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Convey predictable, consistent strategy to strengthen US-India ties: lawmaker to Pompeo

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'WASHINGTON, June 25: On the eve of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to New Delhi, a top US lawmaker has asked him to convey to the Indian government a “predictable, coherent and consistent” strategy that will help the bilateral relationship reach its full potential, insisting that the strength of ties cannot be boiled down to trade deficits and tariffs.Congressman Eliot L Engel, Chairman of House Committee on Foreign Affairs, in a letter to Pompeo on Monday said the Trump administration’s policies have not only failed to advance the US objectives, but have also introduced significant friction in its partnership with New Delhi. “I am deeply concerned by the inconsistencies between the administration’s rhetoric and actions toward India, which are further exacerbated by the lack of a confirmed assistant secretary more than two years into this administration’s term,” Engel said in his letter.He said tensions have increased over each side’s tariff policies, starting with the US tariffs on steel and aluminum.There is a growing view that the administration is attempting to coerce India into complying with the US demands on a variety of issues, rather than negotiating with them as a strategic partner, Engel said. “The threats to strip India of its privileges under the Generalized System of Preferences in the middle of the country’s general election has furthered the notion that the administration sees the India relationship as a transactional one. “And the decision to end waivers related to the US sanctions on Iran could alienate India when we need to be working with our partners to prevent destabilising Iranian activities,” he said.The United States in May ended exemptions it had given to eight governments, including India, from its unilateral order to stop buying Iranian oil.The trade concerns are real, and the United States must continue to work with the Indian government on market access and other important issues like international child abduction and human rights, Engel said. “But the administration must also demonstrate a predictable, coherent, and consistent strategy that strengthens the US-India cooperation, especially in areas where our interests and values align.It’s critical that American engagement support those in India who seek to further strengthen India’s ties to the United States,” he said.The measure and strength of bilateral relationships, he argued, cannot be boiled down to trade deficits and tariffs.India raised tariffs on as many as 28 American products, including almonds and walnuts, on June 16 in response to higher duties imposed by the US on products including steel and aluminum.The Trump administration on June 1 terminated India’s designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key GSP trade programme.The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries.India was the largest beneficiary of the GSP programme in 2017 with duty free status being given to USD 5.7 billion worth of imports into the US.The inconsistent US approach toward India risks setting back the strategic partnership that the two countries have worked for decades to cultivate, Engel added. “I urge you to use your visit to not only reaffirm and strengthen the US-India strategic partnership, but also convey a coherent set of objectives and predictability to the new Indian government that will help this relationship reach its full potential,” Engel said. (PTI) . The post Convey predictable, consistent strategy to strengthen US-India ties: lawmaker to Pompeo appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

Why did the Pak army chief change his ISI head?

