|ED attaches Rs 17.73 lakh in J&K terror funding case|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 29 (Agencies): The Enforcement Directorate has attached Rs 17.73 lakh recovered from three Jammu and Kashmir residents who are alleged to have received funding from terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen for terror activities in the state.
The financial probe agency attached the amount from Irshad Ahmad Qureshi, Irshad Ahmad Hajjam and Firdous Ahmad Wani under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), an official said on Wednesday.
Qureshi and Hajjam were arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police on March 10, 2009 from Srinagar while Wani was held later.
Qureshi told the investigators that he works as a private school principal and in November 2007, he came in contact with a terrorist Bashir Ahmad Aijaz, who offered him a proposal for distribution of money for terror acts o...|
|33 ‘Pak spy agents’ arrested since 2016: Govt|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 29 (Agencies): As many as 33 agents of Pakistani espionage modules were arrested by security forces since 2016, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
“As per available information, during the course of neutralisation of Pakistani espionage modules for 2016 and 2017 (till March 22, 2017), 33 agents were arrested in spying activities for Pakistan backed intelligence agency ISI,” minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir said.
Those who were arrested include 14 in Rajasthan, six each in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, four in Delhi, two in Gujarat and one in Uttar Pradesh, he said....|
|Centre enhances 70 PG seats in JK Medical Colleges|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 29: The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has approved enhancement of 70 more PG seats in different disciplines for the Government Medical Colleges in Jammu and Kashmir from the 2017-18 session.
As per the technical norms and student-faculty ratio, 20 seats have been increased in SKIMS, Soura, 37 in GMC, Srinagar and 13 in GMC, Jammu.
This was revealed at a meeting between Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Jai Prakash Nadda and Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat held in Union capital here today.
Bali held wide-ranging discussion on the overall health scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and drew the attention of Union Minister towards the issues of prominence that need to be prioritized to improve the patient care. The issues, which figured ...|
|DGP briefs Jitendra about Kashmir situation|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 29(Agencies): Director General of Police, Jammu & Kashmir, SP Vaid, met Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and held a detailed discussion with him about the prevailing situation in Kashmir, in the aftermath of yesterday's violence which resulted in the death of three persons and injuries to others as well as injuries also to the security persons.
Director General of Police informed the Minister that, as per the inputs received, Pakistan ISI was trying to instigate and provoke innocent young boys to come out from their houses and reach the site of exchange of fire. There are also recorded messages ...|
|'Man of action’ Yogi Adityanath comes to the rescue of a woman facing torture over dowry|
|LUCKNOW, Mar 29 (Agencies): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi on Tuesday took a quick action when a woman from Hardoi narrated the harrowing behaviour of her in-laws for dowry.
Ritu Gupta arrived at Yogi’s public meeting in Lucknow with her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter and sought the new UP CM's help.
The woman alleged that her in-laws have been torturing her and demanding Rs 2 lakhs. She had been trying to seek police's action in the case for the last seven months, but all her efforts remained futile.
“I filed a FIR against my in-laws but no investigation was done,” she said, adding that she was forced to leave home and not even provided a meagre amount to fulfill the basic needs of her daughter.
The UP CM promised the lady of action and within minutes, she received a...|
|'We're young, unmarried; want to return to mainstream' - Two Islamic State suspects plead guilty before Delhi court|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 29 (Agencies): Two suspected members of the dreaded terror outfit Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday moved an application before a court here, pleading guilty to the charges levelled against them.
Sheikh Azhar-ul-Islam alias Abdul Sattar Sheikh and Mohammed Farhan alias Mohammed Rafiq Shaikh have pleaded guilty to the charges before District Judge Amar Nath.
The judge has listed the matter for April 10.
The court has asked National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file a reply on the plea.
What's the case?
The NIA had arrested Sheikh, Farhan and Adnan Hassan alias Mohammad Hussain in January last year for involvement in a conspiracy to identify, motivate and radicalise, recruit and train Indians in the country as well as other countries.
Both Sheikh and Farhan in their appl...|
|Hyderabad woman escapes sexual slavery in |
|HYDERABAD, Mar 29 (Agencies): A harrowing case of human trafficking has come to light in which an Indian woman, facing sexual abuse in Saudi Arabia, is leaving no stone unturned to free herself from the clutches of her tormentor.
