<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said he is hopeful the works that have come to a standstill in the national capital will be expedited under new Lt Governor Anil Baijal.Baijal (70), a former Union Home Secretary, took over as the Lt Governor of Delhi today. “I am very hopeful that in the future, we all – MLAs, Delhi government, people of Delhi – will work with the Lt Governor for development of Delhi. “In the last few months, some works of Delhi government have come to standstill. I hope that these works will be expedited,” Kejriwal said.Baijal’s predecessor Najeeb Jung and the Delhi government have been at loggerheads on a range of issues including transfer and posting of officers since AAP came to power. On being asked about his relationship with the AAP government after taking oath, Baijal said, “This is a speculative thing and I don’t know how the relationship will improve. We will sit together and talk.” Baijal was administered the oath of office and secrecy of Lt Governor by Chief Justice of Delhi High Court G Rohini.Apart from the Chief Minister, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, judges, Delhi Chief Secretary M M Kutty, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Water Minister Kapil Mishra, New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Opposition leader Vijender Gupta and other two BJP MLAs O P Sharma and Jadgish Pradhan, senior bureaucrats attended the oath-taking ceremony. Baijal, a 1969 batch IAS officer, had served as Union Home Secretary under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, besides holding key positions in other ministries.He had retired in 2006 as secretary of the Urban Development Ministry. He was also the vice chairman of Delhi Development Authority. Baijal was actively associated with the designing and roll-out of Rs 60,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) launched by the Manmohan Singh government. The former bureaucrat was also on the executive council of the think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation, several of whose former members have been appointed to senior positions by the Modi government including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
The government, on Wednesday, said that it has cancelled the FCRA licence of close to 20,000 of the 33,000 NGOs operating in the country after they were found to be flouting certain norms laid out in the Foreign Contributions Registrations Act, 2010.
The FCRA or Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 is nothing but a regulatory act formed to keep a check on civil society bodies that may be receiving foreign funds in an illegal manner. Therefore, the cancellation of an FCRA licence means that the NGOs in question can no longer take funds from a foreign contributor but they can continue to work on donations given by Indian companies and individuals.
Home Ministry officials said after cancellation of the FCRA licences of around 20,000 NGOs, only 13,000 NGOs in the country are legally valid now to receive foreign funds.
The exercise of reviewing the working of the NGOs was started about a year ago and the process is still continuing, official sources said.
Among the 13,000 valid NGOs, around 3,000 have submitted applications for renewal while Ministry of Home Affairs received 2,000 new applications for registration under the FCRA for the first time.
An additional 300 NGOs are currently under prior permission category but not registered under the FCRA. This means that although these NGOs don’t hold a FCRA licence, they can accept funds from foreign sources by taking prior permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The FCRA licences of around 16 NGOs were renewed by the Home Ministry under the “automatic” route and all the cases were reviewed thoroughly and except in two cases, 14 NGOs have been put under the prior permission category, while papers of two other NGOs are under examination.
As per FCRA, if an NGO is put under prior permission category, it is barred to receive foreign funding from abroad without taking permission from the Home Ministry.
With inputs from PTI
First Published On : Dec 28, 2016 19:12 IST
Guwahati: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday the security of the more than 200-kilometre-long Indo-Bangladesh border was a priority for the BJP government and it will be completely sealed in next one and a half years.
“We are committed to sealing the 223.7-km Indo-Bangladesh border and the process is on. It is expected to be completed within the next year and a half,” Singh said addressing BJP workers in Guwahati.
“Bangladesh is our neighbouring country and we share a good and warm relation, which we will continue to pursue and remain committed to in the future,” he said.
The Union minister, without referring to the issues of illegal migration and granting of citizenship to Hindu refugees, assured the people of Assam that BJP was committed to protect the interests of the indigenous population of the state as per Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.
“We are committed to Clause 6 of the Assam Accord and will protect it even if we have to amend the Constitution,” he said.
Referring to the updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, Singh said the process is underway and the state government should complete it soon.
The Union minister said the Centre will make no compromise on the issue of insurgency as he claimed that violence has considerably come down in the state.
“If any people or group have any grievances, problems or issues, we are ready to talk to them… We are ready to embrace them and talk. But if there is violence, there will be no compromise,” he added.
First Published On : Dec 26, 2016 19:20 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday pitched for providing incentives in defence manufacturing saying foreign companies are not only interested in investing in India but also ready to transfer technologies.Singh said ‘self reliance’ was a must towards ensuring ‘foolproof’ internal security of a country while underlining the need to reduce dependency on other countries, especially in the defence sector. “Israeli and Chinese companies seek to come to India and make investment for the purpose of defence production. They are not only ready to make investment and production, but also ready to even transfer technology to India if needed. We should consider giving more incentives in manufacturing in defence sector,” Singh said during a conference on ‘Defence Production’ organised by trade body ASSOCHAM.Singh said defence production has not been encouraged in the past, “although previous governments may have tried. This triggered corruption instead of increasing competitiveness in defence orders,” he said. “As far as the question of purchasing defence equipment is concerned, I can say that decisions to purchase defence equipment are now being taken fast as compared to past and their implementation is also ensured. If we can make ‘Mangalyaan’ in a fraction of cost, then why should we depend on import on other nations,” Singh said.He said that India was emerging as a global hub in Research and Development as well, especially in manufacturing and engineering R&D through ‘Make in India’ initiative. “Even in defence sector, indigenous defence production has been encouraged through ‘Make in India’ and the government wants to take it forward,” Singh said.”Securing internal and external security of a country cannot be imagined unless it becomes self-reliant. Even if a country is not fully self-reliant, it will have to make sure that its dependence on other nations should be less,” the minister said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Launching a frontal attack on Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said terrorism is the weapon of cowards and added that India would give a befitting reply to the unprovoked ceasefire violations from the other side of the border.Singh, who was addressing a rally during the ‘Shahidi Diwas’ programme in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, said Pakistan needs to mend its ways.”Pakistan should understand that terrorism is not the weapon of brave, but of cowards,” he said.Speaking on issue of several youth joining the ISIS, Singh said, “They (ISIS) never got foothold in India because India doesn’t support terrorism.”Referring to the surgical strike by the Indian Army post the Uri terror attack, he said, “I want to assure that this government will never let India to bow its head before anyone and will always give befitting reply to Pakistan’s attack.”Earlier in the day, Singh along with Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh paid homage to martyrs.The Home Minister is also likely to review the security situation of the state, particularly along the Line of Control and International Border.
Sun, 4 Dec 2016-05:04pm , Nagpur , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur.Thackeray, who arrived in Nagpur this morning, drove to the RSS headquarters where he met Bhagwat. Their meeting lasted for about an hour. What transpired between the two leaders is not known, but Sangh sources claimed it was a courtesy call by Thackeray, whose party is an ally in the BJP-ruled coalition at the Centre and Maharashtra.Later, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also met Bhagwat. Singh and Thackeray among other politicians were here to attend the wedding of Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s daughter.The Winter session of Maharashtra Legislature is beginning in Nagpur from Monday, which is likely to be a stormy one with the Opposition expected to raise the issue of demonetization and its impact on common man. The Sena has been critical of the implementation of the Centre’s demonetization drive.
Hyderabad: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday told top police officers of the country not to arrest or harass anyone on basis of allegation of radicalisation unless solid proof is available.
Singh also said that genuine NGOs are free to carry out development works but warned that those organisations which allegedly indulge in anti-national activities will not be spared.
This was conveyed by Singh at the concluding day of the three-day conference of DGPs and IGPs in Hyderabad. The Home Minister told the top police brass categorically that no innocent should be arrested or harassed merely on the allegation of radicalisation and one should be nabbed only after getting adequate proof against the accused, official sources said.
Home Minister, however, directed the DGPs and IGPs to remain alert against attempt to radicalise youths through online and strengthen cyber security apparatus of states. On Friday, Singh had said that due to close coordination between state and Central forces, Indian youths, who were influenced by the dreaded terror group ISIS through online radicalisation, have not been able to successful to carry out any terror attack in the country yet.
“So far, 67 youths, who were influenced by the ISIS, were arrested while planning to carry out terror attack,” he had said.
In Sunday’s meeting, the Home Minister also raised the issue of crack down on NGOs saying that no bonafide NGO doing public service will have to face any kind of government scrutiny. But those NGOs which are allegedly trying to hamper development works or indugle in anti-national activities would not be spared.
Government recently had banned an NGO run by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for alleged terror acts. Besides, FCRA registration of around 20,000 NGOs were also cancelled in last two years for various alleged irregularities.
First Published On : Nov 27, 2016 21:59 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the key elements to check another strike — equipping about 2 lakh fishing boats with Automatic Information System- Proprietary (AIS-P) transponders — is yet to be done. The proposal was cleared at a meeting of coastal states with the Union Home Ministry in June, 2016. The decision was driven by the fact that with fishing becoming a non-viable activity near the coastline because of pollution and ship traffic, even smaller boats are being forced to go into the high seas. “The fishermen are like eyes and ears on the sea for country’s security. But we are yet to receive transponders for small boats. It is must for us as our small boats are forced to go beyond the mandatory 12 nautical miles into the high seas to catch fish across the Maharashtra coastline. We must get it for free,” says Narendra R Patil, General Secretary, Maharashtra Machhimar Kruti Samitee (MMKS).Each transponder costs about Rs 17,000 and the cost of about Rs 336 crore for installing two lakh transponders in small boats will be borne by the Union Home Ministry. Until recently, only dhows or vessels bigger than 20 metres in length were fitted with transponders, leaving out a vast majority of sea boats that according to an Intelligence Bureau report can be used by terrorists again. There are more than a lakh fishermen in just Palghar district of Maharashtra. Two lakh transponders may fall short even for Maharashtra, it says. An AIS-P transponder is fitted on a boat that responds automatically by emitting a friendly signal when intercepted by coastal security and sends out a distress signal when under threat. The signal reaches the nearest Coast Guard/ Navy ship or marine speedboat within 5 seconds. It can track up to 50 km from the coast.But most of the small boats across Maharashtra coastline are yet to be fitted with transponders. Fishermen argue that the system of allowing licensed boats in the sea is also full of loopholes.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday and took stock of the situation in the wake of ambush by militants in which three army personnel were killed and a few others injured.During the 10-minute telephonic conversation, Sonowal briefed the Union Home Minister about the militant attack, the situation arising of the incident and the steps taken to nab the culprits. “I am deeply anguished by the death of army soldiers in an attack in Tinsukia and pray for speedy recovery of the injured. We are monitoring the situation,” Singh said.Three jawans were killed and four others seriously injured in the ambush by a joint group of ULFA(I) and NSCN(K) militants at Pengeri in upper Assam’s Tinsukia district today. A group of about 15 militants attacked an army convoy early this morning and severely damaged two vehicles killing one jawan on the spot and seriously injuring six others, a defence spokesman said.Two of the injured succumbed to their injuries on way to the hospital, he said.
At the time when most in the country were waiting in queues to withdraw cash, Union Home Minister took the opportunity to take a jibe on Pakistan in Bhojpuri, stating how he wants nothing except silence in Pakistan.
“Na aata chahi na tata chahi, humhi ke Pakistan mein sannata chahi (we want nothing except silence in Pakistan),” the minister said on Saturday while speaking to a Bhojpuri-speaking audience in Lucknow, PTI reported.
Singh, also called for unity among all the countries to face the biggest threat to the world posed by terrorism and asserted that the Centre’s move to demonetise high-value currency notes will go a long way in curbing it.
“The biggest threat to the world is posed by terrorism…the entire world will have to unite against it,” he said at a programme organised by Bhojpuri Adhyan Shodh Sansthan in Lucknow.
Replying to a query during an informal interaction with the media, Singh said the decision to scrap the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes should be viewed in the light of terrorism and how it will go a long way in checking it.
“Pakistan and its intelligence agency ISI, who were running their terror activities through fake currency, are most troubled because of this decision,” he claimed.
Stressing that the government will make all possible efforts for the promotion of Bhojpuri, the home minister said he has talked to the prime minister about the inclusion of Bhojpuri language in the eighth schedule of the Constitution and the prime minister has agreed to it.
The inclusion of Bhojpuri in the eighth schedule of the Constitution is a long-pending demand of the people of the Purvanchal area of the state.
— With inputs from PTI
First Published On : Nov 12, 2016 23:04 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday called for unity among all the countries to face the biggest threat to the world posed by terrorism and asserted that the Centre’s move to demonetise high-value currency notes will go a long way in curbing it.”The biggest threat to the world is posed by terrorism…the entire world will have to unite against it,” he said at a programme organised by ‘Bhojpuri Adhyan Shodh Sansthan’ here. In an attempt to effectively reach out to the predominantly Bhojpuri-speaking audience, Singh said in Bhojpuri, “Na aata chahi na tata chahi, humhi ke Pakistan mein sannata chahi (we want nothing except silence in Pakistan)”.Stressing that the government will make all possible efforts for the promotion of Bhojpuri, the home minister said he has talked to the prime minister about the inclusion of Bhojpuri language in the eighth schedule of the Constitution and the prime minister has agreed to it. The inclusion of Bhojpuri in the eighth schedule of the Constitution is a long-pending demand of the people of the Purvanchal area of the state.Later, replying to a query during an informal interaction with the media, Singh said the decision to scrap the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes should be viewed in the light of terrorism and how it will go a long way in checking it. “Pakistan and its intelligence agency ISI, who were running their terror activities through fake currency, are most troubled because of this decision,” he claimed.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has decided to refer the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as DAESH, a name that ISIS hates to be known as. The Union Home Ministry would soon make the required changes in the officials documents, sources said.The move is being made not to give any kind of legitimacy to the terror outfit as words ‘Islamic State’ give an impression that it has a valid constitutional status and entity which also helps it to increase its area of influence among gullible youth who get sold to its propaganda on the web.Replacing acronym ISIS, security establishment feels, would also help in reigning in its popularity and traction as the name al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham (DAESH) is not in vogue.Moreover, it also resembles other popular colloquial Arabic words like Daes and Dahes which when translated mean ‘one who crushes something underfoot’ and ‘one who sows discord’ or ‘a bigot who imposes his view on others’, which is an insult and is often used as a swearword.For these reasons, ISIS considers DAESH derogatory and hates to be known by it. It has even issued threats to cut the tongue of those who used the acronym DAESH instead of referring it by full name.Perhaps, for these very reasons there is a growing trend in the world to call ISIS ‘DAESH’. After attacks in Paris, both John Kerry and Francois Hollande repeatedly used the nomenclature DAESH.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India on Monda asked Britain to extradite nearly 60 people wanted by it, including liquor baron Vijay Mallya and Chirstian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal, for bringing them back to face justice here.India and Britain also agreed to hold annual strategic dialogue at the level of Union Home Secretary to jointly deal with issues like terrorism, organised crimes, visa and immigration matters. The Indian list of around 60 wanted people was handed over to Britain during the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Theresa May. Britain also handed over to India a list of 17 people whose custody it seeks under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty or against whom Letters Rogatories had been issued, official sources said.While industrialist Vijay Mallya has been accused of money laundering, Chirstian Michel is the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal. The two countries agreed not to allow fugitives and criminals escape law and resolved to facilitate outstanding extradition requests. In talks between Modi and May, the issue of extradition requests figured and officials dealing with the issue from both sides were directed to meet at the earliest.Sources said India expects forward movement in Mallya’s extradition from the UK following the talks. They said the specific issue of Mallya’s extradition had also figured in the talks between the two sides in the run up to the meeting between Modi and May. Asked whether Mallya issue figured in the talks, Joint Secretary (Europe) in the External Affairs Ministry Randhir Jaiswal referred to the Indo-UK joint statement issued after the discussions which said the two Prime Ministers affirmed their strong commitment to enhancing cooperation under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty.Former IPL boss Lalit Modi is also evading law in India and today’s talks may help Indian authorities to push for his early extradition as well. Michel is a British citizen and wanted by CBI while Mallya and Modi, who have made the UK their home, are wanted by the ED in money laundering cases. “The two leaders agreed that fugitives and criminals should not be allowed to escape the law. They expressed their strong commitment to facilitate outstanding extradition requests from both sides.”In this context, they directed that the officials dealing with extradition matters from both sides should meet at the earliest to develop better understanding of each countries legal processes and requirements; share best practices, and identify the causes of delays and expedite pending requests,” the statement said.The strategic dialogue between Union Home Secretary and his British counterpart, Permanent Secretary for Home Office, will begin from next year to discuss counter-terror cooperation, ways to deal with organised crimes besides bilateral visa and immigration matters, sources said.This is for the first time India and Britain will have such a mechanism for dealing with security issues. India already has an arrangement with the United States to have annual Homeland Security dialogue at the level of Union Home Minister. In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the two Prime Ministers affirmed their strong commitment to enhancing cooperation under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty.”The two leaders agreed that fugitives and criminals should not be allowed to escape the law. They expressed their strong commitment to facilitate outstanding extradition requests from both sides,” it said. In this context, the Prime Ministers directed that the officials dealing with extradition matters from both sides should meet at the earliest to develop better understanding of each countries’ legal processes and requirements; share best practices, and identify the causes of delays and expedite pending requests.They also agreed that regular interactions between the relevant India-UK authorities would be useful for resolving all outstanding cases expeditiously.
New Delhi: India has has no problem in issuing visas to Pakistani artistes, a Union Home Ministry official said on Friday.
“Government of India has no problem in giving visa to any Pakistani artiste,” a Home Ministry official told IANS.
“We have no problem in granting visas. If a person applies for visa and he fulfills the conditions, he gets it. It’s not that we don’t have to issue visa to Pakistani nationals,” he added.
Terrorism is being used as state policy by some nations and the world must unite against it, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday. “Some nations are using terror as their state policy. Those nations must be isolated,” Rajnath Singh said at the All India Christian Council (AICC) meet here, hinting at Pakistan without naming it. Terming India as the “university of tolerance”, Rajnath Singh said: “Terrorism has no religion, still some people try to link the two.”
The Minister said India was a secular state and there should not be any discrimination on the basis of religion.
The statement comes after the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India on Friday announced it will not allow release of films with Pakistani artistes in single screens in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat. The decision comes ahead of the scheduled release of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. While it was slated to hit the screens on October 28, the COEAI decision has cast doubts if it will see the light of the day any time soon. COEAI President Nitin Datar said after a meeting of members: “It was decided that keeping in mind the patriotic feelings and national interest, we have requested all member exhibitors to refrain from screening movies which have involvement of any Pakistani artiste, technician, director or music director.
In wake of the 18 September terror attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir, that left 19 Indian soldiers dead, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena told Pakistani artistes to quit India, and threatened action against films like “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” and “Raees”, which have Pakistani artistes in them.
Subsequently, the Indian Motion Picture Producer Association said it has passed a resolution urging Indian filmmakers to avoid working with Pakistani artistes until bilateral tensions between the two countries subside.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended the All India Christian Council on Friday and spoke on religious tolerance and terrorism. He called India a ‘University of Tolerance’ as it has high tolerance for different religions. He also added that terrorism affects all countries and the global community should fight it together. “All sects of Islam are found in India. All the important religions of the world are found in India. Even if you leave others out, you will find Jews, Parsis in India and everyone have the freedom the practice their own religion. That is why I say it won’t be an exaggeration to call India an University of tolerance, because tolerance is important for peaceful existence,” Singh said. “Even when India was divided on the basis of religion, we did not allow it to become a theocratic nation, but India is a secular state,” he added. Addressing the gathering, Singh said, “We have a lot of challenges. When it comes to terrorism, if a nation makes it a part of state policy it is very unfortunate. We might have differences in our thinking, but do we need to take the help of guns to resolve these differences. If we have differences, we can sit and resolve those issues. Terrorism not only affects India, but many other countries and the entire global community should come together to fight terrorism,” he added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after countless ceasefire violations were reported in the Poonch area and the BSF and army camps being attacked in Baramulla, the Congress Party on Tuesday accused Pakistan of creating a war-like situation in the Indian sub-continent.”Pakistan is trying to create a war-like situation. It is not good for both the countries and for the international community. They should control their terrorists and if they think that they can in win, by sending militants into our borders then I would say that they are dreaming,” Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told ANI.”If they think that they can intimidate us or our soldiers by sending terrorists then they are definitely wrong,” he added.Extending his gratitude to the slain BSF soldier who lost his life in Baramulla, Kharge said, “Soldiers play important role in ensuring security not only in the borders but here as well. I am extremely thankful to them.”The terrorists attacked near a camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla late on Sunday night.The terrorists, whose numbers are still unknown, tried to enter the camp through a public park near it, but failed to breach the security.Earlier, Pakistan targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil late Sunday evening.Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is on a two-day visit to Leh and Ladakh to take stock of the situation. He said that he would make all efforts to try and resolve the issues of the region.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after the attack at the army headquarters in Uri of Jammu and Kashmir, National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday registered a case and said it will be visiting the attack site to collect evidence.PTI reported that the NIA will take DNA samples of four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists involved in the Uri attack.Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday morning chaired a high-level security review meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.NSA Ajit Doval, Director of Intelligence Bureau, RAW Chief, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Minister of State in Prime Minister Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh and other senior MHA and MoD officials were in attendance.Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, who has arrived in Kashmir, will also review the security situation.Heavily armed militants had stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours on Sunday, killing 18 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel in the terror strike in which four ultras were neutralised.As clamour for strong action against Pakistan over the Uri attack grew, the Army has said it reserves the right to respond at a time and place of its choosing even as various options were discussed in a flurry of high-level meetings.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also given the green signal to diplomatically isolate Pakistan at every international grouping.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visit Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the security arrangements for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra on Friday.As per reports, the Home Minister had yesterday chaired a high-level meeting during which he discussed the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had earlier this month conducted mock exercises at Baltal and Pahalgam base camps to assess the preparedness and response mechanism of all those involved in management of the Yatra.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first mock exercise, which was conducted along the route from Baltal in Ganderbal district between June 23 to 25, dealt with simulated scenarios involving a cloudburst and a fire. The second mock exercise was conducted along the camp sites on the Chandanwari route from June 26-28 and covered both natural as well as man-made disasters.After the drills, post-exercise analysis was carried out by the NDMA experts in which they discussed the entire operation and underlined the areas that needed improvement. The annual Amarnath Yatra to the cave shrine in south Kashmir will begin from July 2.
New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday reviewed the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which witnessed a deadly attack on a CRPF convoy that left eight personnel dead, and directed security forces to intensify vigil in the state.
During the hour-long meeting, the Home Minister was briefed about the internal security situation in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in the rest of the country and the steps taken to ensure peace.
The meeting, attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, chiefs of intelligence agencies and other senior officials, analysed the inputs, including on infiltration from across the border, received from various agencies and steps taken on them, official sources said.
While voicing concern over the killing of the eight CRPF men by militants in Pulwama on Saturday, Singh directed the officials to strengthen the security arrangement and intensify vigil across Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said.
The Home Minister has already set up a three-member team which will look into lapses, if any, in the Pulwama incident so that corrective steps could be taken. The team would also look into the possible increase of cross border infiltration and practices being followed during the movement of paramilitary forces convoy in Jammu and Kashmir.
Eight CRPF personnel were killed and at least 25 others injured when two militants attacked a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district on Saturday.
The Centre will soon send a reminder to Uttar Pradesh government on its communication to it seeking a detailed report on the alleged migration of Hindus from Kairana village in the state.A senior Home Ministry official said the state government is yet to responded to its letter, sent about 10 days ago, seeking a report on the allegations of migration of Hindus from the western part of the town. It had also asked the state government to verify the allegations and send a detailed report to it as early as possible.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Since, there is no response from the state government, we will soon send a reminder to them,” the official said.There have been allegations that Hindus from Kairana village in Shamli district were “forced” to leave their homes by people from another community.However, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had accused BJP leaders of “lying” and being “dishonest” on the issue.Yadav claimed that most of the people had left the village about 10 to 15 years ago while others left in search of jobs about seven or eight years ago.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said if the information is correct, Uttar Pradesh government must take proper action.”If some people are forced to leave their native place by any individual or gang, state government must take proper action,” he had said.
Three days into his protest against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP MP Maheish Girri on Tuesday ended his fast-unto-death after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh showed up at the site and made an appeal to him.Few metres away from Kejriwal’s official residence, Girri sipped a glass of water and once again dared the Chief Minister to an open debate into the death of NDMC estate officer Mohammed Moin Khan at a place of his choice “in the next 24 hours”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The East Delhi MP was on protest demanding proof from Kejriwal about his allegations that he was involved in Khan’s murder and demanded an apology in case the chief minister was unable to do so.”He had given a challenge for debate. Accepting challenge depends on one’s courage, capacity and conscience. But a life cannot be endangered over a challenge,” Singh said. The Home Minister is understood to have assured Girri of a impartial probe into the case.Kejriwal has been demanding Girri’s arrest alleging that he was involved in the May 16 murder of Khan, a day before he was scheduled to pass the final order on the lease terms of ‘Connaught Hotel’ located on a property leased out by the New Delhi Municipal Council. The AAP attacked the Home Minister for visiting Girri at the protest site.”This will be the first time that an HM (Home Minister) instead of ordering the questioning of a murder suspect will be felicitating him,” AAP’s Ashish Khetan tweeted ahead of Singh’s visit to the protest site.AAP’s Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh said, “It’s a shame Home Minister of India is standing with culprits and not with martyred MM Khan’s family. He couldn’t get time to visit Khan’s residence. Home Minister is affecting the probe by giving wrong signals.”Without taking any name, Kejriwal had previously alleged that a person was being shielded from being probed into the case as he was “friends” with the Union Home Minister.
With Home Ministry Additional Secretary BK Prasad-led one-man inquiry committee in its report stating that four of the five missing documents continue to be untraceable, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday 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. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I can’t tell you what next steps would be. And it is not advisable to spell out at this point of time. But the steps taken by the UPA government, particularly during Chidambaram’s time, are very unfortunate. We will see what is to be done next,” Rijiju added.Meanwhile, Chidambaram today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of creating a ‘fake controversy’ over two affidavits filed in the Ishrat Jahan case and preparing a ‘doctored’ report on the missing files.”The news report published today (16 June 2016) comprehensively exposes the fake controversy created by the NDA government on the two affidavits filed by the Central government in the Ishrat Jahan case,” Chidambaram said.He further said Judge Tamang in his report on September 7, 2009, found that Ishrat Jahan and three others had been killed in a fake encounter. The former union minister said he takes full responsibility for filing the ‘further affidavit’ which was absolutely the correct thing to do. “The moral of the story is that even a doctored report (of the Inquiry Officer) cannot hide the truth. The real issue is whether Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in a genuine encounter or a fake encounter. Only the trial of the case, pending since July 2013, will bring out the truth,” he added.According to a report published in a daily, a Union Home Ministry official, who headed the probe into the missing documents in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, not only told a witness the questions he would ask but also suggested to him what answers he should give – that he had not seen any of the documents.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier said many documents related to the preparation of the ministry’s second affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case are missing and an internal inquiry has been ordered.
Issuing a stern warning, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said if Pakistan doesn’t allow the National investigation Agency (NIA) to visit the neighbouring nation to probe the Pathankot air base attack then it would be a ?betrayal? to India. “When the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of Pakistan proposed to visit India for investigating the Pathankot attack, it was mutually agreed that after their visit, a team of the NIA would also visit the neighbouring country for the probe and interrogate some people,” Singh said while addressing a rally in Amroha. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”But so far Pakistan has not given permission to the NIA to visit there. If the NIA team is not allowed to visit Pakistan, it will be a betrayal to India,” he added. The Union Home Minister yesterday visited the Pathankot airbase, which was attacked by the terrorists on January 2. Speaking about security concerns in the state, Singh said that the safety of citizens was the foremost priority of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) govt. “We know that the first step to development is security; every citizen needs to feel secure and borders too need to be secure”, said the Home Minister while addressing a rally in Pathankot. He also touched upon the sensitive Kashmir issue and said that Kashmir as a whole has never been an issue; it is always the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and this issue needs to be addressed with priority. Four terrorists were killed when they carried out a suicide attack on the strategic Indian Air Force base in Pathankot during the intervening night of January 1-2. Seven security personnel were also killed during the 80-hour-long gun battle. The Pathankot air base was attacked by heavily armed terrorists during the intervening night of January 1-2reportedly having allegiance to the Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terrorist organisation based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, in which four terrorists and three security forces personnel were killed. A five-member Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT), comprising Additional Inspector General of Police (IGP), a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), two Lt. Colonels and one inspector, from Pakistan had visited India between March 27-31 to collect, review and document physical evidences and to interview key witnesses and victims through the NIA in connection with the Pathankot attack. Just a few days after the Pakistani JIT probing the Pathankot attack admitted that the four terrorists who attacked the Pathankot Indian Air Force base were from Pakistan, the JIT had said that the attack had been staged by India, according to a Pakistani media report. The JIT “says the attack was a drama staged to malign Pakistan,” according to a report in Pakistan Today. It further said that the JIT report, which was submitted to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the next few days, had even concluded that Indian authorities had prior information about the terrorists.Meanwhile, on April 28, the Centre had told the Rajya Sabha that Pakistan had been clearly told that it should allow an Indian probe team to visit that country in connection with Pathankot terror attack as reciprocity was the principle on which Pakistan’s JIT was allowed to visit here.
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked BSF to be more alert and vigilant to prevent cow smuggling along the Indo-Bangla border and asserted that the criminal activity “has to stop.”
The minister also said he has asked the Union Home Secretary to create a national “think tank” which will work to ensure India’s security in all its spheres.
He added that a plan has been chalked out to ensure that the country’s land borders are “absolutely safe” and “fool-proof”, while the government is deploying smart technological solutions like laser walls and surveillance gadgets to keep security at the frontiers ‘chust durust’ (fit and fine) at all the times.
In his keynote speech on the topic ‘Border Management in Changing Scenario’, organised by the BSF here, Singh said forces will have to be alert and alive to changing security challenges to ensure India’s economic security and prosperity as some elements have cast their evil eye and perpetrated ‘naapak’ (unholy) activities against the country, including some neighbours.
There are “some deficiencies” in border management, the Home Minister said, adding “we are trying to make the scenario more alert and secure”.
“Cow smuggling has been taking place for many years now. I congratulate BSF jawans for bringing down the numbers from 23 lakh to 3-3.5 lakh now. I will like to exhort the jawans and officers of the BSF that in order to stop cow smuggling, we will have be more alert and vigilant. This has to stop,” Singh said.
He said apart from these measures, it was essential to get the support of state governments on this issue and his ministry has written to them on the subject.
The Home Minister said he was confident about the capabilities of the security forces who guard the frontiers of the country and based on this confidence he can say that no one can “dare” look upon Indian borders.
“The incidents of infiltration have come down by about 50 percent and a big number of terrorists have been killed. I give the credit for this to the bravery of our security personnel,” he said.
Talking about India’s economy, Singh said his government is “determined” to make it grow up to the level of “double digits”.
He said the growth rate of the Indian economy was about 3-3.5 percent during independence in 1947 and it was then called the ‘Hindu growth rate’, which moves forward at the slow pace of a tortoise.
In 1998, Singh added, the growth rate went up to about 8.4 percent and kept steady for sometime.
“We are proud of the respect that India commands across the globe … world ranking agencies have called India the fastest growing economy,” he said.
Getting back on the subject of border security, Singh said despite deploying all technology solutions, troops will always remain the most important component to secure the frontiers.
He asked the security agencies to remain cautious against the nefarious “proxy war” being conducted against them and the country by using information technology tools.
The Home Minister said some time ago a committee was constituted to analyse the ground situation and suggest measures to fortify Indian borders, even as he asked BSF, the largest border guarding force of the country, to ensure that the men on ground are put to training “regularly” and that they do not suffer stress.
“As soon as the committee (headed by former Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta) submits report to us, we will take its cognisance,” he said.
“Also try, as much as you (BSF top brass) can, that troops deployed on the borders do not have to undergo any kind of stress. I don’t need to tell you how to do this,” he told the BSF brass, led by Director General KK Sharma, who attended the event here.
He added that an amount of Rs 635 crore has been earmarked by the government for creating as many as 13 new Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) at various land borders.
The Minister asked BSF men to make the border population feel like they are “family” to them and ensure all help to them.
Singh also gave gallantry and other service medals to BSF personnel as part of the annual investiture ceremony held to pay tributes to the founding father of the force KF Rustamji.
Opposition National Conference on Friday said only the Jammu and Kashmir Governor being invited to attend the high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to discuss various issues pertaining to the state, amounted to “bypassing” of the elected chief minister.”Instead of the elected chief minister, New Delhi invited the state’s Governor for the high-level meeting to discuss various key issues pertaining to it. This is yet another sign of how Mehbooba Mufti has bartered the constitutional mandate and sanctity of the Chief Minister’s Office to remain in her chair. This brazen disempowerment of the chief minister is an alarming development,” NC chief spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi alleged.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fact that the central government has “sidelined” the elected chief minister in dealing with vital issues of the state and the subsequent “conspicuous silence” of the chief minister does not auger well for the state, he said here. “The Union Home minister chaired the meeting to discuss various key issues pertaining to the state including the issues of rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandit migrants, return of civilian land by the army, the security situation in the state post the Handwara and Kupwara tragedy and the situation along the Line of Control. While the meeting was attended among others by Defence Minister Manohar Parikar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the state was represented by Governor NN Vohra and not the chief minister,” he said.
ALSO READ Will protect special status of Jammu & Kashmir: Mehbooba MuftiThe NC chief spokesperson alleged Mehbooba had now been “officially relegated to the status of an ad hoc chief minister” who had been placed in the chief minister’s office by the BJP for “specific and limited purposes of furthering BJP’s agenda in the State”.”If the chief minister has no say in these issues that pertain to the state, one wonders why she has been placed in the chief minister’s chair in the first place. It is evident that the state is being “run from New Delhi” and the state government has been “divested of all its rights and roles”, he alleged.
ALSO READ Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti to meet Rajnath Singh today”Even law and order, which is a state subject in exclusivity, is now being supervised directly by New Delhi as was proven in the NIT issue and more recently the Handwara incident,” he said.Mehdi said the chief minister’s “omission” from these meetings indicates a “continued erosion of the state’s democratic institutions” under the PDP-BJP Alliance and these developments have created “widespread disillusionment and resentment” in the state.
TMC spokesperson Derek O’Brien has put his hair at stake for the ongoing elections saying he will shave his head if CPI (M) opposition leader Surjya Kant Mishra wins the Narayangarh seat in Burdwan district. Hindustan Times quoted Derek O’Brien saying: “Who is the leader of this patchwork (the Left-Congress electoral understanding) because the man they are projecting, Surjya Kanta Mishra — I will shave my head if he wins his own seat of Narayangarh.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Threatening to shave one’s head is not a new thing in politics and BJP’s Sushma Swaraj had famously threatened to to do so if a ‘foreign origin’ leader became the PM. She had said: “If Sonia becomes the Prime Minister, I will shave my head and start a mass movement.” That never happened as Manmohan Singh became the PM instead during the UPA I and II. Derek left red-faced after photoshop gaffe
ALSO READ TMC Photoshop row: Prakash Karat files complaint against Derek O’ Brien The Trinamool Congress courted controversy by allegedly posting a morphed picture of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh offering sweets to CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat, with the BJP planning to lodge a police complaint against TMC leadership and party’s national spokesperson Derek O’ Brien.The matter came into light after the TMC in its website, following a press conference of Derek O Brien, posted two videos and six pictures in the evening.
ALSO READ Mr Rajnath Singh, Malda violence is your creation: Derek O’Brien”I had conducted a press conference today and had shown two videos one of Rahul Gandhi, where he is seen criticizing the Left on one hand in Kerala and calling for an alliance with the Left in Bengal.”Later on along with these two videos, six pictures were posted on our party website, out of which one had shown Rajnath Singh offering sweets to Prakash Karat. This picture was there on our website for quite some time. But as soon as we came to know that the picture is morphed, we removed it.The matter should end there,” Brien told PTI.When asked from where did the TMC get the picture, Brien said, “We got the picture from the internet. How come would we know that the picture is morphed? We did not morph the picture. It was there in the internet. They are making a mountain out of a mole.”BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said the incident shows the frustration of TMC out of the fear of losing.”The incident shows the frustration of TMC out of the fear of losing. How could they use the morphed picture of Union Home Minister of India. This shows their mindset. This is a very serious matter. We have decided to lodge a police complaint regarding this matter,” Singh said.A TMC statement later on said, “Two videos & 6 pics were shown at our press conference. We removed one pic immediately when our research team learnt it was photoshopped.”With agency inputs
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the Centre would consider sealing the India-Bangladesh border to stop the menace of fake currency and cattle smuggling. “We will consider sealing the India-Bangladesh border so that the problem of fake currency and cow smuggling can be stopped,” Singh said at a poll rally here today.Singh also raised the issue of infiltration of Bangladeshis into India through the border with the state. “Till date we have not taken up any step in connection with the Bangladeshi infiltrations. But we want that people of Bangladesh stay in Bangladesh and Indians stay in India.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bangladesh is our neighbour and we have very good friendly relations with them and we must maintain that relation. “But it must be ensured that the people of Bangladesh does not become a liability for us (India) and similarly India must not be the same on them… Both the countries be cautious on this matter,” Singh said.The Centre has already decided to “regularise” those Bangladeshis who entered India till December 2014, the Union Home minister said hitting out at the Trinamool Congress government for failing to stop infiltration. After the 34-year long ‘misrule’ of the Left Front, Singh said, West Bengal has slipped into a darker phase during the past five years of TMC regime.Wondering whether West Bengal has truly witnessed “a change” that was promised by the TMC before the party came to power, he said the “situation is very bad in the state”.”West Bengal which was once showing the country the way to progress has been in a bad shape. People told me that there is nothing happening in West Bengal… All the industries have ceased. Jute mills have closed down. “The only industry going on here is the bomb making industry. So as a Home Minister, I told them (people) to change the government… I can assure you of good governance,” he said. “There is no investment in the state. They claim that there were investments coming in West Bengal but have you seen any such thing?” Singh asked.He also accused the Congress of “trying to keep the people of Bengal poor and dependent so that they cannot raise their voice during elections and you can carry on forming the government”. “This is not a minor crime… You people must think over it and do something to change it,” he said.He also attacked the Congress alleging that most of the files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose were “either destroyed or suppressed”.”Nobody knew what happened to Netaji and nobody had thought what happened to the man… It was Narendra Modi who decided to declassify all the files. I am sorry to say that several files were either destroyed or suppressed. Isn’t this a crime?” Singh questioned.Earlier in the day, he also addressed three more rallies in support of BJP candidates at Karimpur in Nadia district, Purbasthali Uttar in Burdwan district and then at Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar, issue should not be seen as outsider versus insider.Talking to reporters after a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here, she said: “The students have sought time to prepare for examination, as they could not concentrate following the incident. The Human resource and Development (HRD) Ministry is looking into it.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mehbooba meeting with Rajnath came in the backdrop of recent clashes between local and outstation students on the NIT Srinagar campus during India-West Indies match in the T20 World Cup.The situation worsened last week when outstation students tried to take out a march outside the campus, but were stopped by police, leading to lathicharge by police.
New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is in Delhi on her maiden visit after taking over the reins of the state, dismissed the possibility of shifting National Institute of Technology (NIT) out of the Valley on Tuesday.
The 56-year-old Mehbooba, who assumed charge of the PDP-BJP government on 4 April, called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Sing, a meeting she described as a “courtesy call”.
Emerging from the 45-minute meeting with Singh, Mehbooba said, “It is a courtesy call on the Home Minister after I took over as the Chief Minister”.
During the meeting, the two sides are believed to have discussed the present turmoil in the state due to clashes between outstation students and police besides law and order situation arising out of militancy.
Sources in the ministry said the Home Minister told Mehbooba that normalcy should be restored at the earliest.
As she was leaving the North Block, journalists asked her questions about the unrest at the NIT and the demand by outstation students to shift the campus to Jammu.
“Let me make it clear that it is an issue within the institute and please do not give it a colour of local versus outsiders. The Human Resources Development Ministry is looking into the grievances of the outstation students and I am hopeful that it will be resolved soon.
“As far as demands of some students to shift the NIT campus out of Srinagar is considered, let me make it clear that it won’t be possible,” she said.
To a question that many outstation students had not appeared in the examination that began on Monday, she said “Some students were not prepared for exams. Their exams would be conducted later.
“Some students have gone back to their homes because of the environment,” Mehbooba, the first woman Chief Minister of the state, said.
She later met Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and is believed to have discussed the issue of widening of state’s national highways which has been pending with his ministry for a long time.
She is also believed to have taken up the issue of bad road connectivity within the state.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir government said in a statement that during her meeting with the Union Home Minister, Mehbooba discussed how to broaden the scope of cross — LoC trade and travel.
The Chief Minister proposed opening of additional routes and crossing points across the Line of Control, described by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as the “biggest” confidence- building measure between India and Pakistan.
The proposed new routes include Kargil-Skardu, Jammu- Sialkote, Turtuk-Khapulu, Chhamb Jorian-Mirpur, Gurez-Astoor- Gilgit, Titwal-Chilhas, and Jhangar (Nowshera)-Mirpur and Kotli.
Mohbooba and Singh discussed on proposals of the state government which are presently under the consideration of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
The proposals include continuation of modernisation of Police Force Scheme, revised ex-gratia scheme, including loss to livestock due to cross-border firing, and exemption of security-related expenditure on account of deployment charges.
Expressing concern over rising crimes against women, Mehbooba sought financial support from the Union Home Minister for raising two all-women battalions.
She said the Cabinet had, in its meeting on Monday, sanctioned four new women police stations to check rising incidents of crimes against women, the release said.
On adopting non-lethal means in better crowd control to prevent loss of precious human lives while dealing with law and order situations, Singh assured the Chief Minister of full support from the Union Home Ministry.
The Chief Minister welcomed the central government’s direction to state governments to appoint Nodal Officers to ensure safety and security of students from Jammu and Kashmir who are pursuing studies outside the state.
The issue of Inner Line Permit for foreign tourists for visiting various parts of Ladakh also came up for discussion during the meeting.
Mehbooba also requested the Union Home Minister to clear the proposal for restoration of damaged infrastructure in police department due to floods of 2014. A proposal amounting to Rs 286.57 crore has already been sent to the Home Ministry in this regard.
The Chief Minister urged Singh to take an early decision on the state government’s proposal to recognise Nepal route as one of the routes under the policy framed for returnees from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
On the return of Kashmir Pandits, the Chief Minister said not only the state government but the people of Jammu and Kashmir want return of Kashmiri Pandit community to the Valley with dignity and honour as the cultural milieu of Kashmir without them remains incomplete.
In her meeting with Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Mehbooba sought higher allocation under Central Road Fund for the state.
Gadkari assured Mehbooba that once utilisation certificates (UCs) for Rs 848 crore are received, an amount of Rs 350 crore will be released under central road fund (CRF).
So far, UCs amounting to Rs 801 crore have been sent by the R&B Department, the meeting was informed, the release said.
The Chief Minister highlighted the urgent need to declare Mughal Road as an alternate National Highway, keeping in view the critical condition of certain portions of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. She also highlighted the need for construction of a tunnel to make Mughal Road an all-weather road.
Mughal Road was renovated under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan (PMRP) and completed at a cost of Rs 640 crore. For providing alternate connectivity to Chenab Valley, the Chief Minister requested the Union Minister for construction of a National Highway from Lakhanpur to Doda via Ranjit Sagar Dam, which will provide a huge fillip to the tourism potential of the region.
Mehbooba also raised the issue of inclusion of more projects under Bharat Mala and Inter-State Connectivity Projects so that better road connectivity is provided to the people.
She was informed that except Qazitur-Tangdhar Road for which certain clarifications have been sought from the Public Works Department, bids have been received in case of Baramulla-Gulmarg and Poonch-Uri Roads and the work on the projects will be allotted shortly.
The Chief Minister was informed that Rs 90 crore will be released to the state government for basic maintenance of roads.
Mehbooba also sought special assistance for completing construction of 541 bridges in the state.
The Union Transport Minister assured the Chief Minister that he will get the proposal submitted by the state government examined on priority.
As regards to the issue of rationalisation of toll collection, a demand raised by the Chief Minister, he said the proposal submitted by the state government will be prioritised.
The Chief Minister assured Gadkari that the state government will extend full support in land acquisition for construction of ring roads in the two capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar.
The Surface Transport Ministry has already started the process of framing detailed project reports so that the work on the two prestigious projects is started in earnest.
A suspected ISIS recruit was detained at the Pune airport on Tuesday as he was leaving the country and flying to Dubai for onward journey to Syria.Officials identified the youth as Raoof Ahmed, a resident of Bhatkal in north Karnataka.Security agencies have been keeping a strict vigil after his name cropped up during internet chats with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is being monitored by sleuths to look for possible followers of the terror group, active in parts of Syria and Iraq. They said Ahmed was detained as the Union Home Ministry had issued a Look Out Circular against him sometime back.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 14 youths have been arrested early this year by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as part of its probe on indoctrination of youths by the banned terror group.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said Pakistan has for the first time acknowledged that the terror attack in Pathankot had its roots in that country. “Pakistan had been continuously saying that it has no involvement in militant and terror activities in India. But now it has acknowledged the Pathankot attack and filed an FIR.Live England vs New Zealand 1st Semi-Final T20, ICC World T20 2016, March 30, 2016Their (probe) team has come here and our team is going to Pakistan,” Singh told election rallies in Assam. “This is due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s astute and positive political capability. All the countries of the world are acknowledging that India’s strength is increasing. Modi has established India’s importance in the global scenario,” Singh said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing Congress of continuously misleading the people of the country, he said, “I have been in politics all my life, but I don’t indulge in the politics of misleading people of the country. I don’t do politics like Congress.”
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan on Friday called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed with him security scenario in the Northeastern state.During the 20-minute meeting, the Governor apprised the Home Minister about the law and order situation in Meghalaya, which has been witnessing militancy from two groups — HNLC and ANVC, official sources said.During his recent tour to Meghalaya, the Home Minister had said that the Central government was ready for talks with insurgent groups in the Northeast if they shun violence.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We are ready for talks with anyone who gives up violence. I appeal to everyone to shun violence,” he had said.There are two militant groups in Meghalaya — HNLC and ANVC, both active in Khasi hills and Garo hills regions respectively.
A report sent by the Haryana government to the Union Home Ministry has rejected the allegation of sexual assaults on women near a ‘dhaba’ in Murthal but said some women were “harassed”.Government sources said the report clearly stated that allegations of sexual harassment of women during last month’s Jat agitation was incorrect. The Haryana government in its report has denied the allegations and said no eye-witness or victim has come forward to lodge complaints.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources said a cloth shop is located near the place of purported incident and it was looted. Since some news reports said that women inner wear were found in a field of Murthal, it was suggested that the sexual assault indeed had taken place.The Haryana government report said that some women were “harassed” during the Jat agitation but there was no conclusive evidence to suggest sexual assault, sources said. Large scale violence and destruction of public and private properties have taken place during the week-long Jat agitation, demanding Quota, in Haryana in which about 30 people were killed last month.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on Saturday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed with him on implementation of Rs 80,000 crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Governor briefed the Home Minister about the steps taken for the implementation of the package that has five components including humanitarian relief, disaster management, social infrastructure, economic infrastructure and developmental spending, official sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since Jammu and Kashmir is under Governor’s rule, Vohra is the administrative head and responsible for the affairs of the state. As per the package, to be implemented in five years, Rs 60,000 crore have been earmarked for new infrastructure projects in the state sector, around Rs 7,000 crore have been earmarked for the ongoing projects.Besides, Rs 8,000 crore have been earmarked for humanitarian relief including rehabilitation of the flood-affected people. Addressing a public meeting in Srinagar on November 7, 2015, the Prime Minister had said funds would not be a constraint in building a modern, progressive and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir.
In the wake of inputs that 10 suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists have entered India from Pakistan through Gujarat, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the internal security situation in the country.The high-level meeting was attended by top security officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director Dineshwar Sharma besides others.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Home Minister during the meeting took stock of the steps taken to prevent any possible terror attack. At the meeting, he was briefed that four National Security Guard (NSG) teams have taken position at different locations in Gujarat and would rush to any place if there is any emergency.Rajnath also reviewed the steps taken to beef up security in strategic locations, religious sites and industrial spots in Gujarat and metro cities apprehending threats. Meanwhile, Delhi has been put on high alert after police received inputs about a potential terror strike in the city by 10 suspected LeT and JeM terrorists. Police source said the input specifically mentions about 10 terrorists having entered India from Pakistan through Gujarat and that they could carry out a terror strike in Delhi.On the eve of ‘Maha Shivratri’, Gujarat, metros cities and Jammu and Kashmir were put on high alert with raids conducted at Kutch and other places. Director General of Gujarat police P.C. Thakur said three NSG teams have been kept on standby in Ahmedabad, while one team has been sent to Somnath temple in Saurashtra. Meanwhile, the Gir-Somnath district authorities have postponed today’s cultural event at Somnath temple owing to the terror threat.In the wake of intelligence inputs suggesting some terrorists may have sneaked into Gujarat via the sea route, the Maharashtra Police on Sunday issued an alert across the state. The Maharashtra police said all unit chiefs of the state police have been asked to ensure maximum protection of persons and offices. In view of alert by intelligence agencies of potential terror strike, security has been tightened in Rajasthan also. Rajasthan ATS has issued direction to all range IG and district SP to enhance security. Police has been asked to increase vigil on bus station, railway station, airport and crowded places.Superintendent of Police Dr. Rajeev Pachar on Sunday said following an input by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) that some people with wrong intentions have entered Rajasthan via Gujarat, the local police alerted various security agencies such as BSF, army and air force.?We have spoken to various security agencies such as Border Security Force (BSF), army and air force in this connection and alerted them,? he said. ?The local police are conducting regular searches of inns, hotels and lodges. Besides, police in civil dresses have been deployed at several places, said the SP. He said at Ramdevra and Sam, which are important points from the point of pilgrimage and tourism, respectively, police have deployed armed men to prevent any untoward incident.
Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Monday said India’s zero tolerance towards terrorism has forced other countries to adopt the same and share intelligence details.”India’s policy towards terrorism has always been crystal clear and the zero tolerance for terrorism has forced other countries to adopt the same and that is why this happened because terrorism has no religion and it poses a threat to entire world,” Singh said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When asked to respond on the security alerts in the country, Singh said the security forces and the Home Ministry is equally capable of overcoming any kind of challenge.Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meeting on internal security following inputs received from Pakistan on terrorists possibly sneaking into Indian territory to carry out attacks. At least four National Security Guard (NSG) teams have been deployed in Gujarat. Three teams have been sent to Ahmedabad and one in Somnath where the devotees are gathering for Shivratri celebrations.
A top police official, who was part of a court-appointed SIT to go into the killing of Ishrat Jahan, on Thursday maintained that it was a fake encounter and rejected allegations that pressure was brought on them by former Home Minister P Chidamabram in this regard. IPS officer and SIT member Satish Verma also denied an allegation by RVS Mani, who had filed affidavits in the Gujarat High Court in the case on behalf of the Union Home Ministry, that he had tortured him by burning him with cigarette butts. “National security cannot become a defence for the pre-medidated murder of a 19-year-old girl and be branded it as collateral damage,” he told India Today TV. He was replying to a query whether he stood by the probe conducted by the three-member SIT that the encounter was fake.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is very unfortunate that national security was being used as a phrase to condone the extreme illegalities of the most serious crime in the book. It cannot happen. These raise concerns…,” said Verma, who is now Chief Vigilance Officer at Shillong-based NEEPCO.He also disputed the description of Ishrat as a LeT terrorist and a suicide bomber saying she was away from her home and family for only about 10 days after she came into contact with a Pakistani terrorist Javed Sheikh. “You would know how much time you take to train a LeT terrorist and a suicide bomber…this time (that she was away from home) was not enough,” he said.The 1986-batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer also contradicted former Union Home Secretary G K Pillai’s claim of knowing the exact details of the case saying he was “no intelligence officer.”He said Mani’s affidavit filings were “curious” as they did not look like the Home Ministry’s version but that of the Gujarat police investigation.”Mr Mani had no direct knowledge of the case…,” he said adding that the allegations made by Mani against him were “old” and have been made by him earlier too.
New Delhi: Congress on Thursday distanced itself from its senior leader P Chidambaram’s remark that the case of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged in 2013, “was perhaps not correctly decided”.
“The decision of the honourable Supreme Court in the Afzal Guru case is final and declaratory of law and justice in the case. It is futile to reopen this debate since the matter has attained judicial finality. Every citizen and instrumentality of the government is bound in law to accept the judgment of the final court,” party spokesman Ashwani Kumar told reporters.
Kumar, also a senior advocate like Chidambaram, said that “Congress party accepts the SC judgment in the case as final and correct”.
Replying to a question, he said the Supreme Court has itself said that “we are not infallible but we are final.”
Chidambaram has been quoted as having said in a newspaper interview that he felt it was possible to hold an “honest opinion” that the Afzal Guru case was “perhaps not correctly decided” and that there were “grave doubts about the extent of his involvement” in the Parliament attack.
Chidambaram was Union Home minister when Afzal Guru’s mercy plea was rejected by the previous UPA government in 2011.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation in Haryana arising out of Jat agitation for reservation and violence.During the half-an-hour meeting, Singh gave a detailed presentation about the agitation and subsequent violence as well as the steps taken to restore normalcy in Haryana, official sources said. The Home Minister also told the Prime Minister about the meeting he had with a delegation of Jat leaders on Sunday and the decisions taken in it, sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today took stock of the prevailing situation in the state with top officials, including NSA Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag besides others. The Home Minister was given a detailed presentation by senior officials on the violence during the agitation and blockades put up by the Jats, who have been demanding quota, official sources said.Singh told all concerned that all necessary steps must be taken to bring back peace and normalcy in Haryana and there should be no compromise in maintaining law and order. The Home Minister was told that around 7,300 paramilitary personnel have been deployed, besides Army columns, to assist the state government to deal with the situation arising out of the violence, sources said.Singh said water supply to Delhi must be maintained at all cost and road and other communication networks must be restored as early as possible. Those present in the meeting included Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Director of Intelligence Bureau Dineswar Sharma besides others.Last night, Singh had announced that a committee headed by Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has been formed to look into the demand for reservation in central government jobs for Jats. BJP general secretary Anil Jain also had announced that the BJP government in Haryana will bring a legislation in the coming session of the Haryana assembly to give OBC status to Jats.The Centre today directed security forces to use force to clear all blockades put up by Jats whose violent agitation has paralysed normal life in Haryana. Water supply to the national capital from Haryana is expected to be fully restored tomorrow after security forces took over control of the Munak canal and evicted all the Jat protesters from that place. Violence continued to rage in Haryana on Monday with stone-pelting mobs attacking security personnel trying to clear a road blockade and torching government vehicles even as the death toll in the nine-day old Jat quota stir was put at 19.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Sunday asked Union Home Minister Rajjnath Singh to share evidence to support his allegation that Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed supported the protests Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus. ‘That Hafiz Saeed supported the JNU protests is a very serious charge to level against the students. The evidence must be shared with all,’ Omar said in a tweet.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the anti-national protests in the JNU campus had the backing of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed.’I also want to make it clear that the JNU incident has the support of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed. We should also understand this reality that Hafiz Saeed has supported this incident and it is extremely unfortunate,’ he told the media here.
ALSO READ JNU campus row: Those raising anti-India slogans will not be spared, warns Rajnath SinghSingh further said that his government would not pardon all those who have raised slogans against the nation’s integrity. ‘I have given all the necessary directions to officials to punish the offenders and not to harass the innocents,’ he added.When asked to comment on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to varsity, Singh said that nobody should try and take a political mileage out of this unfortunate incident. ‘Whatever happened in the JNU is extremely unfortunate. I appeal to every organisation in the country to speak in one voice if they find any anti-national activity taking place in their surroundings,’ he added. The Home Minister told the CPI (M), CPI and JD (U) members, who met him seeking the releasing of JNU Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar, that the court would decide whether further action should be taken against those students arrested.
ALSO READ Afzal Guru Event at JNU: BJP MP Maheish Girri asks Smriti Irani and Rajnath Singh to take strict actionKanhaiya was arrested on Friday on sedition charges over a protest organized in the JNU campus on February 9 against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Here’s how Twitter reacted:
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The Madras High Court has directed the Union Home Ministry to consider a plea seeking conferment of Bharat Ratna on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.A division bench comprising Justice MM Sundresh and Justice S Vimala gave the direction while disposing of a PIL by K K Ramesh, Managing Trustee of Tamil Nadu Centre for Public Interest Litigation, seeking an order to confer the award to Netaji and also to declare his birth anniversary on January 23 as a public holiday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The matter is to be considered only by the Union Home Secretary. Therefore, we do not propose to go into the merits of the case”, the bench said.The petitioner has contended that “every Indian citizen wants to honour Subhas Chandra Bose and no one should forget the sacrifice of the great freedom fighter”.He said he made a representation to the Union Home Secretary in this regard on January 27. Since there was no response to his plea, he was moving the High Court.
A delegation of Delhi Congress leaders on Tuesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to take up the issues faced by civic employees, including sanitation workers, due to the financial crises in the municipal corporations in the national capital.Led by Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken, the delegation submitted a memorandum to Singh and apprised him of the crises affecting the North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations that had led to sanitation employees striking work. “The minister’s attention was drawn to the plight of the employees, particularly sanitation workers and other Class-IV workers who went on strike due to non-payment of wages,” Maken said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He charged that the “conditional” loan advanced by Delhi government to the north and east corporations would not bring a permanent solution to the problems facing the civic bodies, he said. “The home minister carefully listened to the views of the Congress delegation and promised to take appropriate action,” Maken said.In the delegation were Delhi Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee and leaders of opposition in the north and east corporations, Mukesh Goel and Varyam Kaur, respectively.
New Delhi: With the municipal strike entering its eight day, Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence in New Delhi and apprised him of the situation.
The meeting came two days after Jung had advised the Arvind Kejriwal government to extend “conditional” loans to the civic bodies so they can pay the salaries of the agitating employees.
“In the meeting, the Lt Governor briefed the Union Home Minister about the situation arising out of the ongoing strike by the employees. He also apprised the minister of funds given by the Delhi government to municipal corporations,” sources said.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attempted to end the municipal strike by offering a loan of Rs 551 crore to two BJP-ruled civic bodies to pay salaries to their employees who refused to relent and decided to continue the stir till a “permanent solution” to their problems was found.
Speaking from Bengaluru, where he is undergoing naturopathy treatment, Kejriwal alleged that BJP was instigating the striking employees and trying to prepare grounds for imposition of central rule in the national capital.
In the wake of the Pathankot terror attack, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking setting up of a joint team of officials of the state and Central security agencies to visit the border with Pakistan, identify vulnerable spots and plug them.Badal sought a team comprising Secretary of Border Management, Home Department; Director General, Border Security Force (BSF); Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and State Police to inspect the condition of the border fencing in Punjab — mainly Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts — and adjoining area of Jammu, besides identifying the vulnerable points and suggesting methods to seal them, biannually or as required.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a letter to the Union Home Minister, Badal wanted him to accord top most priority to this exercise to be undertaken by the joint team to ensure security of the border and safety of the people residing in its vicinity.The Chief Minister informed Rajnath Singh that there have been instances in recent past of suicide attacks in Punjab at Dinanagar on July 27, 2015 and Pathankot airforce base on January 1. These suicide attackers are suspected to have intruded into India from the international border in Punjab or adjoining area of Jammu and Kashmir, he said.In last one year, there have been several incidents of border crossing in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab due to the difficult terrain in the region, despite fencing at most parts of the border. In recent years, BSF and Punjab Police have also seized a sizeable number of consignments of arms and ammunition near the border fencing.There have also been seizures of major quantities of heroin in this area by the forces, pointing towards regular attempts by smugglers to use this border as the fencing in the riverine area gets damaged during floods leaving gaps, Badal pointed out.