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Harsha Kakar General Bajwa took over as the Pak army chief around the same time as General Bipin Rawat did in India.I wrote an Article in Jan 17 comparing both service chiefs, their difference in roles and responsibilities.
'Harsha Kakar General Bajwa took over as the Pak army chief around the same time as General Bipin Rawat did in India.I wrote an Article in Jan 17 comparing both service chiefs, their difference in roles and responsibilities.I had stated in this Article that General Bajwa has the authority to appoint all heads of military organizations including the ISI, which is officially under the Prime Minister but realistically functions under the army.In contrast Indian RAW and other intelligence agencies are under the government.A Pak army thinktank, TACSTRAT (whose webpage is now closed), countered my Article stating that the ISI functions under the Prime Minister and he appoints its head, though he consults the army chief.The truth was out last week, when General Bajwa, without any reference to his puppet PM, Imran Khan, announced the appointment of Lt General Faiz Hameed as its ISI head, the third ISI Director General during his tenure as the army chief.In Pakistan, after the army chief, the second most powerful individual in the country is the DG ISI.Post taking over as the ISI chief, Hameed made his courtesy call to Imran, his supposed boss.While whoever may be the head of the ISI should be of no concern to India, this appointment has been done due to the changing internal environment in Pak, which should be of interest to India.Hameed’s previous experience in the ISI has not been handling militancy in Kashmir, Afghanistan or Iran, rather towards handling internal dissidence.Hence, the appointment needs to be looked at differently.The fact that he and the army chief are from the same Baluch regiment and possibly would have served under him when he was the corps commander, implies that there is a good understanding between them.In his earlier tenure in the ISI he headed its Counter-Intelligence wing and that was the time when Bajwa banked on him immensely.His engineering of the protest by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) in favour of Imran’s PTI and against the ruling PML (N), changed the nation’s political landscape.He employed a policy of baiting, using and subsequently discarding Bhutto’s PPP ensuring victory for Imran Khan in the assembly and senate elections.This is still being repented by the PPP.He was the individual who exploited the previous Chief Justice of Pakistan, TLP and the Dam fund to secure the release of Asiya Bibi and thus won concessions from the European Union.Even Pompeo, the US secretary of state recently appreciated this act.This was Hameed’s masterstroke.In this present day, internal matters within Pak are more important to the army chief than handling external aspects.Pak needs to be careful on pushing terrorists into Kashmir as also on employing them to launch any large-scale attacks on security forces in India.It is aware that Indian response would be stronger and more devastating each time, especially with Modi having come back with an enlarged majority.The truth of casualties in Balakote are fresh in the minds of the Pak military leadership.Hence, its airspace remains closed.Simultaneously, Kashmir is slowly becoming self-sustaining in terrorism, requiring only moral and financial support, which could be handled by hawala and other means.The Governor of J& K, Satya Pal Malik, stated a few days ago that infiltration has drastically reduced in the past few months.There are also reports of Pak closing camps close to the LoC.Whether this is on account of pressure from FATA needs to be seen.Despite all this, attacks on Indian forces continue.The rise in casualties in the last fortnight is an indicator.Hence, for the moment, Kashmir would not be a top priority for Bajwa.The Taliban operating in Afghanistan are being relocated in FATA, against which the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) is agitating.Hence, the recent attack on their peaceful protests and arrest of their senate representatives.With the arrival of the Taliban back in FATA there would be increased pressure on the local Pashtuns including targeted elimination of their leaders.The Taliban have begun gaining international importance with their talks with China and Russia.While peace talks with the US linger on, there is no need for extra emphasis on them, other than ensuring their relocation.The internal challenges facing the Pak army in the coming days include subduing the PTM, ensuring victory for selected candidates in elections in FATA due on 20th Jul, thus giving it freedom of action to relocate the Taliban, controlling the rising insurgency in Baluchistan by affecting defections and ensuring action against Justice Isa to prevent him from becoming the Chief Justice of Pak in 2023.Justice Isa has been strong in his opinion of the army interfering in Pak’s internal politics.Thus, if he becomes the Chief Justice, there would be restrictions on the freedom which the army enjoys.Hence, he needs to be removed even by invoking false cases, as was done for Nawaz Sharif.Simultaneously, there is intense support for him from various Bar Associations in the country, which would need to be curtailed.Here is where manipulation by Hameed will be at its best.Thus, Bajwa needs someone he can trust completely to deliver.Hameed’s tasking would be towards handling internal issues, rather than external.The rapport between Bajwa and Hameed has even been publicly acknowledged by the TLP chief, Khadim Rizvi and the DG ISPR, General Ghafoor.More importantly, Bajwa retires in Nov this year.He would want to leave behind an improved image of the Pak army.If he desires an extension, the internal pressure game would be played by Hameed.On the other hand, if he desires to move to Saudi and replace his predecessor, Raheel Sharif, even then Hameed would play a role.His appointment at this stage would ensure continuity of the internal Bajwa doctrine even after his retirement, ensuring his legacy is maintained.Clearly for Bajwa, the game is now concentrating internally than externally.Hamid’s appointment comes at a crucial time, not for external dynamics, but for handling internal dissidence and rising anti-army movements in Wazirabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan.For India, there is unlikely to be any major impact on his appointment as the DG ISI.Pak’s support to Kashmir may remain as it is as current, without much increase in infiltration. [The author is Major General (Retd)] feedbackexcelsior@gmail.com . The post Why did the Pak army chief change his ISI head? appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

