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Pulwama attack: Seven detained, 80 kg high-grade RDX used by Jaish terrorist

The Jammu and Kashmir police has detained seven persons from Pulwama district in south Kashmir in connection with the deadly terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel near Awantipora, officials said on Friday.The youths were detained from Pulwama and Awantipora during the night on suspicion of links with the planning of the suicide attack, the first-of-its-kind in which a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist detonated an explosive-laden vehicle near a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bus.A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team, along with explosives and forensic experts, collected the materials required for a forensic evaluation of the scene of crime. Considering the status of the scene of crime, the team will continue with sifting of the material on Saturday as well. The outcome will be made known once the analysis is over.The overall planning of the terror strike is believed to be done by a Pakistani national, Kamran of JeM, who has been operating and moving in the Pulwama, Awantipora and Tral areas of south Kashmir.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The “fidayeen” (suicide attacker) was identified as Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama. He had joined the JeM in 2018.According to initial investigations, the plan for the terror strike was hatched in the Midoora area of Tral.The police are also looking for another local JeM overground worker, who was instrumental in arranging the explosives. High-grade RDX explosive, weighing about 80 kilogram , was used in a suicide attack on a CRPF bus that killed 40 security personnel in one of the deadliest terror strikes on security forces in the Kashmir Valley in three decades, officials said Friday.The attack in Pulwama has prompted the CRPF to tweak the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the movement of its convoys in the future, by providing additional security personnel in the buses that transport troops to and from the Kashmir valley.Home Minister Rajnath Singh had also said in Srinagar that civilian traffic movement during plying of convoys will be restricted.The officials said a post-blast investigation conducted by security agencies has found that “high-grade RDX” of about 80 kilogram was detonated in the blast that was carried out by a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist after he rammed his explosive laden SUV into the ill-fated bus–HR 49 F 0637–from the left side.The suicide attack took place at the 272nd milestone on National Highway near Latoomode in Pulwama at about 3:33 pm.The officials said the scattered remains of the bus, reduced to blackened bare frames after the blast, does not reflect that an improvised explosive device (IED) was used to target it.The fatal damage can be wreaked by a better grade of explosive like RDX, they said.The attacked bus was the fifth in the convoy of 78 vehicles which also included as many as 16 bullet-proof protection bunker vehicles that had joined the convoy an hour back from the last halt spot of Qazigund to guard troop movement.The suicide attack was a novel way to ambush the convoy by ramming an explosives laden vehicle, leaving little for the mobile contingent’s protection units to do, the official said.The terrorist drove the vehicle on the highway from a link road on the Kakapora-Lelhar side and was moving parallel to the bus belonging to the 76th battalion, and the investigators suspect the explosion was triggered, killing all 39 occupants.Assistant Sub Inspector Mohan Lal, deployed on the highway as part of the road opening party (ROP), also got trapped in the blast and was the 40th trooper to be killed.The last such convoy had moved from Jammu to Kashmir on February 4 in 91 vehicles and had 2,871 personnel but all went well that day, they said.The movement of convoys was shut for the last few days due to bad weather in the valley.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The killed personnel hailed from Uttar Pradesh (12), Rajasthan (5), Punjab (4), West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Bihar two each and one each from Assam, Kerala, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. There were 27 constables in service profiles of combat, cook, driver and bugler, 12 head constables and an ASI.
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Vande Bharat achieves 130 kmph speed during inaugural run

The Vande Bharat Express, billed as India’s fastest train, which hit 180 kmph during trials, has been able to attain a maximum speed of 130 kmph during its inaugural run between Delhi and Varanasi, officials said on Friday.Once India’s fastest, the Gatimaan Express, which runs between Delhi and Agra with a maximum speed of 160 kmph and an average of 112 kmph, has now receded to the second place.”The maximum speed on this route would be 130 kmph and the average speed would around 95 kmph,” said Girish Pillai, Member, Traffic, Railway Board.Its acceleration and deceleration are different compared to other trains, he said.”The train has the capacity to run at 160 kmph. It ran at 180 kmph during trial. The maximum speed of this section is 130 kmph so it will run at 130 kmph,” Pillai added.On its inaugural run, the train will take nine hours and forty five minutes to complete its journey due to two 40-minute stops for a variety of programmes, but on its commercial run it will take around eight hours.On its first commercial run on Sunday, the train will leave the national capital at 6 am and reach Varanasi at 2 pm. On the same day, it will leave Varanasi at 3 pm and reach Delhi at 11 pm. The Vande Bharat Express will operate on five days in a week, except on Monday and Thursday.The train was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
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Pak summons Indian Deputy HC, rejects claims of link to Pulwama attack

Pakistan on Friday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a protest against India’s allegation of its role in the brutal Pulwama terrorist attack.Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday that left 40 CRPF soldiers dead and five critically wounded.The summoning of the Indian diplomat comes after India summoned Pakistan HC to India Sohail Mahmood and issued a very strong demarche over the killing of the CRPF soldiers.Pakistan must take “immediate and verifiable action” against the JeM and that it must immediately stop any groups or individuals associated with terrorism operating from its territories, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told the envoy.Though the Foreign Office has not issued any statement, sources said the FO summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and rejected “baseless allegations made by India” against Pakistan on the Pulwama attack.A short video clip of the Indian diplomat leaving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also circulating in the social media.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Following the Pulwama terror attack, India Friday withdrew the ‘most-favoured nation’ status to Pakistan, a move which would enable India to increase customs duty on goods coming from the neighbouring country.In a media briefing after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the most-favoured nation (MFN) status to Pakistan stands revoked.India granted the MFN status to Pakistan way back in in 1996, but the neighbouring country has not yet reciprocated.According to sources, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria has also been called to Delhi for consultations in the wake of the horrific attack. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s information minister Fawad Chaudhry said in an interview that Pakistan would take action against anyone if India share evidence.
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Kerala civic bypolls: LDF wins 16 out of 30, BJP fails to open account

Nothwithstanding the row over the Sabarimala women entry issue, the ruling CPI-M-led LDF in Kerala Friday bagged 16 out of the 30 seats in the bypolls conducted for various local bodies across the state.The Congress-led United Democratic Front got 12 seats while the Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) and a Congress rebel retained the seats at Onchiyam in Kozhikode and Alappuzha district respectively.The BJP, which spearheaded the Sabarimala protests and had high hopes, came a cropper, failing to win any seat.In a setback to the ruling CPI(M), the RMP, to which slain leader T P Chandrasekharan belonged, retained the Onchiyam Panchayat seat.The CPI(M) had been saying the RMP had lost its relevance and was expecting to win this seat.RMP’s P Sreejith won the fifth ward of Onchiyam panchayat with a majority of 308 votes and retained power in the Panchayat.The bypoll was necessitated due to the death of RMP member A K Gopinath.The election assumed importance as RMP was formed by Chandrasekharan, who was a former fellow-traveller of the CPI(M).Chandrasekharan was killed in May 2012, three years after he parted ways with the CPI(M) and founded the RMP.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>In the bypolls, UDF lost five of its sitting seats in which four were won by the LDF and one by a Congress rebel.However, UDF won the five seats which were the sitting seats of ruling LDF.In the November 2018 bypolls, the LDF had won 21 out of the 39 seats. The UDF had secured 12 seats while BJP two.The Supreme Court had on September 28 last year allowed women of all age groups to enter the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple, where earlier women in the menstruating age of 10-50 years were barred from offering prayers.With the LDF government making it clear that it was constitutionally bound to implement the top court verdict, the BJP and right wing outfits and a section of devotees had launched massive and violent protests on the issue.
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Pulwama attack: As tempers flare, Pak flag burnt in several cities, Pune shop gives free lighter with flags

Massive protests and candlelight marches were held on Friday in different parts of the country against the Pulwama terror attack which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, while curfew was imposed in Jammu city following violence during demonstrations there.Raising slogans against Pakistan and terrorists, protesters defied curfew to take out rallies and police had to resort to cane charge at Residency Road, Kachi Chawani and Dogra hall areas in Jammu.The protestors burnt tyres and placed barricades on several roads. Five vehicles were set afire in Gujjar Nagar area, while there were also reports of stonepelting.Demonstrations were held in Purani Mundi, Rehari, Shaktinagar, Pacca Danga, Janipur, Gandhinagar, Bakshinagar, Muthi, Talal Tilloo and Satwari in Jammu city where Army conducted flag marches in sensitive areas.The grief and outrage over the terror attack spilled onto the streets as families of the slain soldiers, hailing from different states, waited for their coffins. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Emotions ran high as protesters converged at India Gate and Jantar Mantar in national capital to express solidarity with the families of the martyrs. Activists of different political parties, social groups and trader outfits joined common people during demonstrations in Lucknow and others state capitals. (Protest in Punjab)In UP, demonstrations were held in Bareilly, Azamgarh, Mau, Meerut, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi and Shahjahanpur, reports reaching here said.In Gorakhpur, Samajwadi party workers burnt a Pakistani flag and an effigy of Prime Minister Imran Khan and raised slogans against the neighbouring country.A large number of youths blocked Chapra- Gorakhpur track in Deoria demanding that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visit the family of the local youth martyred in the attack and raised slogans against Pakistan.In Bihar, which lost Sanjay Kumar Sinha and Ratan Kumar Thakur in the attack, hundreds of protesters, including students gathered at the Kargil Chowk in state capital Patna demanding firm action those responsible for the attack.Protesters burnt tyres on national highway NH 28 A in Motihari, resulting in disruption of vehicular traffic. Protests were held in Assam by members of Sadou Assam Goria Moriya Yuva Chatra Parishad, a minority students’ organisation, All Bodo Minority Students Union, ABVP, Krishak Shramik Unayan Parishad and Hindu Jagran Manch. People lit oil lamps across the state in memory of the martyrs.Protesters burnt effigies of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, which claimed responsibility for the attack, and flags of the neighbouring country.The terror attack also triggered angry protests at several places in Punjab, which lost four jawans, and Haryana. Schoolchildren also took out marches in some areas.”How many sacrifices will our soldiers have to make? This needs to stop,” said Jagtar Singh, who was part of one such march in Kurukshetra.Gujarat Congress organised a candle march at Sabarmati Ashram to pay respects to the slain soldiers. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal also held protests in different parts of the states this evening.Protests were also held in Maharashtra. People gathered in Begumpura area in Aurangabad and burnt a Pakistani flag.As protests erupted in the city over the attack on CRPF convoy at Pulwama, a flag-seller in Pune did a brisk business — in Pakistani flags.Murudkar Zendewale, a famous flag-seller, sold over 100 national flags of Pakistan Friday and gave a lighter free with every flag.Pakistani flags were burnt at many places in the city in the wake of the terror attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday in which at least 40 CRPF personnel were killed.People expressed anger about the neighbouring country, which is accused of harbouring Jaish-E-Mohammad, the terror outfit which has claimed the responsibility for the ghastly attack, by burning Pakistani flags.”Since morning, we sold over 100 Pakistani flags. We gave a lighter free with every flag,” said Girish Murudkar, the owner of Murdudkar Zendewale.His family is in the flag-making business for three generations and the shop sells national flags of almost all the countries in the world, he said. Forty CRPF personnel were killed on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg explosives into their bus. Civil society organisations of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday set ablaze a Pakistani flag here to protest the terrorist attack at Pulwama in Kashmir on Thursday that left 42 CRPF personnel dead.Members of the organisations assembled on NH-415 here, shouted slogans against Pakistan and set fire to the country’s flag.They also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soldiers and staged a candle light procession.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Takam Sanjoy termed the Pulwama attack as one against the sovereignty of India.”The Centre should give a befitting reply to Pakistan for its inhuman acts against security personnel of India,” Sanjoy added.
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Pulwama attack: Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar should meet Osama’s fate, says Ramdev

Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed should be brought to India or should meet the fate of Osama bin Laden, Yoga guru Ramdev said Friday, while seeking strong action against Pakistan.Describing Thursday’s strike on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, in which 40 soldiers of the force were killed, an attack on the “unity, integrity and sovereignty” of India, he said time has come to merge Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) with India.”All terrorists, whether coming from across the border or already inside our territory, must be eliminated, especially (2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind) Hafiz Saeed and (Jaish-e-Mohammad chief) Masood Azhar.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”Wherever they are, they must be brought to India or should meet the fate of Osama bin Laden (who was killed by US forces inside his secret residence in Pakistan’s Abbotabad),” Ramdev said on sidelines of an event here.He said the terror camps operational in PoK must be destroyed, and if possible the region should be merged back into India.”Pakistan is behaving like an immature, stupid and uneducated country. So, the Indian prime minister must now take a major step to teach Pakistan a lesson with some action,” the yoga guru said.”Modiji should at least say that Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed will not remain alive whatever strategy has to be used for it….. this is the responsibility of the government,” Ramdev said.Forty CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.Ramdev said, “We often say that we will avenge the killings of our martyrs and offer a lot of lip service and engage in verbal wars. But they (verbal wars and lip service) are no more effective.” “The prime minister must now take a major action and the entire country should back him. No cheap politics should come in the way of the action because now it is about India’s unity, integrity and sovereignty,” he said.Ramdev said it was now time to move beyond surgical strikes and all terror camps in PoK must be destroyed.”We should not be scared by the thought that Pakistan has nuclear weapons. India too is equipped with nuclear weapons. But it is not about nuclear weapons, this is a question on our bravery and sovereignty.”We think thousands of crores would be lost in finance in a fight, but whatever be the expenses, there should be decisive action for once,” he said.Asked about reports of intelligence failure that might have led to the attack, Ramdev said whenever a major incident occurs there are no doubt of some shortcomings but this is not the time for criticism, but action. “It is time to ensure that such events are not repeated. I reiterate that each terrorist should be hunted down and eliminated,” Ramdev said.About Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu visiting Pakistan last year, Ramdev said Indian leaders have visited the neighbouring country with an intention to establish better relationship with it.”Be it the prime minister or the foreign minister, all leaders have tried to improve ties with Pakistan. But good relations are not possible because Pakistan has expressed that it does not want good ties,” he said.More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group had claimed the responsibility of the attack that took place just 20 km from Srinagar.

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SC asks states to sensitise cops about scrapping of Section 66A of IT Act in 2015

The Supreme Court Friday directed all state governments to sensitise their police personnel about its March 24, 2015 verdict which had scrapped Section 66A of Information Technology Act, so that people are not unnecessarily arrested under the struck down provision.It also asked all the high courts to send the copy of the verdict to all the trial court to avoid people being prosecuted under the scrapped provision which provided for jail term to people who posted offensive content online.A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Sanjay Kishan Kaul disposed of the application filed by NGO PUCL alleging that people were still being prosecuted under the scrapped provision.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said the apex court verdict needs to be sent to all the high courts and to the district courts, so that prosecution does not take place.On January 7, while hearing the application of PUCL, the bench had observed that it is shocking that people are still being prosecuted under Section 66 A of the IT Act even after it has been scrapped by the apex court in 2015.It had sought response from the Centre and warned the concerned officials from sending them to jail for violating its orders. Advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for the NGO had said prosecutions are taking place even after the provision has been struck down three years ago. As per the data available, he had said, more than 22 prosecutions have taken place till now after the provisions was struck down.Terming liberty of thought and expression “cardinal”, the top court had on March 24, 2015, scrapped the provision saying that “the public’s right to know is directly affected by Section 66A of the Information Technology Act.The first PIL on the issue was filed in 2012 by a law student Shreya Singhal who sought an amendment in Section 66A of the Act after two girls Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan were arrested in Palghar in Maharashtra’s Thane district.While one had posted a comment against the shutdown in Mumbai following Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray’s death, the other had ‘liked’ it. PUCL was also one of the petitioners in the case and has challenged the constitutional validity of section 66A of IT Act. “…despite the clear and unequivocal holding of this Court in Shreya Singhal case, Section 66A of the IT Act continues to be applied in the legal system. A recent working paper by the Internet Freedom Foundation demonstrates that pending prosecutions under Section 66A of the IT Act have not been terminated, and further that it continues to be invoked by police across India in FIR registered after the verdict,” the PUCL plea said.It said that research paper has considered several media reports as also the NCRB data but that is not an exhaustive list of the cases. It added however that the data sufficiently establishes that Section 66A of the IT Act continues to live on in the legal system despite the judgment in Shreya Singhal case.”That from the existence of several quashing petitions filed before High Courts, it is apparent that trial courts and prosecutors are not actively implementing the decision of this Court, and the burden of terminating illegal prosecutions based on Section 66A of the IT Act is unfairly falling upon accused persons,” the plea said.It added that the harm emanating from this state of affairs is enormous as besides indicating disregard for the Constitution and this Court, the continued use of Section 66A of the IT Act is a direct violation of the fundamental rights under Articles 19(1)(a) and 21 of the persons against whom the provision is invoked.The NGO sought full compliance of the verdict of March 24, 2015, immediately through issuance of appropriate circulars/ advisories addressed to the Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories, and the Director Generals of Police of all States and Union Territories.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>It also sought direction of the court to the apex court registry to send a copy of judgement to all the high courts to pass appropriate orders in pending cases concerning Section 66A of the IT Act as well as appropriate circulars to bring the Shreya Singhal judgement to the notice of all district courts within their jurisdiction to prevent failures of justice.

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SC stays death penalty of school teacher for raping 4-year-old girl

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the execution of death penalty against a school teacher, who was convicted for raping a four-year-old girl in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh in June last year.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices L Nageswara Rao and Sanjiv Khanna stayed the execution of the death sentence of convict Mahendra Singh Gond, which was scheduled for March 2 in a Jabalpur jail.”There shall be stay of execution of the death sentence of the petitioner,” the bench said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>According to the prosecution, the girl was so brutally assaulted that she had to spend months in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi to get her intestines realigned. After raping her, the convict had dumped her in a jungle, thinking she was dead, and her family members had found her in the wee hours when she was barely alive, the prosecution had said.The Madhya Pradesh High Court had, on January 25, confirmed the death sentence awarded to the convict by the trial court. The trial court had convicted Gond on September 19, 2018 and awarded him death penalty under the recently-introduced section 376(a)(b) (raping a minor under 12 years of age) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Thereafter, the convict had approached the Supreme Court against the high court order. Section 376(a)(b) of the IPC provides for death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years of age. The provision was inserted into the IPC last year through the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2018.

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Pulwama attack: All party meeting on Saturday to brief about steps being taken

An all-party meeting will be held on Saturday to brief political parties on the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed, officials said.The meeting has been convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and invitations have been extended to all major political parties.The parties will be briefed about the attack in Pulwama and the steps being taken by the government so far, a home ministry official.The decision to convene the all-party meeting was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely said the all-party meeting would be convened to brief political parties on the incident so that the nation speaks in one voice on the issue.The CCS was held to discuss the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama attack and the possible steps to be taken against the perpetrators of the gruesome act.Forty CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama.The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said those responsible for the attack will pay “a very heavy price” and security forces will be given a free hand to deal with terrorists.In a hard-hitting speech, he said the “blood of the people is boiling” and forces behind the act of terrorism will be definitely punished.
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Pulwama attack: With hands folded and head bowed, PM Modi pays last respects to slain CRPF men

With his hands folded and head bowed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked around 40 coffins draped in tricolour on Friday evening as he led the nation in paying last respects to the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack.The bodies of the slain troopers reached Delhi’s Palam air force area in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane in the evening. The bodies were received by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.Decorated with white floral arrangements, 40 coffins wrapped in tricolour were neatly arranged in the hanger, where senior officials of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) laid wreaths one by one in a solemn ceremony, officials said.National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the chiefs of the three services — Army, Air Force and Navy — and senior cabinet ministers, including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, also paid their homage to the slain CRPF personnel, they added.Gandhi, who was standing alongside Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, politely asked the general to give way to him for paying his respects.After the dignitaries paid their homage, the prime minister, dressed in white with a dark-coloured shawl, arrived in the hanger and went straight to the podium where the coffins were kept, officials said. He stood in silence for a few moments, before taking a round of the coffins with his hands folded and head bowed.Forty CRPF personnel were killed and five injured in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.
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Bikaner land case: ED attaches assets worth Rs 4.62 crore of Robert Vadra’s company

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday said it has attached assets worth Rs 4.62 crore of a firm linked to Robert Vadra, Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law, in connection with the Bikaner land scam money laundering case.”The attached assets include movable assets amounting to Rs 18,59,500 pertaining to four individuals and one immovable property situated at 268, Sukhdev Vihar in New Delhi to the extent of Rs 4,43,36,550 owned by Robert Vadra’s company Ms Sky Light Hospitality (P) Ltd (now LLP),” the agency said.The ED issued a provisional order for attachment under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It had grilled Vadra in this case in Jaipur twice last week. His mother Maureen was also asked to depose but was allowed to go after completion of brief legal procedures.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The ED had registered a criminal case in connection with the deal in 2015, taking cognisance of a clutch of FIRs and charge sheets filed by Rajasthan Police after the tehsildar of Bikaner complained about alleged forgery in the allotment of land in the area, considered sensitive due to its proximity to the Indo-Pak border.Probe revealed, the ED said, that the central government had acquired land of as many as 34 villages in Bikaner district for the purpose of establishment of Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR) and the state government proposed for rehabilitation of the displaced people by providing land equivalent to their acquired land. “Fraudster Jai Prakash Bagrwa and others in collusion with state government officials got 1,422 bigha government land illegally allotted to fictitious persons in guise of a government scheme for people displaced due to establishment of MFFR and illegally sold 1,372 bigha out of this land to various persons and companies,” it said. On detection of fraud, impugned land was recorded back as government land in revenue records by Rajasthan great, the ED said.Subsequently, it said, these impugned fraudulent lands were further sold by subsequent purchasers to individuals and companies and all these subsequent sellers of the impugned land generated a considerable amount of profit.”These fraudulently generated profit by these entities is nothing but proceeds of crime as defined under the PMLA and Vadra’s company Sky Light Hospitality (P) Ltd had purchased 275 Bigha (69.55 hectare) fraudulent land for Rs 72 lakh and sold the same for Rs 5.15 crore to Allegeny Finlease (P) Ltd and illegally generated profit of Rs 4.43 crore,” he said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Four other individuals had also generated profit of Rs 18.59 lakh in sale of impugned fraudulent land, it said. The ED has filed charge sheet in this case against 9 accused and the total attachment in this case stands at Rs 6.44 crore now.
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Pulwama attack: India withdraws Most Favoured Nation status for Pakistan, what is its significance?

