Kabul’s entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).The two sides also discussed easing of visas.Swaraj said India would assist in development projects like the Shatoot dam and drinking water supply project for Kabul, low cost housing for returning refugees, water supply network for Charikar city and a polyclinic in Mazar-e-Sharif.”Focus will continue on building governance and democratic institutions, human resource capacity and skill development, including in the areas of education, health, agriculture, energy, application of remote sensing in resource management and space technology in governance,” she said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two militants were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, reported news agency ANI on Monday. Security forces on Sunday launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about the presence of militants in Khudwani area of Kulgam district. During the operation, the militants opened fire at the security forces which lead to a gunfight.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anti-terror force NSG and industrial security agency CISF may be empowered to shoot down “rogue” low-flying objects like drones and gliders under a new policy which is being finalised.The issue was discussed threadbare at a recent meeting of the Union home secretary with representatives of the Indian Air Force, civil aviation ministry, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other stakeholders.”The draft drone policy is in the final stage. It is focused on regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and similar low-flying objects. The policy should come out in public domain this month itself to solicit comments from stakeholders,” the official said.The National Security Guard (NSG) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) are likely to be given powers to shoot down any “erring” low-flying object if they find it as “rogue”, the official said.The two forces will acquire defence mechanism like electromagnetic system, which would have inbuilt radar, radio frequency jammer and detector.The policy will have preventive features to ensure that there is no misuse of any kind of low-flying objects by terrorist groups or other anti-national elements.The policy is being formulated after spotting of several UAVs in airports and border areas, hampering air traffic and raising security concern.”It has become necessary to regulate UAVs to prevent their misuse in sensitive areas like airports. The policy will have provisions on how to check rogue elements operating UAVs,” another official said.The policy will have dual aspects of enabling features: licensing the UAVs for their use along the international borders as well as in guarding vital installations inside the country, and disaster relief works.Currently, there is no policy on how to deal with a situation when a drone is sighted. There is nothing in the law to book a person if he or she involves in any mischief by operating a drone.”There are no standard operating procedures to deal with the UAVs. That is why the new policy is being brought in,” the security official said.When a law is finally being enacted, it will define punishment, fine and also who can get license to fly a drone.
Updated: Sep 9, 2017, 10:30 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old girl suffered injuries during the encounter between the terrorists and the security forces in Imam Sahib area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian on Saturday. The injured girl Khusboo Jan, residence of Shopian has been shifted to the nearby hospital.Meanwhile, a terrorist has been killed and another one injured during the encounter between the terrorists and the security forces.The injured terrorist is reportedly still holed up in the area.’One terrorist was killed and second one is injured who is holed up there,’ IG Kashmir Munir Khan said.Earlier, the terrorists attacked the army vehicle here. In retaliatory fire the unidentified terrorist was killed.Operation is still underway. Further details are awaited.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India should resolve the Kashmir issue through “political and diplomatic” means rather than “abusing” Pakistan, army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has said.Bajwa, while addressing a Defence Day gathering in Rawalpindi last night, said people of South Asia need peace for prosperity. Accusing India of “killing” innocent people on the LoC, he said the country should give peace a chance. “It is in interest of India that for a durable solution to the issues (in Kashmir), it should prefer political and diplomatic process instead of abusing Pakistan and using bullets against Kashmiris,” the Chief of Army Staff said.Bajwa said Pakistan wants to address the Kashmir issue through dialogue.”Welfare of millions of people of these two countries is linked with permanent peace. But for it to happen, it is necessary that innocent and unarmed people on the LoC are not targeted through a planned way,” he said. Pakistan will continue to extend “political, moral, and diplomatic support” to Kashmiris for their right to self- determination in line with the UN Security Council resolutions, he said. He accused India of trying to destabilise Pakistan through “militancy and usurping its share of water”.The army chief also claimed that Pakistan was a responsible nuclear state. “Our nuclear programme is just a deterrent against the enemy that introduced this unconventional war in the region,” he said. Bajwa said that Pakistan was against terrorism. “We are against war and terrorism. We want relationship with all countries based on mutual respect and equality,” he said. Pakistan celebrates the Defence Day to mark the 1965 war with India.