Alembic Pharma gets USFDA approval for Oseltamivir Phosphate Capsules USP

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'MUMBAI, June 25:Major Pharma Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited on Tuesday said it has received approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) Oseltamivir Phosphate Capsules USP, 30 mg (base), 45 mg (base) and 75 mg (base). The approved ANDA is therapeutically equivalent to the reference listed drug (RLD), Tamiflu Capsules, 30 mg (base), 45 mg (base) and 75 mg (base), of Hoffman-La Roche, Inc.Oseltamivir Phosphate Capsules USP are indicated for the treatment of acute, uncomplicated illness due to influenza A and B infection in patients 2 weeks of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours.It is also indicated for the prophylaxis of influenza A and B in patients 1 year and older.Oseltamivir Phosphate Capsules has an estimated market size of US$ 647 million for twelve months ending December 2018 according to IQVIA.Alembic now has a total of 97 ANDA approvals (85 final approvals and 12 tentative approvals) from USFDA. (UNI) . The post Alembic Pharma gets USFDA approval for Oseltamivir Phosphate Capsules USP appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

Statelessness for terrorists families never an acceptable option

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UNITED NATIONS, June 25: Thousands of suspected foreign ISIL terrorist fighters and their families who are being held in detention in Syria and Iraq, must be treated fairly by their captors and taken back by their home countries, the UN High
'UNITED NATIONS, June 25: Thousands of suspected foreign ISIL terrorist fighters and their families who are being held in detention in Syria and Iraq, must be treated fairly by their captors and taken back by their home countries, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.In an address to Member States on Monday marking the start of the Human Rights Council’s 41st session in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet explained that more than 55,000 men, women and children have been rounded up since the fall of the self-styled “Caliphate” in the spring. “While the majority of these individuals are Syrian or Iraqi, they also include alleged foreign fighters from nearly 50 countries,” Ms.Bachelet said, noting that at least 11,000 suspected family members of foreign ISIL fighters ? or Dae’sh, as the group is known in the Arab world – are still being held at Al Hol camp in north-eastern Syria, “in deeply sub-standard conditions”. Citing estimates by UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, that there are 29,000 children of foreign fighters in Syria, the High Commissioner added that two-thirds of them originally came from Iraq and most were not even 12 years old.Thousands more children have been born to foreign families during the years of conflict, she noted, before appealing to States to give them nationality, or else risk fuelling a “narrative of grievance and revenge”. In Iraq, “well over” 150 men and women have been sentenced to death under anti-terror laws after trials where due process guarantees were not provided, Ms.Bachelet stressed, before insisting that States of origin “should make all efforts to ensure that they will be treated in accordance with international law”. “Children, in particular, have suffered grievous violations of their rights including those who may have been indoctrinated or recruited by ISIL to perpetrate violent acts,” Ms Bachelet insisted, before the 47-Member Council. “The primary consideration must be their rehabilitation, protection and best interests.” According to a report published by the Office of the High Commissioner last year for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, more than 40,000 people from 110 countries are estimated to have joined ISIL by October 2017, while at least 5,600 had also returned home.Highlighting that family members were being detained “although they are not being held for prosecution”, Ms Bachelet said that many also risked “revenge attacks” and were “unwanted” by their former communities.Despite the complex challenges involved in repatriating these families amid concerns that they pose a potential terror risk, stripping them of their nationality so that they can never return home “is never an acceptable option”, she maintained.Moreover, doing the same to children “who have already suffered so much is an act of irresponsible cruelty”, the High Commissioner insisted, adding that stateless children often get no education, health care access “or other basic elements of dignity”. To date, “a few” countries have attempted to repatriate some foreign nationals, Ms.Bachelet said, in reference to the French grandparents of children being held in Syria or Iraq.More Member States could tackle the issue of foreign fighters and their families in line with technical advice prepared by the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR), she said, before urging them to work with Syrian and Iraqi authorities to address urgent humanitarian needs.Over the next three weeks, as in previous sessions, the Human Rights Council is set to examine some 100 reports by UN-appointed independent rights experts and committees.There will also be dialogues on the human rights situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar and Sudan, along with a detailed update on Friday 5 July, by the High Commissioner on her recent official visit to Venezuela.Many other human rights themes are also on the table, including women’s enjoyment of their rights in the context of work, old age and climate change; targeted surveillance and the private surveillance industry; mental health; and other essential areas of political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights.Interested in how the Human Rights Council works, and how countries get elected to the body?Here’s our explainer from last October. (UNI) . The post Statelessness for terrorists families never an acceptable option appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