India has withrawn the status of ‘Most Favoured Nation’ for Pakistan after yesterday’s Pulwama attack where 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers were martyred in one of the worst terror attack on Indian armed forces. Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking on the Pulwama attack said that the country will revenge the loss of our soldiers as perpetrators of the Pulwama attack have done a big mistake.Speaking at a public event on Friday, PM Modi said that those behind the attack will not be spared and mentioned that the armed forces have been given complete freedom. The Prime Minister earlier in the day said that he can see that people are extremely angry after the Pulwama attack, therefore, a befitting reply will be given to the perpetrators of the attack.Niti Aayog Vice Chairman said that the impact of India’s decision to withdraw MFN status on Pakistan economy, which is already in deep trouble, could be significant. “On the other hand, India’s exports are marginally dependent on Pakistan’s market and these can be successively diverted to markets in the Middle East.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>What is ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status?Most Favoured Nation status basically increases a set of advantages in trade for the recipient country or international trade partner by the country which is awarding this status. Some of the trade advantages which a Most Favoured Nation recieve include low tariffs, high import quotas. It also ensures a non-discrimatory trade with the partner nation who has been given the MFN status. Other advantages which a most favoured nation gets include immunity, privileges, low tarrifs and concessions when trade agreements are sealed. It basically means that the country which will be granted the status of Most Favoured Nation will receive a non-discriminatory trade and ensure equal trade among all the WTO member nation. India has granted the MFN status to Pakistan in 1996. How will the withdrawl of Most Favoured Nation will affect PakistanSince the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan has now been revoked in the wake of the Pulwama attack, Pakistan will not be getting direct benefits such as immunity in custom duty in goods trade. India can now increase the custom duties on the goods which are imported from Pakistan, however, India-Pakistan trade ratio is not that high, therefore, it’s not going to affect Islamabad much. Since India-Pakistan does not share favourable poltical relation, Islamabad has already blocked the import of 1209 items from India.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>India generally import goods like cement, leather, spices, chemicals, fruits and other stuff and export goods like vegetables, iron, steel, fruits, chemicals. Currently trade between the two countries stands at $2 billion where there is a potiential of $37 billion. The revocation of MFN status to Pakistan means that Islamabad will face difficulties in trade with India. Moreover, trade to Pakistan will now be done via Saudi Arabia and not directly through Pakistan.
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Pulwama attack: Massive protests and stray incidents of violence in Jammu, Omar and Mehbooba express concern

Asserting that Kashmiri people living in other states could be soft targets in a surcharged atmosphere, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah Friday asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to direct all state governments to ensure their safety.”My earnest appeal to @rajnathsingh ji to please issue directions to all state governments to take special care in areas/colleges/institutions where Kashmiris are residing/studying. They are soft targets in a surcharged atmosphere,” Abdullah tweeted.He also asked people to unite against terror and maintain peace.”Kashmiris/Muslims in Jammu didn’t attack our CRPF jawans yesterday (Thursday), terrorists did. This violence is a convenient tool by some to shift the blame. Let’s unite against terror, let’s not allow terror to divide us,” Abdullah said.His remarks came after curfew was imposed in Jammu as a precautionary measure following massive protests and stray incidents of violence over the terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama on Thursday that killed 40 CRPF personnel.”Giving vent to anger by attacking innocent people because of their ethnicity or religion is no way to honour the sacrifices yesterday. Reports of violence & arson in Jammu are deeply worrying. I hope political leaders & civil society are able to ensure cooler heads prevail,” Abdullah, who is also the National Conference vice president, said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>He said if the attention of security forces and the administration is shifted to dealing with “communal violence” in Jammu instead of investigating the attack and preventing further such attacks “who are we helping with the arson & violence?” At least 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed when a terrorist of Pakistan-based outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus they were travelling in, in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama’s district.Meanwhile, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said miscreants in Jammu were trying to take advantage of the situation by inciting tension.”Distressed to hear about miscreants in Jammu trying to take advantage of the situation by inciting tension. Guv (Governor) adm (administration) should have preempted this by securing minority dominated areas. Have spoken to IG (inspector general of police) Jammu to deploy additional security,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter. She said the need of the hour is to show compassion and come together.”It will be a travesty & against the spirit of our secular ethno-cultural values to use this terror attack as an excuse to target minorities. Hour of the need is to show compassion & come together (sic),” she said.
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Pulwama attack: Civilian traffic to be restricted during troop movement in J&K, says Rajnath Singh

The government will review the security of the people working at the behest of Pakistan and its intelligence agency ISI, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Friday, in an apparent reference to separatist leaders, in the wake of the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir that left 40 CRPF personnel dead.After chairing a high-level security review meeting, the home minister said it has been decided that no civilian traffic will be allowed during the movement of security forces’ convoys.In a veiled reference to separatists, including Hurriyat Conference leaders, Singh said the security given to people getting funds from Pakistan and its ISI should be reviewed.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”There are elements and forces who take money from Pakistan and the ISI. I have asked the officials concerned to review their security,” Singh told reporters at the end of his day-long visit to Kashmir.The home minister said some elements in Jammu and Kashmir had links with the ISI and terrorist organisation, but the government would defeat their designs.”Such people are playing with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the future of the state’s youth. Our war against terror is in a decisive phase and I want to assure the nation that we will win it,” he said.The home minister, who arrived here following the worst terror attack on security forces in the state in the past three decades, also visited the injured jawans undergoing treatment at a hospital here.Singh said it was decided that the civilian traffic movement will be halted temporarily when big convoys of security forces are on the move. “This may cause inconvenience and I apologise for this but this is necessary for safety of jawans,” he said.Singh said he has issued necessary instructions to the security agencies in the wake of the suicide terror attack on the CRPF convoy. “The morale of the security forces is high,” he said.He said the Centre and the state governments were with the bereaved families of the CRPF personnel killed in the attack. “I have asked all the state governments to provide maximum help to the bereaved families,” he said. Asked if the attack was a result of security lapse, Singh said the incident is being investigated.On the violence that erupted in Jammu on Friday, the home minister said he has asked the state administration to deal with full force with those elements trying to disturb communal harmony and peace.40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said those responsible for the attack will pay “a very heavy price” and security forces will be given a free hand to deal with terrorists.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>In a hard-hitting speech, Modi said the “blood of the people is boiling” and forces behind the act of terrorism will be definitely punished.

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Mission to completely isolate Pakistan: MEA briefs top nations on Pakistan’s role in Pulwama attack

A day after Pulwama attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel diplomacy took centre stage as foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale briefed envoys of P5 countries, South Asia, Japan, Germany, South Korea on Pakistan’s role in the Pulwama terror attack. ASEAN envoys have been called on Saturday for a briefing. Sources tell Zee Media that, all the heads of missions were “left in no doubt about the role played by Pakistan based and supported Jaish e Mohammed in the terrorist attack” and “our demand that Pakistan ceases forthwith all support and financing to terror groups operating from areas under their control.” Foreign secretary highlighted the role played by “Pakistan in using terrorism as an instrument of its state policy.”Indian Foreign Secretary also met the Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui in Delhi and conveyed the Pakistani role in the Pulwama attack. UN-designated Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the terror attack. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>As part of the cabinet committee on security (CCS) decision, India will be taking action to diplomatically isolate Pakistan. CCS which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on the aftermath of the terror attack on Friday morning. Briefing the media after Cabinet Committee on Security, Finance minister Arun Jaitley said, “MEA will initiate all possible steps and I am referring to all possible diplomatic steps which have to be taken to ensure the complete isolation of Pakistan from the international community for having a direct hand in this incident” After the Uri attack, India along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan had boycotted the SAARC Summit in Islamabad. New Delhi also announced that it will be withdrawing the most favoured nation (MFN) status to Pakistan. Under the status, a country grants equal trade advantages like low tariff or high import quota. India will ask the world to form a consensus on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) which it had introduced more than 2 decades ago at the United Nation. Pakistan High Commissioner summonedForeign Secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Pakistan High Commissioner at 2 PM and issued a “very strong demarche” in connection Pulwama terror attack. Sources tell WION that India conveyed that Pakistan must take “immediate and verifiable action” against the JEM. New Delhi asked Islamabad that “it must immediately stop any groups or individuals associated with terrorism operating from its territories.” India also rejected the statement made by the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan on Thursday. Pakistan had said, “It strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations.” This is the 2nd time in 2019 Pakistan HC is summoned this year. He was summoned in January after Pakistan Foriegn Minister SM Qureshi had made a phone call to pro-Pakistan Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. In all, 7 times a Pakistan High Commissioner hasbeen summoned under the Modi govt since 2014. China doesn’t budge on Masood AzharBut China’s stance on Masood Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) did not change. Asked about if China will now allow Azhar to be listed as a terrorist, China foriegn ministry spokesperson was non-committal.The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson on terrorism said, “Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly condemns terrorism in any form, hoping regional countries join hands together to confront the threat of terrorism so as to maintain the regional peace and security.”Remember, China is repeatedly blocked listing of Masood Azhar as an internationally designated terrorist under the UNSC 1267 Committee. India in February 2016 had approached the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee with the proposal to designate Masood Azhar under the 1267 sanction regime. While US, UK and France backed India’s bid, China continued to block it. China was the only country that took time to condemn the attack and the last of the P5– Permanent 5 countries of UNSC to react. Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrote to EAM Sushma Swaraj and condemned terror attack. In the letter, he expressed “deep sympathy to families of the victims & injured” and “stressed that the Chinese side resolutely opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism.”China and Pakistan call themselves as “all-weather friends” with the Chinese economic project China Pakistan Economic Corridor passing through the country, providing Beijing a lucrative link with West Asia. US came down heavily on Pakistan: The White House in a strong statement hit out at Islamabad. Taking Pakistan’s nam, United States called on “Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region.” It further said, “this attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counterterrorism cooperation and coordination between the United States and India.” The US state department was quick to react and in a statement said, “We call on all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists.” Later in the day, American National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton spoke to NSA Ajit Doval.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>11 US senators, 15 members of US house of representatives have condemned the Pulwama attack. India’s neighbours–Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan– & major countries in the world– Russia, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Israel, Iran, UAE too strongly came out in strong support of New Delhi.
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Vijay Mallya files for permission to appeal against extradition order in UK court

Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya, wanted in India on alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an estimated Rs 9,000 crores, has filed his application in the UK High Court, seeking permission to appeal against an extradition order signed by the British Home Secretary.The 63-year-old businessman, who remains on bail on an extradition warrant in the UK, made the application in the Administrative Court division of the High Court on Thursday, 10 days after Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed off on the order triggering a 14-day window for his appeal application.The application has been sent for a judge on papers decision, which is expected any time between two to four weeks, a UK court representative said. A judge on papers decision will involve a High Court judge determining the merits of the application and if it is accepted, the case will proceed to a substantive hearing in the next few months’ time.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>In the event that Mallya’s application is rejected at this stage, he will have the option to submit a renewal form. The renewal process will lead to a 30-minute oral hearing during which Mallya’s legal team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – on behalf of the Indian government – will renew their respective claims for and against an appeal for a judge to determine if it can proceed to a full hearing.The process, to be heard in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, could take months as the listing of a hearing will depend on the availability of judges and other factors.Following the outcome at the High Court level, both sides could apply for the right to appeal to the Supreme Court, which would involve at least another six weeks. However, that process is more complex as the UK High Court must certify that the appeal involves a point of law of general public importance, and either the High Court or the Supreme Court gives leave for the appeal to be made.Mallya and his legal team have not made a renewed comment in relation to the appeal but soon after the UK home secretary had signed off on the Westminster Magistrates’ Court order in favour of extradition on February 4, the businessman had taken to social media to confirm his plans to seek an appeal.After the decision was handed down on December 10, 2018 by the Westminster Magistrates Court, I stated my intention to appeal. I could not initiate the appeal process before a decision by the Home Secretary. Now I will initiate the appeal process, he said in a Twitter statement earlier this month.The former boss of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines took to Twitter again this week to call on Prime Minister Modi to accept his settlement offer in relation to the airline’s loan default.I respectfully ask why the Prime Minister is not instructing his Banks to take the money I have put on the table so he can at least claim credit for full recovery of public funds lent to Kingfisher, he said, adding that his offer to the Karnataka High Court should not be dismissed as frivolous because it is a perfectly tangible, sincere, honest and readily achievable offer.Mallya has been based in the UK since March 2016 and remains on bail on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard in April 2017.In her verdict at the end of a year-long extradition trial in December last year, Judge Emma Arbuthnot had ruled that the flashy billionaire had a case to answer in the Indian courts.The court had also dismissed any bars to extradition on the grounds of the prison conditions under which the businessman would be held, as the judge accepted the Indian government’s assurances that he would receive all necessary medical care at Barrack 12 in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>India and the UK have an Extradition Treaty signed in 1992 and in force since November 1993. So far only one successful extradition has taken place from the UK to India under the treaty – that of Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India in 2016 to face trial in connection with his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002.
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Railway TC arrested for raising Pakistan Zindabad slogan in Lonavala

While the entire nation is mourning the death of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and demanding strong action against Pakistan, a 39-year-old person today raised ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans in Shivaji chowk of Lonavala.The person identified as Upendrakumar Shrivir Bahadursingh who works as a junior ticket collector with the railways. He raised the slogans when local residents from Lonavala had gathered to pay homage to the Pulwama terror attack martyrs in Lonavala on Friday. Police immediately arrested him. Inspector BR Patil, charge of Lonavala city police told DNA, “A day after the Pulwama terror attack, local residents of Lonavala had gathered at the main Shivaji chowk to pay homage to martyrs. While the residents were paying tribute, Upendrakumar came to the spot and he stood next to the group which was paying tribute. Before anybody could understand, he started raising ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans.”<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>As he started raising pro-Pakistan slogans, the residents gathered at the spot got angry and they tried to beat him up. However, police was already there at the spot and they immediately detained the person. “Since the crowd had gathered, we had deployed our force and as soon as people tried to attack him, we stopped the crowd and took Upendrakumar to police station,” Patil said. After registering the case under section 153 b of Indian Penal Code, Upendrakumar was produced before the local court where he has been remanded police custody till February 18.
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Pulwama attack: Who is militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad?

Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed the Pulwama attack which killed 46 soldiers.

‘Take immediate & verifiable action against JeM’: India summons Pakistan envoy over Pulwama attack, issues demarche

India summoned Pakistan’s envoy on Friday and served a diplomatic notice demanding Islamabad take “immediate and verifiable action” against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) which has claimed responsibility for Pulwama attack which claimed lives of 40 CRPF jawans. Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood was summoned by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and issued a very strong demarche in connection with the terrorist attack in Pulwama.He also conveyed to Mahmood that Pakistan must immediately stop any groups or individuals associated with terrorism from operating from its territories, the source added.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The Foreign Secretary also rejected the statement made by the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan yesterday with regards to the attack, the source said.The Ministry of External Affairs has also called Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria to Delhi for consultations in the wake of yesterday’s attack. As many as 40 CRPF personnel were killed after a suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district with a vehicle laden with explosives.The convoy comprised of 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar – the slain personnel were in a bus which had 42 CRPF men on board.JeM, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attack which left the bus extensively damaged in the blast and ensuing gunfire on the vehicle.Prime Minister Narendra Modi also warned Pakistan that it cannot weaken India by orchestrating attacks.on Friday said those responsible will pay “a very heavy price” and security forces will be given a free hand to deal with terrorists.Making it clear that India means business, the Cabinet Committee on Security, which met here on Friday morning, decided to withdraw the most favoured nation status to Pakistan.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>(With agencies)
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Viewpoint: How far might India go to ‘punish’ Pakistan?

India’s government is talking tough after a car bombing killed 46 Indian soldiers. How far could tensions escalate?

Death toll in Pulwama terror attack mounts to 40; Court of Inquiry ordered

The toll in the terror attack on CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district has risen to 40 even as a full Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been ordered by the force headquarters in Delhi, a senior official said on Friday.A Jaish suicide bomber Thursday rammed a vehicle carrying about 100-kgs of explosives into a bus carrying CRPF personnel in Pulwama district.”A total of 40 personnel have been killed in Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir. Five troops are injured,” the senior official said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>While 38 personnel have been identified, DNA and forensic tests are being conducted on two bodies, he said.Amongst the killed is a personnel of the CRPF road opening party (ROP) who was tasked to sanitise the highway route for convoy movement, the official said.In the wake of the incident, the CRPF has issued a ‘high vigil’ alert to all its formations in the Kashmir Valley and other places in the state and has asked its units to be in “full preparedness.”A Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been ordered into the incident, the official said.The force also posted a message on its official Twitter handle saying: “We will not forget, we will not forgive.””We salute our martyrs of Pulwama attack and stand with the families of our martyr brothers. This heinous attack will be avenged,” the social media post said.The forces’ headquarter in Delhi also issued a list of 36 killed personnel who have been “identified” till now. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General R R Bhatnagar and senior officials of the force have left for Kashmir as part of a team led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to assess the situation.They are also expected to meet the injured who are admitted to the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar, they said.More than 2,500 CRPF personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir around 3.15 pm on Thursday.The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack that took place about 20 km from Srinagar, officials had said.Police identified the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmed, who officials said joined the Jaish in 2018. He was driving a vehicle packed with over 100 kg of explosives on the wrong side of the road and hit the bus, in which an estimated 39-44 personnel were travelling, head-on, an official at the spot had said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The powerful explosion, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron, was heard many kilometres away, including in some parts of Srinagar adjoining Pulwama district. It is estimated that about 70-80 kgs of high grade explosive was used in the blast.
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Pulwama Attack: Rajnath Singh, J&K DGP Dilbag Singh help carry coffin of slain CRPF jawan

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday helped carry the coffin of a slain CRPF jawan after he laid a wreath on the mortal remains of the troops, who were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.In a video shared by ANI, the Home Minister and state DGP Dilbag Singh were seen carrying the coffin of a jawan. Singh helped carry the coffin of a slain CRPF jawan before it was flown out of Jammu and Kashmir in a special aircraft, an official present at the function said.Shortly after arriving from Delhi, the home minister attended a solemn function in Srinagar where the remains of 40 CRPF personnel were kept in coffins, draped with tricolour.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The home minister, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh besides others attended the wreath laying ceremony.”The nation will not forget the supreme sacrifice of our brave CRPF jawans. I have paid my last respects to the martyrs of Pulwama. The sacrifice will not go in vain,” Singh said.The dignitaries stood in silence till the coffins were loaded in a truck which went to the Srinagar airport, the official said.Mr Singh later held a meeting with senior officials of the state government, J&K Police and central forces. Forty CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles CRPF travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said those responsible for the attack will pay “a very heavy price” and security forces will be given a free hand to deal with terrorists. The Prime Minister said the “blood of the people is boiling” and forces behind the act of terrorism will be definitely be punished.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>(With PTI inputs)
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India will never compromise with terrorist forces: Manmohan Singh

India will never compromise with terrorist forces and will deal with the menace unitedly, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday, condemning the Pulwama terror strike.The priority is to convey to families of those who have been killed and those seriously injured that “we are with them in condemning this act of terrorism”, Singh said at a press conference along with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, and senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and AK Antony.”We shall never compromise with terrorist forces. Whatever the country requires, we will work together as one united nation to deal with this menace of terrorism,” he said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Singh said terrorism is a scourge and was something with which India can never compromise.”As the Congress president said, today is not a day to raise contentious issues. Our role today is to convey to our soldiers, their families, our heartfelt condolences…We will do all that is necessary to keep this country united in support of anti-terrorist measures,” he said.On Thursday, an explosives laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing at least 40 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.
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Supreme Court expresses displeasure over defective review petitions in Rafale case

The Supreme Court Friday expressed unhappiness over some lawyers filing defective petitions and seeking wide publicity in the media, while referring to review pleas challenging its verdict in the Rafale case.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said lawyers file petitions in the apex court registry and instead of removing the defects of the pleas, they go to media for wide publicity.”The other side is not so innocent…The petitioners go to media and claim wide publicity,” the bench of Chief Justice Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said while referring to defective review petitions filed challenging its verdict in the Rafale case.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The apex court’s observation came when it was hearing lawyers mentioning cases for urgent listing and hearing.The CJI has asked the registrar (judicial) of the apex court to come and witness the mentioning proceedings so that the registry officials can get their act right and work more efficiently.Earlier, the apex court had on December 14 dismissed a batch of pleas challenging the deal between India and France for procurement of 36 Rafale jets, saying there was no occasion to “really doubt the decision making process” warranting setting aside of the contract.The apex court had rejected the pleas seeking lodging of an FIR and a court-monitored probe in to alleged irregularities in the Rs 58,000-crore deal, in which both the countries have entered into an inter-governmental agreement (IGA).Several petitions seeking review of the verdict, including one by AAP lawmaker Sanjay Singh, have been filed in the apex court.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.
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Punjab Assembly condemns terror attack in Pulwama, House adjourned for the day

The Punjab Assembly Friday strongly condemned the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in which at least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and passed a resolution for adjournment of the proceedings of the House for the day.Members of the House, cutting across party lines, paid tributes to the CRPF personnel killed in one of deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, and observed two-minutes silence in their memory.Moving the resolution seeking the adjournment of the House, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said “enough is enough” and urged the Centre to give a befitting reply to the “dastardly act of Pakistan”.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”It is the time to teach (them) a lesson. Pakistan PM speaks peace and the General speaks war,” he said.As the Question Hour commenced on the fourth day the Budget session of the Punjab Assembly, SAD MLA Bikram Singh Majithia sought the adjournment of the House in the wake of the terror attack in Pulwama.Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Parliamentary Affairs minister Brahm Mohindra supported Majithia’s call for the adjournment.”It is the worst ever terror attack… It has been strongly condemned world over. We should understand the gravity of the situation. The nation is in the mourning and we should adjourn the House,” Majithia said.At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama on Thursday.More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were traveling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir around 3.15 pm.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack that took place about 20 km from Srinagar.
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Jammu & Kashmir Governor failed in his primary responsibility, should visit the injured: Omar Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah in a scathing attack on Governor Satya Pal Malik accused him of “failing” to carry out his “primary responsibility” and asked him to visit those injured in the Pulwama terror attack and take stock of the situation.At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.Abdullah, the National Conference vice-president, tweeted, “The Governor of J&K has failed in his primary responsibility. He compounds things by preferring to appear on every single news channel he can find rather than rush to the valley to meet the injured and yet somehow Mehbooba & I are to blame for everything (sic).” “It’s mind-boggling that the biggest ever terrorist attack in J&K takes place & yet for some channels/talking heads the only people NOT accountable are the central government & the governor’s administration.”<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”Dear Governor Malik, some unsolicited advice from a person who has governed J&K for 6 years. Pls stop giving interviews, let your advisors do it. You will only make things worse by trying to talk your way out of this situation (sic)”, he said in a series of tweets.Accusing Malik of “playing politics” over the issue and trying to “pass the buck”, Abdullah urged him to be a “statesman for once”.”This should have been done yesterday but yesterday you were too busy passing the buck…You are a politician & obviously, your first instinct will be to play politics but this is neither the time nor the occasion. Please suppress your desire to politicize everything & instead be a statesman for once. The nation will appreciate that more even if your party might not,” he said.
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Pulwama Attack: China refuses to back India’s bid to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist by UN

China on Friday expressed deep “shock” over the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a Jaish suicide bomber but once again declined to back India’s appeal to list the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.”China has noted the reports of suicide terrorist attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families,” spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang told a media briefing here.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”We firmly oppose and strongly condemn all forms of terrorism. We hope relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability,” Geng said.When asked about China’s stand on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, he said: “As for the issue of listing, I could tell you that the 1267 Committee of Security Council has a clear stipulation on the listing and procedure of the terrorist organisations”.”JeM has been included in the Security Council terrorism sanctions list. China will continue to handle the relevant sanctions issue in a constructive and responsible manner,” Geng said in an apparent reference to External Affairs Ministry’s appeal to all members of the UN Security Council to list Azhar as a global terrorist.China, a veto-wielding member of the UNSC and a close ally of Pakistan, has consistently blocked moves first by India and later by the US, the UK and France to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the 1267 Committee by putting technical holds.Asked whether China would be re-looking at the issue in view of the positive momentum in bilateral relations generated by last year’s Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Geng said: “JeM as an organisation has been included in the sanctions list of the Security Council.”As to the listing of an individual, we have always upheld an earnest, responsible and professional manner. We always acted in accordance with the requirement of the situation. We will continue to maintain close communication with India and relevant parties on this issue”.India on Thursday slammed Pakistan over the Pulwama terror attack carried out by JeM and asked the neighbouring country to stop supporting terrorists and dismantle terror infrastructure operating from its soil.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>India also strongly reiterated its appeal to all members of the international community to support the proposal to list terrorists, including JeM chief Azhar, as a designated terrorist under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council, and to ban terrorist organisations operating from territories controlled by Pakistan.
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Hina Jaiswal from Chandigarh becomes 1st Indian Woman Flight Engineer

Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal from Chandigarh scripted history by becoming the first Indian Woman Flight Engineer to be inducted by the Indian Air Force. A Flight Engineer monitors and operates its complex aircraft systems requiring a specialized skill set.As a Flight Engineer, Hina would be posted to operational helicopter units of the IAF. In the unit, she would be routinely called to operate in demanding and stressful conditions, right from the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier to the seas of the Andamans.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Hina, who completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree from Punjab University, spoke to ANI about her “dream come true” moment.She further said that since childhood, she endeavoured to wear the soldier’s uniform and take on the skies as an aviator.On January 5, Hina was commissioned in the engineering branch of the IAF, where she served as the Chief of firing team and battery commander in a frontline Surface to Air Missile squadron. During her course of Flight Engineer, which lasted for six months, wherein she was trained shoulder to shoulder with her male counterparts vigorously and displayed her unflinching commitment, dedication, and perseverance.In 2018, the Flight Engineer branch which was exclusively the domain of male air warriors was opened for women officers.
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Vande Bharat Express inauguration despite Pulwama attack befitting reply to terrorists: Piyush Goyal

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal Friday said going ahead with the inauguration of the Vande Bharat Express was a befitting reply to the terrorists who perpetrated the Pulwama attacks in which 40 CRPF jawans lost their lives.He said the decision to continue with the flagging off programme was inspired by the way Mumbai reacted by showing their resilience in the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks.At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”The way Mumbai answered them, with everybody going to their work discharging their responsibilities, similarly the Vande Bharat Express today was dedicated to the nation on time in the service of its people.”This is the biggest answer to the terrorists. Neither our jawans nor our people would ever bow before them,” he said on board the train which is on its inaugural run between Delhi and Varanasi on Friday.Goyal said the country and its soldiers are capable of answering the terrorists in a befitting manner.India’s first semi-high speed train, the Vande Bharat Express, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday from the New Delhi Railway Station amid somber mood in the backdrop of the terror attack in Pulwama.Goyal and members of the Railway Board were present on the occasion and will be on board the train on its inaugural journey “I am grateful to designers and engineers behind the Vande Bharat Express which will take its first trip from Delhi to Varanasi today. With our sincerity and hard work in the last four-and-half years we have tried to improve railways,” the prime minister said at the flagging off event.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The train will travel from Delhi to Varanasi in nine hours and forty-five minutes. This includes stoppage time of 40 minutes each at Kanpur and Allahabad where there will be special programmes.
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Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)

Mumbai

Pulwama

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Pulwama attack

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Pulwama attack: Rahul Gandhi says entire opposition stands with security forces, govt in time of mourning

A day after the Pulwama attack, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his party and the entire opposition is fully supportive of the government and the security forces.No amount of hatred and anger can harm the love India is built on, Rahul Gandhi said at a press conference along with former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad and A K Antony.”This is a terrible attack, this type of violence is disgusting. Terrorism tries to divide the nation, we can’t be divided by any power. The entire opposition is with security forces and the government,” Rahul Gandhi said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”Those who have done this should not feel that they can harm the country. It is a time of mourning and sadness,” he added.Dr. Manmohan Singh said the nation can never compromise with terrorism.”Terrorism is a scourge which we can never compromise…,” the former prime minister said.On Thursday, an explosives-laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing 37 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.
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Manmohan Singh

Rahul Gandhi

Ghulam Nabi Azad

Pulwama

Jammu & Kashmir

A K Antony

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Pulwama attack: Mortal remains of CRPF men to be flown to their homes today

The mortal remains of the CRPF personnel killed in an audacious terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, will be sent to their homes across the country this afternoon, officials said Friday.While a majority of the 37 bodies have been identified, some of them have been mangled beyond recognition.A home ministry official said arrangements have been made to hand over the bodies to the families.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is visiting Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the situation in the wake of the terror attack, Governor Satya Pal Malik, DG of CRPF R R Bhatnagar will pay their last respect to the departed souls in Srinagar before the bodies are flown out of the state.At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama on Thursday.More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir around 3.15 pm.The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack that took place about 20 km from Srinagar, officials said.
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Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)

Rajnath Singh

Srinagar

Pulwama

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Satya Pal Malik

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Supreme Court to hear plea against land acquisition near disputed site at Ayodhya

‘The Supreme Court Friday decided to hear a fresh plea challenging the constitutional validity of the 1993 central law by which 67.703 acre land, including the disputed premises of Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, was acquired.<!– /11440465/DNA_WAP/DNA_WAP_AL_BTF_1_300x250 –>A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan tagged the matter with the main petition in which a constitution bench is dealing with the main title dispute.”List the matter before the bench already seized with the issue,” the bench also comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna said.
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‘We won’t forget, forgive’: Twitteratti condemns Pulwama attack, demands retaliation

After the state of Jammu and Kashmir experienced one of the deadliest terror attacks on Thursday, not just the political parties, but the country at large has come together has come together to mourn the death of the courageous CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the harrowing incident. At least 37 CRPF personnel lost their lives in the blast which was lead by Pakistan backed terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed. The incident took place when a JeM suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into a bus carrying CRPF jawans in Pulwama district that also left many critically wounded, officials said. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir around 3.15 pm.The horrific attack in Pulwama has not just saddened, but also angered the entire nation. Twitteratti infuriated by the coward act of the terrorist group has taken to social media and are condemning the incident.Here’s what they have to say: Our sincere condolences to the families of the jawans. We wish a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.
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Kashmir

CRPF

Jammu

Pulwama

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PM Modi flags off India’s fastest train Vande Bharat Express

India’s first semi-high speed train, the Vande Bharat Express, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday from the New Delhi Railway Station amid sombre mood in the backdrop of the terror attack in Pulwama.Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and members of the Railway Board were present on the occasion and will be on board the train on its inaugural journey “I am grateful to designers and engineers behind Vande Bharat Express which will take its first trip from Delhi to Varanasi today. With our sincerity and hardwork in the last 4.5 years we have tried to improve railways,” the PM said.The train will travel from Delhi to Varanasi in nine hours and forty-five minutes. This includes stoppage time of 40 minutes each at Kanpur and Allahabad where there will be special programmes.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The PM inspected the train and said he was proud that such a train had been produced indigenously at the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai in 18 months.The semi-high speed Train 18, which has been recently rechristened Vande Bharat Express, can run up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph and has travel classes like Shatabdi trains but with better facilities.It aims to provide a totally new travel experience to passengers. The bookings for the train have begun and it will run commercially from February 17 from Delhi to Varanasi five days a week.It has 16 air-conditioned coaches of which two are executive class. The total seating capacity is 1,128 passengers. It is much more than the conventional Shatabdi rakes of equal number of coaches, thanks to shifting of all electric equipment below coaches and seats in the driving coach also.All coaches are equipped with automatic doors, GPS-based audio-visual passenger information system, on-board hotspot WiFi for entertainment purposes and very comfortable seating. All toilets are bio-vacuum type. The lighting is dual mode, that is diffused for general illumination and personal for every seat. Every coach has a pantry facility to serve hot meals and, hot and cold beverages.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The insulation is meant to keep heat and noise to very low levels for additional passenger comfort. Adding up the green footprints, the train has regenerative braking system which can save up to 30 per cent of electrical energy.
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Ex-Railway Board board chairman Ashwani Lohani takes charge as Air India CMD

Retired technocrat Ashwani Lohani took charge as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India on Friday.He took the charge in presence of recently appointed Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola and senior officials of the national carrier.This is Lohani’s second tenure as Air India chief.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on February 13 cleared Lohani’s re-induction on a contract basis for a one-year tenure.Lohani is a 1980-batch IRSME (Indian Railway Service Mechanical Engineering) officer hailing from Madhya Pradesh.He had headed the national carrier from August 2017 to September 2017 before being moved to the Railway Board as the chairman, from where he retired in December 2018.It was during his tenure that Air India made its first operating profit of Rs 105 crore in the 2017 financial year, since the merger of Indian Airlines and Air India in 2007.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Kharola was the chief of Air India till February 6, when he was transferred to the position of civil aviation secretary.
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Those behind Pulwama attack have committed a grave mistake, will pay very heavy price: PM Modi

In a warning to Pakistan and terror groups behind Pulwama terror attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said they have committed a “grave mistake” and they will pay a “very heavy price” for the ghastly attack. Speaking at the flagging off ceremony of Vande Bharat Express in Delhi, Modi said security forces will be given complete freedom to crack down on terrorism, and the “blood of the people is boiling”.On Thursday, an explosives laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar killing at least 37 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”Our neighbouring country thinks such terror attacks can weaken us, but their plans will not materialise,” he said at a function to flag off a new semi-high speed train from Delhi to Varanasi.”I want to tell terrorist organisations and their guardians that they have done a grave mistake. Those behind the attack will be punished for their actions,” Modi said here while flagging off the Delhi-Varanasi high-speed Vande Bharat Express train.”My condolences to families of those martyred in the Pulwama attack, those behind the terror strike will pay a very heavy price,” Modi said.Modi also thanked the countries which have supported India and condemned this incident in the strongest of terms. “A strong reply will be given to this attack,” he said.Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier, the Prime Minister chaired a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security which decided to withdraw ‘most favoured nation’ (MFN) status accorded to Pakistan.India will take all possible diplomatic steps to ensure the “complete isolation” of Pakistan, Finance Miniser Arun Jaitley told reporters soon after meeting at PM Modi’s residence. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>”The Ministry of External Affairs will initiate all possible steps, and I am here referring to all possible diplomatic steps which have to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan,” he said.
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Pulwama attack: India revokes ‘most-favoured nation’ status to Pakistan

India on Friday withdrew the ‘Most-Favoured Nation’ status to Pakistan following the deadly Pulwama terror attack and said it will take all steps to isolate the neighbouring country globally.In a media briefing after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security(CCS), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said all efforts will be made to ensure that perpetrators of the attack are brought to book.”The most favoured nation status to Pakistan stands revoked,” he said after the CCS meeting at the Prime Minister’s residence. Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status is given to a trade partner to ensure non-discriminatory trade between two countries. India granted MFN status to Pakistan in 1996.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Talking tough, Jaitley said those aiding and abating the perpetrators will have to pay a heavy price.He said the Ministry of External Affairs will launch an all out effort to isolate Pakistan and all diplomatic efforts will be launched in this regard.”MEA will initiate all possible diplomatic steps which are to be taken to ensure complete isolation of Pakistan in the international community, he said, adding “incontrovertible evidence” is available of Pakistan’s direct hand in this gruesome terrorist attack.Sounding a warning to perpetrators, Jaitley said that those behind the attacks will “pay a heavy price” for it.Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Srinagar on Friday and would convene an all-party meeting most likely on Saturday to brief political parties on the incident so that the nation speaks in one voice on the issue. The Cabinet Committee on Security meet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. It was attended by Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman, Finance Miniser Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Forty CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.
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Pulwama Terror Attack: India withdraws MFN status to Pakistan

India on Friday withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan, a day after 37 CRPF personnel were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama.”Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan stands withdrawn,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after the conclusion of the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.In international trade, MFN treatment is synonymous with non-discriminatory trade policy as it ensures equal trading among all WTO member nations rather than exclusive trading privileges.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will initiate all possible diplomatic steps which have to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community from Pakistan of which incontrovertible evidence is available of having a direct hand in this gruesome attack,” Jaitley added. Besides the Prime Minister, the CCS comprises the ministers for Home, Finance, Defence and External Affairs.37 CRPF personnel were killed when their convoy was targeted on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Thursday.The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was caused by a suicide bomber, according to a local news agency.Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Srinagar later in the day to take stock of the situation. He will also hold review meetings with senior security and police officials to make a ground-level assessment and review operational actions.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Meanwhile, arrangements are also being made to airlift the mortal remains of the soldiers who lost their lives in the ghastly attack.
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Kashmir

Narendra Modi

CRPF

Arun Jaitley

Rajnath Singh

Srinagar

Jammu

Pulwama

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Pulwama Attack: NSG, NIA teams leave for Jammu and Kashmir to join probe

Experts of anti-terror commando force the National Security Guard (NSG) and investigators of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) left for Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to join the probe into the terror attack in Pulwama in which at least 37 CRPF personnel were killed, officials said.The decision to send the teams was taken in view of the high number of casualties in the worst terror strike in the state since the Uri attack in 2016.On Thursday, a home ministry official had said an NIA team with forensic experts was being sent to Srinagar to assist Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the scene of the crime.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Explosive specialists of the Black Cat commando force NSG would also join in the investigation into the attack, another official had said.At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district on Thursday.More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were traveling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir.
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National Investigation Agency (NIA)