The story is of a woman from Balanagar in Hyderabad, who was lured by an agent in the city, who promised her a job in a beauty parlour in 2014.
However, she was forced to take up the job of a domestic help after arriving in Saudi Arabia, reported The Times of India.
The woman has gone into hiding after fleeing the house where she was working in Riyadh. She now wants to somehow reach the Indian Embassy in Riyadh.
According to the daily, the woman was sexually harassed frequently by her employer's 25-year-old son who would forcibly take her into his room. The t...|
|Left to die on road, pregnant Lucknow woman writes to PM to end 'triple talaq', says 'I voted for BJP'|
|LUCKNOW, Mar 29 (Agencies): Shagufta Shah, a mother of two and a 'triple talaq' victim from Lucknow, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to abolish the 'evil Islamic tradition' at the earliest.
Reports said on Wednesday that Shah decided to write to the Prime Minister about her ordeal after she was 'disowned' by her husband when she refused to abort her third child.
In her letter, Shah spoke eloquently about the pain she was subjected to when she became pregnant for the third time and how her husband Shamshad Sayeed wanted her to terminate the pregnancy, fearing that the third born may also be a girl.
Shagufta, who refused to budge down to the unreasonable demand, was tortured, beaten mercilessly by her husband and thrown onto the streets before being serve...|
|Shiva Temple attacked with powerful remote-controlled bomb in Manipur's Moreh|
|IMPHAL, Mar 29 (Agencies): An incident of attack on a Hindu temple was reported on Wednesday.
This Hindu temple on the Indian side of the India-Myanmar International Border was attacked on Wednesday, causing concern among local officials and people.
It's the second largest temple in the Northeast -- and popularly known as Shiva temple.
The temple was inaugurated over 18 years ago by the Tamil Sangam Moreh in association with the trading community settled at Moreh, Manipur's border town.
The town has a mixed population of Hindus, Muslims and Christians.
What happened actually?
It was attacked with a powerful remote-controlled bomb around 8.45 a.m, police said.
No casualty was reported.
Troopers of 11 Assam Rifles and local police rushed there soon after the blast.
|Balbir Singh to be Cong nominee|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28: Former MLA Balbir Singh has been chosen as a Congress’ nominee for the biennial election to Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council thus giving a clear hint that party has reached an agreement with the National Conference to fight LC polls also in alliance.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi approved the candidature of Balbir Singh who will represent the Jammu province, the party said in a statement.
The elections to the six seats of the Legislative Council of Jammu and Kashmir will be held on April 17, and the counting will be held the same day.
Yesterday, BJP and PDP fighting LC polls in alliance had announced the names of five candidates.
BJP has fielded GL Raina on safe seat of Kashmir, Pradeep Sharma on Poonch reserve seat and Vikram Randhawa on Jammu seat while P...|
|BSF’s border management plan runs into rough weather|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): The Border Security Force (BSF) seems to have tied itself into knots over the ₹20,000-crore Border Management System programme even as it has shelved two pilot projects that were supposed to be awarded to Reliance Infrastructure and Tata Power, citing mismatch in required technologies and budgetary projections.
“The contract for two pilot projects for a comprehensive integrated border management system by the BSF has run into rough weather due to a number of violations in the selection process,” a senior official involved with project, told BusinessLine requesting anonymity.
On February 2 during an internal meeting of the BSF, it was decided that Reliance and Tata will be developing a stretch of 5 km of a village in Jammu and Kashmir, located near the borde...|
|Kerala records more injuries among cops due to mob attack than J&K|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): Perhaps to the surprise of many, in the calendar year 2015 Kerala reported maximum 284 injuries to its police force against 200 reported by Jammu and Kashmir due to riotous mob, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
The information was provided by Minister of State for Home Gangaram Ahir to a question from BJP member Om Birla. However, the data shared by the government did not include the 2016 figures when Jammu and Kashmir saw maximum civilian protest and incidents of stone-pelting against police forces.
In 2014, Mr Ahir said Jammu and Kashmir reported 330 policemen sustaining injuries as against 202 in Kerala. In 2013, it was Kerala again which reported maximum injuries to its police personnel with 615 of them sustaining injuries due to mob attack as against ...|
|344 paramilitary personnel committed suicide in 3 years: Govt|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): As many as 344 paramilitary personnel have committed suicide and 25 others were killed in different fratricide in last three years, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said among all suicides in paramilitary forces, 109 personnel died in 2014, 97 personnel died in 2015 and 82 in 2016.