SpiceJet announces eight new daily international flights

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NEW DELHI, June 25: SpiceJet on Tuesday announced that it will start eight new daily international flights from Mumbai and Delhi in July. “SpiceJet will service Mumbai-Riyadh-Mumbai, Mumbai-Dhaka-Mumbai, Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi and Delhi-Jeddah-Delhi
'NEW DELHI, June 25: SpiceJet on Tuesday announced that it will start eight new daily international flights from Mumbai and Delhi in July. “SpiceJet will service Mumbai-Riyadh-Mumbai, Mumbai-Dhaka-Mumbai, Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi and Delhi-Jeddah-Delhi routes with daily non-stop flights,” the airline said in a statement.It said it will deploy its 168-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft on all aforesaid routes. “The airline is the first Indian LCC to connect Mumbai with Riyadh and Dhaka and Delhi with Dhaka and Jeddah,” the low-cost carrier said. “Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia, earmarks SpiceJet’s 10th international destination and the fourth station in the Middle Eastern market,” it added.Riyadh, the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia, is also the country’s key business centre and financial hub.The flights on Mumbai-Dhaka-Mumbai route and Mumbai-Riyadh-Mumbai route will start from July 25 and August 15, respectively.On Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi route and Delhi-Jeddah-Delhi route, the daily flights will begin from July 31, said the airline.Ajay Singh, the chairman and managing director of SpiceJet, said, “SpiceJet is the only Indian budget airline to operate to Saudi Arabia and our new flights to Riyadh and Jeddah should greatly benefit the thousands of pilgrims travelling from India.” (PTI) . The post SpiceJet announces eight new daily international flights appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

Journalist files complaint in court accusing Salman Khan of assault

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MUMBAI: A TV journalist moved a court here Tuesday seeking registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against Bollywood star Salman Khan and his bodyguards for allegedly assaulting him after he tried to film the actor who was riding a bicycle.
'MUMBAI: A TV journalist moved a court here Tuesday seeking registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against Bollywood star Salman Khan and his bodyguards for allegedly assaulting him after he tried to film the actor who was riding a bicycle.Ashok Pandey, the journalist, filed a ‘private complaint’ in the court of R R Khan, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Andheri, under IPC sections 323 (causing hurt), 392 (robbery), and 506 (criminal intimidation). According to the complaint, the alleged incident took place in the wee hours of April 24 when Salman Khan was riding a bicycle escorted by two body-guards.Pandey said he was riding in a car, and after spotting the actor — known to be a bicycle enthusiast — started recording a video after seeking consent of Khan’s bodyguards.The actor, however, got enraged, and his bodyguards allegedly came to the car and started thrashing Pandey, the application said.Khan too assaulted him and snatched away his mobile phone, Pandey alleged.The trio threatened him with dire consequences, the complaint said.He approached the court because police disposed of his complaint saying that no crime was made out, the journalist alleged.The application, seeking registration of FIR and probe, will be heard by the magistrate on July 12. (AGENCIES)   . The post Journalist files complaint in court accusing Salman Khan of assault appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

Record number of Indian Muslims to go for Haj this year without subsidy: Naqvi

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NEW DELHI: Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said that there will be no negligence tolerated with regard to ensuring the safety of the Haj pilgrims by the Central Government which has also taken steps for better facilities to
'NEW DELHI: Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said that there will be no negligence tolerated with regard to ensuring the safety of the Haj pilgrims by the Central Government which has also taken steps for better facilities to them.A total of 620 Haj coordinators, Assistant Haj Officers, Haj Assistants, Doctors, Paramedics and others have been deployed in Saudi Arabia to assist the Haj pilgrims, which also include a large number of women, the Minister added.He said that the number of women Haj pilgrims going without “Mehram” (male companion) this year is double in comparison to last year. 2,340 Muslim women from India will go for Haj without “Mehram” this year while 1180 women had performed Haj last year without “Mehram”. (AGENCIES) . The post Record number of Indian Muslims to go for Haj this year without subsidy: Naqvi appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

Siddharth to voice Simba in Tamil version of ‘The Lion King’