Srinagar

Pulwama

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Uri Attack

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Pulwama terror attack: BJP cancels all political programmes, PM Modi’s Itarsi rally cancelled

All political programmes of BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah, scheduled for Friday have been cancelled following the terror attack on CRPF personnel in Kashmir. At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.Modi was scheduled to address a rally in Itarsi in Madhya Pradesh and Shah was slated to attend different political events in Odisha and Chhattisgarh on Friday. These programmes have now been cancelled, party sources said.Top BJP leaders have been holding rallies and other political programmes in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls.
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Lok Sabha

Narendra Modi

Amit Shah

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Pulwama Attack: Time for political class to come together and make India stronger, says Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah on Friday appealed to political parties to rise above politics and come together on the issue of national security, saying these are times when “we must strengthen our resolve to make India stronger and safer”. Shah’s appeal came in the wake of one of the deadliest terror attacks on security forces in Kashmir that left 37 CRPF personnel dead on Thursday. The Congress had attacked the Narendra Modi government, saying incidents of terror attacks have gone unabated under its rule. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>He said in a series of tweets, “These are times when we all must come together and strengthen our resolve to make India stronger and safer. I appeal to the political class- let us rise above politics and show that we are together when it comes to matters of national security. Nothing matters above India!” The horrific attack in Pulwama has saddened the entire nation, he said, condemning the barbaric mentality that speeds such kind of hate and violence. “PM Narendra Modi assured the nation that the sacrifices of our martyrs shall not go in vain.130 crore Indians stand in complete solidarity with the families of the courageous heroes who devoted their lives in service of the nation. Generations to come will remember their valour. We pray the injured get well soon,” the BJP president said.More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway in Awantipora in South Kashmir on Thursday.The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, the Cabinet Committee on Security met Friday morning to discuss the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the meeting which was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, among others.Top security officials are learned to have made a presentation on the incident and the overall security situation in the state.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Further details on the steps to be taken ahead awaited.
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Arun Jaitley

Sushma Swaraj

Amit Shah

Rajnath Singh

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Masood Azhar: India wants militant sanctioned after Kashmir blast

India wants sanctions against the militant group behind Thursday’s attack which killed more than 40.

PM Modi to flag off Vande Bharat Express today, to observe two-minute silence for Pulwama martyrs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe two minutes silence to mourn the death 37 martyred CRPF personnel before flagging the Vande Bharat Express from the New Delhi railway station on Friday morning. The flagging off ceremony is scheduled at 10.45am. There will also be a 2 minutes short film on Vande Bharat Express. Sources said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inspect the train after which it will be flagged off from platform 1. Meanwhile, there was utter chaos at the station as there was a single metal detector for the several media persons who came from across India and world to be part of the inaugural run. The entry was through the executive class coach and further into the chair car coach. In total there are 1128 seats in this 18 coach train – two executive and 14 chair car – that also includes two power cars for running it. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>This fully AC train will run 5 days a week, barring Monday and Thursday, and complete its journey in 8 hours. It will have halts at Kanpur and Allahabad.Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and members of the Railway Board will be on board the train on its inaugural journey, it said.The train will travel from Delhi to Varanasi in nine hours and forty-five minutes. This includes stoppage time of 40 minutes each at Kanpur and Allahabad where there will be special programmes. At the New Delhi railway station, Modi will inspect the facilities in the train and address a gathering on the occasion.The semi-high speed Train 18, which has been recently rechristened Vande Bharat Express, can run up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph and has travel classes like the Shatabdi trains but with better facilities. It aims to provide a totally new travel experience to passengers.It has 16 air-conditioned coaches of which two are executive class. The total seating capacity is 1,128 passengers. It is much more than the conventional Shatabdi rakes of equal number of coaches, thanks to shifting of all electric equipment below the coaches and seats in the driving coach also.All coaches are equipped with automatic doors, GPS-based audio-visual passenger information system, on-board hotspot WiFi for entertainment purposes and very comfortable seating. All toilets are bio-vacuum type. The lighting is dual mode, that is diffused for general illumination and personal for every seat.Every coach has a pantry facility to serve hot meals and, hot and cold beverages. The insulation is meant to keep heat and noise to very low levels for additional passenger comfort.Adding up the green footprints, the train has regenerative braking system which can save up to 30 per cent of electrical energy.The Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, has been the force behind the completely in-house design and manufacture of this train which was completed in just 18 months. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>(With inputs from PTI, Shashank Rao )
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Pulwama attack

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Pulwama Attack: Jammu commerce body calls for bandh today

The attack on a CRPF convoy by terrorists in Kashmir on Thursday has evoked strong condemnation from political parties and other organisations including Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, which called for a bandh in the state on Friday. Governor Satya Pal Malik said, “The forces responsible for the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir are desperate and frustrated and they just want to prove their presence. Visibly it seems to be guided from across the border as Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed the responsibility.”Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is travelling o Srinagar on Friday said that he has spoken to Governor Satypal Malik about the terrorist attack.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Around 40 CRPF personnel were killed on Thursday in the deadliest terror attack on security forces in a decade when their convoy was targeted in Pulwama district on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.A bus, in which 42 CRPF personnel were travelling, was extensively damaged in the blast which was followed by firing on the vehicle. The injured have been shifted to a hospital.Earlier in September 2016, an Army camp was stormed by terrorists in Uri, killing 19 soldiers.Prior to that, 28 BSF personnel were killed in an attack on a convoy of the paramilitary force in 2004.Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out by a suicide bomber, according to a local news agency.Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the attack and asserted that the sacrifices of the brave security personnel will not go in vain.President Ram Nath Kovind too condemned the attack and assured that the entire nation is united to fight against the forces of terror and evil.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>A host of other leaders also condemned the attack.
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Pulwama Attack: US experts suspect ISI role as Pak-based JeM claims responsibility

The involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir has raised serious questions about the role of the Pakistani spy agency, ISI, in it, American experts on South Asia have said.The Pakistan-based JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack that left at least 37 personnel dead and many critically wounded. The experts said the terror strike shows the United States has failed to persuade Pakistan to act against Jaish-e-Mohammad and other terrorist groups.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”The self-proclaimed involvement of JeM in the attack raises serious questions about the role of the ISI in supporting the masterminds of this operation,” Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst, told PTI.The terrorist attack, which has direct footprints inside Pakistan, poses the first major challenges to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, said Riedel, who is now a scholar at the Brookings Institute think-tank.”This will be a real challenge for Imran Khan, the first serious challenge of his administration,” he said.Anish Goel, a former National Security Council official in the previous Obama administration, said the horrific attack highlights just how actively Pakistan-based terrorist groups still operate in Kashmir.By claiming such quick credit for the attack, Jaish-e-Mohammed is clearly indicating that they will continue to cause trouble in the region and stoke tensions between Pakistan and India, he said.In the wake of this attack, there will likely be increased pressure on Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi to take action against all militant groups still active in Kashmir,” said Goel.Alyssa Ayres from the Council on Foreign Relations said, “Unfortunately, the attack also shows the limits of US and international policy efforts to date to persuade Pakistan to take serious action against these groups. The urgent question is what else the international community can do. According to Moeed Yusuf from the US Institute of Peace, the current situation has all the making of an India-Pakistan crisis.Prime Minister Modi cannot take it lying down but Pakistan isn’t going to be able to absorb any Indian action either. Things are simply too tense between India and Pakistan, he said.Ironically, the biggest deterrent to any escalation is the presence of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman in the region, he said.”Salman arrives in Pakistan Friday and is coming to India too. His visit will be seriously overshadowed. The Saudi relationship is too important for either side to want that to happen,” he noted.I think the damage to India-Pakistan relations is going to be immense even if the situation doesn’t escalate. The hope was that India and Pakistan will get back to talking after the Indian elections later this year. I think the hawks on both sides are going to make it very difficult for that to happen now, Yusuf said.Terrorist attacks as in Kashmir are not possible without an ideology or theology that justifies terrorism and brainwashes its followers that massacring others leads a person to paradise. The terrorist mindset must be removed along with the terrorist infrastructure on the ground, said noted Hindu scholar David Frawley.The latest attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed is another example of how Pakistan’s intelligence services continue to sponsor terrorist incursions into India, Washington-based Hindu American Foundation said.While it’s heartening to see that a wide swath of the international community is unequivocally condemning the attack, such statements of solidarity must be backed up by actions which help bring to an end the ability of such terrorist groups to kill with impunity and destabilize the region, the foundation said.Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP)-USA in a statement demanded that United Nations designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.China should be ashamed of itself in blocking Azhar’s ban at the UN. Indian diaspora demands that if Pakistan is sincere in seeking peace with India, it should arrest Maulana Masood Azhar and his cohorts and disband all terrorist organizations station in Pakistan.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>”Pakistan is a pariah nation anyhow and if it wants to exist in the real world, it should not play games, resort to lies, and abet terrorism. It should get rid of all terrorist organization from its soil, it said.
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Pulwama attack: US lawmakers extend solidarity and support to India

Several US lawmakers Friday expressed solidarity with India in the wake of a dastardly terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district and said that the two countries stand united in condemning and defeating terror.Cutting across party lines, over 50 Congressmen and Senators took to social media to express their solidarity with people of India and called for strict action against the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and its state sponsors.The JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack that took place about 20 km from Srinagar.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>I strongly condemn the terror attack in Kashmir. The United States stands with our friends in India, and I send heartfelt condolences to the families that lost loved ones, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer tweeted.Senator Robert Menendez said he was outraged by the terror attack, “one of the deadliest in the region since 1989”.Senator Johnny Isakson strongly criticized the terror strike and pledged the US’ support to India in defeating terrorism.Today, more than 40 Indian military police were killed by a radical Islamist terrorist group in the deadliest attack in 30 years on Indian forces in Kashmir. I send my deepest condolences to the soldiers injured and killed in this senseless attack, to their families, and to India, a critical ally in the global war on terror, said Senator John Cornyn, Co-Chair of Senate India caucus.Senator Tom Cotton said the US stands with its “partner India as it recovers from a terrorist bombing in Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammed and its state sponsors must face consequences for this attack”.”My heart is with the victims of the #KashmirTerrorAttack. The United States stands with our Indian allies against those behind this heinous act of terrorism,” Senator Mark Warner, who is co-chair of the Senate India Caucus and Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, posted on Twitter.Senator Chris Coons expressed his condolences to the families of those affected and said the world must stand united in condemning and defeating terror.Congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said, “We stand with the people of India in condemning the terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir and send our condolences and prayers to the victims families. We must all stand up against these jihadists and their ideology. Heartbreaking. My thoughts are with the families of the victims of heinous terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir today. We must confront terror and defeat it, wherever it occurs, Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said.Congressman Eliot Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said countries must not allow terrorist groups like JeM to operate with impunity.Senator Ben Cardin said, Praying for the victims, and their loved ones, of this heinous terrorist attack that’s already taken 45 lives. I will continue to monitor the situation and hope to be briefed when more information is available.” Congresswoman Grace Meng said she was “devastated” by the terrorist attack on the CRPF convoy, while Congressman George Holding, Co-Chair of the House India Caucus, said the US stands with India in their collective effort to end violent extremism and terrorism.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Congressmen Brian Fitzpatrick, Dan Crenshaw, Al Green, Don Bacon, George Holding, Joe Wilson, Jeff Van Drew, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Frank Pallone, Michael McCaul, Joe Morelle, Will Hurd, Brad Sherman, Ted Yoho and Congresswomen Elissa Slotkin, Paul Gosar also expressed outrage at the attack and sympathized with the affected families.
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Despite stiff opposition, MP man marries transgender on Valentine’s Day