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The number of terror camps and launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir have gone up and around 475 militants are waiting to sneak into the Indian side, northern Army commander Lt Gen Devraj Anbu said on Thursday. Internally, he said the NIA raids on separatists and the killing of top militant leaders by security forces have helped in improving security situation in Kashmir. He said 144 militants have been killed in the state so far this year and the situation is “well under control”. Gen Anbu said there have been a large number of infiltration attempts along the LoC in J&K this year but “very less” have been successful. “We cannot tell you the exact number of the militants.But the militants, who are waiting to cross over to this side (via the LoC from PoK) are nearly 250 in north Kashmir and around 225 in south of Pir Panjal (Jammu region),” said the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-in-C) of Northern Command. He was responding to questions from journalists after presenting gallantry and distinguished services medals to 103 army officers and jawans and certificates of appreciation to 31 units apart from 31 civilians at an investiture ceremony at the Northern Command headquarters here.Gen Anbu said the security situation along the LoC and in the hinterland in well under control. “We are firmly in control of the situation along the LoC… (the number of) launching pads and terrorist camps along LoC has increased as compared to the previous years,” he said. “While infiltration attempts have increased, the success to infiltrate has been much less than previous years despite large number of infiltration attempts. That is because of our robust counter-infiltration grid that we have on LoC,” he said.”The (number of) militants coming to this side have decreased to a large extent this year,” Gen Anbu said. According to Multi Agency Centre (MAC) of intelligence gathering, the number of militants who have managed to infiltrate is 75 during the last eight months, he said, adding, “But according to our assessment, it is 45 to 50.” He said the Army has created a “strong deterrence” at the LoC so that militants do not enter the Indian side. “While attempts are more, we are preventing them from entering this side, whether in Kashmir valley or Jammu region,” the Army commander said.About the input of a group of militants having sneaked in via Samba, he said all agencies are closely watching that. “If it manifests somewhere, we will get to know,” he added. “The situation along the LoC and in hinterland is under control,” he said. He said the NIA raids aimed at choking funding to separatists, “which has got direct link to terrorism in Kashmir, compliments the security operations” of forces. “Administration (in J&K) is good. We have been able to eliminate terrorist leaders and it is complimented by the choking of funds by NIA raids. All this will have a deterring effect on the youth who are likely to become part of agitation dynamics. It has come down drastically,” he said.”What was in November-December last year and what is now – there are very few incidents that take place. There is now a token number of persons who are on the ground as they have realized (futility of terrorism). It is only now handful people who are into this,” he added. Regarding the issue of protests, he said, “Agitational dynamics does not mean that each and every person comes to streets and their heart and soul is into it. There is an upward curve. The government in power and security forces get to top of it.”The Army commander said elimination of the leadership of terrorists has brought down incidents and recruitment of the local terrorists. “It (local recruitment) happens when the terrorists have an upper hand. The youngsters in the age group of 16 to 18 get moulded by the terrorists and separatists to join the ranks,” he added. “This is what we need to look at. The number of the locals militants joining ranks have been constant in last year years including this year,” he said.About the militancy situation in the hinterland, Gen Anbu said, “It is improving. Those (militants) who are operating in the hinterland are foreign terrorists in north Kashmir and south Kashmir has presence of local terrorists more and foreign terrorists are lesser.” He said the security forces are trying to dominate the south Kashmir region. “We conduct searches keeping in mind that we do not cause any inconvenience to local people. That is where we get information from and warn them in advance. We conduct operations and they (operations) are clean. After the operation, we keep interacting with people so that they are on our side. This has had very good effect in south Kashmir,” Gen Anbu said.”We have killed 100 militants in the past four months. A total of 144 militants have been killed so far (in Kashmir this year),” he said. “The effect of what is happening now will manifest in a couple of months from now. But there is decrease in local youth getting recruited,” he added. The Army commander strongly batted for reaching out to the youth of Kashmir.”The issue that needs attention is that you need to engage the youth and the state government and everybody has to play a part in ensuring employment generation and positive security environment is created by the security forces and it will get controlled,” Gen Anbu said. Army commander said no footprint of militants has been seen in the Jammu region. “There is no militant presence in Jammu region. May be there will one odd such report and that too due to any infiltration. But there is no resident terrorist or presence of foreign terrorist in Jammu region,” he said in reply to a question with regard to presence of the militants in the region.