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MUMBAI: Disney India has announced that south star Siddharth will be lending his voice to the character of Simba in the Tamil version of upcoming film “The Lion King”. The much-awaited film is a live-action remake of 1994 original.
'MUMBAI: Disney India has announced that south star Siddharth will be lending his voice to the character of Simba in the Tamil version of upcoming film “The Lion King”. The much-awaited film is a live-action remake of 1994 original.The actor said that doing voice work for the beloved character was an “unforgettable experience” for him. “I can never forget the first time I saw ‘The Lion King’ on screen as well as on stage.I had an equally unforgettable experience speaking and singing in Tamil as Simba in the spectacular new version of this timeless classic.I can’t wait to see my new avatar in the cinema with my audience,” Siddharth said in a statement.The actor also shared the news on Twitter, where he declared that he is a big fan of Donald Glover, who has done the voice work for the film’s English version. “It’s a huge honour to voice #Simba in #Tamil in #TheLionKing.It is that extra bit special because I’m the biggest fan of the genius @donaldglover.I hope I have managed at least a fraction of the magic that he has in the film.Thank you #Disney and @Jon_Favreau for this,” Siddharth wrote. (AGENCIES)   . The post Siddharth to voice Simba in Tamil version of ‘The Lion King’ appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

After ‘Kabir Singh’, Kiara Advani gears up for Karan Johar’s next ‘Guilty’

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'NEW DELHI: The young and talented actress Kiara Advani who is currently taking the box-office by storm with her recent release ‘Kabir Singh’, is now gearing up for Karan Johar’s film ‘Guilty’. Karan Johar, who has earlier directed Kiara for a segment in the Netflix anthology film ‘Lust Stories’, took to his social media on Tuesday to announce his next project with the versatile actress under Dharma Productions brand new wing Dharmatic. ”Presenting the first look of the rockstar @Advani_Kiara in #Guilty, an upcoming @NetflixIndia original film directed by the very talented @ruchinarain18 and produced by @Dharmatic_! @apoorvamehta18 @DharmaMovies,” Karan tweeted.Kiara, who made her digital debut last year, will be headlining ‘Guilty’, and will be once again seen in a brand-new look.Directed by Ruchi Narain, ‘Guilty’ explores the different versions of truth that emerge when a small-town girl accuses the college heartthrob of rape.Seen through the eyes of his musician girlfriend, this story makes us question who is truly guilty in such circumstances.The film is scheduled to release later this year.That apart, Kiara has an impressive line-up of films which includes ‘Good News’, ‘Laxmmi Bomb’, ‘Shershaah’, and ‘Indoo Ki Jawani’. (AGENCIES)     . The post After ‘Kabir Singh’, Kiara Advani gears up for Karan Johar’s next ‘Guilty’ appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

Nirmala Sitharaman among 100 most influential in UK power list

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LONDON: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is among the 100 most influential women driving the UK-India relationship forward alongside one of Britain’s senior-most Cabinet ministers Penny Mordaunt.
'LONDON: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is among the 100 most influential women driving the UK-India relationship forward alongside one of Britain’s senior-most Cabinet ministers Penny Mordaunt.The ‘100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations: Celebrating Women’ list was launched by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to mark India Day in the Houses of Parliament in London on Monday.It credited Sitharaman, also the Minister of Corporate Affairs, as one of India’s most “powerful women” who plays a “pivotal” role in the bilateral relationship as India’s former Defence Minister and now Finance Minister. (AGENCIES)   . The post Nirmala Sitharaman among 100 most influential in UK power list appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

Centrally sponsored scheme for increasing seats for medical PG courses: Govt

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NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is implementing a Centrally sponsored scheme—“Up-gradation of existing State Government and Central Government Medical colleges to increase PG seats”, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
'NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is implementing a Centrally sponsored scheme—“Up-gradation of existing State Government and Central Government Medical colleges to increase PG seats”, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.The funding pattern is 90:10 by Central and state governments respectively for North Eastern states and Special category states and 60:40 for other states with the upper ceiling cost pegged at Rs.1.20 crore per seat, said Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply here.Seventy two government medical colleges in 21 states, UTs have been approved for increasing 4058 new PG seats under the Phase-I of the scheme and five Government medical colleges have been approved in three states for increasing 98 new PG seats under the Phase-II of the scheme till date.Further, under section 10A of the IMC Act, 1956 applications were received for starting, increasing of PG courses, seats for the academic session 2019-20 and a total of 2153 new PG seats have been permitted, he added.The Union Government has approved 22 new AIIMS in the country.Six AIIMS at Patna (Bihar), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Jodhpur (Rajasthan) and Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) are functional. (AGENCIES) . The post Centrally sponsored scheme for increasing seats for medical PG courses: Govt appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

