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Manipur blockade: Army Chief Dalbir Singh reviews security situation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh arrived in Manipur capital, Imphal on Saturday to review the security situation in the wake of a blockade imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC).General Singh will also visit Assam to review the security situation there. Meanwhile, a curfew from Lamlong Bridge to Pangei area has been relaxed from 6 am to 5 pm. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju had on Friday visited Manipur to take stock of the situation and asked the state government to step up its efforts in restoring normalcy.Earlier, expressing concern over the long blockade of a highway connecting Manipur, the Home Ministry on Thursday rapped the state government for “failing” to discharge its “constitutional” duties in ensuring smooth flow of traffic on roads despite repeated requests.
ALSO READ AAP, Cong should not do politics on Najeeb Jung’s resignation: Kiren RijijuHome Minister, Rajnath Singh also asked Nagaland Chief Minister, T R Zeliang to ensure there is no disturbance in the movement of vehicles passing through his state, as there have been reports of the Naga Students Federation (NSF) calling for a blockade of vehicles in Nagaland.In a stern message to Manipur Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh, Rajnath said the state is facing an extremely distressing economic situation because of the continuous blockade of National Highway 2.
ALSO READ Centre slams Manipur Govt over economic blockade The blockade in the state was announced by the UNC after the Manipur Government decided to upgrade the Sadar Hills and Jiribam areas to full-fledged districts. Following the state government’s decision on November 1, UNC militants blocked the Imphal-Dimapur and the Imphal-Jiribam highways indefinitely.

Jung made to resign as he wanted to release Shunglu Committee report: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken claimed Najeeb Jung had to resign because he had planned to make public the Shunglu Committee report and alleged there was a “deal” between BJP and AAP on the matter.He alleged BJP does not want Congress to form governments in Goa and Punjab, and if the Shunglu Committee report were made public, AAP would have suffered great jolts in the two states, benefiting his party.The report was not made public as it would have exposed AAP and hence as per the “deal”, Jung, who wanted to release it, was made to resign.
ALSO READ I wanted to quit earlier, PM Modi asked me to carry on, says Najeeb JungThe two BJP-ruled states go to poll next year and the AAP has launched intensive election campaigns.”It seems the deal was struck between the BJP and AAP not to make public the Shunglu Committee report as it would have exposed irregularities in 200 files of Delhi government,” Maken told a press conference.
ALSO READ AAP, Cong should not do politics on Najeeb Jung’s resignation: Kiren Rijiju”Dr Najeeb Jung was to make public the Shunglu Committee report on Monday, that’s why he had to resign,” Maken said quoting “reliable source”.The two states go to poll next year and the AAP has launched intensive election campaigns.
ALSO READ Arvind Kejriwal meets Najeeb Jung, says he resigned due to personal reasons”BJP does not want the Congress party to form governments in Goa and Punjab at any cost. However, the Congress is coming to power in both the states,” he claimed.Earlier, Maken had demanded the Modi government to explain the reason behind sudden resignation by Najeeb Jung from the post of Lt Governor.He had charged the reason behind Jung’s “unceremonious exit” could be a “deal” between Narendra Modi and Kejriwal, or he was punished for poor performance of BJP in MCD bypolls, or the government wanted to place a representative of RSS on his post.Jung had formed the Committee to examine over 400 files on the AAP government decisions.

Centre slams Manipur Govt over economic blockade

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a stern message, the Centre told Manipur government that it can’t escape responsibility for the “humanitarian crisis” arising out of the 52-day economic blockade by a Naga group and must work to end it, while making it clear that nobody will be allowed to take political advantage. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who is on a day-long visit to Congress-ruled Manipur as a Central emissary, said it is completely unacceptable to have such kinds of blockades in which thousands are suffering and both central and Manipur governments will work together to end it.”The state government has not been able to end the blockade. It must end as soon as possible as law and order is the responsibility of the state government. Nobody will be allowed to take political advantage out of a humanitarian crisis where common people are suffering,” he said at a press conference here.Rijiju earlier had a detailed meeting with Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and senior officials of central and state governments on the crisis and how to resolve it.He dismissed suggestions that central government was late in taking action, saying that it has been asking the state government to clear the blockade since the beginning and offering assistance to it.”From today onwards, the state government can’t escape from its responsibility. Nobody will be allowed to add to the sufferings of the people. Central government is also not shying away from its responsibility,” he said.Opposing creation of seven new districts, the United Naga Council has been staging blockade on the National Highways 2 and 37 connecting the landlocked Manipur since November 1 crippling normal for last 52 days.The BJP-led central government has been nudging the Congress government in Manipur to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the two highways.

AAP, Cong should not do politics on Najeeb Jung’s resignation: Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Kiren Rijiju criticised the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress for “doing politics” over the resignation of Delhi LG Najeeb Jung. “I don’t know what problems do the AAP and Congress have. When Jung was working, they were demanding resignation. Now since he has resigned, they are questioning why he has resigned. Should Jung have resigned by taking permission from AAP and Congress?,” Rijiju said.The Minister of State for Home said the AAP and Congress leaders have no locus standi to ask questions. He asked the two parties “to give up doing politics” over Jung’s resignation.Rijiju also refused to speculate on the reasons behind Jung’s resignation saying only Jung could tell it.
ALSO READ LG v/s AAP: A timeline of the battle between Najeeb Jung and Arvind KejriwalRaising questions over Jung’s sudden resignation, Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken had demanded that the Centre should explain the reasons behind his “unceremonious exit”, saying there is more to it than meets the eye. The AAP had alleged that Jung worked under the “influence” of the Modi dispensation and questioned whether the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG. “Modi government promotes its people. We hope he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him. Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next LG gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” AAP’s Kumar Vishwas had said.