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In 2006, the stage was set between India and Pakistan to clinch a deal over the issue of Siachen — the world’s highest battlefield where the climate has claimed more lives than gunfire — but the process was scuttled by India’s then National Security Advisor (NSA) MK Narayanan, former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran has claimed.In his forthcoming part-history-part-memoir titled How India Sees the World, Saran has claimed that he and his Pakistani counterpart Riaz Mohammad Khan were close to breakthrough. He has claimed that the deal was even consented by the Indian Army, and mentioned its finer points, including current positions of the forces of the two countries, the positions to which they would withdraw, a schedule for redeployment, and a joint monitoring mechanism to prevent mutual intrusions. All this would have been recorded in an annexure to the main agreement.In their tumultuous relations, India and Pakistan had already missed two possible deals on the Himalayan territory — located as high as 20,000 feet above sea level — in 1989 and 1992.”To give the document additional strength, we insisted, and the Pakistani side agreed, that both the agreement and the annexure will be signed, and that the main agreement will explicitly declare that the annexure had the same legal validity as the agreement itself,” records Saran, who also worked as adviser to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.Prime Minister Singh, who was keen on the agreement had directed the Foreign Secretary to obtain a consensus from all key stakeholders. “I did many rounds of consultations, both at the senior bureaucratic and ministerial levels in the ministries of defence, home and finance (whose members are part of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS),” he said.Saran claimed that then Army Chief General JJ Singh and the chiefs of all intelligence agencies were also brought on board.The deal was consented by the Army and its intricate technical details including the points and timing of redeployment and also the phases in which it would have been implemented and the structure of the monitoring mechanism were actually worked out by the Director-General Of Military Operations.After all this exercise, when approval from the CCS was seen as a mere formality, the deal was aborted after Narayanan launched a bitter offensive. The draft agreement, along with the annexures, had been put together in a note to the CCS for approval so that it could be presented as a proposal from the Indian side at the India–Pakistan Defence Secretary-level talks scheduled for May 2006. The note had been examined and agreed to by all relevant stakeholders and agencies. The CCS approval was, therefore, expected to come as a matter of course.”When the CCS meeting was held on the eve of the Defence Secretary-level talks, the NSA launched an offensive, saying that Pakistan could not be trusted, and that there will be political and public opposition to any such initiative and that India’s military position in the northern sector vis-à-vis both Pakistan and China will be compromised. General Singh, who had happily gone along with the proposal in its earlier iterations, now decided to join Narayanan in rubbishing it,” records Saran in the book.In the meeting, Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee decided to play it safe and proposed the deferment of its consideration until further study. The Prime Minister, who was keen to see the deal through, chose to keep silent. In the ensuing exchange of words, Narayanan, went further suggesting that Siachen be taken off the agenda of India–Pakistan talks entirely and that this should be communicated to the visiting Pakistani Defence Secretary at forthcoming talks. At this stage, Mukherjee stepped in to support Saran. He pointed out that Rajiv Gandhi himself had agreed to include Siachen in the India–Pakistan dialogue.Saran recalls that in 2007, when he visited a couple of high-altitude posts at the Siachen Glacier as part of a border infrastructure survey, he informally asked stationed officers it they would support a mutual withdrawal by India and Pakistan from the glacier. “The answer was an unqualified yes. I then asked whether we could risk Pakistani occupation of the area vacated by us. The officers replied that nothing better could happen because the Pakistanis would suffer ‘what we have been going through these past several years,” he records in the book. The opportunity to finally resolve a long-standing issue and a constant source of bitterness in Pakistan was lost.Saran has also referred to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and President Pervez Musharraf’s back channel and confidential talks on Kashmir at their January 2004 meeting in Islamabad, which continued during Manmohan Singh’s era as well. He also mentions another tiff with Narayanan, when he tried to rock the boat of the Indo-US nuclear deal. Even though being chief negotiator, Narayanan had excluded him from an apex committee consisting of the Department Of Atomic Energy and PMO officials.”It often turned out that I was negotiating with William Burns on one side and the PMO on the other. Narayanan became the interlocutor between the negotiating team and the DAE, which seemed to be convinced that we were about to sell the store to the Americans,” he added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A vagabond mistaken as an intruder triggered panic at the Indira Gandhi International airport when he attempted to scale the perimeter wall of the airport during the early hours on Monday. Reacting to the security breach, armed Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) commandos were rushed to the spot to secure the IGI, one of the country’s hyper sensitive airports.The trigger was sparked around 1.30 am, when alert CISF personnel noticed some suspicious movement on the perimeter wall and alerted officers concerned. A senior CISF officer told DNA that Perimeter Intrusion Detection System that secures the boundary of the airport raised an alarm as the man tried to jump inside.”The movement was spotted near watch tower 35 in zone number 448. Since his identity was not known, it was a major security concern. The team immediately called in a quick response team and armed commandos were rushed to sanitise the area. The team found a man climbing on the perimeter wall. When he was brought down he appeared to be of unsound mind. After verifications, he was handed over to Delhi Police,” the officer said.CISF officers also said that with repetitive terror attacks being reported from all around the world, security at the IGI has significantly been stepped up.However, this is not the first incident when such an intrusion has sparked panic among the security forces at Delhi airport, which is counted under the hypersensitive airports across the country.In April, DNA had exclusively reported how a suspicious man sneaked into the Palam Air Force station at the IGI airport side and reached up to the sensitive technical area, giving slip to the multi-layered security cover. The incident had triggered panic among intelligence agencies as the man was caught in the “prohibited area” of the airbase.Moreover, the Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS), that secures the boundary of the IGI airport, has remained a controversial installation since it was developed four years ago in accordance with guidelines laid down by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. The Intrusion Detection System, a multi-layer security system with around 200 CCTV cameras to capture even the slightest movement near the boundary, generates more than 100 false alarms a day, claims CISF. The system also has radars, more than 35 watchtowers and a patrolling track along the 25km perimeter wall of the airport.PAST IMPERFECTApril 2017: A man sneaked into the Palam Air Force station at the IGI airport and reached up to the sensitive technical area, giving slip to the multi-layered security cover
Sep 2016: Just two days after the Uri attack, a man scaled the perimeter wall of the airport and roamed around the runway area with a bag in hand, unnoticed for almost half-an-hour
April 2014: A 16-year-old boy jumped inside the air side and wandered near runway
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China, it seems is hell-bent on continuing with its doublespeak on terror. Even as the BRICS summit named Pak-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) along with other groups operating out of Pakistan, Beijing dodged questions about the group’s chief Masood Azhar.China has repeatedly blocked moves to ban Azhar under the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council (Security Council Committee). “On participating in international campaign against terrorism, our position is consistent and firm,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here, commenting on the strong stand taken by BRICS countries, including China, by naming Pakistan-based terror outfits among those spreading violence in the region.He, however, dodged a direct response to a question on whether the naming of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) by the BRICS in which China is a prominent member marks a change in Beijing’s stand of opposing the ban against Azhar, who heads the group. “I have not seen the BRICS joint declaration and don’t know the specific content,” Geng said. “On the counter terrorism cooperation among the BRICS countries, we are very satisfied with the achievements made by the BRICS. We have a working group on terrorism,” he said.
ALSO READ BRICS Summit: Cooperation in oil and gas sector, Afghanistan discussed in Modi-Putin’s bilateral meeting 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 terrorist, stating that there is no consensus on the issue.This has led to bilateral discord between India and China as Beijing’s move has been seen as an attempt to shield Azhar on behalf of Pakistan.
ALSO READ Narendra Modi at BRICS: 9 important statements made by PM during Plenary sessionEarly last month, China had again extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and the UK-backed proposal to list Azhar for his role in the Pathankot terror attack.China had in February this year blocked the US move to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN. Earlier, it had also blocked India’s moves to get Azhar designated as a global terrorist.
ALSO READ Decoding PM Narendra Modi’s cabinet reshuffle Also, in a move that could cause consternation in Pakistan, the BRICS declaration named Lashkar-e-Taiba besides the JeM for spreading violence. The inclusion of both the groups followed a tough stand against Pakistan enunciated by US President Donald Trump in his recent policy statement on Afghanistan and South Asia.The BRICS expressed “concern” over the security situation in the region and the violence caused by the Taliban, ISIS, al-Qaeda and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Hizb ut-Tahrir.This was in contrast to a vague reference to terrorism in last year’s BRICS Summit at Goa that had called on all nations to adopt a “comprehensive approach in combating terrorism”.At the Xiamen Summit, the BRICS leaders called for swift and effective implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) international standards worldwide.”We call upon the international community to establish a genuinely broad international counter-terrorism coalition and support the UN’s central coordinating role in this regard,” the declaration said.Additionally, the leaders stressed that the fight against terrorism must be conducted in accordance with international law.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The growing threat of radicalisation with the lure of terror groups like Islamic State (ISIS) for thousands of youth has been one of the biggest internal security concerns for the home ministry. To deal with this threat, a change of strategy was introduced with the focus being on counter-radicalisation and a more proactive cyber monitoring mechanism.Bringing militants into the mainstreamThe home ministry’s counter-radicalisation approach which started two years back is yielding positive results. Counter terror agencies say that they are now being told to wait and watch suspects with arrests only being made after they cross a certain threshold. Officials also say that in many cases, after being intercepted, the suspects have not been taken into custody. Instead, with the help of family members and local community leaders, many have been “de-radicalised” and brought back into the mainstream.The government clearly views its de-radicalisation strategy as a success. Presenting a report card in June over what his ministry had achieved over the last three years, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the fact that terror groups like ISIS had failed to establish themselves in India – despite the country’s large Muslim population – was a sign the government’s policies were working.Dealing with security challengesBut while that may be so the government cannot afford to rest on its laurels. Figures show that till now over 90 ISIS aspirants have been arrested from across the country with Kerala, Telangana and Tamil Nadu being the hotbed of activity for attracting young Muslims to jihad.Experts say that to deal with such security challenges, the sharing of intelligence needs to be improved and cyber security must play a larger role in combating terrorism. “There is an urgent need to have a robust mechanism of sharing intelligence in real time between Centre and state, various intelligence agencies and even private organisations that can help,” said a senior home ministry official.On the issue of cyber security, former Home Secretary GK Pillai said old fashioned techniques of gathering intelligence were obsolete and technology had to play a larger role. “There are people who want to still do the things the old way but today the use of technology in intelligence gathering is a must. There has to be a change in the governance pattern to attract youngsters with technical knowhow to assist them in fighting terror threats.”Normalising the situation in J&KDespite condemnation from certain sections over the government allowing the Army and security forces to use excessive force to curb stone pelters in the Valley last year, the ministry claims that the situation has vastly improved today thanks to its policies.According to data from the home ministry, 583 cases have been registered this year against 2,897 cases last year. The data also states that the 2,808 incidents of stone pelting that rocked the Valley last year have come down to 664 in 2017.Asked to explain the reason for the drop in figures, ministry officials say it is thanks to more effective anti-terror operations this year. Ministry data shows that over 135 terrorists have so far been killed this year, as compared to last year’s tally of 150, and it is expected that this year’s tally will overtake 2016 by the year end.Officials believe that this “firm hand” against militancy has led to the drop in terror attacks this year. On July 9, 2017 the ministry informed Parliament that there were 172 recorded incidents of “violence by militants” in the state this year as compared to 322 in 2016. They concluded that by end 2017, the number of terror attacks would be far less than 2016.Fighting the Maoist threatApart from J&K, one of the biggest internal security challenges for the country has been the Maoist insurgency. Though it has shown signs of a decline in recent times, the Maoist threat is far from over. The challenges have certainly taken a toll on security personnel who are taking on rebels indulging in guerrilla warfare. Using their knowledge of the local terrain, guerrillas have planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and