People want safe, secure and inclusive India, says PM

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NEW DELHI: Highlighting his Government’s vision of ‘New India’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday people want a safe, secure and inclusive India and therefore, the people of the country have given a strong mandate to the BJP after many
'NEW DELHI: Highlighting his Government’s vision of ‘New India’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday people want a safe, secure and inclusive India and therefore, the people of the country have given a strong mandate to the BJP after many decades. “After many decades, election was won with such a strong mandate.The voter is alert today and his awareness is praiseworthy,” the Prime Minister in his reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address to Parliament. “In the last five years I have realised that people who have no one, have the support of the Government.I do not think of elections in terms of who won and who lost,” he said. “In 2014, our government was an experiment, but in 2019, the mandate was given after we were judged fully by the people,” Mr Modi said amid thumping of desks. “This was the result of our ‘avirat tapasya’ (constant hardwork) and dedication for the people of the country,” he said.He thanked Speaker Om Birla for successfully conducting House.Among others, he thanked Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, BJD leader Pinaki Misra, TDP’s Jayadev Galla, Shiv sena’s Vinayak Rao, AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi, BJP’s Pratap Chandra Sarangi and Heena Gavit for their speech.(AGENCIES) . The post People want safe, secure and inclusive India, says PM appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

Jammu and Kashmir MP demands Assembly polls, meaningful dialogue

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NEW DELHI: National Conference Member Hasnain Masoodi on Tuesday called for a meaningful dialogue to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir issue and demanded that Assembly elections be conducted in the state at the earliest. “There should be a roadmap to
'NEW DELHI: National Conference Member Hasnain Masoodi on Tuesday called for a meaningful dialogue to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir issue and demanded that Assembly elections be conducted in the state at the earliest. “There should be a roadmap to tackle the Jammu and Kashmir issue.There was talk about ‘Jamhuriat’ (democracy), but the state of Jammu and Kashmir was being deprived of the festival of democracy,” the Anantnag member said in the Lok Sabha during the debate on Motion of Thanks on President’s address to the Joint Sitting of Parliament.There was a need for a government which is accountable, he said, during the debate which was initiated on Monday by first-timer BJP lawmaker Pratap Chandra Sarangi.There was no reason or opportunity for President’s Rule, Mr Masoodi said, adding that Assembly elections were being postponed without any reason.He said there was talk about delimitation, and “the idea of delimitation is being put forth as the reason for not conducting polls”. He said there were no development, no roads, no electricity and no tourism left in the state. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for aspirational regionalism but it has not percolated in the speech,” he said.Shiv Sena member Prataprao Jadhav said water, which flows down to the seas, could be directed to rivers and dams.He also suggested a separated ‘krishi budget’ on the lines of Railway Budget presented earlier.KC(M) member Thomas Chazhikadan said the government has done nothing for the rubber growers.As much as 95 per cent of rubber of the country was grown in Kottayam, his constituency, the Kerala Member said and demanded that the government should take steps for price stabilisation.He also said farmers lost their lands in the unprecedented floods in 2018 and demanded that government waive off their loans.He also said that the government should take steps to make water bodies pollution free.BJP member Rajdeep Roy of Assam that Mr Narendra Modi was a hands-on Prime Minister.Mr Modi has integrated the people of North East with the whole country, the Silchar lawmaker said, adding that “the Prime Minister made 18 trips to Guwahati and the North East and made 48 addresses.He is capable of looking after the whole country.” Mr Roy mentioned about another Prime Minister between 2004 to 2014 who did not visit Silchar even once.Apna Dal member Anupriya Patel asked the Government to step up efforts to conduct All India Judicial Services as there were more than 5,000 vacancies in districts.She also said that a Samadhi for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel be constructed as a common man does not know where to go to pay tributes to the Iron Man who unified the whole country.Congress Member Preneet Kaur said Punjab, the ‘annadata’ state is in the state of severe crisis.She demanded that there should be one-time waiver scheme for the farmers.She also demanded said development work be taken up at the borders, which were densely populated unlike borders in other states.S P Baghel of BJP and Hanuman Beniwal of Rashtriya Loktantrik Party also spoke. (AGENCIES) . The post Jammu and Kashmir MP demands Assembly polls, meaningful dialogue appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