Arvind Kejriwal meets Najeeb Jung, says he resigned due to personal reasons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Najeeb Jung resigned as Delhi’s Lt Governor, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met him at Raj Niwas here.Kejriwal reached the LG’s official residence around 8 AM and the breakfast meeting lasted for nearly an hour.Asked why Jung quit, Kejriwal said, “He resigned due to personal reasons.”Yesterday Jung’s office, without citing reasons for his sudden exit, said, “he would be returning to academics”.Jung’s decision had taken political circles by surprise.
ALSO READ LG v/s AAP: A timeline of the battle between Najeeb Jung and Arvind KejriwalSources close to him had said that his resignation has nothing to do with his acrimonious relationship with the AAP government over matters of jurisdiction and he was contemplating to quit for last few months.The Chief Minister was in Ranchi on Thursday when the news of Jung’s resignation broke.
ALSO READ Home Secretary met Najeeb Jung two days ago, was unaware of his resignation”Sh Jung’s resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours,” he had tweeted.Meanwhile, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has criticised the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress for “doing politics” over the resignation of Jung.”I don’t know what problems do the AAP and Congress have. When Jung was working, they were demanding resignation.

DNA Evening Reads: Kiren Rijiju denies role in power project scam, Trump picks Secretary of State, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress alleges Kiren Rijiju involved in Rs 450 crore Arunachal power project scam, demands his resignationCongress on Tuesday demanded the sacking of Union Minister Kiren Rijiju alleging his “involvement” in the ‘Rs 450-crore Arunachal power scam’ and said the Prime Minister’s “tall claims” of bringing transparency have “fallen flat”. Read more here Rs 12.44 lakh crore demonetized notes back in the system: RBIReserve Bank of India, Deputy Governor R Gandhi stated that as of Tuesday, the central bank has collected Rs 12.44 lakh crore at banks in demonetized notes. Read more here Trump picks Exxon Mobil CEO and Putin associate Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of StateExxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson was chosen as the new US Secretary of State by President- elect Donald Trump, a nomination that could face intense scrutiny due to the veteran oil executive’s close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more hereKohli climbs to 2nd spot in ICC Test Rankings for batsmen, Ashwin extends lead at top amongst bowlersIndian captain Virat Kohli climbed to the second spot in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen on Tuesday. Read more herePriyanka Chopra appointed as UNICEF Goodwill AmbassadorActress Priyanka Chopra, appointed as UNICEF’s newest global Goodwill Ambassador, urged people from across nations to become the “collective voice” of oppressed children in the world and join forces to leave a better future for the coming generations. Read more here

Congress says audio tape links Kiren Rijiju to corruption in Arunachal hydro project, demands his resignation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress played an audio tape on Tuesday, claiming that it was a proof linking Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju to alleged corruption and fraud in Arunachal Pradesh.“Kiren Rijiju’s role in this issue is under a cloud of suspicion. So he should be sacked or asked to resign till a probe is complete,” said Congress. Rijiju rejected allegations of wrongdoing and said those who have “planted” the story against him “will be beaten up with shoes”. “I have written the letter to the Power Minister after I received presentations from some people in my constituency in Arunachal West regarding pending bills. I have done no wrong and there is no corruption,” Rijiju said.The reports claimed that Rijiju, his cousin, a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, Goboi Rijiju, and several top officials of the state-run NEEPCO, including its Chairman and Managing Director, have been named in a 129-page report by the PSU’s Chief Vigilance Officer Satish Verma that alleges corruption in construction of two dams for 600 MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project, one of the biggest hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh. NEEPCO comes under the Union Power Ministry. Verma’s report was sent to the CBI, CVC and the Ministry of Power in July this year. It alleges an “elaborate conspiracy” involving contractors, NEEPCO officials and the West Kameng district administration to defraud NEEPCO and the government of funds that “may extend up to Rs 450 crore.The CBI has made two “surprise checks” but no FIR has been registered yet, reports said.With inputs from agencies.

Jayalalithaa’s health: Pakistan media erroneously declares Tamil Nadu CM dead

Jayalalithaa was erroneously declared dead, by two of Pakistan’s largest Urdu papers on Monday morning, according to a report by DNA.

In a fresh statement, Apollo hospital and London specialist said that Jayalalithaa’s condition is indeed “very grave” and the best possible measures were being taken to aid her in this situation.

File photo of Jayalalithaa. PTI

File photo of Jayalalithaa. PTI

According to an IANS report, AIADMK MLAs trooped to the hospital apparently to pick a successor. In quick succession, Apollo hospital released two statements saying Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, was on life support systems.

The first of the statement came just after union Health Minister JP Nadda claimed that the actor-turned-politician, who has been in the hospital since September, was out of danger. The brief hospital statement said Jayalalithaa “continues to be very critical and is on ECMO and other life support systems”. And hours later, Apollo tweeted: “Despite our best efforts, our beloved CM remains in a grave situation.”

ECMO or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is a life support system used for patients with life-threatening heart or lung problems.