ambushed security forces which has often resulted in mass killings.The good news is that in the last three years between July 2014 and June 2017 there has been a 22 percent dip in Maoist violence. The government says that the news is all the more welcome considering that the preceding three year period, during the UPA regime, between 2011 and 2014 saw an increase of 78 percent in Maoist attacks.Ministry officials claim the fall in the Maoist attacks is thanks to the dual policy it is following – first of development in the interior areas controlled by Maoists, and second, going after the top leadership. This policy with its focus on road projects, installation of mobile towers for better communication and more recruitment of locals in the Forces has shown some positive signs.However, challenges remain. Ministry officials admit that the government’s bid to expedite road projects in highly troubled areas has not been that encouraging. For instance, the under construction road where 25 CRPF personnel were killed by Maoists in Sukma, Chhattisgarh, has still not been completed for the last three years. The failure to complete the road has continued to risk the lives of the Forces there.On the positive side, the government points to the fact that more and more Maoists are being persuaded to give up the gun. Last year, a record breaking 1,442 surrenders by the red rebels was cited as a high point of success for security forces, the various state governments and the Centre.However, critics have raised questions about the extremely high number of surrenders with some terming them as “fake” or staged. The fact that intelligence agencies too in the past have claimed that “fake surrenders” have been taking place, does take some of the shine away from the government’s claims of success in combating the Maoist threat.Modernising the ForcesEnsuring internal security and safeguarding the border areas cannot be done without modernising and keeping up the Forces’ morale. In this regard, the ministry is facing some challenges. Shortage of arms and ammunition, lack of promotional opportunities, inadequate medical facilities, and allegations of corruption against senior officers by their juniors, are huge challenges for the ministry to overcome.While the ministry has to deal with these challenges quickly, the Forces also need to keep pace with changing technologies, not only to be more effective but also safeguard themselves against new techniques being adopted by the enemy.The Maoists for example have intensified the use of IEDs and have been using new technologies for this. IEDs have accounted for a high number of CRPF deaths in the red zone. Naturally, the Central Reserve Police Force – the main Force that deals with Maoists – wants to upgrade their equipment to deal with this threat, and have written to the ministry about this.Such challenges ensure that the home ministry, despite a string of successes, has much work to do to ensure the country’s internal security. It remains to be seen just how they go about doing this.WHAT OUR FORCES DOCentral Armed Police Forces
Assist state police organisations in special circumstances like communal riots, insurgency and border skirmishes
Border Security Force & Indo Tibetan Border Police
Guard the Pakistan, Bangladesh and China borders
Central Reserve Police Force
They are main force combating Maoists
Central Industrial Security Force
Guards airports and provides security to industries
Sashastra Seema Bal
Guards the Indo-Nepal border
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Among the nine new ministers, three are Brahmins — Shiv Pratap Shukla, Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Anant Kumar Hegde, two Rajputs, RK Singh and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, one Jat in Satyapal Singh, and inVirendra Kumar, a Dalit. Two others are from minority religions — Hardeep Puri, a Sikh and Alphons, a Christian.The induction of Shukla, a Rajya Sabha member who does not enjoy the best of equations with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynanath, is seen as an attempt by the party to keep Brahmins, a faithful support base, in good humour.While the BJP has focused on expanding its outreach among the OBCs in the state, Choubey’s induction in the government is seen as a balancing act by the party.Alphons hails from Kerala, where the BJP has been working hard to emerge as a potent force.Shiv Pratap Shukla
MOS, Finance Shukla is a former Cabinet minister of the Uttar Pradesh government and is a Rajya Sabha MP. He began his RS stint last year and is currently serving as a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development. The 65-year old has been allocated the post of Minister of State (MoS) in the Ministry of Finance under Arun Jaitley. He will be joined by Pon Radhakrishnan, BJP’s sole Lok Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu, as the second MoS, Finance. He is a law graduate and forayed into politics as a student leader.Ashwini Kumar Choubey
MoS, Health & Family Welfare A Brahmin face from Bihar, Choubey is a Lok Sabha MP from Buxar in Bhojpur region. He is a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates and Standing Committee on Energy. Along with former Home Secretary RK Singh, he is the second MP from Bihar to be inducted into the council of ministers in light of BJP and Janata Dal (United) alliance to form the Bihar government. Choubey has become a MoS in the Health Ministry under Jagat Prakash Nadda. He is a crucial choice in the run-up to the Lok Sabha 2019 polls as Bihar. Choubey has been elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly for five consecutive terms and served as a Cabinet minister in the state government for eight years.Anantkumar Hegde
MoS, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship At 49, Ananth Kumar Hegde, a Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka’s Uttar Kanada constituency is the youngest of the nine ministers, who took oath on Sunday. He has been entrusted with the job of MoS in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship under the new Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Hegde is only the second MP from Karnataka besides party senior Ananth Kumar, who is Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs. His selection assumes significance because Karnataka is going to polls in 2018. Known to be a firebrand and controversial, Hegde is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and Human Resource Development.Raj Kumar Singh
MoS (Independent Charge), Power, and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh’s rise has been to watch out for. As the former Home Secretary, Singh was at odds with the BJP and Sangh Parivar as he railed against Hindu extremist groups allegedly involved in the Samjhauta Express blast and Malegaon bomb blast. But soon after, he joined the BJP and won the Lok Sabha election from Arrah, Bihar. Incidentally, as a young IAS officer, he was tasked with the arrest of LK Advani during the Ram Mandir Rath Yatra. Singh also got a meaty portfolio as MoS, Power.Satya Pal Singh
MoS, Human Resource Development; Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation As a former IPS officer, Satya Pal Singh has served as Police Commissioner of Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur, and he opted for VRS while serving as Mumbai police chief, to join BJP. Singh fought the 2014 BJP elections from Baghpat against veteran Jat leader and former aviation minister Ajit Singh and won handsomely, pushing Ajit Singh to the third position. Singh received the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service in 2004 and President’s Police Medal for meritorious service in 1996. Singh has been allocated MoS in the HRD Ministry; and MoS in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation.Hardeep Singh Puri
MoS (Independent charge), Housing and Urban Affairs Former UN envoy Hardeep Singh Puri has over four decades of diplomatic and bureaucratic experience. An IFS officer from the 1974 batch, known for his expertise on foreign policy, Puri had served as the Permanent Representative of India to Geneva, Permanent Representative at the United Nations, and ambassador to Brazil and UK. Between 2011 and 2013, as the head of the Indian delegation to the UN Security Council, Puri was one of the few Indians to have chaired the UN Security Council, and was the only Indian to chair the Security Council on Counter-Terrorism. Puri joined the BJP in 2014, and is said to be a long-time friend of Union Minister Arun Jaitley.Virendra Kumar
MoS, Women & Child Development; Minority Affairs Tikamgarh MP Virendra Singh is the lone Dalit face among the nine joining the Modi ministry. Singh started out as a mechanic in his father’s puncture shop. The six-time MP, has been associated with the RSS and the AVBP since his college days. In the 1970s, Singh was part of the Jayaprakash Narayan movement, and underwent jail term of over 16 months. He has served as the chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee on labour and as chairperson of the joint committee on the office of profit. He has also served as a member of the National Social Security Board, the parliamentary committee on Labour and Welfare, Welfare of SCs and STs, Privileges, Petroleum and Natural Gas.Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
MoS, Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare The induction of Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat as the minister of state for agriculture and farmers’ welfare comes a few months ahead of the Assembly elections in Rajasthan. Shekhawat, a Rajput from Sikri, currently serves as the national general secretary of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha. He is also the co-convenor of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an RSS-affiliated economic organisation that promotes domestic trade, and is the general secretary of the Seema Jan Kalyan Samiti. In his constituency, Shekhawat build several schools in the Indo-Pak border across Rajasthan. Shekhawat is currently a member of the parliamentary standing committee on finance and is the chairperson of the fellowship committee.Alphons Kannanthanam
MoS (Independent charge), Tourism; Electronics & Information Technology Alphons Kannanthanam has had an illustrious career as a bureaucrat for over two decades. In the ’90s, he earned the moniker of ‘Delhi’s Demolition Man’ for razing over 15,000 illegal buildings during his stint with the Delhi Development Authority. As the MoS in tourism, he will be working alongside Mahesh Sharma, who is currently the MoS (independent charge) for culture and tourism. Kannanthanam has also been made the MoS in electronics and information ministry, where he will work with cabinet minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. His induction is seen as BJP’s way to woo the Syrian Catholic community in Kerala ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Retired diplomat Hardeep Singh Puri, who was today inducted into the Union Council of Ministers, has a distinguished four-decade career in diplomacy spanning the multilateral arena behind him.The 65-year-old, who took oath as a Minister of State, has served as India’s Ambassador to the UN in New York and Geneva, and with his decades of diplomatic experience, his presence in the Council would be a rarity.Puri has had an over 40-year innings in diplomacy covering the multilateral arena, including as India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations both in Geneva (2002-2005) and in New York (2009-2013).He is one of the few Indians to preside over the United Nations Security Council and the only one to have chaired its Counter-terrorism Committee.Puri, a 1974-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, most recently served as Vice President at the International Peace Institute and as the Secretary General of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism in New York. He was also India’s envoy to Brazil and the United Kingdom.An alumnus of the Hindu College in Delhi University who also taught briefly at the St Stephen’s College, he is the author of the book ‘Perilous Interventions: The Security Council & The Politics of Chaos’, published last year.During his college days, Puri was a student leader who was also active in the JP movement.Earlier this year, he was appointed the chairman of the Research and Information System for Developing Country (RIS), a city-based autonomous think-tank that works under the Ministry of External Affairs.RIS is an organisation that specialises in policy research on international economic issues and development cooperation, besides focussing on promoting South-South Cooperation and assisting developing countries in multilateral negotiations in various fora.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite several provocations, including China warning India of a full-scale war and reminding it of the humiliating 1962 defeat, India’s calm but firm insistence on a diplomatic solution to the Doklam standoff prevented escalation of the conflict, sources said.Reportedly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had explicitly directed his Cabinet colleagues to not raise the rhetoric or even discuss the tension in public forums, soon after returning from Hamburg, where he had met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. The officials were also asked to not respond to any Chinese provocation through the media.Soon after returning home, Modi gave a go-ahead to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval to travel to Beijing for the BRICS NSAs meeting, where the latter met with his Chinese counterpart. It is believed that both sides principally agreed to disengage at the time. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar also held multiple meetings with Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui to work out the details. Finally, earlier this month, a blueprint was handed over to the Army commanders on both sides, who then discussed the nitty-gritties of the disengagement.From the start of the faceoff on June 18, Beijing had insisted that India must first withdraw.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Pakistan Rangers were shot dead in Dewra village of Sunderbani in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday and the Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated strongly during the cross border firing.Today, four shells of the 51 mm mortar and the two shells of 81/82 mm mortar were exploded in Dewra village.At around 14:50 hours, Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked cross border firing in Pargwal area of Jammu region. The BSF is now engaged in a befitting retaliation.Yesterday, Pakistan attacked a BSF jawan while he was standing and drinking water in BOP Budhwar in RS pura of Jammu and Kashmir.A bullet was lodged above the jawan’s ear and he was immediately shifted to the hospital and his condition is stable now.Another terrorist has been neutralised in the ongoing encounter between the security forces and fidayan terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.Meanwhile, the bodies of two Special Police Officers of Jammu and Kashmir, who went missing, were also recovered.So far two terrorists have been killed, while three Jammu and Kashmir police officers and two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans Dhanawade Ravindra and Jaswant Singh lost their lives.Jammu and Kashmir DGP S. P Vaid informed the media that the security forces of Army, CRPF and the state police Special Operations Group are trying to clear and evacuate everybody from those blocks, and in the process, have suffered some casualties, but added that the terrorists have been eliminated.A CRPF spokesperson has informed that some members of the security forces were injured in the operation.As for the evacuation operation, Vaid said that it is in the last lap and will be cleared of terrorists, who are at least three in number.He also refuted the possibility of a security lapse that could be responsible for the infiltration, explaining that “You can’t prevent if somebody is ready to die.”The encounter in E block is still underway.