155 Islamic State members, sympathisers arrested so far: Home Ministry

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NEW DELHI: A total of 155 members and sympathisers of banned terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) have been arrested in the country so far, the Home Ministry said Tuesday.Some instances of individuals from different states joining the IS have
'NEW DELHI: A total of 155 members and sympathisers of banned terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) have been arrested in the country so far, the Home Ministry said Tuesday.Some instances of individuals from different states joining the IS have also come to the notice of central and state security agencies, it said.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the state police forces have registered cases against IS members and sympathisers, and have arrested 155 accused from across the country so far, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.The Islamic State (IS), the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Daesh has been notified as a terrorist organisation and included in the first schedule of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, by the central government. “The IS is using various internet-based social media platforms to propagate its ideology.Cyberspace is being closely watched in this regard by agencies concerned and action is taken as per the law,” Reddy said.Coastal states and Union territories are advised to regularly enhance surveillance and patrolling along the coastline, in view of the threat perception, he said. (AGENCIES) . The post 155 Islamic State members, sympathisers arrested so far: Home Ministry appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

Antigua to revoke Mehul Choksi’s citizenship, may soon extradite him to India

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Antigua PM Gaston Browne has agreed to revoke the citizenship of billionaire diamantaire Mehul Choksi after massive diplomatic pressure from India.Mehul Choksi’s citizenship was earlier processed in Antigua and he managed to get through.
'Antigua PM Gaston Browne has agreed to revoke the citizenship of billionaire diamantaire Mehul Choksi after massive diplomatic pressure from India.Mehul Choksi’s citizenship was earlier processed in Antigua and he managed to get through.However, sources say his citizenship will be revoked and he will be repatriated to India for him to face action back home.The PM of Antigua has said it is not a case that we are trying to provide any safe harbour to criminals and those who are involved in financial crimes.The PM has also said that once Mehul Choksi has exhausted all his legal options, he will be extradited to India. “Choksi’s citizenship was processed, he got through.We do have recourse, the reality is that his citizenship will be revoked and he will be deported to India,” the PM has said, . The post Antigua to revoke Mehul Choksi’s citizenship, may soon extradite him to India appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'

Over 84,000 vacancies in Central Armed Police Forces: Govt

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NEW DELHI: Over 84,000 posts out of the sanctioned strength of 9,99,795 are lying vacant in the Central Armed Police Forces, the government said Tuesday, adding “expeditious” steps have been taken to fill them.
'NEW DELHI: Over 84,000 posts out of the sanctioned strength of 9,99,795 are lying vacant in the Central Armed Police Forces, the government said Tuesday, adding “expeditious” steps have been taken to fill them.The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) comprise the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Assam Rifles (AR). “In a written reply to Lok Sabha, the Home Ministry said vacancies keep arising in the forces due to retirement, voluntary retirement and death,” the Centre said. “On an average, 10 per cent of vacancies in different grades arise every year and there exists a well established procedure to fill up these vacancies.Currently, there are 84,037 vacancies,” it said.The government has taken expeditious steps to fill up the vacancies in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), including the posts created, the Home Ministry said, adding it is a continuous process.In the year 2017, 57,268 vacancies of constable (general duty-GD) for the recruitment cycle 2015-16 were filled through recruitment by Staff Selection Commission (SSC). For the recruitment year 2018, 58,373 vacancies of constable (GD) were notified for which computer based written examination was conducted by the SSC.Similarly, in respect of other ranks, 1,094 vacancies of Sub-Inspector (GD) for the year 2018 were reported to SSC and it has since declared the result, the Home Ministry said.For Assistant Commandant (GD), written examination for 466 vacancies for the year 2018 was conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and the result has since been declared, it said.A total of 1,412 candidates have been shortlisted for interview or personality test.A notification for Assistant Commandant (GD) Exam, 2019 has since been published for filling up of 323 vacancies, the ministry added. (AGENCIES) . The post Over 84,000 vacancies in Central Armed Police Forces: Govt appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .'