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Kiren Rijiju asks Arunachal govt to hold independent inquiry into death of engineering student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has asked the Arunachal Pradesh government to constitute an independent inquiry into the death of 22-year-old engineering student Haa Tama who died last week after falling from his hostel building in Rajasthan.Rijiju gave this direction to state Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Food and Civil Supplies Parliamentary Secretary Markio Tado and sought a report in the matter during a meeting at New Delhi yesterday.The Union minister urged the state government to constitute an independent inquiry by a superintendent of police, an official communique said here today.Tado also appealed to the Union minister to direct the Rajasthan government to disclose the post-mortem and FSL report.Khandu assured to take up the matter immediately with Union and Rajasthan governments.Tama, who was pursuing engineering degree at Dr K N Modi University in Tonk district of Rajasthan, died after he fall mysteriously from his hostel room on December 16 last.

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.

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.

Manipur: Christmas to remain sombre as economic blockade enters 53rd day

Caught between an economic blockade, protests and violence that entered 53rd day on Friday and a cash crunch caused by demonetisation, normal life remains paralysed in Manipur as the state faces shortages and escalating costs of essential supplies such as food and fuel. However, with Christmas just around the corner and Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Ministry of State (Home), Kiren Rijiju arriving in Manipur on Friday to analyse the situation, a temporary solution may be in the offer.

Rijiju had a meeting with Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, and it’s expected that the central government may reach out to Naga groups to end the blockade.

A four-day economic blockade was called on 1 November by the United Naga Council as a mark of protest against the state government’s decision to form seven new districts in Manipur. However, it has emerged into an indefinite strike as naga groups continue to oppose the move.

Angry Manipuris in Imphal East district set vehicles on fire in protest against the United Naga Council (UNC)’s indefinite economic blockade on 18 December. PTI

All vehicular movements have stopped on the National Highway-2 since then with the state facing shortages and escalating costs of essential supplies such as fuel and food. There have also been reports of violence.

But following the blockade, as Firstpost reported on 18 December , at least 22 cars, buses and other vehicles were torched in some places in Manipur’s Imphal East district on Sunday by angry residents protesting against the Naga economic blockade and several incidents of militancy targeting security forces.

The state has a history of ethnic tension between the Meitei Hindus (in the valley) and Naga tribes (living in the hills) mostly Christians with the latter calling for the formation of a greater Nagaland. The state government’s decision to form the seven new districts is being seen as a threat to the idea of Nagalim.

On Thursday, Union minister Rajnath Singh rapped the Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress government and for failing to maintain law and order in the state. According to The Hindu, Singh sent a letter to Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and asked him to “discharge the constitutional obligations with utmost promptness” as “maintaining law and order and essential supplies is the State’s responsibility”.

Earlier, boxing champion Mary Kom had written to the central government urging it to intervene and find a way to end the blockade.

However, Singh has accused the National Socialist Council of Nagaland — Isak-Muviah (NSCN-IM) with which BJP had entered in a peace agreement in 2015, for the ongoing tension.

According to News18, around 70 heavily armed men suspected to be from the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) attacked seven posts of the Indian Reserve Battalion and snatched 20 weapons from the security personnel in Noney district of Imphal on Saturday.

According to local newspaper, The Sangai Express, curfew was imposed on the state following the incident. It has been relaxed in Imphal East district between 4 am to 9 pm since Friday, but curfew remains effective in other parts of the state.

Though, the days following the incident have been calmer, Rijiju may find it tough finding an immediate solution, as according to NDTV, the Naga Students Federation has announced its decision to impose a “total blockade” on all Imphal-bound vehicles, including passenger and goods carriers.

First Published On : Dec 23, 2016 12:34 IST

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.

You can’t attach religious identity to any criminal investigation: Kiren Rijiju to Owaisi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has rubbished All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s statements for accusing the National Investigative Agency (NIA) of targeting Muslims. “These are frivolous charges. The agencies do not know the religious background of any person involved in any crime. They are impartial. You can’t attach religious identity in terms of any criminal investigation,” Rijiju said.Owaisi on Monday took to Twitter to lash out at the NIA for targeting a single community. His reaction came a day after the verdict in the Dilsukhnagar bomb blast case was announced. “Why can’t our premier investigation agencies show same urgency t convict all alleged terrorist cases Demolition BabriMasjid pending since 92 (sic),” he tweeted.He raised the question of a delay in the investigation of cases such as the Mecca Masjid blast, Ahmer Dargah blast, Malegaon blasts etc “Dilsukhnagar bomb blast accused can be convicted in 3 years why is it taking long to convict MMasjid,Ajmer,Malegaon can nia throw some light.” he wrote.Accusing the NIA of being partial and showing its inclination towards a particular group, Owaisi tweeted, “Do not be surprised the way NIA is pursuing those Bomb Blast cases where accused are Non Muslims they will be exonerated bcos of Ache Din (sic)?”A special NIA court on Monday awarded death penalty to five operative of the terrorist group Indian Mujahideen (IM) in the 2013 Dilsukhnagar twin blasts case. The IM members almost simultaneously detonated two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) near the Dilsukhnagar bus stop on February 21, 2013, killing 21 and injuring 107.

Some forces trying to create disturbances in Punjab: Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said some forces are trying to fulfill their “nefarious designs” of creating disturbance in Punjab and that the intelligence agencies are fully alert.”Our intelligence agencies are fully alert and keeping a close eye on activities of some anti-national forces. We would not allow the peace of the state to be disturbed,” he said.The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs was addressing media after laying foundation of the complex of the 7th Battalion of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in Ludhiana.The Punjab government has provided 51 acres of land free of cost at the outskirts of the city at Ladhowal for the project. An amount of Rs 200 crore would be spent on the complex and its infrastructure, Rijiju said. He said that the NDRF was one of the best forces in the world.Commenting on the Centre’s demonetization move, Rijiju said that the policy had broken the backbone of terrorist fundings.Asked about terrorist attacks on the Army and paramilitary forces, he said the vigilance and security on the international borders has been made very tight. “The incidents of attack on the Army in Kashmir is a desperate attempt by insurgents,” he said.The border states of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir have come under a series of terror attacks this year.On the NIA filing chargesheet in the Pathankot airbase attack, the MoS said the Centre would pressurise Pakistan to extradite the perpetrators of terror to India. “India will seek the help and support of other countries for the purpose because all the countries are facing heat of terrorism,” he said.Wrapping up investigations in the Pathankot airbase attack case, NIA had on Monday filed a charge sheet against Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother and two others for hatching the conspiracy of the January 2 audacious terror strike in the state that left seven personnel dead and 37 others injured.

Pathankot attack: Process to extradite Masood Azhar will begin soon, says Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The process of extradition of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother and two others will begin soon with the filing of a charge sheet by the NIA in connection with terror attack at Pathankot airbase, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Monday. “A total of eight people were involved in the terror attack at Pathankot. Four are dead and four are alive and living in Pakistan. Since the charge sheet has been filed, the process of extraditing them from Pakistan will begin with the issuance of Interpol Red Corner Notice,” he told reporters here. Rijiju termed the filing of the charge sheet at the NIA court at Panchkula as a “huge break through”.The Minister of State for Home said since Pakistan is “incorrigible”, India has to put pressure on the neighbouring country to extradite the four persons living in Pakistan on the basis of the evidence gathered by the NIA. “Pakistan is already under pressure. The World knows that these two brothers are living in Pakistan and doing all kinds of terror acts,” he said. NIA today filed a charge sheet against Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother and two others for hatching the conspiracy of the January two audacious terror strike that left seven personnel dead and 37 others injured.The charge sheet was filed in the NIA court at Panchkula in which all the four have been slapped with charges under Indian Penal Code, Explosive Substances Act, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Besides Azhar, his brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar and two handlers — Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan — have been named in the exhaustive charge sheet. While Interpol Red Corner Notice against three has been issued, the same was pending against Jan, the NIA said.

Local Arunachal Congress leaders ‘astonished’ by corruption charges against Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who is at the centre of a controversy for having sought release of payments for contractors named in a vigilance probe, said on Thursday that the Congress Party has made a grave mistake by raising their finger against him, and therefore, they will have to pay the price for their lifetime. The Lok Sabha MP also shared a post on Twitter in which he said that he had the support of senior Congress Panchayat leaders. He wrote on Twitter: “This is a tight slap on the face of Congress ! Senior Congress Panchayat leaders are also condemning the shameful & malicious Congress act.”The letter reportedly written by Congress Panchayat leaders, claimed that he they had approached Rijiju for help since they hadn’t been paid. They wrote in the letter:“We would like to inform that we were deprived off the rightful payment due to us for performing the services of providing boulders for the project during being engaged as sub-contractor of Patel Engineering. As we were facing financial difficulties we had approached the NEEPCO and Patel Engineering admin many times but they have not listened to our request for release of our due payments. Shri Rijiju being our local MP we had approached him for taking our issues at appropriate level. His conduct in this case was his responsibility towards the people of projects affected site irrespective of political affiliation. We may have political differences because many of us are representing congress party in public life but it is our right to approach elected representatives to resolve grievances irrespective of political affiliation.” Earlier, talking to the media, Rijiju said if he has committed something wrong, then the Congress has no morale right to even exist even as a political party. ‘If I have committed something wrong then the Congress has no morale right to even exist even as a political party because as a people representative we normally recommend the people’s need, we recommend people’s request. That is our job. If I don’t recommend and I don’t have the local people then what am I for’ I am the Member of Parliament for my people,’ he said.Requesting for a thorough probe into the matter, he said, ‘I have written to only one recommendation letter. There are thousands of recommendation letter written by the Congress MLAs, Congress Chief Ministers, Congress MPs. It all should come out. So, if there is a thorough inquiry then the Congress will think again to raise this issue.’‘I have very clearly said that the Congress Party has made a grave mistake by raising their finger against me, they will pay the price for their lifetime, I’m telling you,’ he added. Rijiju had earlier said “Congress people should apologise for this. The scam – awarding of contract and payments – all happened during the Congress’ reign, and thus, the Congress should apologise to the nation”.‘The scam happened during the Congress reign, it has not happened during our regime. After 2014 had there been awarding of any contract or was there any payment’ Hence, all evidences are during the Congress’ time, so, they must apologise,’ he said.Rijiju brushed aside all allegations of corruption levelled against him and his distant cousin, saying that the ones planting such news would be beaten up with shoes if they come to Arunachal. He pushed aside all blame calling it “shameful” and asked if helping one’s own people can be termed as ‘corruption’. Rijiju, his distant cousin, a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, Goboi Rijiju, and several other officials of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) have been alleged of corruption in the construction of two dams for one of the biggest hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh.Their names, including the names of Chairman and Managing Editor of NEEPCO, have been mentioned in a 129-page report submitted by the Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) Chief Vigilance Officer.With inputs from ANI

He kept quiet for 10 years when MMS govt ‘looted’ country: BJP big guns attack Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stung by Rahul Gandhi’s sensational charge of having information about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “personal corruption”, top ministers in the government today dismissed the allegation as “false and baseless”, insisting there cannot be a bigger “lie” than it.Senior Ministers including Manohar Parrikar, Ananth Kumar, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar went ballistic at the Congress Vice President, calling the charge a result of his “desperation and frustration” and demanding an apology.”Rahul Gandhi tells lies. He speaks baseless. Come to Parliament, discuss and also listen to our reply. He is the same person who kept quiet during the 10 years when the country, under Manmohan Singh government, was being looted,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.Earlier, addressing a press conference after the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day, Gandhi alleged that he had information about “personal corruption” involving the Prime Minister and that he was not being allowed to speak in the House because of it.Prasad said Gandhi has become “restless” because of the steps taken by the government against black money and corruption, adding “because of restlessness he is speaking such things.”Ridiculing Gandhi for making unsubstantiated charges, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kumar said the Congress Vice President has been “exposed”, adding the charges were made out of “desperation” and “frustration”.”Had he (Gandhi) got any information, he would have said it by now. It is a baseless allegation. He is saying this out of frustration. Today they are saying they are not being allowed to speak. It is wrong because every day Congress members are coming to the well of the House. Now they are trying to spread rumour and baseless allegations,” Kumar said.Rejecting Gandhi’s claim that he is not being allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha, Defence Minister Parrikar said the question as to who has stalled Parliament should be put to him.Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters, Javadekar said only Congress and not the government will be exposed when Gandhi speeks even as he dismissed the charge that the government was not letting the Congress leader speak in Parliament.There cannot be a bigger “lie” than this, the Union Environment Minister said. Javadekar also used a news channel sting, which Javadekar also used a news channel sting, whichpurportedly showed some leaders from rival parties offering to change old currency notes for a commission, to attack the Congress, SP and BSP, and taunted Gandhi, saying he should rename All India Congress Committee as “All India Currency Conduit”. “The more Rahul Gandhi speaks the more Congress will be exposed… These parties are protesting outside. They stand by Mahatma Gandhi’s statue to protest. They have been unmasked now. They are opposing (demonetisation) because their wounds are deep. They have now opened money exchange centre,” he said.Mocking the Congress vice president over his “personal corruption” jibe at Modi, Javadekar said Congress has become a “commission agent” while the world has come to appreciate the Prime Minister’s “spotless” character in the two-and-a-half- years of his rule.Another Union minister Kiren Rijiju called Gandhi’s charge the “biggest joke” of the year. “Everybody feels that it is the biggest joke of the year that Rahul Gandhi says Narendra Modi is scared of his oratory skill. If he speaks there will be an earthquake or the balloon will burst. “I don’t think anyone takes the comments he makes seriously. Congress itself is very scared when Rahul Gandhi speaks as the party has to defend his words. That’s the level of threat he poses to his own party,” Rijiju said.Union Minister Vijay Goel too attacked Gandhi, saying the Congress leader is “under scanner” of people for not letting Parliament function and that he made the statement “out of trepidation”.”Rahul Gandhi and Congress did not allow both the Houses to function even after they were told that the Prime Minister will intervene. They are under public scanner. They did not allow business to take place in Parliament even as crores of rupees of public money has been wasted. Hence, such statements,” he said. Goel also claimed that people are supporting Modi in his fight against black money and were “ready to spend additional 30 minutes in queues” outside banks and ATMs.

Demonetization, VVIP choper scam and more: Despite PM Modi’s presence, another day wasted in Lok Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The three-week long deadlock over demonetization issue deepened with the government accusing the Opposition in Lok Sabha of making attempts to fail the “pro-poor” decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, inviting a furious response.Congress members were also angry over Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s decision to allow Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD) to raise the issue of AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam, ignoring their leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s plea to have his say. Sonia Gandhi too was seen protesting against Mahajan’s decision. Kharge was heard shouting as to why the BJD member was allowed to speak as he repeatedly banged the bench.With members of Congress, TMC and others raising slogans in the Well, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar fired a fresh salvo at the Opposition, citing a sting operation aired on a news channel to allege that Congress, SP and BSP leaders had joined hands to “finish off” the government’s efforts to bolster the white economy.Kumar insisted that the ruling side was ready for a discussion on demonetization but the Opposition was running away and disrupting proceedings. “It is a very sad day. The leader (Kharge) of the Opposition is challenging the Speaker. He cannot do that. It is very unfortunate. We are always ready for discussion,” Kumar said and then cited the sting to attack the Opposition. “They have become ‘note-jugaad’ (managing currency) parties. It is a conspiracy to finish off what Modi has brought for the poor,” he said.Jagdambika Pal (BJP) claimed that the Opposition would be exposed. “It is a matter of shame that the Congress which participated in freedom struggle has become a commission agents,” he said amid vociferous slogan-shouting by Opposition.Opposition members were also heard raising slogans against Union Minister Kiren Rijiju over an alleged case of corruption in an Arunachal Pradesh Hydel project.With ruckus continuing, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day. Raising the AgustaWestland issue, Mahtab expressed concern over defence purchases in the wake of the arrest of former Air chief S P Tyagi in the case. Accusing both the previous UPA government and the current BJP dispensation of “sleeping over” the case for a long time, he said an impression is going around that Tyagi’s arrest had something to do with politics and asked the government to clear the air.As Congress questioned the decision to allow Mahtab to speak, the Speaker said she would not allow Kharge as long as Congress members were in the Well. Kharge was heard saying that demonetizationhas hit the poor hard but a discussion was being not allowed. Before it was adjourned for the day, Lok Sabha had witnessed another adjournment till noon when the Opposition created ruckus while training their guns on the government over the controversy involving Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and the demonetization issue. As soon as the House met for the day, Opposition members, including those from Congress, TMC and Left parties, were on their feet raising demands about certain issues, including the controversy involving Rijiju and demonetization. Some members from the Treasury benches were also on their feet waving papers but both sides were not audible amid the din. Some members from the Left parties trooped into the Well.The Opposition members were seen raising concerns about alleged misuse of office by Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, with regard to a power project in Arunachal Pradesh. With the ruckus continuing, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan the proceedings were adjourned till noon.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were present in the House then. Lok Sabha has been witnessing a virtual washout since the Winter Session started on November 16 with the Opposition and the government locking horns over the demonetization issue.

Rahul’s remark about Modi biggest joke of the year: Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Kiren Rijiju ridiculed Rahul Gandhi for stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “terrified” of him being allowed to speak inside Lok Sabha, terming the remark as the “biggest joke” of the year.Talking to reporters outside Parliament, the Minister of State for Home Affairs also took a jibe at Gandhi, saying instead it is the Congress party which is very scared as it has to defend utterances of its vice president.”Everybody feels that it is the biggest joke of the year that Rahul Gandhi says Narendra Modi is scared of his oratory skill. If he speaks will there be an earthquake or the balloon will burst.”I don’t think anyone takes comments he makes seriously. Congress itself is very scared of when Rahul Gandhi speaks as the party has to defend his words. That’s the level of threat he poses to his own party,” Rijiju said.Earlier, talking to the media, the Congress vice president claimed Modi is “personally terrified” of him being allowed to speak inside Lok Sabha because he has information that will “explode” the Prime Minister’s balloon.

Goboi isn’t my relative: Kiren Rijiju dismisses nepotism allegations in Arunachal hydro project scam

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, his cousin, who also is a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, Goboi Rijiju, and several top officials of the state-run North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), have been accused of corruption in the construction of two dams in the Arunachal Pradesh hydro-electric projects scheme.

The reports claimed that Kiren, Goboi, 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”.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. Image courtesy PIBMinister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. Image courtesy PIB

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. Image courtesy PIB

West Kameng, the site of the project, comes under the parliamentary constituency of Kiren Rijiju. After Kiren Rijiju came under attack for his alleged involvement, he not only rejected allegations of wrongdoing but also said that those who have “planted” the story against him “will be beaten up with shoes”. The Congress, meanwhile, alleged that it was a Rs 450 crore scam and demanded his resignation.

Who is Goboi Rijiju?

The 129-page report described Goboi as Kiren Rijiju’s cousin, according to The Telegraph.

Kiren then distanced himself from Goboi. His statement was echoed by BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma, who also insisted that the contractor was not Rijiju’s cousin as alleged.

Further, in an interview to NDTV‘s Barkha Dutt, Kiren Rijiju said that the entire contract work was awarded during Congress’ time and that the scam was simply not worth mentioning. He added that his intervention was because of the local people from his village who asked him to get them their money and that he forwarded their memo verbatim to the power minister.

Barkha Dutt then asked Kiren, “Who is Goboi Rijiju,” to which the Union Minister replied, “everybody is related to me that way. Goboi is not a contractor there; he’s not on the list.”

Dutt then brought up an old piece in The Hindu where Kiren Rijiju mentioned that Goboi was his distant cousin and that he would not tolerate if his name is used to get work done. Kiren Rijiju defended himself saying, “In the tribal community, in our local community, everybody is somehow related in name-calling. He is not blood relative to me; we belong to the same village, the same place. That’s all.”

Kiren Rijiju also told PTI that both his elder and younger brothers have expired.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 14, 2016 14:05 IST

Lok Sabha adjourns amid Oppn din over Kiren Rijiju, demonetization issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lok Sabha continued to see ruckus on Wednesday with the Opposition training their guns on the government over the controversy involving Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and the demonetization issue, forcing adjournment of the proceedings till noon.As soon as the House met for the day, Opposition members, including those from Congress, TMC and Left parties, were on their feet raising demands about certain issues, including the controversy involving Rijiju and demonetization.Some members from the Treasury benches were also on their feet waving papers but both sides were not audible amid the din. A couple of members from the Left parties trooped into the Well. Among other issues, Opposition members were seen to be raising concerns about alleged misuse of office by Rijiju, who is the Minister of State for Home Affairs, with regard to a power project in Arunachal Pradesh.With the ruckus continuing, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan the proceedings were adjourned till noon. Even as the protests continued, one question was taken up during Question Hour.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, among others, were present in the House.Lok Sabha has been witnessing a virtual washout since the Winter Session started on November 16 with the Opposition and the government locking horns over the demonetization issue.

Kiren Rijiju clean, Congress will be exposed: Prakash Javadekar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defending Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju regarding his alleged involvement in a Hydro electric project in Arunachal Pradesh, Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) will expose the Congress party. “Rijiju is clean and the scam happened during the tenure of Congress,” he said adding that the BJP will expose the Congress.Rijiju, his distant cousin, a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, Goboi Rijiju, and several other officials of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) have been accused of corruption in the construction of two dams for the 600 megawatt Kameng hydro-electric projects, one of the biggest power generating project in Arunachal Pradesh.However, Rijiju has refuted all allegations of corruption against him, saying that the ones planting such news would be thrashed with shoes, should they come to Arunachal Pradesh.Echoing similar sentiments, Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal said Rijiju was innocent and the payment was released on the orders of Congress party and its government, “Payment was released on the orders of Congress official and now the concern party has to answer. Mr Rijiju was not involved in it.” Goyal added.Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma has given notice under Rule 267 in the Rajya Sabha, for a discussion over the alleged involvement Rijiju in the project.Rijiju is being pilloried by the Congress party in the wake of a 129-page report prepared by Satish Verma, the Chief Vigilance Officer of the North Eastern Electricity Power Corporation (NEEPCO), suggesting that he and his cousin Goboi were involved in a Rs 450 crore plus power project scam.

Between Rijiju, SP Tyagi and demonetisation, Winter Session likely to be a washout

From 16 November to 14 December, we have finally reached the last three working days of Winter Session which, as I had mentioned in an earlier article (Parliament logjam eroding the basic tenets of India’s representative democracy), has witnessed near-total disruption causing the wastage of almost Rs 400 crore of taxpayers’ money.

Unfortunately, the unfolding of recent events inspire no confidence that the remaining 72 hours will see any proceedings being held, leave alone the passing of any of the pending 23 bills or even a meaningful debate on demonetisation.

If the decommissioning of notes brought about a hostile stasis in India’s supreme legislative body, the mood has been exacerbated by a game of chess that started with CBI’s arrest of former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi in AgustaWestland case. As soon as BJP got political ammo with the IAF chief’s lawyer dragging Manmohan Singh-led PMO into the scam, the Congress on Tuesday hit back with gusto, unleashing a charge of its own by targeting Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju in what is being called Arunachal power project ‘scam’.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Whether or not former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s office was involved in the procurement of VVIP choppers or Rijiju misused his office for nepotism is a moot point. What matters is Congress’s bishop trying to counter BJP’s rook in a complicated opening gambit. The Congress believes in the “scam” charge against Rijiju it finally has a deterrent against BJP stirring the political pot too much over AgustaWestland, a case which it finds distinctly uncomfortable to deal with.

Beset by consistent claims that all scams can be traced at its door, the Congress sees a golden chance in overturning the narrative. It has already demanded the removal of Rijiju, with spokesperson Randeep Surjewala saying, “The role of Kiren Rijiju in this issue is under cloud. He has no right to stay in office. He should either be dismissed by the prime minister or asked to resign till an independent probe is complete.”

Rijiju, however, has denied all charges. The minister told The Times of India that instead of leveling charges against him, the Congress should apologise to the nation and to him because “all the contract works were allotted during Congress’s time. All payments were (also) made during Congress’s time. We were not in the government. I was not even an MP at the time.”

The Grand Old Party, however, has taken an aggressive stance vowing to raise the issue both inside and outside the Parliament, an euphemism for more disruptive tactics. Congress’s belligerence is in contrast with its earlier ambivalence over demonetisation when it was unsure about openly criticising a move that had eradication of black money as one of its stated goals. But 35 days into the move, shoddy implementation, collusion of bank officials with the corrupt, an economy grinding to a halt and never-ending queues for elusive cash have slowly turned an euphoric electorate into a restive one.

Narendra Modi, who earlier looked to be running away with all plaudits for implementing a bold move, now has to spend considerable amount of time persuading the populace not to lose patience. In this fast altering economic and political scenario, the Opposition believes it has hit upon the right formula. It has forged a unity out of divergent views and goals and wants a debate in the Lower House with provision for voting. In Rajya Sabha, after many shifting of goal posts, it now wants the Prime Minister to sit through the entire debate and even apologise for his earlier remarks linking some political parties to black money.

Though the government has indicated that Modi will be present in the Parliament over the next three days (a key Opposition demand), it certainly won’t concede easy ground. It, therefore, remains to be seen how rest of the Winter Session pans out. Only a brave punter will bet against more disruptions.

First Published On : Dec 14, 2016 07:57 IST

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.

Kiren Rijiju dismisses hydro project scam allegations, says conspirators ‘will be beaten by shoes’

The Chief Vigilance Officer of the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) has alleged that the Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, his cousin Goboi Rijiju — a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh — and several top officials of NEEPCO are involved in a multi-crore scam in the construction of two dams for 600 MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project, one of the biggest hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. PTI

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. PTI

According to The Indian Express, in a 129-page report, CVO Satish Verma alleged 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.” Rijiju had written a letter to Ministry of Power to release funds to the contractor and his cousin Goboi Rijiju, News18 reported.

Chief Vigilance Officer Satish Verma, a Gujarat IPS officer, was pulled up by NEEPCO for “unauthorised absence,” and transferred to the CRPF in Tripura soon after his report. The Indian Express quoted him as attributing the “absence” to his investigation.

Meanwhile, Rijiju said that those who “planted” the news that he has been named along with a few others in a vigilance report on corruption at NEEPCO will get beaten up with shoes if they come to Arunachal Pradesh. “Jhoothe khayenge hamare yahan,” ANI quoted him as saying reacting to the report that appeared in The Indian Express on Tuesday. According to the paper, Verma’s report alleges many fake and “inflated bills” by contractors to embezzle money “in the name of transporting rocks”.

Reacting to the news, a Congress member of Arunachal Pradesh said.

Rijiju represents Arunachal Pradesh in the Lok Sabha. CVO Verma is a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer who assisted on the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, and in a petition to the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) alleged that his role as a CVO was curtailed since he flagged off the multi-crore scam. “In the affidavit, Mr. Verma said that all his outstation visits were accounted for and were done to investigate the fraudulent activities,” The Hindu reported.

Speaking to The Hindu, Rijiju, however, said, “He (Goboi) is a distant cousin. Be it anyone, whether distant cousins or friends, will not tolerate if my name is used to get their works done. Anyway I will always ensure that my people don’t face hardship.”

First Published On : Dec 13, 2016 13:54 IST

Jayalalithaa remains critical: Centre says, ready to deploy forces whenever Tamil Nadu requires

New Delhi: As Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health continues to be critical, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Monday the state may require extra forces, which the Home Ministry will be ready to put on standby “whenever” they are required.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said the Centre cannot intervene on its own but is willing to send extra forces to Tamil Nadu if the state asks for it.

“They haven’t asked anything formally,” Rijiju said, adding that the state has a significant number of central forces.

“If there is a law and order situation then the Centre is always willing to send extra forces. It is our primary duty to ensure that the state is being helped in whatever possible way they require.

“Because of the prevailing health condition of the Chief Minister (Jayalalithaa) they may require extra forces which the Home Ministry will be ready to be put on standby, whenever and whatever they require,” the minister said.

He, however, said the Centre “cannot intervene on our its own”.

Rijiju said the state has a significant number of central forces and whenever a need arises, it is calibrated and forces are sent.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said he spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Secretary and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 17:23 IST

No rules on singing, playing of ‘Vande Mataram’: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has not framed any rules for circumstances in which the ‘National Song’ may be sung, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said this in response to a question by Vikas Mahatme seeking to know “whether there are rules in place to ensure that National Song is performed uniformly in one voice, one beat and rhythm, since our National Song enhances our feeling of patriotism and it is mandatory to have rules for National Song…” He had also asked whether these rules are to be taken seriously as in theatres, it has been often observed that National Song is sung in different tunes and different ways and music is composed in different styles, although there is no objection in showing soldiers or other things in background but people singing this song commit physical movement.The MP also asked whether the government is serious towards implementation of such rules. “Government has not framed any rules or issued instructions laying down circumstances in which the National Song may be sung or played,” Rijiju said. According to official web siteIndia.gov.in, the National Song is “Vande Mataram, composed in Sanskrit by Bankimchandra Chatterji” has an equal status with National Anthem.

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.

Denial of demonetisation crippling FICN and terror networks is dangerous, self-defeating

A narrative has gained currency of late that the demonetisation drive is akin to using a Bofors gun to kill a mosquito. Proponents of this theory — the entire ecosystem of our intelligentsia who has never accepted Narendra Modi as India’s Prime Minister, the privileged urban class and the opposition — base their theory on two arguments.

One, whatever be the size of India’s shadow economy — and here they reveal deep skepticism about latest World Bank figures that put it around 23 percent of the GDP — black money is too entrenched in our system to be ferreted out by inconveniencing people.

They believe that there was no need for such a radical step that puts in jeopardy so many lives. Hidden in this charge is the assumption that black money does not visibly harm the poor, the marginalised and it certainly wasn’t a problem big enough to have triggered this amount of chaos. Having consistently labelled the prime minister as “all talk and no action”, “a propagandist who works the headlines”, post 8 November this amorphous group has amusingly shifted to advocating status-quoism.

Notwithstanding the political positioning at work here, the efficacy of Modi’s inordinately risky and deeply disruptive move to root out black money is however a legit question. The jury is still out whether there were less painful methods that could have brought similar results. But that is part of a larger, ongoing debate.

In this piece, we will tackle the second argument against demonetisation. The theory that de-commissioning of notes, as a way to snuff out the fake currency racket, is too much ammo for too insignificant an objective.

This argument is deeply flawed and reveals a total lack of understanding of what fake currency racket is, how it functions and the terrible cost it forces on us. It is also a callous argument to make in a country where more security forces die due to left-wing extremism and insurgency movements than even cross-border terrorism. The move to decommission higher denomination notes was as much targeted towards black money as demolishing this Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) industry that fuels terror networks in and around India, provides oxygen to forces of insurgency and serves to also destabilize the Indian economy.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The tentacles of this industry spreads across Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and China. Through a complex network of smuggling that involves banks, couriers and even diplomatic channels, these notes are then circulated throughout India.

An India Today report by Gaurav C Sawant states how Pakistan — which imports printing paper and ink far in excess of its own requirement and uses it to print FICN in government presses in Punjab and Balochistan province — uses the counterfeit currency to fund terror modules in several parts of India including Maharashtra and Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Bengal and Bihar. According to the report, Pakistan’s ISI routes these high-quality fake notes through Nepal, Bangladesh, Dubai, Thailand and even China.

Another article in Firstpost details the intricate functioning of ISI’s FICN network through retired brigadier-rank officers of Pakistani Army like Lala, who procured and supplied ‘RBI’ (ISI’s code name for fake India notes) through an intricate network of couriers and smugglers. The report quotes intelligence agency sources as saying that Modi’s action against black money has demolished a section of the ISI headquarters in Rawalpindi. The direct route for FICN, says the report, ran through Munabao-Khakrapar and the Attari border while the indirect route saw money coming to India through the UAE, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore before arriving in Kathmandu and Dhaka.

And this is just one part of the FICN industry. The other major hub lies within India in West Bengal’s Malda, the border district where fake currency is smuggled in from Bangladesh. Subrata Nagchoudhury’s report in Scroll details how many residents in Kaliachak have gone into a state of shock since the prime minister outlawed the high value notes. The lucrative trade running into crores has stopped almost overnight with rumours abounding of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bills being dumped in rivers and fields.

According to Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, an estimated Rs 70 crore worth of fake currency is pumped into India every year and Rs 400 crore of such notes is known to be in circulation in the country at any given time. Addressing a news conference in Delhi on Friday, the minister said: “Smuggling of fake Indian currency notes from three international borders — Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal — has completely halted after the evening of 8 November”. The collateral damage, according to Rijiju, also included proceeds from illegal sale of drugs, opium, arms and hawala transactions.

This choking of funds has resulted in Naxals going into a panic mode with reports emerging of Maoists using the Jan Dhan accounts of poor villagers to park or exchange their extortion cash which by some estimates runs into Rs 7000 crores in Bastar region alone. Latehar SP Anoop Birtharay told PTI that leftist extremists are using villagers to deposit their money into bank accounts so that it can be converted into legal currency.

According to data from South Asia Terrorism Portal, since 2005 till 13 November, 2016, a total of 7,270 people have died due to Maoist insurgency attacks. The figure includes 2934 civilians, 1850 security forces personnel and also 2486 extremists.

Well, may the Left and Congress shout on the floor of the House that fake currency constitutes only 0.02 percent of the total currency in circulation but to use reductionist logic and shrink the role of fake currency in fuelling cross-border and left-wing terrorism in India is intellectual dishonesty of the worst kind.

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 18:48 IST

Demonetization has hit terror funding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise demonetization of high denomination has hit terror funding in three key theatres of Left wing extremism, the Northeast insurgency, and Pakistan- and POK-based terror outfits by sucking out a sizeable chunk from their parallel economy estimated at almost Rs 800 crore, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju confirmed on Friday.The Northeast insurgent groups and CPI (Maoist) are the worst hit, and stand to lose out on close to Rs 780 crore that they had amassed through extortion of government companies, mining corporate, businesses and private contractors. Pakistan- and POK-based terror outfits such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizb-ul-Mujahedin and other smaller terror groups may also take a hit of close to Rs. 20 crore, intelligence agencies had also claimed.The government is expected to reveal this information in Parliament during the demonetization debate to counter opposition parties’ protest against the move. Rijiju said the terror financing has got a decisive blow since November 8.Applauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move, Rijiju said demonetization has wiped out the Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) network, estimated to be worth Rs 400 crore.“Since November 8, not a single instance of FICN smuggling has been reported from Pakistan, Nepal or Bangladesh border,” he said.Some sources, however, said that these numbers are assumed estimates as agencies are not yet sure how much of that amount will find its way back into the coffers of terror and insurgent outfits. “Like mainstream black money hoarders, they are also trying to exchange their old currency into new. It all depends on how much our agencies and police are able to check that. I fear their finances would be hit about only 20% to 30%,” a senior official conceded. Naxalites in Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadhchiroli have also been reported to be involved in giving demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes to villagers and coercing them to get them exchanged for the new notes, Maharashtra Police sources said. “We have been gathering ground level intelligence on Naxalites following the demonetisation of high denomination notes. During our monitoring we found that Naxalites are sending a few villagers from Naxal-hit Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadhchiroli with demonetised notes to the banks in order to exchange them,” said a senior Maharashtra Police officer, requesting anonymity.The modus operandi came to light after the movements of a few suspected villagers came to the the notice of officers of the security establishment. “We tracked movements of these suspected villagers and learnt that they were carrying money handed over to them by the Naxals. Once this fact came to our notice, we beefed up monitoring the banks and post offices in the Naxal-affected areas. All efforts are being taken to ensure that Naxals do not succeed in getting demonetised notes exchanged,” the officer quoted earlier said. “The demonetisation has broken the backbone of Naxals to a great extent. With their current finances largely in demonetised notes, they will not be able to lure villagers or buy weapons,” he added.On November 14, the Border Security Force (BSF) in Chhattisgarh seized unaccounted cash of more than Rs 5 lakh in Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 demonetised denominations from a person travelling in a bus. It is suspected that the money was for terror or Naxal funding and was being carried to be changed to new denominations. The BSF deployed in Kanker district of Chattisgarh had some inputs of shifting of such money to Maharashtra for changing intto new denominations. Police authorities of Kanker (Chattisgarh) and Gadhchiroli in Maharashtra were also informed about the seizure.

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.

BJP government is promoting spectre of intolerance: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress charged the BJP-led government of promoting a “spectre of intolerance” in the country on Monday to stifle any voice that has a contrary opinion and said anyone who is “anti-government is dubbed as anti-national and anti-BJP as seditious”.Without getting into the issue of what film-maker Anurag Kashyap had said, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari​ said the larger context is that in past 28 months of this government attempts have been made to stamp a homogeneous narrative in this country and to stifle minority opinion, which is worrisome.”We do not need to react to any individual point of view. That Mr Kashyap can answer the question. For us, the larger context is the growing spectre of intolerance, the attempts to stamp a homogenous narrative in this country, to stifle any voice which has a contrary opinion or even a minority opinion.”So, this dominant discourse whereby anybody who is anti-Government is anti-National, anybody who is anti-BJP is seditious, anybody who raises legitimate questions of civil-military relations is treasonous. This is the larger environment which the BJP Government has created in the last 28 months and this is worrying,” he said.Tewari said this Government has promoted a spectre of intolerance over the past 28 months whereby today the creative community has started saying that we have a Censor in our head and we think twice before we say anything and that is the larger context.He was asked to comment on Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju’s remarks on Kashyap’s statement that it has become a fashion to attack the Prime Minister in this country. Tewari said he would not like to respond to Rijiju, but he had cautioned in 2013 at the International Film Festival in Goa on the “great evil that looms over this land”.”I had cautioned the creative community that there is a great evil which looms over this land. There is a spectre of fascism which will come to prevail and unfortunately the last 28 months of the NDA-BJP Government has really proven that to be correct.”The question is that India’s liberalism in creative spaces belongs to the people of India. They belong to the people who practice the liberalism and so, therefore if an attempt is made to try and put in a dominant narrative, which totally and absolutely tries to step out of a contrary opinion, that is not what creativity is all about. That is an assault on creativity,” he said.On the contentious issue of “Triple Talaq , Tewari said “there is a petitioner, there is a respondent and there is a Judge and the matter is subjudice.” On the Ram Temple issue, he said, “Whenever elections come, they bring it up. They do not have faith in the temple issue. They have no faith in Ram Temple. Since 1992, they remember Ram only when elections come and they remember.”

Burari murder: Manish Sisodia hits out at Delhi cops, says they should focus on security

New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday hit out at Delhi Police over the murder of a 21-year-old woman in Burari, saying the force should “focus” on ensuring the security of people rather than “harassing” AAP legislators.

“Shocking incident in Delhi of the stabbing of the 21-year-old woman. Delhi Police needs to focus on citizen’s security than harassing AAP MLAs (sic),” Sisodia tweeted.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, “We have sought a fact report from Delhi Police Commissioner over the incident. Whatever happened is very sad.”

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The accused, identified as Surender Singh, carried out the frenzied attack when the victim, Karuna, was walking through the area at 9am.

The woman was brutally stabbed to death in broad daylight by her 34-year-old stalker, who attacked her nearly 22 times this morning as passersby looked on.

A man tried to approach but backed off and left from there. Some onlookers later caught Singh and handed him over to the police.

Singh had been stalking the girl for a year but she resisted his advances, said a senior police officer.

The victim used to learn computer at a training centre owned by the accused and he fell in love with her, police said.

The victim’s family had lodged a complaint against the stalker six months back but both the families reached a compromise and the accused had stopped stalking her, said the victim’s family.

However, he attacked her on Tuesday and brutally killed her, police said.

Uri attack: Action on Pakistan-based terrorists only after due consideration, says Rijiju

Uri attack: Action on Pakistan-based terrorists only after due consideration, says Rijiju

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New Delhi: Any action against terrorists based in Pakistan will be taken only after examining all relevant issues, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday.

Action will be taken after due consideration. Action is not taken after making announcements,” he told reporters.

The Minister of State for Home made the remarks when he was asked whether the government was planning to carry out a strike against terrorists camps based in Pakistan.

A file photo of Kiren Rijiju. PTIA file photo of Kiren Rijiju. PTI

A file photo of Kiren Rijiju. PTI

Eighteen soldiers were killed after heavily armed militants, suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM, stormed an army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

There have been various reports suggesting that the government was exploring options on how to deal with the terror emanating from Pakistan.

“It is a very serious issue and we should not indulge in any war of words. So many lives have been lost, people’s sentiments have been hurt. The matter cannot be handled just like that,” Rijiju said.

We are too busy running big country to react to ‘dramebaaz’: Kiren Rijiju on Arvind Kejriwal’s attack

With Arvind Kejriwal launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju said on Sunday the Centre has no time to respond to each and every allegation of these “dramebaaz”.The people of Delhi have given AAP an opportunity with a huge mandate to serve the public but they are losing the opportunity and doing drama, the Union Minister of State for Home charged. His remarks come a day after Kejriwal accused Modi of “declaring Emergency in Delhi” after AAP lawmaker Dinesh Mohaniya was arrested on charges of molestation. “Yeh jo Arvind Kejriwalji ko jyaada jawaab na de toh thik hai. (it is better not to react much on Kejriwal’s statements).<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>We are so busy running such a big country and people have given us an opportunity to serve it,” he said in Hyderabad. “Kejriwal and his associates woh har samay drama karke kuch na kuch natakiye dhangh se chizzo ko lana… unko kaam nahi hai kya (Arvind Kejriwal and his associates try to raise one or the other thing in a dramatic manner…is there no other work left for them),” Rijiju said.
ALSO READ BJP slams Kejriwal for ‘shielding’ Mohaniya; police says AAP MLA didn’t reply to notice ‘Woh mauka ko gavake woh natak karte rahate hain’,” (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) the Union minister alleged. “If we also start doing similar things, who will take care of the government? The Prime Minister 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.”In dramebaazo ke saath jyada agar hum bhi acting karne lag jayenge toh desh ka bhala kaun karega (if we also start enacting dramas like these dramebaaz who will take care of the country?)” Rijiju asked.

Kiren Rijiju urges June 26 be observed as ‘anti-emergency day’, as BJP against ‘dictatorship’

Launching a frontal attack on the Congress, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said June 26 must be observed as anti-emergency day, adding the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is opposed to any kind of concentration of power as that leads to dictatorship.”It’s pertinent that every Union Minister should go to different important location, particularly state capitals, to observe this day as anti-emergency day and rededicate ourselves towards the cause,” Rijiju said in Hyderabad on the 41st anniversary of Emergency. “That is what happened 41 years back when the then Prime Minister became a dictator and democracy was suspended,” he added while stating that the BJP is opposed to any kind of concentration of power.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rijiju earlier tweeted India is proudly titled as world’s largest democracy and said that one should value freedom.
ALSO READ Mann Ki Baat | Emergency was the ‘darkest night for democracy’: PM ModiMeanwhile, Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said that former prime minister Indira Gandhi had enforced emergency to save her chair. Addressing an Anti-Emergency Day function at the BJP Headquarters in Chandigarh, he said the people, who fought for freedom during emergency, are freedom fighters and need to be remembered.
ALSO READ Arun Jaitley slams ‘dictator’ Indira Gandhi, says Emergency a blot on Congress historyPrabhu said Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government does not want emergency to be enforced in the country ever. Prime Minister Modi on his part dubbed the 1975 emergency period as a black day for the country and expressed his delight over the fact that the people in India have always given importance to democracy.”Very often ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is criticised, but this is possible because we are in a democracy. Do you remember June 25-26, 1975…it was the darkest night for democracy. Democracy is our strength and we will have to always make our democratic fabric stronger,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the nation in the 21st edition of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.
ALSO READ Congress committed a historical blunder by imposing the Emergency, now the party is shrinking: Rajnath SinghStating that though the people were enjoying complete democracy now, Prime Minister Modi said there was a time in 1975 when the freedom of the people were curbed and 1,000 of political activists and student leaders were imprisoned without any reason.”People’s participation is essential in a democracy. I am happy that people in my country have always given importance to democracy. There was a day when voice of people was trampled over but now, the people of India express their views how the Government is doing,” he added.

Attack on CRPF convoy a desperate attempt to create problems: Kiren Rijiju

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.In the deadliest attack on security forces in recent years, eight CRPF personnel were yesterday 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 here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”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.”

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.

Ishrat Jahan case: Congress wants CBI to investigate ‘tampering of evidences’

The Congress Party on Thursday dubbed the controversy surrounding the Ishrat Jahan encounter case as a ‘clear case of fabrication and tampering of evidences’.”It’s a clear case of fabrication and tampering of evidences, and possibly destruction of records by officials at such a senior level. An FIR should be registered against them, and they should be arrested,” Congress legal cell secretary KC Mittal told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”An investigation should also be carried out. The CBI must also get in touch with the persons behind all this conspiracy,” he added.Asserting that there could be a nexus between the government, including some ministers, and officials holding responsible positions, said Mittal, adding: “It is a very serious kind of attempt aimed to destroy evidences.””You are tampering with the justice delivery system, you are tampering the evidence. Therefore, action should be taken, and the FIR should be registered by the CBI,” he said. He further said it is the right time for the CBI to show people that it is an independent authority in the country.Earlier, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju alleged that former home minister P Chidambaram attempted to give a clean-chit to Ishrat Jahan during the UPA rule.”We have already got the reports by the one-man committee constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs. We have seen the report and some of the important documents are still untraceable. And the intention is very clear. How these important documents are taken out of the records in the Home Ministry and why a hard core terrorist was declared as innocent through an affidavit?” he said.Former home minister P. Chidamabram, who drew flak for the alleged two affidavits filed by the Centre in the Ishrat Jahan case, said the reports published in a leading daily “completely exposed the fake controversy created by the NDA government”, adding that it vindicates his stand.

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.

Government in damage control mode as EAM Sushma Swaraj to meet African students today

In wake of the recent attacks on the African nationals, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is set to meet African students to assure them of their safety and security in India.The Indian Government had yesterday assured the family members of African national Masunda Oliver, who was brutally killed in the national capital, that speedy trial would take place in the case and all the three accused would be prosecuted as per law of the land.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Birender Yadav, Joint Secretary (West Africa), who met the family members of Oliver at the airport, offered his heartfelt condolences and informed that the Indian government would bear all the expenses to dispatch his mortal remains back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
ALSO READ Unfortunate if Indians dilute their friendship with Africans: Pranab MukherjeeExpressing “deep” concern over attacks on African nationals here, President Pranab Mukherjee had yesterday said it is “not tolerable” as India’s relationship with African countries is close, and always we considered.Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju earlier in the day had dubbed the recent attacks as ‘unfortunate’.
ALSO READ Attacks on Africans: Minor scuffle blown up by media, says VK SinghRijiju said the government will try its best to avoid such episodes in the future.”After what has happened with the African students in Delhi, we are holding regular meetings to come up with ways to sensitize the local populace,” Rijiju said.
ALSO READ African countries demand concrete steps against ‘Afro-phobia’ and racism, Sushma promises ‘stringent action’ “Arrests have already been made and the foreign ministry is also looking into the matter along with us. I also had a meeting with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the same,” he added.A week after the killing of a Congolese man in the national capital that stirred a diplomatic row and instigated violence against Indians in Congo, four attacks on African nationals by the residents in Chattarpur were reported on Friday.Five people were arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the four attack incidents on the African nationals on Sunday. The African nationals had sustained minor injuries in the attack that took place in South Delhi’s Mehrauli area on Friday.The accused have been arrested are identified as- Babu (32), Kunal (20), Om Prakash (24), Rahul alias Rocky (24) and Ajay (25). The police are carrying out search operations to nab the other accused persons.On Sunday, Swaraj spoke to Rajnath Singh and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung about the attacks and said she was assured that the culprits would soon be arrested.”They assured me that the culprits will be arrested soon and sensitisation campaign will be launched in areas where African nationals reside,” she tweeted.

Sanctioning funds for development in North East not an issue: Rijiju

Itanagar: Sanctioning of funds for development activities is not an issue as the central government is adopting all possible ways to develop the North East region, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said.

The union minister’s assertion came yesterday during his visit to the fire accident site at Seppa in East Kameng district to take stock of the situation.

At least 27 houses were reduced to ashes in a devastating fire at ALC colony at Seppa on 20 May.

Kiren Rijiju

A file photo of Kiren Rijiju. PTI

Inquiring about the actual cause of the incident and number of families affected, Rijiju informed that he had already discussed the matter with the chief minister and has requested him to provide all necessary assistance, an official release informed here today.

The union minister also assured to extend necessary support in reconstruction and rehabilitation, it said.

Promising he would always be there for the development of the region, Rijiju asserted his party is pro-poor and pro-development.

Rijiju also wanted to know the status about the construction work at Government Model College, Seppa and other development activities being undertaken in the district, it said.

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.

Kiren Rijiju flies on board fighter jet Sukhoi-30 MKI

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday flew on board a Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft, joining an elite list of dignitaries who have undertaken a sortie on the frontline fighter jet.Forty-four-year-old Rijiju took off from Indian Air Force’s Halwara base in Punjab and flew for about 30 minutes in the supersonic jet, which can go up to the height of 56,800 feet at a maximum speed of 2,100 km per hour. “Sukhoi flying brought me closer to IAF team at Halwara Air Force Station. Salute to brave pilots for securing our sky,” the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said after the sortie. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rijiju joined the list of dignitaries who had cruised in the aircraft that include former Presidents late A P J Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil and former Defence Minister George Fernandes. Rijiju occupied the co-pilot’s seat along with an experienced top notch fighter pilot of the IAF.Sources said a few days ago Rijiju had undergone a successful medical fitness test. The Minister wore a jump suit and a special eye-gear so that he could comfortably undertake the high-altitude sortie. Rijiju under took the sortie following a request by IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, sources said.

No ‘border haats’ with China in Arunachal Pradesh: Kiren Rijiju

India on Tuesday ruled out setting up trading centres along its border with China in Arunachal Pradesh saying such an initiative could be taken only when Beijing agrees to it.”China has to agree. We can’t enforce anyone. There has to be mutual consent, then only ‘border haats’ can be set up,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in Lok Sabha during the Question Hour. Rijiju’s statement came when Congress MP from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering asked why India can’t set up ‘border haats’ along the Sino-Indian border in the state. The Minister said without cooperation from the other country, no trade can take place in any ‘border haat’.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Currently, India has a border trading post with China at Nathu La in Sikkim. Rijiju said India and Bangladesh have agreed to set up six more ‘border haats’ soon for promotion of trade along the international borders. At present, four ‘border haats’ — two in Meghalaya and two in Tripura — are functional along Indo-Bangladesh border and the four new ‘border haats’ — two in Tripura and four in Meghalaya –will be set up soon. “The establishment of ‘border haats’ is expected to promote the well being of the people in areas across the borders of the two countries, which in turn will maintain peace and tranquillity in the border regions,” he said.Replying a supplementary question, Rijiju said the Home Ministry facilitates safety and security of border areas so that proper trading could take place between the people of two nations. “We are not here to do business but to ensure safety and security of people and facilitate that proper trade could take place in border haats,” he said. The Minister said during two years of the Modi government, various efforts were taken for promotion of trade along the international borders.”But we are not satisfied with whatever we have done so far and want to do more. We are committed to do more,” he said. Rijiju said government has adopted multi-pronged strategy to secure effective management of Indian borders, curb insurgency as well as to maintain peace and security in the border regions. Adequate steps are taken to curb human trafficking like issuing advisories to state governments and sensitizing law enforcement agencies, he said.

Two days on, Uttarakhand forest fires finally show signs of abating

Dehradun/New Delhi: Forest fires raging through large parts of Uttarakhand began showing signs of abating as two IAF choppers and over 10,000 personnel continued firefighting operations for the second day on Monday.

The number of active fires dropped sharply to 40 in the hill state and the Centre claimed the situation was “under control”.

Three persons were arrested from Pithoragarh and Nainital for burning dry leaves of Cheed and stoking the fires.

“There are only 40 active fires in the state on Monday in comparison to Sunday’s 73 which is an encouraging sign. It shows that the situation is gradually getting under control…Today there were 271 incidents of forest fires in the state out of which 232 have been extinguished, ” Additional Chief Secretary (Forest) S Ramaswamy said.

Two IAF helicopters made nine sorties from Nainital and Pauri and poured water out of Bamdi buckets over the flaming forests as 10,000 personnel fought numerous infernos on the ground.

A forest fire in Uttarakhand. Image courtesy: NDRFA forest fire in Uttarakhand. Image courtesy: NDRF

A forest fire in Uttarakhand. Image courtesy: NDRF

Governor K K Paul, who is closely monitoring the situation, spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of Forest and Environment Prakash Javadekar and briefed them about the situation prevailing in the state where forests in 3185.45 hectares have been blighted since 2 February.

According to Raj Bhawan sources, the Prime Minister asked the Governor to keep the Centre posted about the steps being taken to put out forest fires and assured him of all help from the Centre to overcome the situation.

President Pranab Mukherjee also shared his concern with the Governor and expressed his condolences to families which had lost their kin in forest fire incidents. Around 5-6 people were reportedly killed in such incidents over the past few days.

In Delhi, Union Minister of State for Home Kirren Rijiju said the fires have been largely contained.

“As per the latest information, fire has been contained. Situation is under control now,” Rijiju told reporters.

A four-member Central team of experts, including Special Director Centre for Fire Explosives K C Wadha and director of Delhi Fire Services G C Misra have reached Uttarakhand to assess the situation and suggest possible remedies. Rijiju said, if required, the Centre would send additional personnel to assist the state.

“Kumaon is very much under control now with two MI 17 choppers conducting several sorties over affected areas to sprinkle water. We have to concentrate now with greater focus on Garhwal,” Principal Conservator of Forest B P Gupta, who is the nodal officer for firefighting operations for both regions said.

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Ishrat Jahan case: Chidambaram played with country’s security, says Kiren Rijiju

Maintaining that the question as to whether former union home minister P. Chidambaram had signed the affidavits in the Ishrat Jahan case is already in the public domain, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday trained his guns on the Congress and alleged that there could be more people involved in it.Rijiju said the basic question that arises is how a home minister could absolve a terrorist on his own.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Chidambaram Saheb was the home minister, who was responsible for India’s security. And if the home minister starts playing with the country’s security, what will happen to the nation. I am asking how can a home minister absolve a terrorist on his own, there must be a grand design behind that, in which more people will be involved. A responsible home minister can’t play such a big game with the nation’s security,” Rijiju told ANI in an exclusive interview.
ALSO READ Ishrat Jahan case: Arun Jaitley accuses Congress of compromising national security”I want to say that the planned manner in which the Congress Party coined and used the term ‘Bhagwa Atankwaad’ (Saffron Terror) and the way Chidambarm acted as the home minister, they appear to be connected,” he added.Rijiju accused the Congress Party of playing with the nation’s security.”We too did not trust it initially, but as things unfolded before us we have come to know that they have played a big game with the country’s security. We are looking into it and will take action, but the Congress Party should answer,” Rijiju said.”It has become clear from Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in Parliament and what we have seen in the Home Ministry that the previous government, especially former home minister P. Chidambaram, used position (power) in a very wrong manner,” he added.Responding to allegations that the Ishrat encounter was ‘fake’, he said: “It’s a different issue. When Osama-bin -Laden was killed by America’s special force in Pakistan, did anybody question that the encounter was wrong or was not according to law. Whatever happens with terrorism is a different issue.”Meanwhile, BJP has questioned the Congress Party’s silence over reports claiming that Chidambaram had signed the first affidavit in the Ishrat case, and accused the grand old party of hatching a conspiracy against the people of India with a political agenda.”Latest revelation on Ishrat Jahan has actually nailed Chidambaram and the Congress because of the dubious way with which they wanted to implicate Narendra Modi. They have done great disservice to the country,” Javadekar told ANI.”It is a conspiracy against the people of India. This needs to be taken to its logical conclusion. And I am wondering why Chidambaram and Rahul Gandhi are silent. This was a conspiracy with a political agenda,” he added.Media reports revealed that Chidambaram had in fact signed the first affidavit, which declared Ishrat and three others as terrorists, but gave all four a clean chit a month later as serious amendments were made in the second affidavit also signed by him.The first affidavit in the encounter case stated that Ishrat was a LeT operative, who was part of a plot to assassinate the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Chidambaram had initially claimed that the first affidavit declaring Ishrat and three others as terrorists was filed in the court without his approval, adding that he had made some editorial changes to avoid misinterpretation when the matter was brought to his notice.Chidambaram, however, completely altered his stance in the second affidavit, saying that intelligence inputs on Ishrat and the three others did not constitute conclusive proof and favoured a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in the encounter.

Samjhauta blast case: No pressure on NIA to give clean chit to anyone, says Kiren Rijiju

The government on Wednesday said it has not put any pressure on National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing right-wing terror cases including Samjhauta Express and Malegaon blast cases, to give clean chit to any of the accused.”There is no pressure from the government on NIA. All required procedures will be followed in sensitive cases,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told reporters.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rijiju’s comments came a day after NIA Chief Sharad Kumar said there was no evidence linking arrested Army officer, Lt Col Prasad Purohit, who was chargesheeted in Malegaon 2008 terror case, with the Samjhauta blast case.The government has been facing criticism on social networking sites for allegedly putting pressure on NIA to take a U-turn in all such cases. The minister criticised Congress for coining the word “saffron terror” and said this terminology was given by that party as it was “working with an agenda”. This government will strictly go by the rules, Rijiju said. “We don’t work with any bad intentions. We don’t pressurise the probe agencies,” he said. He also claimed during the tenure of the UPA government, officers were pressurised to go out of the way in certain cases.Questions have been raised in certain quarters over certain steps being taken by NIA in allegedly diluting the cases relating to right-wing terror cases. NIA has filed a charge sheet against eight people in connection with Samjhauta blast case which includes Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Asimanand, late Sunil Joshi alias Sunilji, Ramchandra Kalsangra, Sandeep Dange (both absconding), Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan, Amit and Rajender Choudhary.CASE DETAILSThe case pertains to the criminal conspiracy which resulted in bomb blasts in the Attari Express (Samjhauta) train near Panipat, Haryana on February 18, 2007. This blast and the consequent fire in the train coaches resulted in the loss of 68 lives and injuries to 12 train passengers, including women and children.The other case, in which Purohit is an accused, pertains to bombing in Malegaon area of Maharashtra on September 29, 2008. A blast rocked the area in which four persons were killed while several others injured. The probe was initially conducted by the Maharashtra ATS and later handed over to NIA.Besides Purohit, Pragya Singh Thakur, Shivnarayan Kalsangra, Shyam Sahu, Ramesh Upadhya, Sameer Kulkarni, Ajay, Rakesh Dhawade, Jagdish Mhatre, Sudhakar Dwivedi, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Pravin Takalki have been arrested. Ramaji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, who are absconding accused in the Samjauta blast case, have also been chargesheeted in this case.

No human rights in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, says Union Minister Rijiju

New Delhi: In the wake of protests in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said that there is no human rights in that region and this had become amply clear on many occasions in the past.

“There is no human rights in PoK. This had been amply exposed many times earlier also,” Rijiju, Minister of State for Home, told reporters on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi.

Protesters owing allegiance to Jammu and Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF), along with some members of Jammu and Kashmir National Awami Party (JKNAP), reportedly carried out a demonstration rally in Muzaffarabad area of PoK, condemning the “oppressive rule” by Pakistani authorities and the PoK government.

The protesters raised the issue of job vacancies, which are rare in the area, only being given to Pakistani youth, marginalising Kashmiri youth of the area.

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.

India terms Pak video on Jadhav doctored and fake

After a firm denial issued by the ministry of external affairs of a confessional video released by Pakistan of a purported Indian spy, the home ministry has also termed it as “doctored and fake”.”The fake and doctored video made by Pakistan will have no effect on international platforms. The problem within Pakistan is one thing, then they are cooking up stories and doctoring videos to defame India,” said minister of state for home, Kiren Rijiju.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alleging that Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Naval officer, was caught spying on behalf of India’s external espionage agency, R&AW, Pakistan government had released a confessional video clip of the said officer on Tuesday kick- starting a diplomatic spar between the two countries.In the purported controversial video statement, Jadhav identified himself as Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav number 41558Z, a serving officer of the Indian Navy. In the purported confessional statement, Jadhav further said that his cover name was Hussain Mubarik Patel which he had taken for doing some intelligence gathering for the Indian agencies that included holding meetings with Baloch insurgents and carry out activities with their collaboration.The Pakistani claims were countered with strong denial by India. Claiming that Jadhav was a former Indian naval officer doing business in Iran and is under Pakistani custody under unexplained circumstances, the MEA in a statement said, “The individual claims to make the statements of his own free will not only challenges credulity but clearly indicates tutoring.”Categorically rejecting all allegations of Jadhav’s involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan, the government further said, “Our enquiries reveal that he apparently was being harassed while operating a legitimate business from Iran. While we probe this aspect further, his presence now in Pakistan raises questions, including the possibility of his abduction from Iran.”While India has strongly demanded Jadhav’s consular access, the request has not been heeded to by the Pakistani authorities so far.

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)

Sedition law: Have asked the Law Commission to do comprehensive review, says Kiren Rijiju

Government on Wednesday acknowledged that the definition of Sedition law is “very wide” and said it is being reviewed by the Law Commission after members in Rajya Sabha demanded that it should be scrapped as it is a colonial legacy and a “relic”.Home Minister Rajnath Singh agreed for an all-party meeting to discuss the issue after the Law Commission submits its report on the law which has come under focus in the wake of JNU controversy. The government also rejected Opposition charge that it was rampantly using the law and pointed out that except the one case of JNU, sedition cases have mostly been registered outside Delhi.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Definition is very wide'”Anbody, who speaks against the government can be booked under sedition law. Amendments have been suggested because the definition is very wide…there are various cases. That is why concerns were have been raised. I would like the ask the Law Commission to consider a very comprehensive review,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in replying to questions. Rajnath Singh added that the “Law Commission is carrying out a review regarding this law. Our government has said that they should submit the report as soon as possible.” Rijiju said the Law Commission, in its 42nd report, had noted that the sedition law is “defective” but did not favour its deletion.He said that in another report also, the Commission sought a change in the defintion of sedition but did not favour the scrapping of the law. Asked whether any timeframe has been fixed for the Law Commission to submit its report, Rijiju said the Home Ministry has from time to time written to Ministry of Law and Justice to speed up the process.Rejecting Opposition charge that the NDA government was rampantly using the law, Rijiju said, “It is registered in Telangana not Delhi”, alluding to the sedition case lodged against Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal.Quoting figures from a report of National Crime Records Bureau, he said a total of 47 cases under the sedition law were reported across the country in 2014 of which the maximum 16 cases were registered in Bihar in which 28 arrests were made.”The second highest is Jharkhand,” he said adding that Kerala and Odissa follow them in the descending order. He said that while the Opposition is directly accusing the government of taking action against the students, the fact is that some cases have also been registered against politicians.Opposition reacts Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said given the wide definition of the sedition law as pointed out by the minister “half of the parties of the country will be anti-national if there is a ban on speaking against the government.” He also wondered whether those engaged in “communal divide” will also be brought under the ambit of sedition law after review.Sharad Yadav (JD-U) said this was a law made by the Britishers and the government should get rid of this “colonial legacy”. “This should be scrapped,” he insisted. Yadav also sought an all-party meeting to discuss the sedition law, to which the Home Minister said, “we will do it after the Law Commission gives its report.” Singh also expressed agreement with Azad’s contention for tough action against those fanning communal divide.”We are in cent percent agreement with the view of the Leader of Opposition that there should be tough action against those creating communal divide. Standing in this House, I appeal to all state governments to take tough action against those trying to wage communal divides,” the Home Minister said.Azad said the issue of sedition was never talked about in past in the manner it has been discussed for last few days. “The sedition law needs to be revisited. You take action against those who slogans against the country. But even more dangerous are those, who are engaged in carrying out communal divide. Will this also come under the new sedition law,” the Congress leader said. Rijiju said that no communal angle should be brought when a law is made in the country.”Except the incident of Delhi, there is no incident at any other place, which shows any such intention of NDA and BJP,” the minister said. D Raja (CPI) said the 124 (A) Indian Penal Code under which one is charged with sedition is a “relic”. He said he had brought a private members’ bill in 2011 demnanding the deletion of the sedition law.Raja asked “what is the justification of slapping sedition charge against (JNU Students union leader) Kanhaiya Kumar and other students. We are demanding the scrapping of the sedition law. I am asking the Home Minister to answer this question directly. What is the justification of slapping sedition charges against the students.”Rijiju said that often it is found that the sedition charge was found violative of section 19 A. On the specific issue of the JNU row, he said it is “sub-judice and there is already a case going on.”Rijiju says he is not defending Delhi Police Rijiju said since the JNU case is sub-judice, its pros and cons should not be debated. He, however, hastened to add “I am not defending the action of the Delhi Police. I am just stating the facts.” In the written reply, he said the Indian Penal Code was promulgated in 1860 and section 124A of the IPC related to sedition was inserted in IPC in 1870 through an amendment.”In October 2012, a request was made by the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Ministry of Law and Justice to study the usage of the provisions of the section 124A of IPC and suggest amendments, if any, so that necessary steps can be taken in this regard.”The Ministry of Law and Justice requested the Law Commission to consider a comprehensive review of the criminal laws of the country. On December 11 in 2014, the Law Commission intimated that they have identified certain focus areas and formed subgroups to deliberate on such areas, in the context of comprehensive review of criminal laws,” he said.

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.

No intolerance in India: Kiren Rijiju tells Parliament

Government on Tuesday denied existence of alleged intolerance in the country.ICC World Twenty20 2016: Afghanistan vs Scotland, Group B 2nd T20 Match Live Cricket Scores & Ball by Ball commentary”The prevailing situation in the country does not indicate existence of alleged intolerance in the country,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told the Lok Sabha in a written reply. The Minister said in the first month (January) of 2016, a total of 59 communal incidents took place in different parts of the country of which 12 were reported in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in Madhya Pradesh and seven in Bihar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In 2015, a total of 751 communal incidents were reported in the country of which 155 took place in Uttar Pradesh, 105 each in Maharashtra and Karnataka, 71 in Bihar, 65 in Rajasthan and 55 in Gujarat. Altogether 644 communal incidents were reported across India in 2014 and 823 in 2013.

Pakistan registers case to probe Pathankot attack

For the first time, Pakistan has taken action on terror strikes in India by registering a case to investigate the role of its citizens involved in the Pathankot attack, based on evidence provided by India, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.”Case has been registered (by Pakistan). This is for the first time Pakistan has taken action,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in reply to questions, adding that India had given evidence to Pakistan on the Pathankot terror strike. Rijiju statements comes amidst din created by AIADMK members seeking action against former Home Minister’s son Karti Chidambaram in the alleged Aircel-Maxis scam. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In response to another question, the other Minister of State in Home Ministry, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, said “based on intelligence inputs received prior to the attack, and the subsequent investigation into the Pathankot terrorist attack by the NIA, it has been disclosed that the terrorists belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist outfit based in Pakistan.””There is also evidence on record that this terrorist attack was planned by JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar and others,” Chaudhary said in a written reply.He said the Pakistan government had registered a case to investigate the “role of Pakistani elements involved in this terrorist attack.” Rijiju, while responding to a question, said border fencing at certain places is difficult due to terrain but BSF is keeping a strict watch to thrawt infiltration attempts.The government said a multi-agency centre has been strengthened and re-organised to enable it to function on 24×7 basis for real time collation and sharing of intelligence with other security agencies and states which ensures seamless flow of information between the state and central agencies.

JNU row: Delhi Police will act ‘as per law’, says Kiren Rijiju

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said the Delhi Police will act as per the law to arrest the JNU students facing sedition charges.Replying to a media poser as to when will the police arrest the students who raised anti-India slogans during an event in the JNU campus on February 9, he said the police will take action at an appropriate time.Meanwhile, JNU student Umar Khalid and four others against whom a lookout notice had been issued moved the Delhi High Court on Tuesday, seeking ample security before they surrender so that no untoward incident happens.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The five students Umar Khalid, Anant Prakash Narayan, Ashutosh Kumar, Rama Naga and Anirban Bhattacharya returned to the campus on Sunday night. Earlier on Monday, Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi asked the JNU students to join the probe and present evidence of their innocence.When asked if the police would enter the JNU campus to arrest the students, the top cop said that his men are competent enough to deal with the situation.

‘Was there a murder?’ MoS Kiren Rijiju on Patiala House court scuffle

New Delhi: Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday kicked up a storm with his remarks “was there a murder” on being asked why police had not acted against lawyers and others thrashing journalists, students and teachers at the premises of the court hearing the JNU case.

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

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

“There may be issues of scuffle,” he said, asking, “Was there a murder, I don’t know.”

Violence broke out in the Patiala House court complex on Monday when groups of lawyers attacked journalists and students and teachers of JNU in and outside the court dubbing them as anti-national. The incident took place in the presence of police.

Asked about Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi describing the incident as a “minor scuffle” which will be “looked into”, the Union minister of state for home shot back, “Who is saying that. I don’t know but I am sure police will take action. I have not gone into details of this particular incident.

“What I am saying is there may be physical fights. It will not amount to sedition. There may be issues of scuffles, there may be something, there may be heinous crime. There are different layers of law as per the intensity of the particular crime. I am nobody to tell police to book the person under this or that law,” he told CNN-IBN.
“Don’t discuss about the scuffle which the police will take note of,” he said, adding, “please come to the more serious issue” (of sloganeering).

He was asked about police arresting JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar at the university campus on charges of sedition but looking the other way when journalists, students and teachers were being beaten up in their presence.

Rijiju had defended his senior in the home ministry, Rajnath Singh, saying there were enough indications that Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed was backing the incident in Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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JNU row: Govt issues clarification, says action only against ‘anti-national’ protests

Maintaining that the Centre was against only a ‘handful’ of people responsible for the current state of unrest at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said that the government had problems with students protesting only when it was ‘anti-national’.”Because of the act of some people, a reputed institute like the JNU is facing disrepute. I think that instead of condemning a mistake, trying to fix the issue is what is adding fuel to fire. We don’t believe that all the students at JNU are indulging in wrongful activities, but yes there are a handful who are the root of this problem, so that needs to be condemned,” Naqvi said. He asserted that the slogans, which were chanted at JNU against the hanging of Afzal Guru, were in no way the works of the people with ‘nationalist’ mindset.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We don’t have any objection to students raising their voice and protesting, but the reason behind it is important. If an anti-national activity has happened and action is being taken against it and someone protests against it then it is unfortunate,” Naqvi said. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju called for no obstruction in the investigation that is underway over the JNU campus row.”Extreme leftist minded people will keep talking drivel against the nation, but the police should be allowed to continue with the investigation and there should be no obstruction,” Rijiju told the media here.Meanwhile, JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been arrested and charged with sedition for allegedly raising anti-India slogans, will be produced before a Delhi court today as his three-day police remand ends.Kumar was arrested on Friday allegedly for raising anti-India slogans at an event organised by students on the JNU campus to commemorate the death of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was executed in 2013. He was sent to three-day police custody after the Delhi Police told the court that they wanted to probe his alleged links to ‘terrorist groups’.Kumar was arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy and sedition under Sections 124A and 120B of the Indian Penal Code.

JNU campus row: Won’t allow spread of anti-national sentiment, says Kiren Rijiju

Amidst the ongoing row over alleged anti-India activities in JNU campus, Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday said the government will not allow anyone to spread anti-national sentiment in the country.”It is not acceptable if someone raises anti-India slogans in the country. We will not allow anti-national sentiment to spread,” he told reporters.The Minister of State for Home said there is anger in the country over the JNU incident and action has to be taken against those involved in raising anti-India slogans. JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested today in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy over holding of an event there.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of students on Tuesday held the event on the JNU campus and allegedly shouted slogans against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in 2013. The event occurred despite varsity administration having cancelled the permission following a complaint by ABVP members, who termed the activity as “anti-national”.The JNU administration has instituted a “disciplinary” inquiry as to how the event took place despite withdrawal of permission and said it will wait for the probe report before taking any further action.

Centre not discriminating against any state, says Kiren Rijiju

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said the Centre is not discriminating against any state no matter which political party is in power there.At a review meeting with district level officials here Rijiju said in view of Uttarakhand’ vulnerability to natural disasters funds have already been given by the Centre to the state government. Underscoring the importance of further strengthening the State Disaster Response Force and the National Disaster Response Force, he said the Centre is not discriminating against any state on the basis of which party it happens to be governed by.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Describing life in the hills as difficult, Rijiju said it is better if policies for the development of the hills are framed not in Delhi but after a first hand assessment of the conditions prevailing in these areas. Laying emphasis on infrastructural development in border areas, he reiterated the Centre’s commitment to provide basic facilities like power, roads and communication systems saying these things alone can help people living in such areas to join the mainstream of development.Terming Jan Dhan yojana, Mudra loan, Atal Pension Yojana, Digital and Make In India as the major achievements of Narendra Modi government, Rijiju said these schemes had given a new identity to India in the international arena. Replying to a question related to the rehabilitation of more than two dozen villages displaced by the Tehri dam, the Union Minister said he will speak to Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal to find a solution to the vexed issue.He said his visit to Tehri follows the Prime Minister’s instruction to every minister to chose two Lok Sabha constituencies each to interact with people and know about their problems.

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.

No racial discrimination will be allowed to take place: Kiren Rijiju

Amidst outrage over the alleged assault and stripping of a Tanzanian woman in Bengaluru, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said the incident is a matter of shame and no racial discrimination will be tolerated in the country.”For 200 years, India was enslaved by foreigners. We have been fighting racial discrimination. But in India itself, if there is racial discrimination, the government will take it very seriously. We will not allow racial discrimination to take place in the country. This is a matter of shame for the entire nation,” the Minister of State for Home told reporters. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 21-year-old Tanzanian student was allegedly beaten up and stripped by a mob in a case of “mistaken identity” after a woman was mowed down by a car in Bengaluru on Sunday night. Five persons have been arrested in this connection.

Bengaluru racist attack: Won’t allow racial discrimination to take place in India, says Rijiju

New Delhi: Amid outrage over the alleged assault and stripping of a Tanzanian woman in Bengaluru, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said the incident is a matter of shame and no racial discrimination will be tolerated in the country.

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

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

“For 200 years, India was enslaved by foreigners. We have been fighting racial discrimination. But in India itself, if there is racial discrimination, the government will take it very seriously.

“We will not allow racial discrimination to take place in the country. This is a matter of shame for the entire nation,” the Minister of State for Home told reporters in New Delhi.

A 21-year-old Tanzanian student was allegedly beaten up and stripped by a mob in a case of “mistaken identity” after a woman was mowed down by a car in Bengaluru on Sunday night.

Five persons have been arrested in this connection.

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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.

Country’s security is top priority of Centre: Kiren Rijiju

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said the country’s security is the top priority of the Central government and it will not allow anyone to disturb the nation’s peace and harmony.”The country’s peace and communal harmony will be maintained at any cost and we will never allow anybody to disturb it and those who are attempting to disturb it will be given befitting reply,” Rijiju, who is on a two-day Punjab visit told reporters. He said any attempt made to disturb peace in the country through the international border will always be foiled.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Such threats are being tackled stringently and security forces are being provided better infrastructure to foil the nefarious designs,” he said. Talking about the purpose of his visit, Rijiju said that he was here to take stock of the border area and problems being faced by the security people and inhabitants and to resolve such problems.The Union Minister of State for Home said he was here on the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to check the problems being faced by people living in villages near Indo-Pak border. The minister also paid obeisance at the sanctum sactorum of the Golden Temple and paid tribute to the martyrs of historic Jallianwalla Bagh, besides visiting the Integrated Check Post at Attari border.

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