In 2017, 15 personnel have committed suicide so far, he said.
Rijiju said among those who committed suicide in last three years include three gazetted officers, 38 subordinate officers and 303 belonging to other ranks.
Among the 25 fratricides, 10 died in 2014, six died in 2015, six died in 2016 and three died in 2017 so far, the Minister said in a written rep....|
|Nostradamus left behind an ADVICE for 'supreme leader' Modi?|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): Well known Indologist, journalist, and historian Francois Gautier has translated famous 16th-century French astrologer Nostradamus' predictions about India and the rise of Narendra Modi.
In a blog post on TOI, Gautier describes in vivid detail the predictions that were originally written in old French and Latin.
As per Gautier, Nostradamus had predicted that the 'supreme leader' of India will be born in the state of Gujarat to a tea-seller and his first name will be Narendus (Narendra).
Narendus (Narendra) will lead the state of Gujarat for three terms and during that period business will be at its best and honesty will reign.
Gautier goes on to quote Nostradamus foreseeing the growth of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – described in the texts as the 'po...|
|It will be BJP's star campainger Yogi versus Arvind for Delhi civic polls|
|DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is a much sought after star campaigner for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
After being roped in for the crucial Gujarat elections, he will also be one of the star campaigners for the Delhi municipal elections and will take on Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party.
As per NDTV, apart from Yogi Adityanath, four other BJP CMs and 14 central ministers feature in the BJP's list of star campaigners for the Delhi civic polls.
Moreover, the party's core team for the election has four union ministers - Nirmala Sitharaman, Jitendra Singh, Sanjeev Balyan and Vijay Goel.
Yesterday, Gujarat BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya had said that the UP CM campaigning in state would help the party immensely.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath...|
|BJP's growing popularity in Odisha rattles BJD?|
|Bhubaneswar, Mar 28 (Agencies): It seems the growing popularity of BJP in Odisha is making ruling BJD truly nervous!
BJP had performed really well in the recently concluded Panchayat and Zilla Parishad elections.
Now, ahead of the BJP's National Executive meeting in Odisha, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Tathagata Satpathy on Monday claimed that the BJP is trying to split the party ruling the state.
However, reacting to the accusation, petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who hails from the state, said, “If the government in Odisha is in sync with that in Centre, there will be faster development of the state. Our party is strengthening its base in Odisha.", according to a report in The Economic Times.
"If a political rival is scared, I can’t help it," Dharmedra Pradhan add...|
|RSS chief backs inter-caste marriages, says 'swayamsevaks should stand in favour of reformative measures'|
|DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): Lending his support to inter-caste marriages, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that swayamsevaks should stand in favour of such reformative measures.
He has also said that it was important to completely reject all kinds of discriminations in one's personal, family, professional and social behaviour.
At the same time he maintained, "The organisation of Hindu society is impossible without Samrasata (social harmony). Therefore, non-discriminatory approach is mandatory for unifying the Hindu society and this has been there in the RSS since its inception."
Following are excerpts from his interview to RSS mouthpiece Organiser -
"...Many issues arise in public life, like inter-caste marriages. Those issues also face opposition. We insist that Swayamsevaks should st...|
|604 tonnes of currency in 33 sorties post-demonetisation: Govt|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): A total of 604 tonnes of currency notes was transported by the Indian Air Force in 33 sorties across the country after the government's decision to demonetise high-value notes last year.
Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, giving the details in Rajya Sabha, said that the government had tasked IAF to transport the currency notes and accordingly it carried out the exercise.
He said no IAF aircraft flew abroad for the purpose and charges for transporting the currency notes to various parts of the country are assessed and realised from agencies concerned.
To a separate question, he said the government has accepted the recommendation of an expert group to set up an aerospace university.
A detailed project report on establishing the university has alr...|
|Akhilesh unanimously elected leader of SP in both houses of UP Legislature|
|LUCKNOW, Mar 28 (Agencies): Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was today unanimously elected Leader of the SP Legislature Party in both the Houses of the Uttar Pradesh Legislature, at a meeting of party legislators.
SP veterans Azam Khan and Shivpal Singh Yadav were conspicuous by their absence from the meeting.
At the meeting of SP MLAs and MLCs, the former chief minister was unanimously elected as the combined leader of the party in both the state Assembly and Council, SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.
Besides, Akhilesh was also authorised to pick the leader of the party in the Legislative Council, he added.
Akhilesh is a member of the Upper House, where senior SP leader Ahmed Hasan leads the party.
Akhilesh had yesterday nominated seniormost party MLA Ram Govind Chaudhary as...|
|Shakti devotees Modi, Yogi begin 9-day Chaitra Navratri fast|
|New Delhi/Lucknow, Mar 28 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have joined millions in starting a nine-day fast to mark the Chaitra Navratri festival.
Both Modi and Yogi are self-professed devotees of Goddess Durga and have been for years observing fasts during the Navratri festival.
For the next nine days, PM Modi will maintain a strict diet comprising of just warm water and lemonade. His devotion to Goddess Shakti can be gauged from the fact that he had started campaigning for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls after paying obeisance at Mata Vasihno Devi temple in Jammu.
Chaitra Navaratri 2017 schedule
Even after becoming the PM, he has been unwavering in his commitment towards carrying out the fast, as he has been doing for the last 35 ye...|
|NIA has registered 19 cases related to ISIS activity in India: Govt|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): The NIA has registered 19 cases related to ISIS activities in the country, the government today informed Parliament.
The central probe agency has filed charge sheets in eleven of these cases, Minister of State for Home Hansraj G. Ahir told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.
"The NIA has registered 19 cases related to ISIS/IS and out of these, charge sheets have been filed in 11 cases. "Two of these cases relate to missing of 22 persons from Kerala and their subsequent travel to ISIS controlled territory in Afghanistan," he said.
Replying to a related query, the Minister said Shahjeer Mangalassery, son of Abdulla, is an "accused in a case registered by the National Investigation Agency regarding the ISIS/IS inspired activities of some youths from Kerala and ...|
|Quint reporter behind sting on Army Sahayak system booked under official secrets act|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): A Quint journalist has been booked under Section of Official Secrets Act after Lance Naik Roy Mathew allegedly committed suicide days after unwittingly becoming part of the journalist’s sting video on the Army’s infamous Sahayak system.
The Indian Express reported that Nahsik police have booked journalist Poonam Agarwal under sections of the Official Secrets Act and those relating to criminal trespass, and abetment to suicide.Mathew was found hanging on February 25 after the sting video of him criticising the ‘sahayak system’, where he alleged was forced to menialjobs for the officers in the Army, was published on The Quint. His family had said that in his last telephone conversations with his wife, he had expressed his fear of facing action after the websit...|
|Muslims are 68% in J&K, why they are still considered minority?|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): The Supreme Court recently asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government to decide whether Muslims in the state can be treated as the minority.
Describing it a "very important issue", the apex court bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul gave both the governments four weeks time to decide the contentious issue after the Central government said that it has decided to discuss the issue with the state.
The court order came on a PIL alleged that minority benefits are being enjoyed by majority Muslims in the state.
The petitioner in the case - Ankur Sharma – had contended that Muslims constituted 68% of the state's population and thus were not a "minority" in the state.
The PIL had contended t...|
|Mizoram, Assam delegations meet Dr Jitendra|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 27: Delegation from North-Eastern States of Mizoram and Assam today met Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh at his Parliament House office and listed their demands separately. They also presented separate memorandums highlighting their demands.
In a representation signed by BJP Mizoram State General Secretary, Vanlalhmuaka, attention is sought to be drawn to the construction of Lawngtlai Bypass Road Phase-I for which the second installment of Ministry of DoNER funds under NLCPR (Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources) has been requested. Similarly, following the submission of the Utilization Certificates, release of second i...|
|No shortage of ration in J&K: Paswan|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 27: With regard to shortage of ration and sugar in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD)
Ram Vilas Paswan Monday made it clear that they had godowns full of essential commodities even the ministry advised all state governments including Jammu Kashmir government to take three months quota in advance.
The minister revealed this during a meeting with Kashmiri social activist M M Shujah. With regard to other complaints and delay in issuing ration cards in Jammu and Kashmir, he directed the officials of union ministry to take up the matter immediately with J&K government.
The minister assured every possible support to the government of Jammu and Kashmir....|