Despite facing stiff opposition from his parents, an Indore-based man tied the knot with a transgender at a temple in the city on Valentine’s Day.Speaking to ANI, the groom, Junaid Khan, said, “I want my family to accept us but even if they don’t, I will stay with her. I love her a lot and I will always keep her happy.”The elated bride, Jaya Singh, said that getting married is a big challenge for a transgender as the society finds it “odd”.”Getting married is a big challenge for a transgender person because the society finds it odd. His parents were against this marriage but he still chose to marry me. I hope they’ll accept me soon and one day I will get to serve my in-laws,” she said.Junaid and Jaya tied the knot in a Hindu ceremony in a temple on February 14.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Love bloomed between the two last year. Two weeks ago, Junaid proposed Jaya and the couple chose Valentine’s Day- a day that celebrates love worldwide- to get hitched.
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Jaitley to resume charge as Finance Minister today, to attend Cabinet Committee on Security to discuss Pulwama attack

Union Minister Arun Jaitley will on Friday resume his role as the Finance Minister, four days after his return from the United States, where he was undergoing medical treatment.Mr Jaitley returned home on Sunday after three weeks in the US. His first official engagement would be a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security which will discuss the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 37 CRPF personnel.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Jaitley missed presenting the sixth and final Budget of the Narendra Modi government before the general elections. In his absence, the charge of the finance ministry was given to railways minister Piyush Goyal.Jaitley, 66, had flown to New York on January 13 for the treatment, after being reportedly diagnosed with soft tissue cancer, which required surgery. Subsequently on January 23, the charge of the Finance Ministry and Corporate Affairs was given to Goyal on temporary basis.This was his first overseas visit after he underwent renal transplant surgery on May 14, 2018, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).He had stopped attending office at the beginning of April last year due to his kidney ailment and was back in North Block on August 23, 2018. Even then, Goyal had manned the ministry for about 100 days.In September 2014, Jaitley underwent bariatric surgery to treat weight gain that he suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>(With PTI inputs)
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Pulwama suicide blast: US denounces terror attack, calls on countries to deny safe haven to terrorists

The US Friday strongly condemned the terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Kashmir’s Pulwama district and called on all countries to deny safe haven and support for terrorists.In one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir’s three decades of militancy, a Jaish suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district, killing at least 37 personnel and leaving many critically wounded.Condemning the terror strike, the US State Department said in a statement that it was resolutely committed to working with the Indian government to combat terrorism in all its forms. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”The US condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today on an Indian Central Reserve Police Force convoy in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said and extend his deepest condolences to the deceased paramilitary personnel and their families.The UN designated, Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad has claimed responsibility for this heinous act. We call on all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists, Palladino said.
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Pulwama Attack: In hour of crisis, World stands with India

Hours after the suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama claimed lives of over 40 CRPF men, the world has spoken in one voice and stood united behind India. The US state dept while condemning the attack, called “on all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists.” The Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the act. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel said, “Countries must not allow terrorist groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed to operate with impunity.”A close ally of India, UAE’s foreign ministry in a statement said that the country “stands in solidarity with the government and people of India in their fight against violence and extremism”.Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi while offering condolences went on to say that “as a country that has been a victim of terrorism and has taken major and effective steps to root out terrorist groups in the West Asia region.. we believe using such bloody and inhumane methods by any group and with any motive and under any name is unacceptable”.Australian foreign minister Marise Payne tweeted, ” We extend our deepest sympathies to those killed and injured, their families & the people of India. We stand with India in the fight against terrorism.”The Pulwama attack is the worst terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 20 years.In a message to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, “Perpetrators and sponsors of this attack, should be punished.””I would like to confirm the readiness for the further strengthening of counterterrorism cooperation with our Indian partners,” he added.Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reacting to the terror attack said, “Call for those behind the attack to be brought to justice”.India’s neighbours Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and the Maldives – condemned the attack.Nepal’s PM KP Sharma Oil was the first foreign leader to call on Prime Minister Modi while Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid wrote to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.Pakistan’s flip flopPakistan rejected India’s allegations after New Delhi called on the country “stop supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from the territory and dismantle the infrastructure operated”.The foreign ministry of Pakistan said, “We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations.”It’s interesting to know Pakistan issued two press releases in a span of 15 minutes later wherein the second release had minor changes such as “Kashmir” was replaced by “Jammu and Kashmir”.Without taking China’s name, India has called on the member of the “International community” to list Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar under the 1267 sanctions committee of United Nation security council (UNSC).<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Bejing has repeatedly blocked listing of Masood Azhar as an internationally designated terrorist under the UNSC 1267 Committee.
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At least 37 CRPF personnel killed in suicide blast in J&K’s Pulwama, Jaish-e-Mohammed claims responsibility

At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district, officials said.The CRPF headquarters in Delhi issued a statement late night to state the figures even as CRPF officials and Jammu and Kashmir police sources had earlier put the death toll at 39.”We regret to inform that 37 personnel attained martyrdom and five personnel were injured in the ID blast at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir. The injured are being treated at the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar,” the CRPF statement said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir around 3.15 pm.The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack that took place about 20 km from Srinagar, officials said.Police identified the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmed, who officials said joined the Jaish in 2018. He was driving a vehicle packed with over 100 kg of explosives on the wrong side of the road and hit the bus, in which an estimated 39-44 personnel were travelling, head-on, an official at the spot said.”There are no survivors from the bus,” he said, adding that they were yet to ascertain exactly how many people were on the bus.JeM claimed the terrorist drove the SUV carrying 350 kg of explosives. However, army and other security agencies disputed the claim and said it was a mere propaganda.The powerful explosion, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron, was heard many kilometres away, including in some parts of Srinagar adjoining Pulwama district.Body parts could be seen strewn around the area.”The bodies are dismembered and mutilated making it difficult for doctors to give the exact number of casualties,” a senior security establishment official told PTI in Delhi.The bus that was the focus of the attack belongs to the 76th battalion of the force.”It was a large convoy and about 2,500 personnel were travelling in multiple vehicles. Some shots were also fired at the convoy,” CRPF DG R R Bhatnagar told PTI.The Cabinet Committee on Security will meet Friday morning to discuss the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir against the backdrop of the attack, sources said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and top officials after the attack, termed it despicable and asserted that the sacrifices of security personnel will not go in vain.In a statement , Singh said the government is determined to foil the designs of those who want to disrupt peace through such a terror attack “sponsored and sheltered by Pakistan”.”Jaish-e-Mohammed has carried out this terror attack. We assure the country that we will undertake whatever it takes to avenge this,” he said.His deputy Kiren Rijiju said the “cowardly” attack will not go unpunished and it will be avenged in “all way possible”.The convoy had started from Jammu around 3.30 am and was supposed to reach Srinagar before sunset, officials said.The number of personnel travelling back to the Valley was high as there was no movement on the highway for the last two to three days because of bad weather and other administrative reasons, they said.Usually, about 1,000 personnel are part of a convoy but this time it was a total of 2,547 personnel.A road opening party was deployed and the convoy had armoured counter-terror vehicles, officials said.As news of the magnitude of the attack came in, political leaders from across the spectrum spoke out in condemnation and to condole the deaths of the security personnel.Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he was deeply disturbed by the cowardly attack on the convoy in which so many CRPF men were killed.Stating that he was “pained beyond words”, BJP chief Amit Shah described the terror strike as an “act of cowardice” and asserted that security forces will defeat those involved in terrorist activities.Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the attack in the strongest terms.Singh, who also spoke to Governor Satya Pal Malik and took stock of the situation, cancelled his engagements in Bihar on Friday. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba cut short his visit to Bhutan.A team of National Investigation Agency and National Security Guards will leave for Kashmir Friday morning to assist in the investigation.This was the first suicide car bomb attack in Kashmir since the 2001 strike on the Legislative Assembly in which 41 people, including three suicide attackers, were killed.The scene of Thursday’s attack is not very far from the Commando Training Centre at Lethpora, which was stormed by Jaish militants on December 31, 2017, killing five CRPF personnel.The Srinagar-Jammu national highway has been a favoured route for militants to target security forces.The CRPF bore the brunt of a militant attack at Pampore, less than seven km from Lethpora, in June 2016, losing eight jawans while 22 others sustained injuries.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>In an attack on the Uri military base in September 2016, Jaish militants killed 18 Army jawans and injured dozens of others. The ferocity of the attack led to India conducting a surgical strike against Pakistan.
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Rajasthan: Swine flu patient count rising in Churu and Pali

The number of patients is constantly rising day by day in the outdoor department of the Government Hospital situated at Churu district headquarters. The patients are seen waiting in queues for prescriptions, free medicines and blood tests. The main reason behind increasing patients of cold and cough is due to changing weather along with swine flu cases in Rajasthan. The medical department of Churu is also spreading awareness among the public while asking them to visit the hospital for checkup.A separate facility has been set up in the hospital as swine flu ward and the test samples of swine flu patients are also being collected in a separate lab. A total of 47 people have been found positive of swine flu, out of which seven people have died. Of the seven deceased, five patients were admitted to the hospital in a critical condition.Chief Medical Officer Dr Manoj Sharma said that efforts are being made to prevent swine flu by spreading awareness among the residents of rural and urban areas of the district. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Despite several efforts, swine flu is not getting under control in Pali district. A resident of Bapu Nagar Extension of the city died in a private hospital of Jodhpur. It was found in the report that the old man was visiting government and private hospitals of Pali city for the last three days.After the unfortunate death of the man, medical department went to Bapu Nagar to complete the formality and came back without conducting a survey or test of the residents. After the incident, the locals are disappointed with the functioning of the medical department.TOLL RISINGAs many as 125 people have lost their lives due to swine flu in Rajasthan in the month of February.Out of the total, six people died on Thursday. The maximum deaths of 30 people have been reported in Jodhpur district itself followed by 12 in Barmer and nine each in Udaipur and Bikaner.
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Mumbai: Celebrating love with gay abandon & pride

LGBTQ community celebrated the first Valentine Day post decriminalisation of homosexuality by Supreme Court. Scores of them came out of their closet and moved around in the city freely and were not troubled by objecting looks or vibes, they said.”I think people have opened their arms to the community. No untoward instances have been reported and people have kissed openly. Now, we can celebrate gay life with gay abandon,” said Harish Iyer, a member of the community.While the whole gay community was trying to make a space for itself last year, this year they did not think twice before holding hands in public. This year, they did not have to bear the burnt of anti-gay prejudice in those who feel repulsed.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”Earlier we would go out like a bunch of friends. We had to be cagey and undercover. But yesterday, we went out as couples and celebrate the day,” said Sonal Giani, another member of the community.Advertisements in newspapers by prominent brands and app-based service providers made them feel that their identity is being celebrated.I particularly liked Uber and other companies celebrating the day with rainbow colours and emojis,” added Giani.
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Pune: Poor rail service, bad roads still irk locals

It will be a fight for prestige for Shiv Sena in the Maval constituency of Lok Sabha this election. Sena will be looking to defend its fortress amidst the speculations of NCP leader Ajit Pawar’s son Parth Pawar making his political debut by contesting election from here.Amidst the political fight, sitting MP of Shiv Sena Shrirang Barne will have to fight out the unsolved issues of unauthorised construction and water supply problems.Divided between Pune and Raigad districts, the Maval constituency has different sets of issues in these two districts. The areas of Pune district which mostly consists of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation mostly has urban issues that include unauthorised construction, water supply problems, long pending issue of ring road and conflict land issues between civilians and defence.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The areas of Raigad constituency have issues like infrequent local trains, poor quality roads etc. Some of these areas have tribal belts where basic infrastructure has not yet reached. Sitting MP Shrirang Barne, however claimed that he has done lot of work particularly in the tribal belt which was neglected for over 70 years now. “Under the Central government’s Saubhagya Scheme, I managed to provide electricity to the tribal belt in the Raigad district. I have also resolved the electricity problems in Tungi village, where there was no power since independence.”The residents of the constituency, however state otherwise. They claim that Barne did not work on core issues which are troubling the larger population of the constituency. Agreeing to this, Dhiraj Lande, resident of Chinchwad area said, “We have been having issues of illegal constructions in the area for a long time now. Before 2014, all contesting candidates assured us to look into the matter and resolve our grievances, but Barne never paid heed after the election results were out.”Another glaring issue of the constituency is the water supply problem in Pimpri Chinchwad. There was a project of lifting water from Pavana dam through pipeline and to provide it to the PCMC area.However, the farmers in Maval protested and opposed the project. This led the police to open fire and four farmers were killed in 2011. Since then, the issue remains unresolved.Sanjog Waghere, PCMC unit chief of NCP said, “Barne failed to resolve the long pending issue of water pipeline in the PCMC areas. He has also not taken any efforts to solve the issue of illegal construction in the area.” He further added that, “As far as the Raigad district is concerned, the residents are facing issues like bad roads, poor connectivity of the train service at important junctions like Kalyan and Panvel.”Barne however claimed that it was in his tenure that the shuttle service between Panvel-Karjat started. “I have also constantly pursued the issue with the railway ministry and started Nerul-Uran local service,” Barne said.ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS ARE A MAJOR ISSUEIn 2014 Residents were assured of the issue being resolved, but it remains hanging till nowCONSTITUENCY PROFILE AND DEMOGRAPHICSMaval constituency comprises of six legislative constituencies of which three are from Pune district, namely, Pimpri, Chinchwad and Maval and the other three comprise of Panvel, Karjat and Uran. The constituency has 60 per cent of rural and 40 per cent of urban and semi urban area. There is large number of population of tribal communities residing in the constituency. The Lok Sabha seat for last two elections has remained with Shiv Sena where Gajanan Babar won the seat in 2009 and in 2014 Barne retained the seat for Sena.Shrirang Barne, Shiv Sena, MPPOLITICAL EQUATIONS2014The alliance of BJP-Sena worked well for Barne. Local leader Laxman Jagtap who contested from Peasants and Workers party of India, could not give fight to the Sena-BJP alliance.2019Amidst the tussle between Sena and BJP both in the centre and the state, the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has openly announced that if Sena does not support BJP, his party will give candidate for Lok Sabha from Maval. The other speculation is of Ajit Pawar’s son Parth Pawar contesting election from Maval. If Pawar decides to fight from Maval, NCP will make sure that Pawar comes out victorious.PERFORMANCE OF MPS292 Debate 1,000 Questions 20 Private Members’ Bills 92% Attendance UTILISATION OF MPLAD FUNDSRs 25 cr Entitlement to constituency Rs 17.50 cr Fund released by GOI Rs 15.10 cr Expenditure Utilisation percentage over amount released 86.30% Unspent balance 2.91% THUS SPOKE JANATARoad infrastructure is being developed at a brisk rate. We could see many flyovers and roads are being completed very swiftly. Water and other basic services have improved.— Mugdha Pradhan, Chartered AccountantWe can see new real estate developers investing in properties because of the development work in MIDC area. Many companies are seen setting up in the area, giving boost to the many economies in the area.— Jude Parera, BusinessmanThere are several unauthorised properties established in Maval. Very little efforts have been made to resolve the issue, there is a need to take a concrete step.— Sarang Dahiwal, Civil Engineer<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The MP should work in solving traffic issues at Hinjewadi IT park. There are lot of IT professionals staying in PCMC who daily spend hours juggling traffic.— Saurabh Awati, IT Professional
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Transforming lives of underprivileged kids

Students of Mount Litera School International (MLSI), Bandra Kurla Complex celebrated Valentine’s Day by spreading love in the community. Students studying between VI and IX grade visited various NGOs to spend time with the underprivileged and specially-abled kids.The students visited Angel Xpress Foundation (Santacruz), Spark A Change foundation (Juhu), Society for the Education of the challenged – SEC (Santacruz) and Father Agnels Ashram for Boys (Bandra Bandstand) where they spent quality time teaching them the basics of using Microsoft PowerPoint. A few students also read out interesting stories while a few others helped them make handcrafts.Speaking about the initiative, Vishnu Sharma, head of secondary – Mount Litera School International said, “Valentine’s Day is celebrated globally as a day of love and we wanted our students to spread the same among the community. We wanted them to experience the love of giving and sharing and break the stereotype that Valentine’s Day could only be celebrated between two partners. The students have come back happy from their visit and have promised to keep visiting their new friends!”One of the leading international schools in the city, MLSI’s mission is to ensure that all students achieve the highest academic standards and grow up as responsible citizens.SPREADING LOVEThe students spent quality time teaching other the children the basics of using Microsoft PowerPoint. A few read out interesting stories to them, while a few others helped them make handcrafts
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NGOs

specially-abled children

Vishnu Sharma

International Schools

Angel Xpress Foundation

Mount Litera School International

underprivileged kids

specially-abled kids

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Shiv Sena’s pre-poll demand to BJP: Maharashtra CM’s post

In what seemed to indicate a break-through for a pre-poll tie-up, the Shiv Sena sought that the BJP must concede their demand for the Maharashtra chief minister’s post as a precondition for seat-sharing talks for the Lok Sabha elections. This is an apparent climbdown by the Shiv Sena, which had earlier announced its decision to contest elections sans an alliance with the BJP, and even compared overtures by its ally to “stalking.”The Sena is reportedly seeking that the seat-sharing formula for the assembly polls is hammered out at the time of the Lok Sabha poll pact. BJP leaders claim that despite the Shiv Sena’s bravado, many elected representatives of the party are keen on a tie-up.”Ours is a one-line formula. You (BJP) will have a bigger role at the Centre, and we will be pre-eminent in Maharashtra,” said Sanjay Raut, Rajya Sabha MP and executive editor of the party organ ‘Saamna’ told DNA.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”The figures may vary, but the Shiv Sena wants its chief minister in Maharashtra if the BJP wants its prime minister on our support,” said Raut, when asked about if the parties were working on a solution wherein the Sena would contest 143 seats, leaving aside 145 for the BJP in the state assembly.Raut said the BJP was insisting that the Shiv Sena ally with it in the Lok Sabha elections as it wanted Narendra Modi to be re-elected as the prime minister. “Are we your slaves (to play a secondary role in Maharashtra)?” he questioned, adding that the BJP had not sent a formal seat-sharing proposal to them.In its national executive in Mumbai on January 23, 2018, the Shiv Sena had resolved to contest all future elections alone, sans an alliance with the BJP, and set itself an ambitious target of winning 150 seats in the state assembly and 25 in the Lok Sabha.Shiv Sena sources admit that with the party taking repeated swipes at the BJP, whose leaders have also chosen to retaliate at them, a pre-poll alliance may not rid the two parties of the bad blood at the grass-roots level.
Shiv Sena

Lok Sabha

Narendra Modi

Chief Minister

Sanjay Raut

BJP

Maharashtra Assembly

2019 Lok Sabha polls

2019 Lok Sabha elections

pre-poll alliance

seat-sharing

pre-poll ties

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Jaipur: The king of fruits makes early entry in the market

There is a good news for lovers of mangoes. This year the mangoes have arrived early in the city. Since the mangoes have just arrived in the market, the rates are high. But as the season will progress, the rates will come down.Jaipur’s mandis are getting supply of Sinduri and Safeda varieties of mangoes. Currently, about 3-4 tonnes mangoes have arrived in the city since a week and are being priced at Rs 100-120 per kg in wholesale market. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>In retail, the mangoes are available at Rs 150-Rs 200 per kg. This is usually not the time when the mangoes arrive and mostly it’s by end of March or first week of April that mango supply arrives in Jaipur from various parts of the country. This has also come as a surprise to mango traders who are currently busy in estimating the demand of this fruit in this season.While summer is yet to arrive, winter season is still playing hide and seek with the people. On some day the temperature is low and on some days it becomes high giving the feel of a mix kind of weather condition. This is probably for the first time that mangoes have arrived in this kind of season.Traders inform that this time a new kind of mango has come from Kerala and Telangana and therefore it has come early.It’s expected that other varieties like Alphanso will start arriving in the market by March while varieties like langada and dussheri will come thereafter in April month. Usually the rates of mangoes remain high until the produce of langda-dussheri varieties from Uttar Pradesh arrive. It’s only after this harvest arrives that the rate of mangoes drop and it becomes affordable for all.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>NEW SUPPLYThis is usually not the time when the mangoes arrive and mostly it’s by end of March or first week of April that mango supply arrives in Jaipur. This has also come as a surprise to mango traders who are currently busy in estimating the demand of fruit in season.
Jaipur

mangoes

traders

Sinduri

Alphanso

Safeda

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Abolish professional tax, revive MSMEs: Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Abolish professional tax, bring schemes to revive small industries, amend the scheme to make food processing sector to make it more industry friendly and give State GST officials more authority to grant refunds are amongst a host of suggestions, local industries have given to the state government ahead of the upcoming state budget.In its memorandum to the state government, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) suggested that Gujarat is among rare states who has persisted with professional tax, which adversely affects competitiveness of local players. “Revenue collected as a part of professional tax is just Rs337 crore and it is estimated that 40 per of it or Rs135 crore is collected from traders. However, the hassles caused to traders is disproportionate to the revenue collected,” said the memorandum. The state budget is to be presented on February 19.GCCI has also suggested measures to revive and rehabilitate Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and complained that measures undertaken by banks to revive MSMEs are inadequate and only a handful of MSMEs can be revived this way. “The government should intervene to expedite revival of small businesses. It should also allocate Rs1,000 crore in the budget for the measure,” said the memorandum.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”MSMEs are backbone of the economy. Often they have orders, but cannot fulfil them for the want of finance. In such cases, the government should ensure that finance is provided to these entrepreneurs even if they have exhausted all their collateral. It is very necessary that MSMEs get timely and adequate finance,” said Jaimin Vasa, president of GCCI.It also said that close to 400 companies in food processing sector had applied for subsidies in a scheme by central government, which was later on subsumed in the state government scheme. However, those who had applied in central government scheme are not being given subsidy by the state government. Such lapses affect the sentiments of the companies, the memorandum said.Late disbursal of refunds under GST is also a major bottleneck for the industries and officials of SGST should be given autonomy to grant refunds, demanded GCCI.SMALL SECTORIt suggested measures to revive and rehabilitate MSMEs and complained that measures undertaken by banks are inadequate and only a handful can be revived this way. Close to 400 companies in food processing sector had applied for subsidies in a scheme by central government, which was later on subsumed in the government scheme
GST

Professional Tax

food processing sector

Micro Small and Medium Enterprises

Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry

GCCI

Jaimin Vasa

MSMEs

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Mumbai police gift smile & sense of security to senior citizens

City police gave a pleasant surprise to senior citizens by celebrating Valentine’s Day with them, thereby spreading a message that they care for the elderly in the city. The event was attended by 750 senior citizens from Dindoshi, Aarey Colony, Vanrai, Kurar, Samta Nagar, Dahisar, and Kasturba Marg areas.The event ‘Ek Shaam Buzurgon Ke Naam’ (an evening with senior citizens) was organised by deputy commissioner of police, zone XII, Vinaykumar Rathod. The event that lasted for four hours, was held at Thakur College in Kandivali (E) on Thursday.Speaking more about the event, DCP Rathod said, “We had decided that senior citizens from northern suburbs should be given a surprise on Valentine’s Day. Some of the attendees, who stays in the city all alone, were visibly happy to socialise. We loved spending time with them.”<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The event also gave the cops a platform to create awareness among the elderly lot. “This event also gave us the opportunity to update our records on the senior citizens staying in our jurisdiction. We also gave them tips on crime prevention and a presentation was showed to them on precautions that senior citizens should take,” said Rathod.The police also distributed pamphlets of government schemes for senior citizens to those present at the event.Well-known television personalities from the serial Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah had participated in the event. While senior citizens broke a leg at the event, an orchestra playing old melodies transported them to bygone days.”We had made a list of senior citizens visiting the event and those whose were born in February. Thirteen such senior citizens who had their birthdays this month and had come for the event were given a surprise. We had arranged a cake for them and made them cut the cake together,” said DCP Rathod.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>”It was a heart-warming event. It was a wonderful gesture from the police department to have spent their time with us. Such initiatives will pull down all the barriers and fear to approach the police officers,” said 80-year-old Mangal Bhanushali, one of the visitors at the event.
Valentine’s Day

Shivaji Park

senior citizens

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

Mumbai Police

Thakur College

Mangal Bhanushali

Valentine’s Day 2019

Ek Shaam Buzurgon Ke Naam

Vinaykumar Rathod

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