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago. Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

A large number of AIADMK cadres, including women, anxiously stayed put outside the hospital, which has been covered in a thick blanket of security. Worried party supporters continued to pray for her recovery.

While an IANS report claimed that normal life was not affected in Tamil Nadu, security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju even said the state may require extra forces, which the Home Ministry will be ready to put on standby “whenever” they are required.

Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, who arrived at the airport in Chennai on Monday morning, said all BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wished for a complete recovery of Jayalalithaa and they were praying for her. He expressed confidence that Jayalalithaa will soon recover and resume official duties.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 18:04 IST

Will instal laser walls at Indo-Pak border to check infiltration: Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government will instal laser walls and other technologically advanced systems at the India-Pakistan border to thwart any infiltration attempt from across the border, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said in Gurdaspur on Sunday. He said that the work in this regard will be completed in a year.The minister of state for home affairs paid tributes to Saheed Ram Parkash on his 25th martyrdom anniversary, organised at Qadian town in the district. The “laser walls” or fence are being monitored by Border Security Force (BSF) which guards the Indo-Pak IB in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.A dozen “laser walls” have been already made operational along the Indo-Pak International Border in Punjab to plug the porous riverine and treacherous terrain and keep an effective vigil against intruders and terrorists exploiting the frontier areas to cross over.The decision to instal these laser walls was taken by BSF two years ago keeping in mind the vulnerability of the border in these areas as barbed wire fencing could not be installed in many infiltration prone areas due to treacherous terrain or marshy riverine topography.After the Pathankot terror attack in January, where it was suspected that terrorists crossed over from Pakistan by breaching the IB from Bamiyal area in Punjab, Union Home Ministry and BSF have sped up the deployment and activation of these walls along the long and winding border. Use of scientific technology and heightened vigil on riverine frontiers while guarding the Indo-Pak border were among the suggestions given by the Home Ministry-appointed committee which also flagged gaps and vulnerability in border fencing.The committee, headed by former Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, was set up following the terror attack on Pathankot air base and it submitted its report to Home Minister Rajnath Singh in August last. Of the 3,323 km long Indo-Pak border, 1,225 kms falls in Jammu and Kashmir (including Line of Control), 553 kms in Punjab, 1,037 kms in Rajasthan and 508 kms in Gujarat.

200 terrorists active in Jammu and Kashmir, 105 entered this year: Govt in Rajya Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> There are about 200 terrorists active in Jammu and Kashmir with 105 of them successfully entered during this year, till September, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. In a written reply, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said 105 terrorists have infiltrated into the Indian side of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir during the year 2016 (upto September 2016).”As per available inputs, nearly 200 terrorists are active in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. Ahir said the government in tandem with the state government have adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration which, interalia, include strengthening of border management and multi-tiered deployment along the international border/Line of Control, and near the ever changing infiltration routers, construction/maintenance of border fencing.The Minister said the steps include construction of bunkers and culverts/bridges on nullahs, improved technology, weapons and equipment for security forces, improved intelligence and operations coordination, installation of border floodlight on the International Border and synerzising intelligence flow to check infiltration and proactive action against terrorists within the state. Replying to a separate question, Kiren Rijiju, also Minister of State for Home Affairs, said the government has decided to install a modern anti-infiltration mechanisms on borders for which Rs 10 crore has been allocated for one of the projects.He said sufficient funds are available for other pilot projects for implementation of CIBMS. “In this regard, pilot projects of technological solutions in the form of Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) have approved for Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh borders,” Rijiju said. He said it is basically an integration of manpower, sensor networks, intelligence and command and control solutions and includes inter alia Electro-Optic Sensors (high resolution day and night cameras), Radars and other devices.

Fake notes smuggling has stopped post demonetization: Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fake Indian currency notes (FICN) worth around Rs 400 crore are in circulation in the country at any given point of time and smuggling of such notes from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal has completely stopped after the demonetization announcement, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said on Friday. “Smuggling of FICN from three international borders – Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal – has completely halted after the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he told reporters here. The Minister of State for Home said at any given point of time, fake notes valued around Rs 400 crore are in circulation in the country. He said annually counterfeit notes worth Rs 70 crore are infused in the country. Proceeds of illegal sale of drugs, opium, arms etc. have also been completely stopped, Rijiju said, adding hawala transaction is also badly hit.Fake notes worth Rs 12.35 crore were seized by the security agencies till June. In 2015, counterfeit notes worth Rs 34.99 crore were seized while in 2014, the value was Rs 36.11 crore and in 2013 it was Rs 42.90 crore.An estimated Rs 700-Rs 800 crore terror funding is done in India out of which Rs 300-Rs 400 crore are being used by Naxals annually, Rs 20-Rs 30 crore by Kashmiri separatists and Rs 350-Rs 400 crore by insurgents in the northeast.Meanwhile, official sources said there are around Rs 40,000 crore black money in circulation in the country and these funds were also badly hit by the demonetization of old Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes.The total currency in circulation in the country as on September was Rs 17,00,000 crore, sources said.

PM Modi’s historical move will break bones of terror groups: Centre on ‘demonetisation’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to demonetise 500 and 1000 Rupee notes had dealt a deadly blow to those supplying fake notes and those involved in terror funding, the Centre on Friday lauded the historical step saying the massive development will break the very structure of terrorist organisations.Speaking to the media here, Minister of State, Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said that India has been facing the grave challenge of corruption and black money, which is circulating very heavily illegally and now this decision will not only to check corruption and black money but it will also stop terror funding and circulation of fake Indian currency.”The Home Ministry has been facing the problem of terror funding for a long time, so this particular decision has given a deadly body blow to those supplying fake notes and those involved in terror funding. So it’s a historical step and this will break the bones of terrorist organisations and people who are funding behind the cartel,” he said.Earlier, International Monetary Fund (IMF) supported Prime Minister Modi’s efforts to fight corruption by demonetizing 500 and 1000 rupees notes but cautioned that the move has to be managed prudently. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters in Washington that the global body supports Modi government’s measures to fight corruption and illicit financial flows in India. He, however, said that the move has to be managed prudently to minimize possible disruptions keeping in mind the large role of cash in everyday transactions in Indian economy.Meanwhile, with the ATMs opening today nearly 48 hours post Prime Minister Modi’s radical announcement about scrapping of the 500 and 1000 rupees notes, long queues made by anxious citizens were seen across the nation with the new currency notes available for withdrawal.The withdrawal limit is of 2,000 rupees per day per card for all the customers at bank ATMs.

Stop habit of questioning authorites, police: Kiren Rijiju on SIMI encounter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amidst a raging controversy over killing of eight SIMI activists who had fled from a jail, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said raising doubts and questioning the police should stop as no conclusion should be drawn on the basis of videos only.Rijiju said facts will come out soon and decried the “habit” of raising doubts and questioning the authorities and police in such incidents. “It is not good to raise questions on security forces dealing with terrorists just on the basis of videos. “We are facing challenges in border with ceasefire violation. Our forces are responding,” he told reporters here.The Minister of State for Home Affairs was queried on the circumstances in which the eight SIMI members were killed yesterday near Bhopal by police.The eight SIMI activists were killed in an alleged encounter with police on the outskirts of Bhopal hours after they escaped from the high-security Central jail there killing a security guard.As a controversy raged over the police action after the daring pre-dawn jail-break, TV channels showed footage purportedly from the encounter site in which a policeman is seen pumping bullets into a man from close range after some unidentified person takes out what appears to be a knife said to be in a plastic cover and places it back.

No time to react to ‘dramebaaz’: Kiren Rijiju on Kejriwal’s attack

Hyderabad: Accusing Arvind Kejriwal of frittering away the huge mandate given to him by the people of Delhi and indulging in “drama”, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said the Centre cannot stoop to his level and answer all the allegations levelled by the chief minister.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju. PTI

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju. PTI

“If we also start doing similar things, who will take care of the government? The Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is a very busy man who always thinks of welfare of people and works for them and only thinks of the country. Who has got time to reply to every statement of Kejriwalji,” he said.

The Minister of State for Home said people of Delhi gave mandate to Kejriwal so that his government would serve them “but they are indulging in drama instead”.

If central ministers too comment on everything Kejriwal says, then who would serve the people of the country, he told reporters here.

“We are so busy running such a big country and people have given us an opportunity to serve it.

“The people of Delhi have given them an opportunity with a huge mandate to serve the public but they are losing the opportunity and doing drama,” he alleged.

Rijiju also criticised Kejriwal for “abusing the Prime Minister all the time”.

“We may have ideological differences or political differences but that does not mean one must abuse the Prime Minister all the time,” he said.

His comments came a day after Kejriwal accused Modi of “declaring Emergency in Delhi” following Aam Aadmi Party MLA Dinesh Mohaniya’s arrest over the charges of molestation and sexual harassment of women.

Reacting sharply to Mohaniya’s arrest, Kejriwal said in a tweet, “Modi declares emergency in Delhi. Arresting, raiding, terrorising, filing false cases against all those whom Delhi elected (sic).”

In another tweet, the Delhi CM said, “Dinesh Mohaniya arrested from his press conference in front of all TV cameras. What msg does Modi want to give to everyone?”

The Delhi Chief Minister has blamed Modi on many occasions in the past for allegedly not allowing him to run the city government properly.

Modi was blamed by Kejriwal over Delhi’s anti corruption branch registering an FIR against him and a few others in an alleged water tanker scam, President not giving assent to a bill which wants to protect 21 AAP MLAs, who were appointed parliamentary Secretaries, from office of profit and return of Delhi government’s 14 bills by the Home Ministry for technical reasons besides others.

Attack on CRPF troopers is a ‘desperate attempt to create problems for the country’: Kiren Rijiju

Hyderabad: Describing the killing of eight CRPF troopers by terrorists in Srinagar as “desperate attempts to create problems for the country”, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said the government is committed to ensuring peace and security and necessary action will be taken.

File image of Kiren Rijiju. PIB

File image of Kiren Rijiju. PIB

In the deadliest attack on security forces in recent years, eight CRPF personnel were on Saturday killed and 21 others critically wounded when terrorists rained bullets on a bus carrying them at Pampore near Srinagar, in what appeared to be a Fidayeen attack carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba.

“The incident is very unfortunate… We condemn such ghastly attack by terrorists and we pay homage to the departed martyrs and send our condolences to the bereaved family members,” Rijiju told reporters.

“The CRPF team, they were returning from the firing range to the headquarters when they were attacked near Jhelum river. It was a tragic incident where eight of our jawans lost their lives,” he said.

“The situation is challenging…people who believe in extremism, they are very desperate because we have got a very dynamic Prime Minister and India is progressing very well and so they are doing everything to scuttle the efforts of the government to taking India to new level of prosperity,” the Union minister said.

“There are desperate attempts to create problems for the country…these are desperate attempts…but, we are committed and necessary action and response will be taken up…let the officers come back from the spot after they review the entire situation,” he said.

“There may be claims by groups (taking responsibility for the attack), but we have to make complete official assessment of the situation. Our DG CRPF has been asked to go there and other senior officers have rushed to Srinagar,” he said.

On reports about statement given by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on the incident, Rijiju said, “He has a habit of giving such statements and the whole world is watching. I don’t want to make political statements…I think the Ministry of External Affairs and PMO may react to it.”

Reacting to another query, the minister said, “The efforts to infiltrate along the LoC in the western side has come down. The attempts have increased but the level of success has drastically come down and that is why this kind of desperate attempts are being made, and they may try to increase the level, but infiltration itself has come down.”

On the Pathankot incident, he said, “We are waiting for the date which Pakistan has to give and as and when the date comes our people – NIA team is ready.”

P Chidambaram changed affidavit in Ishrat Jahan case: Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday night accused P Chidamabarm of “changing” an affidavit filed in connection with the encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan alleging the former Home Minister had brushed aside the intelligence inputs that suggested that the Mumbra girl had terrorist links.

“When the first affidavit was filed, if the content needs to be changed there must be some basis. There must be some point because of which the need to change the affidavit is required.

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A file photo of Kiren Rijiju. Ibnlive

“But in this case when Chidambaram has all of a sudden decided to brush aside all the intelligence inputs and a fresh affidavit to be filed giving a clean chit to a terrorist, this is such a serious matter that we can’t just throw it away.

“The origin of the change of the affidavit was P Chidambaram. I have stated earlier also that the Home Minister of India, who is in-charge of the security of this nation, if goes ahead to the extent of giving a clean chit to a terrorist, it is a very serious matter,” Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home, said.

He added “how the Home Minister and the Home Secretary are in so much of divergent position” that there is a de-link of some critical papers, that is to be seen.

“We would like to know if the Law Ministry was really involved that is why the papers, documents which are missing will give us a very critical lead information about all the inferences that we have drawn,” he said.

Chidambaram has already accused the Modi government of creating a “fake controversy” over the two affidavits filed in the case.

“The report caused an uproar in Gujarat and elsewhere. The first affidavit was misinterpreted and misused to defend the encounter. It was, therefore, necessary to clarify the first affidavit.

“Hence, a ‘further affidavit’ was filed on 29 September, 2009 clarifying that intelligence inputs ‘do not constitute conclusive proof and it is for the state government and the state police to act on such inputs’,” he had said.

MHA to take call on Essar tapes after discussions: Kiren Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs on Wednesday said that they have received the complaint on Essar tapping, adding action on the issue will be taken after holding discussions within the ministry.”The matter has come to the Ministry of Home Affairs and we have taken a cognizance of it. The action on this issue will be decided after discussions within the Ministry,” Rijiju told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the reports, the Home Ministry received the complaint on Essar tapping forwarded by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and is seeking options to initiate actions on the issue of illegal interception.The Ministry is also reportedly exploring the option if such action can be taken suo motu or based on a formal complaint by the aggrieved party. A complaint about the alleged tapping of telephone conversations between some industrialists and politicians by the Essar Group has been forwarded to the Union Home Ministry for ‘appropriate action.’The complaint was made to the Prime Minister?s Office (PMO) by lawyer Suren Uppal, who alleged that the Essar had ordered its former security chief Albasit Khan to tap the phone conversations of its business rivals.The complaint also mentioned purported conversations of senior officials of the PMO including Ranjan Bhattacharya and Brajesh Mishra. Essar has so far denied any wrongdoing.

38 more radars will be installed for better coastal security: Rajnath Singh

Expressing the need for stringent measures to ensure coastal security of the country, union home minister Rajnath Singh has said that in addition to the existing 45 radars, the Centre would be installing 38 for surveillance. He expressed satisfaction over the multi-fold increased coastal security, especially post the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.Singh chaired the meeting of home ministers, chief secretaries and director generals of police (DGPs) of coastal states and union territories in Mumbai.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju and several other top officials from Maharashtra, Goa and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, DGPs of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Gujarat and other officers from the MHA, participating ministries and states/UTs attended the meeting.Singh reviewed all aspects of security along the country’s 7,516km-long coastline and stressed upon the need to safeguard not only industrial and commercial establishments and strategic installations, but also the entire coastline from external threats through sea routes. He said the coastline has been further secured by the creation of chain of static sensors and Automatic Identification System receivers along the coast and radars operated by the coast guard at 45 locations.The union minister said that steps have been initiated post 26/11 with the coast guard designated as the authority responsible for coastal security in territorial waters, including areas to be patrolled by the coastal police. The Indian Navy is responsible for overall maritime security, including coastal security and offshore security. Indian coasts are guarded by a three-tier system of the State Marine Police, Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy.For tighter vigilMaharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis suggested setting up of a central marine police force for effective policing at the coastline. Expressing the need for e-surveillance, Fadnavis presented the measures taken by the state, including colour-coding of the fishing boats and biometric cards for sailors.Coastal careUnion home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said the home ministry has notified 10 coastal police stations, which would reduce the burden on the Yellow Gate police station in Mumbai. Earlier, there was only one coastal police station for registering any offence at sea, and now, with every coastal state having one police station each, the offences at sea even between 12 nautical miles and 200 nautical miles would be dealt by these police stations.

BJP workers click selfies in Kiren Rijiju’s chopper, probe ordered

Days after pictures of BJP workers inside the helicopter which carried Union Ministers Kiren Rijiju and Anant Geete in Sambhal went viral on social media, an inquiry was ordered on Thursday in the matter.”I have ordered a probe into the matter. People getting inside the helicopter and taking pictures is a serious matter,” Sambhal SP Sabharaj Yadav said.On June 5, Kiren Rijiju and Anant Geete arrived in Sambhal in the helicopter and when they left for a programme, the party workers entered the helipad and took pictures that went viral on social media.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At the time of their arrival, entry was denied by the police but as soon as the ministers left, policemen reportedly left the helipad too.

Arvind Kejriwal tacitly hits out at BJP, puts out Delhi statehood bill

Firing a fresh salvo at the BJP-led central government, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday released a draft bill on granting full statehood to Delhi.If accepted by the Centre, it would bring police, land and bureaucracy under its control. Releasing the bill on the Delhi government website just a day after the MCD by-poll results, the AAP government has sought suggestions from the public on it till June 30 on ‘[email protected]’ and ‘fullstatehood. [email protected]’.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tacitly hitting out at the BJP by quoting from old manifestos of the party between 1993 and 2014, where it had promised full statehood to Delhi, Kejriwal said the BJP has struggled on the issue and have always raised it. “We are just taking their resolve forward by inviting public opinion on this draft,” Kejriwal announced in a press meet.”Through its passage, we seek to fulfill the dreams of Congress and BJP. We should rise above party lines,”he said.The AAP government have had frequent turf wars with the Centre, given Delhi’s complex status. Power wise, the capital has been more of a union territory with an assembly. Most of Delhi’s powers lie with its administrator, which is lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung in this case.The AAP leader also quoted statements made by its leaders including Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju.”Kiren Rijiju spoke in favour of statehood in 2006. L K Advani had tabled the Delhi Statehood Bill in Parliament in 2003. It was referred to a Standing Committee chaired by Pranab Mukherjee which had backed the suggestions. But for some reason it got lapsed,” Kejriwal said.He added, “Even Congress has spoken out for statehood in the past. VK Malhotra raised the issue in 2011. In its 2013 national executives, BJP reiterated its resolve in this regard. On May 25, 2014 Harsh Vardhan had said that the first issue he would raise with the new Prime Minister would be statehood,” Kejriwal mentioned.He said an all-party meeting will be held on the issue, adding that after June 30, the final version of the draft bill – which keeps the NDMC area out of Delhi’s jurisdiction – would be prepared and a resolution would be passed by the Delhi Assembly in a special session to this effect.”We will forward the resolution to the Centre which in turn will have to bring Constitutional Amendment,” he said, adding that he will write letters and meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to get their support on the issue.Election promiseAs the AAP gears up to fight the Punjab and Goa assembly elections and the MCD polls next year, granting full statehood to the national capital is one of the major electoral promises of AAP. Last year, AAP had planned to hold a referendum on the issue, which was later shelved after experts said anything of that sort would be unconstitutional.

Tawang firing: Rijiu meets injured in Guwahati hospitals

Itanagar: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has met three persons in two different hospitals of Guwahati, who were injured in police firing in Tawang district last week.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. Image courtesy PIBUnion Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. Image courtesy PIB

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. Image courtesy PIB

At least two persons were killed and eight others injured last Monday, when policemen opened fire on anti-dam activists trying to barge into a police station demanding release of a monk at Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

On Saturday, at Hayat Hospital, Rijiju met Wangpo Thutan from Bombay Village, Tawang while at Downtown Hospital he met Rinchin and Dondup Chonste of Pharmey and Sakyur villages respectively.

The Union minister of state for home affairs assured full support from the government after speaking to the hospitals and the family members of the injured.

Rijiju is expected to reach Tawang today to meet the administrative officers, peace keeping team, monks, general
public and others to understand and address the issue for a better solution and peace to Mon region, said an official communique.

On Saturday, he made two attempts to reach Tawang by chopper but could not land due to bad weather.

On 2 May, two people including a Monk were killed after police opened fire on protesters in Tawang who were demanding the release of Lama Lobsang Gyatso, the anti-dam crusader from police custody.

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India planning sex offenders list

India’s government is drawing up plans for a published register of convicted sex offenders, a minister says.

BJP rakes up Ishrat Jahan case; accuses Congress of wanting to eliminate Modi

New Delhi: On Monday the BJP and the government launched a sharp attack on Congress over the Ishrat Jahan case, accusing it of having wanted “elimination” of Narendra Modi, a theory on which Congress President Sonia Gandhi “worked actively”.

Citing a media report which claimed that the then Home Minister P Chidambaram had signed the first affidavit in the encounter case, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Congress, especially Gandhi and her son Rahul, should take responsibility because Chidambaram did so as the party found it not strong enough to fight Modi politically.

“You underplayed a terror plot that could eliminate (Modi). You are clearly admitting that you cannot fight this politically. So eliminate or allow to eliminate or encourage elimination of the leader who you are mortified of fighting politically.

A file photo of Ishrat Jahan. PTIA file photo of Ishrat Jahan. PTI

A file photo of Ishrat Jahan. PTI

“…we (Congress) do everything possible in our hand to make sure that we make it appear that he is against some section, projected as if there is no terror threat against him,” she told a press conference at the BJP office.

The debate, she said, cannot be confined to Chidambaram.

Sonia Gandhi worked actively on this theory. That is why she went to town saying an encounter has happened as though there was no intelligence information stating that there was terror plot,” she said.

Sitharaman added, “They wanted to quietly watch the terror plot bloom to eliminate a political opponent….a very serious fallout is the way this country’s intelligence and counter intelligence have been weakened.”

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also hit out at Congress and Chidambaram, saying he could not have acted on his own to do such an “anti-national act”.

“There have been some political pressure from higher ups of the Congress that such an action was taken,” he told the media.

Chidambaram, he alleged, has been caught red-handed and now he cannot escape. It is not Chidambaram but the entire Congress leadership which should take the responsibility, he said.

Assam Rifles inducts first batch of 100 women personnel

Assam Rifles has inducted the first batch of 100 women personnel, who were recruited from rallies all over the country, into the force.Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju on Thursday took the salute from the women recruits at their passing out parade held at the Assam Rifles Training Centre and School at Shokhuvi in Nagaland’s Dimapur district.A total of 212 recruits were part of the parade, of whom 100 of them were women.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Women are no less than men as they are also progressively contributing in all fields leading to development of the country,” Rijiju said while also calling upon the womenfolk to continue playing their role more effectively to make the nation rich and prosperous.He said while nothing appears easy in the initial stage, the training that they have gone through would help them stand firm against all circumstances and expressed gratitude to the parents and guardians of the recruits for preparing them and encouraging them to contribute to the nation.Stating that North East is a “strategic” area and its security is of paramount importance, he said the Assam Rifles are playing a “stellar” role in this regard.He assured the personnel of the force that the government is “aware” of their problems and will take care of them.The new recruits will be posted in various battalions of the force for search, frisking and interrogation of women when required, disperse female mob/crowd control and tackle agitations involving women agitators, an Assam Rifles official said.They would be employed at Mobile Check Posts (MCP) and road opening operations apart from Cordon And Search Operation (CASO), Relief and Rescue Operations during communal and natural calamities and help in dealing with women over ground workers/protesters so as to avoid violation of human rights and project a clean image of the force.

Modi’s rule was predicted by Nostradamus 450 years ago: Kiren Rijiju

In a Facebook post on Friday, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said that French astrologer Nostradamus had predicted Narendra Modi’s rise over 450 years ago. In his post, Rijiju wrote, “French prophet Nostradamus wrote that from 2014 to 2026, a man will lead India, whom initially, people will hate but after that people will love him so much that he will be engaged in changing the country’s plight and direction.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He further writes, “A middle aged superpower administrator will bring golden age not only in India but on the entire world. Under his leadership in India will not only just become the Global master, but many countries will also come into the shelter of India.”The Union Minister however deleted the post later.(Screenshot of Kiren Rijiju’s post)

Pathankot probe: India to allow Pakistan team to visit wherever necessary, says Kiren Rijiju

India will allow a Pakistani probe team to visit wherever necessary in connection with the probe into the terror attack on Pathankot airbase, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday. “We have taken an in-principle decision to facilitate the visit of a Pakistani team to India for furtherance of our case,” he told reporters here. A Pakistani Joint Investigation Team will arrive in India on March 27 to carry forward its probe into the Pathankot terror attack.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked whether the Pakistani team will be given access to strategic Pathankot airbase, Rijiju said,”we will allow them to visit wherever necessary” for the investigation.On reports that New Delhi has given clearance for visas for a six-member Pakistani SIT team, Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home, said no decision has been taken on visa as Islamabad has not yet conveyed about the composition of the probe team.
ALSO READ Indo- Pak talks: Sushma- Sartaj meet on sidelines of SAARC summit, Pathankot among issues discussed “When a formal request will come, we will take a decision on visa,” he said. Six Pakistani terrorists, suspected to be belonging to Jaish-e-Muhammed, had attacked the airbase on January 2 in which seven security personnel were killed. In the gun-battle, all six terrorists were also killed.

Crashed BSF aircraft was over 21 years old: Government

The Border Security Force aircraft that crashed in the national capital last year was over 21 years old and a probe in underway into the accident that left 10 personnel dead.”Super King B-200 (with) registration no VT-BSA that crashed on December 22, 2015 was 21 years and 7 months old. The accident is under investigation by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Minister said “any aircraft can continue to fly as long as it is airworthy and certified to be so.” “At present, BSF air wing has two AVRO aircraft which are more than 20 years of age,” he said. He added that aircraft procurement is done from time to time on need assessment and availability of resources.

Centre seeks report on Chhattisgarh church ‘attack’, Rijiju says guilty will not be spared

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday sought a report from Chhattisgarh government on the vandalisation of a church near Raipur and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said the guilty will not be spared.

“We have sought a report from Chhattisgarh government on the incident. Police have already taken necessary action and the guilty will not be spared,” Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home, told reporters in New Delhi.

Kiren Rijiju. Image courtesy: PIBKiren Rijiju. Image courtesy: PIB

Kiren Rijiju. Image courtesy: PIB

Nine people have been arrested in connection with the vandalisation of a church on the outskirts of Raipur. Of the nine held, six are minors.

A group of about 15-20 youths allegedly sporting saffron headbands had yesterday “barged” into the church while prayers were underway and vandalised the premises and thrashed those present there.

President of Chhattisgarh’s Christian Forum, Arun Pannalal, has alleged that the attackers even targeted women and an infant.

Pannalal claimed that Sunday’s incident was the fourth attack on a Christian place of worship in the past one month in the state.

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‘Laser walls’ along riverine stretches of India-Pakistan Border to check infiltration

In a bid to prevent terrorist infiltration across the Indo-Pak border, laser walls have been installed by the Border Security Force (BSF), a release by the Ministry of Home Affairs said. “The laser technology developed by BSF has been designed to cover all the shortcomings experienced in the use of laser walls at various places in the past. The present technology has been found working satisfactorily to cover the unfenced riverine stretches,” Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply to a question by NCP leader Majeed Memon and senior lawyer S. Thangavelu in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The areas where these laser walls would be installed would depend on the threat perception and other factors along the border between the two countries.The move was part of a multi-pronged approach to check cross border infiltration, which included strengthening border management and multi-tiered deployment along the International Border, monitoring infiltration routes, construction of border fencing including plugging the gaps through technological solutions, weapons and equipment for Security Forces, improved intelligence and operational coordination.

Radars, sensors to be installed along border with Pakistan, Bangladesh: Kiren Rijiju

A pilot project for installing radars, sensors and cameras has been launched along the border with Pakistan and Bangladesh to check incidents of infiltration, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the government has decided to deploy technological solutions in the form of integration of radars, sensors, cameras, communication networks and command and control solutions in various difficult terrains where fencing could not be installed.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Initially, it has been decided to launch pilot study in Punjab, Gujarat (Sir Creek), South Bengal, Tripura and Jammu regions. An amount of Rs 10 crore has been sanctioned for Jammu region on Indo-Pak border,” he said in a written reply. There have been several instances in recent past when terrorists from Pakistan breached the border and carried out terror attacks, including the January 2 attack on Pathankot airbase.

17% spike in incidents of communal violence

Incidents of communal violence were up by nearly 17% in 2015 over the previous year with Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka reporting highest number of incidents.Contradicting claims that communal violence got arrested during NDA government, the data compiled by the union home ministry says that 751 incidents of communal violence were reported last year compared to 644 in 2014, casualties rose from 95 to 97 while the figure of those injured rose from 1921 to 2264.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh reported the highest 64% increase in communal incidents in 2015 from the previous year whereas Congress-ruled Karnataka reported 105 incidents against 73 in 2014 – registering a whopping increase of 44% increase.In December last year minister of state for home, Kiren Rijiju, had told the Lok Sabha that communal violence was down since BJP led NDA government had come to power.In 2013, in the run up to the 16th Lok Sabha elections in April 2014, the communal violence had peaked with 823 incidents in which 133 people were killed and over 2269 injured.In 2013 under the Congress led UPA regime, country had seen a major increase in figures of communal violence incidents due to riots in Muzzafarnagar and adjacent region. Uttar Pradesh witnessed 247 communal violence incidents that in 2013 .Those injured in communal riots in 2015 numbered 2264 which was almost the same as the worst figure of 2269 people injured in riots across the country in 2013, the data says.UP, however, continues to report the maximum communal violence incidents with 155 incidents and 22 deaths. Bihar in 2015 has reported a high number of 20 deaths due to communal violence – a four-fold increase. BJP-ruled states of Gujarat and Rajasthan have shown a drop in figures from 2014.The government, in its reply to Parliament, said that ‘Public Order’ and ‘Police’ being State subjects under the Constitution of India, “the responsibility of dealing with communal violence, registration, investigation/inquiry and prosecution of crimes and maintaining data in this regard rests primarily with respective State Governments.”

Kiren Rijiju’s chopper with 8 onbaord makes emergency landing at Hindon airbase

A chopper carrying Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and a BJP MP on Tuesday made an emergency landing at Hindon airbase near here following engine trouble after being airborne for nearly 20 minutes. “We are all safe,” Rijiju said.The Minister, along with Lok Sabha member from Tehri-Garhwal Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, had taken off for Tehri on an Mi-17V5 helicopter from capital’s Safdarjung airport. There were eight people on-board the helicopter, including officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs and two television journalists.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The pilot detected a problem in the engine after around 20 minutes following which he landed the chopper at Hindon under emergency condition. “The pilot then decided to make an emergency landing in the nearby Hindon airbase,” Rijiju said. Rijiju, Minister of State for Home, said he was travelling to Tehri to review disaster preparedness and to meet paramilitary personnel deployed along the Sino-India border.An aircraft of the Border Security Force would now take Rijiju and his entourage to Uttarakhand from Hindon.Ten personnel of the BSF were killed when a small plane of the paramilitary force crashed near the Delhi airport just after take-off in December 2015. All on board the B 200 Super King – three officers and seven senior technicians – were killed.

Kiren Rijiju reviews situation along Indo-Pak border

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday visited India-Pakistan border and reviewed the situation along the forward areas.During his visit to border outpost Mahwa in Amritsar, Rijiju got himself acquainted with the situation along the international border and functioning of BSF troops which guard the border. He assured the paramilitary personnel of all help from the government in removing any kind of hindrance for effective domination on border areas.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commending the hard work by BSF in forward areas, the Minister of State for Home said the force is well known for its culture and duties. “I am well aware of the hardship faced by BSF troops while performing their duties and look into the matter and try my best to provide all kind of assistance to ease the hardship faced by them,” he said.

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