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CRPF To Import Vehicle Scanner From US To Prevent Arms Transportation In Jammu And Kashmir

CRPF To Import Vehicle Scanner From US To Prevent Arms Transportation In Jammu And Kashmir

New Delhi, March 18: With an aim to prevent arms transportation in the Jammu and Kashmir, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is set to import vehicle scanning machines from the US, officials said.

The Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMPDS) is an advanced version of the scanning system which is not based on X-Ray and it can monitor all vehicles entering in the union territory.

The MMPDS is a safe, effective and reliable automated scanning system that quickly detects, locates and identifies explosives, weapons, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, humans, other contraband, as well as unshielded to heavily shielded radiological and nuclear threats.

The officials also said that this is a Muons-based static scanner technology for ‘Full Body Scanning of vehicles’ for concealed (or otherwise) contraband goods, all types of firearms (including un-assembled ones), ammunition, explosives, components used in fabrication of improvised explosive devices, gun silencers, various telescopic sights, night vision devices, radio equipments, fake currency, precious metals etc.

“At present after correspondence, presentations, and technical discussions with M/S SSBI Ltd and OEM, the dates for demonstration of MMPDS system at OEM’s R&D facility and Onsite installation at the US has been sought and awaited from the firm,” CRPF Director General Kuldiep Singh said.

He also said that many other manufactures of vehicle scanning systems made presentations to the Force’s officials but they did not meet the requirements.

“Once the initial presentation is made before us, a team of CRPF officials will visit the manufacturer in the US to evaluate the actual performance of the system.”

Muons-based technology can help detect dangerous nuclear material and see into damaged nuclear power plants.

Scientists use muons for archeological purposes to peer inside large, dense objects such as the Pyramids in Egypt.

It is pertinent to note that arms are being transported in the Kashmir Valley in big vehicles, especially in trucks which ferry goods to the union territory from other parts of the valley or from the International Border with Pakistan.

There were instances where in the goods-laden trucks have been used to ferry even militants from one place to other in the valley, the officials said.

Once these vehicle scanners are installed in Jammu and Kashmir’s important intersections including highways, this will help the security forces to gaze at what is being brought in the trucks and other vehicles.

A senior CRPF official said that this technology is better than what is installed at Petrapol Integrated checkpost on the India- Bangladesh International Border in West Bengal.–(IANS)

42 Defence Personnel Have Died In Air Accidents In Last Six years: Government Data

42 Defence Personnel Have Died In Air Accidents In Last Six years: Government Data

New Delhi, Mar 14: Forty-two defence personnel were killed in accidents involving aircraft, including helicopters, of the three services in the last five years, according to data provided by the defence ministry in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

According to the details shared in Rajya Sabha by Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt, the total number of air accidents in the last five years was 45 with the IAF reporting a maximum of 29.

He said the number of accidents involving aircraft, including helicopters, in the Indian Army in the last five years was 12, while it was four in the Indian Navy.

Providing the details of defence personnel killed in such accidents, Bhat said the IAF lost 34 people while it was seven in the Indian Army and one in the Indian Navy.

Bhatt was asked about details of aircraft accidents in the Indian armed forces in the last five years.

The minister said the number of defence personnel killed in air accidents was more in the current financial year as 13 armed forces personnel were killed in the crash of an IAF helicopter on December 8.

India’s first Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 12 defence personnel were killed in the crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu.

“No increase has been noticed in the number of defence personnel to have died during such accidents during the last five years.

“However, during the current financial year, the number of personnel that died was more as 13 defence personnel died in one Indian Air Force helicopter crash on December 8, 2021,” Bhatt said.

He said every accident in the armed forces is investigated by a board of inquiry or court of inquiry.

“The primary aim of the investigation is to discover cause(s) based on factual information and institute immediate preventive measures to avoid recurrence of similar accidents,” the minister said.

“The recommendations and remedial measures given by each board of inquiry/court of inquiry are followed up in letter and spirit and implemented immediately to prevent a recurrence,” he said.

The minister further added that enhanced flight safety measures are being taken by the Indian Army to prevent accidents.

“Remedial measures as recommended by the Board of Inquiry constituted by the Indian Navy have been implemented. No accidents of similar nature have recurred since the implementation of the remedial measures,” he said.

Bhatt said the recommendations made by the court of inquiry constituted by the IAF have suggested improvements in the areas of aircraft and system improvements by means of modifications and additional checks, additional training for aircrew and ground crew and aircraft operating limits in certain cases.

He said the reduction in life of aircraft and engines has also been recommended.

“These recommendations have been circulated to all the operating units of the IAF for implementation so as to reduce aircraft accidents in future,” Bhatt said.–(PTI)

Government Orders Blocking Of Apps, Websites, Social Media Accounts Linked To ‘Sikhs For Justice

Government Orders Blocking Of Apps, Websites, Social Media Accounts Linked To ‘Sikhs For Justice

New Delhi, February 22: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has ordered blocking of apps, websites and social media accounts of foreign-based “Punjab Politics TV” having close links with Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), which has been declared unlawful under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

Relying on intelligence inputs that the channel was attempting to use online media to disturb public order during the ongoing State Assembly elections, the Ministry used emergency powers under the IT Rules on February 18 to block the digital media resources of “Punjab Politics TV”.

The contents of the blocked apps, websites and social media accounts had the potential to incite communal disharmony and separatism and were found to be detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India, security of the state and the public order.

The ministry in an official statement said that it was also observed that the launch of new apps and social media accounts was timed to gain traction during the ongoing elections.

The ministry further said that the government remains vigilant and committed to securing the overall information environment in India and thwarting any actions having the potential to undermine India’s sovereignty and integrity.

Government Approves Rs 6.15 Cr Assistance To Families Of 123 Journalists Who Died Of COVID-19

Government Approves Rs 6.15 Cr Assistance To Families Of 123 Journalists Who Died Of COVID-19

New Delhi, Feb 10: The Centre on Thursday said Rs 6.15 crore has been approved as financial assistance to families of 123 journalists who died due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Replying to supplementary questions in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting L Murugan also said it was the responsibility of the state governments to take appropriate action against online harassment of women journalists.

On the number of journalists who died during the pandemic, he said, “We are very much concerned about the journalists’ welfare. During the pandemic, we conducted a special drive for journalists. Those who lost lives, we want to support their families.” “We received 123 journalists’ proposals. All 123 proposals are accepted and we released Rs 6.15 crore amount to the concerned families.” In a written reply, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said the government undertook a special drive for providing financial assistance to the families of journalists who succumbed to COVID-19.

“On the basis of applications received by the Press Information Bureau and which fulfill the criteria laid under the Journalist Welfare Scheme (JWS), a sum of Rs 6.15 crore has been approved during the financial years 2020-21 and 2021-22 for financial assistance of Rs 5,00,000 per family to the families of 123 journalists who died due to COVID-19,” he added.

Since 2017, Thakur said, financial assistance under the JWS has been provided in 247 cases.

During 2017-18, Rs 39.38 lakh was sanctioned under this scheme, while in 2018-19 Rs 99.99 lakh, in 2019-20 Rs 115.25 lakh, in 2020-21 Rs 260 lakh and in 2021-22 (till January 2022) Rs 606.51 lakh, was sanctioned, he said.–(PTI)

Supreme Court To Consider Listing Plea On Karnataka Hijab Row

Supreme Court To Consider Listing Plea On Karnataka Hijab Row

New Delhi, Feb 10: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would consider a submission seeking the listing of a plea for transferring a case on the hijab row from the Karnataka High Court to itself.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana said the high court is seized of the case and should be allowed to continue with the hearing and decide it.

Seeking transfer of the case and hearing by a nine-judge bench at the top court, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said, The problem is that schools and colleges are closed. Girls are being stoned. It’s spreading across the country.

After being told by Sibal that he did not want any order and only listing of the plea, the CJI said, We will see.

On Wednesday, Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi constituted a full bench, comprising himself and Justices Krishna S Dixit and J M Khazi, which will look into the hijab matter on Thursday.

Government Bans Import Of Drones Provides Certain Exceptions

Government Bans Import Of Drones Provides Certain Exceptions

New Delhi: The government  banned import of foreign drones with certain exceptions as part of efforts to promote domestic manufacturing of drones in the country.

Import of drones for R&D, defence and security purposes have been exempted from the ban but such imports will require due clearances.

“Import of drone components, however, shall not require any approvals,” the civil aviation ministry said in a release on Wednesday.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under the commerce and industry ministry has issued a notification banning the import of foreign drones.

“Import policy for drones in CBU (Completely Built Up)/CKD (Completely Knocked Down)/SKD (Semi Knocked Down ) form… is prohibited with exceptions provided for R and D, defence and security purposes,” DGFT said.

Import of drones by government entities, educational institutions recognised by central or state government, government recognised R&D entities and drone manufacturers for R&D purpose will be allowed in CBU, SKD or CKD form. This will be subject to import authorisation issued by DGFT in consultation with concerned line ministries.

Import of drones for defence and security purposes will be allowed in CBU, SKD or CKD form subject to import authorisation issued by DGFT in consultation with concerned line ministries.

The civil aviation ministry said that in order to promote Made in India drones, import of foreign drones has been prohibited with effect from February 9, 2022.

The ministry came out with liberalised drone rules in August 2021.

After the rules, the ministry issued the drone airspace map and PLI scheme in September 2021, UTM policy framework in October 2021. Besides, drone certification scheme and single window DigitalSky Platform were put in place last month.–(PTI)

Ready To Change Hijab Colour To Match Uniform’: Congress MLA

Ready To Change Hijab Colour To Match Uniform’: Congress MLA

We’re ready for a change in the colour of the hijab in order to match it with the uniform but we cannot leave it. I wear hijab to the Assembly as well, they can stop me if they can.

A memorandum will go to the chief minister and we will protest in Udupi later, says Congress MLA Kaneez Fatima, according to ANI. 

BSF Constable Injured In Encounter With Smugglers In Punjab’s Gurdaspur, Huge Cache Of Drugs, Arms Seized

BSF Constable Injured In Encounter With Smugglers In Punjab’s Gurdaspur, Huge Cache Of Drugs, Arms Seized

Gurdaspur (Punjab) January 28: A Border Security Force (BSF) personnel sustained bullet injury while resisting armed smugglers in Punjab’s Gurdaspur along the India-Pakistan International Border (IB) on Friday.

The incident led to the seizure of a huge cache of drugs, arms, and ammunition.

“As suspected, smugglers both across the IB as well as inside Indian territory between Border Post No 33/06 and 33/07 were observed while engaging in illegal activity, taking cover of dense fog at about 5.15 am, alert BSF team comprising of Head Constable Gyan Singh and Constable Raju Biswas challenged them,” said the force.

On being challenged, miscreants resorted to firing on the BSF personnel of 89 Battalion, it added.

Further, the BSF said, “Showing exemplary courage and presence of mind, Gyan Singh immediately fired back in retaliation along with Raju Biswas providing support fire. In the ensuing gunfight suspected smugglers fled away.”

During the exchange of fire, as per the force, Gyan Singh sustained bullet injuries to his hand and head.

“In spite of the dense fog conditions in the area, owing to the keen alertness of Gyan Singh and Raju Biswas, the nefarious attempt by armed smugglers to smuggle drugs, arms and ammunition could be successfully thwarted,” the BSF said in its statement.

Injured Gyan Singh has been taken to a hospital, and his condition is reportedly stable.

In the operation, the BSF has so far recovered 47 yellow plastic-covered packets suspected to be heroin, seven small packets suspected to be opium, one pistol (Norinco made in China) with two magazines, 44 rounds of three calibers.

Some other items were seized near the fence, including a blue-coloured plastic pipe of approximately 15 feet, 74 rounds AK-47 with four magazines, 9 mm Pietro Bretta pistol with one magazine, 9 mm 12 rounds, one shawl, one muffler, and a winter cap.

Further search is in progress, the force said. (ANI)

Government School Incurs Ire Of Parents, Alumni And Hindu Outfits For Allowing Friday Namaz

Government School Incurs Ire Of Parents, Alumni And Hindu Outfits For Allowing Friday Namaz

Kolar (KTK), Jan 24: The administration of a government school at Mulbagal town in the district is incurring the ire of parents, alumni and Hindu outfits for allegedly allowing Muslim students to offer Friday Namaaz on the school premises.

The Hindu organisations led the parents of other students and alumni of the school in staging a protest inside the Balechangappa Government Karnataka Model Secondary School at Someshwarapalya for setting a ‘new precedence’ of allowing Friday prayers.

According to a video which has gone viral on social media, the Muslim students, a few of them wearing skull caps, offered Friday prayer inside a classroom in the afternoon.

One of the alumni, who staged the protest on Saturday, sought the intervention of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the Kolar MP S Muniswamy and Education department officials.

He said the school never had a history of allowing Friday prayers and this would set a wrong precedent, appealing to the Education department officials not to let such events take place again.

Another parent alleged that this had been going on every week with the consent of the school administration.

A school teacher refuted the charge that every week such prayers were happening. She told reporters that it happened only last Friday when she and other teachers were away from the school during the lunch.

She said she received a call from the Block Education Officer asking her why the Friday prayers were allowed inside the school premises. When she rushed to the school, she noticed the Muslim boys offering Namaz.

As tension prevailed due to the protest on Saturday, police reached the spot and calmed the angry parents, alumni and some Hindu activists. However, no police complaint has been lodged, police sources said.–(PTI)

 

R-Day: LG To Preside Over Main Function In Jammu, Advisor Bhatnagar At Srinagar, DDC, BDC, Municipal Chairpersons To Take Salutes At District, Sub-District, Block Headquarters

R-Day: LG To Preside Over Main Function In Jammu, Advisor Bhatnagar At Srinagar, DDC, BDC, Municipal Chairpersons To Take Salutes At District, Sub-District, Block Headquarters

Srinagar, Jan 23: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday said that Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha will preside over the main function on January 26 in Jammu while his Advisor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar will take a salute at Srinagar.

Moreover, District Development Council (DDC) chairpersons will preside over the main functions in their respective districts, according to a circular issued by the government. Block Development Council chairpersons and Presidents of Municipal bodies shall preside over and take salute in separate January 26 functions to be held at the concerned Sub-Divisional and Municipal headquarters, the circular.

The Lieutenant Governor will preside over the main Republic Day function to be held at MA Stadium Jammu here.

While the L-G’s Advisor R R Bhatnagar will preside over the function at Srinagar.

Also, incase of non-availability of any BDC & Municipal Chairperson, the Concerned SDMs, Tehsildars, and other senior officers have been authorized & designated to preside over the functions and take salutes respectively. gns

For Providing Fake RT-PCR Test Reports, Covid Vaccination Certificates, Two Persons Arrested By Police

For Providing Fake RT-PCR Test Reports, Covid Vaccination Certificates, Two Persons Arrested By Police

Hyderabad (Telangana) January 22: Hyderabad Police arrested two people for providing fake RT-PCR COVID-19 test reports without taking swabs and vaccination certificates without administration of the physical doses.
Chakravarthy Gummi, Deputy Commissioner of Police said that the arrested persons sold fake RTPCR test reports and vaccination certificates by collecting money. The two accused were arrested in two different cases under Malakpet and Humayun Nagar police stations.

According to Police, one of the arrested persons, P Laxman worked at different diagnostic centres as a lab technician. About a year ago, he opened his own diagnostic centre at Asman Ghat under Malakpet police station. He tied up with MedicsPathlabs India to send his collected samples and to get test reports. The accused tore the kits and sent dummy samples to Medics Path labs India to send his collected samples and to get test reports. The accused tore the kits and sent dummy samples to Madcis Pathlabs. For issuing negative reports and issuing fake certificates, he collected between Rs 2,000-Rs 3,000 per certificate.

Hyderabad Police seized 65 fake RTPCR certificates, 20 sample collection kits, and a mobile phone from Laxman.
In the second case, the arrested person MD Tariq, who used to work as a lab technician at different diagnostic centres earlier, opened his own diagnostic centre, “Image Diagnostic Center”, at Murad Nagar, Asif Naga year ago. Later, he partnered with laboratories to send his samples.

Police said in collusion with one Kumari, a computer operator at Afzal Sagar, Tariq started providing vaccination certificates to customers without physical doses and issued forged RTPCR reports by charging Rs 800 to Rs 1,000.

Hyderabad police seized 50 fake COVID vaccine certificates, 10 RTPCR reports and 2 mobile phones from MD Tariq. Further investigation is underway. (ANI)

Groom Thrashed At Nikah Ceremony For Demanding Rs 10 Lakh Dowry: Video Goes Viral

Groom Thrashed At Nikah Ceremony For Demanding Rs 10 Lakh Dowry: Video Goes Viral

A shocking video has surfaced on social media where a groom is being thrashed at his own wedding.

The incident took place on Friday (December 17) at a banquet hall in Sahibabad area of Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad. The man was allegedly beaten up as his family demanded a big amount of money as extra dowry.

Right before the Nikah ceremony, the groom’s father reportedly demanded Rs 10 lakh and threatened to call off the wedding if the demand was not met.

According to reports, the bride’s family had already given Rs 3 lakh in cash and a diamond ring worth Rs 1 lakh. But the groom’s family was not satisfied.

The bride’s family tried to persuade the groom’s family but they were not convinced. This irked the bride’s family and guests and they thrashed the groom. The bride’s side also claimed that the man was married 2-3 times before.

India Reports 6,563 New COVID-19 Cases, 132 Deaths, Tally Over 3.47 Cr

India Reports 6,563 New COVID-19 Cases, 132 Deaths, Tally Over 3.47 Cr

New Delhi, Dec 20: With 6,563 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,47,46,838, while the active cases declined to 82,267, the lowest in 572 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 4,77,554 with 132 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 15,000 for the last 53 days now.

The active cases comprise 0.24 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.39 per cent, the highest since March 2020,the ministry said.

A decline of 1,646 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

In First-Of-Its-Kind Move, Government Mulls Mobile Blocking To Curb Cyber Crime

In First-Of-Its-Kind Move, Government Mulls Mobile Blocking To Curb Cyber Crime

New Delhi, Dec 15: In what may turn out to be a first-of-its-kind move, the government is looking at the option of blocking mobile numbers involved in cyber crimes, on a real-time basis.

The plan is discussed by Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as part of a larger plan to effectively tackle cyber crime.

MHA officials said the government is also considering creating a national-level cyber-crime database to identify and track criminals.

There is a National Cyber Crime Reporting portal through which citizens can report cyber crimes. Officials say the plan is to make the portal more effective.

An official said the proposal to block mobile numbers was made in the recent DGP-IGP conference attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

Prevention and detection of cyber crime has to be a priority, for which a national-level mechanism is nedeed to track, block and recover money from fraudsters.

It is needed also to block numbers and International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) involved in such frauds in real time. IMEI is a 15-digit number unique to each mobile device.

Also on the government’s agenda is stricter Know Your Customer (KYC) norms for banks, wallet providers and Telecom Service Providers.

This move is likely to curb, to a large extent, cyber crimes such as financial frauds, stalking, data theft, online harassment, fake news and misinformation campaigns.

Rising number of cyber crimes in India is hampering plans of promoting digitisation in the country, said a senior government functionary.

“Digistisation is the way forward and a lot of people are enjoying the benefits of the digital push. But banking frauds are discouraging some people from relying on the online route. Therefore, curbing cyber crime is one of the priorities of the government.”

Besides bringing framework changes in the mechanism to deal with cyber crimes, efforts are being made to improve inter-agency and inter-state coordination for effectively controlling cyber crimes and also to create awareness.

India recorded 50,035 cases of cyber crime in 2020 — a jump of 11.8% in such offences over the previous year. (Indian Express)

Jamiat Chief Meets Saudi Envoy, Flags Concerns Over ‘Allegations’ Levelled Against Tablighi Jamaat

Jamiat Chief Meets Saudi Envoy, Flags Concerns Over ‘Allegations’ Levelled Against Tablighi Jamaat

NEW DELHI: Prominent Muslim body Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind’s chief Maulana Arshad Madani met Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to India Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Sati and conveyed concerns over the “allegations” levelled by that country’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs against the Tablighi Jamaat, the Jamiat said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Jamiat said that Madani during his meeting with the Saudi Ambassador to India said that the statement of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs regarding Tablighi Jamaat has become a cause of “great concern” for Muslims all over the world.

Tablighi Jamaat is attached with the Deobandi school of thought, so it is also a matter of concern for Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband and Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, the statement said.

The “allegations” levelled by the Islamic Affairs Ministry against Tablighi Jamaat are “very painful” not only for the Tablighi Jamaat but also for all Muslims, the statement said.

“We wanted to convey our grievances and feelings to the Minister of Islamic Affairs through the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and to inform him about the difficulties and worst consequences that could come to the Muslims as a result of his statement,” the Jamiat said.

Madani said the Saudi government’s views on Tablighi Jamaat is its internal matter but the allegations levelled against Jamaat was a matter of concern for all Muslims.

Madani handed over a letter to the Ambassador for the Ministry of Islamic Affairs conveying the Jamiat’s sentiments, it said.

Saudi Arabia has banned the Tablighi and Da’wah group, also known as Al Ahbab, calling it “danger to society and one of the gates of terrorism”.

However, it was unclear if the government’s tweets were directed at the Tablighi Jamaat group. Muslim organisations and clerics in India have reacted over reports of Saudi Arabia’s reported ban on Tablighi Jamaat.–(PTI)

PM Kisan Yojana, Select Farmers Can Get Rs 4000 Instead Of Rs 2000 In 10th Instalment, Check Eligibility

PM Kisan Yojana, Select Farmers Can Get Rs 4000 Instead Of Rs 2000 In 10th Instalment, Check Eligibility

The Central government is all set to roll out the 10th instalment under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan Yojana) in the coming weeks. The government is expected to release the funds by December 25, according to media reports.

Under the PM Kisan Yojana, farmers receive three instalments of Rs 2000 three times a year. In total, the government credits Rs 6000 annually directly in the bank accounts of eligible farmers.

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana was introduced by the Central government in December 2018 to offer financial support to marginalised farmers in India.

So far, the government has released nine instalments under PM Kisan Yojana. More than 11.37 crore eligible farmers have received over Rs Rs 1.58 lakh crore directly into the bank accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.

Last year, the Central government had released the due instalment to farmers on December 25. That may be the reason why many are expecting that the government will release the funds by December 25 this year too.

While most farmers will be receiving Rs 2000 instalments by December 25, a few are expected to get Rs 4000. According to reports, farmers who didn’t receive Rs 2000 in the 9th instalment are likely to get Rs 4000 by December 25.

Eligible farmers can easily check their names on the official PM Kisan website. On the homepage of the website, you need to visit the Farmers Corner, followed by clicking on the Beneficiary Status option.

On the next page, you need to enter your details to find out if you’re eligible for receiving the benefits under PM Kisan Yoana or not.

India Hits Out At United Nation Rights Body

India Hits Out At United Nation Rights Body

NEW DELHI, Dec 3: India today hit out at the UN human rights body for its “baseless” allegations against it over the arrest of an activist in Jammu and Kashmir, and asserted that the comments “betray” a complete lack of understanding of the security challenges in the region in view of cross-border terrorism.
Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), said authorities in India act against violations of law and not against legitimate exercise of rights.

Bagchi’s comments came in response to a statement made by the Spokesperson of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) over the arrest of Kashmiri rights activist Khurram Parvez.

“We have seen the statement made by the spokesperson of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on specific incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. The statement makes baseless and unfounded allegations against law enforcement authorities and security forces of India,” he said.

On Wednesday, OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville expressed deep concern over the arrest of Parvez and even called for “prompt, thorough, transparent” investigations” into the recent incidents of killings of civilians in J and K.

“We are deeply concerned at the arrest of Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez under Indian counter-terrorism legislation, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA),” Colville said in a statement.

Rejecting the comments by the UN official, Bagchi said as a democratic country, with an abiding commitment to promote and protect the human rights of its citizens, India takes all necessary steps to counter cross-border terrorism.

“It also betrays a complete lack of understanding on the part of the OHCHR of the security challenges faced by India from cross-border terrorism and its impact on the mostfundamental human right, ‘the right to life’ of our citizens including in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

“Referring to proscribed terrorist organisations as ‘armed groups’ demonstrates a clear bias on the part of OHCHR,” the MEA spokesperson said.
Bagchi said national security legislations, like the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA) were enacted by Parliament to protect the sovereignty of India and ensure the security of its citizens.

“The arrest and subsequent detention of the individual referred to in the statement was done entirely as per provisions of law,” he said.

“Authorities in India act against violations of law and not against legitimate exercise of rights. All such actions are strictly in accordance with the law,” the MEA spokesperson added. (PTI)

India Reports 10,488 New COVID-19 Cases, 313 Deaths, Tally Over 3.45 Cr

India Reports 10,488 New COVID-19 Cases, 313 Deaths, Tally Over 3.45 Cr

New Delhi, Nov 21: India logged 10,488 new coronavirus infections taking the country’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,45,10,413, while the active cases declined to 1,22,714, the lowest in 532 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The death toll climbed to 4,65,662 with 313 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 44 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 147 consecutive days now.

The active cases comprise 0.36 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.30 percent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decrease of 2,154 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.98 percent. It has been less than two percent for the last 48 days. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.94 percent. It has been below two percent for the last 58 days, according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,39,22,037, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.35 percent. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive have exceeded 116.50 crores. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crores on May 4 and three crores on June 23.

The 313 new fatalities include 248 from Kerala and 15 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,65,662 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,40,722 from Maharashtra, 38,174 from Karnataka, 37,299 from Kerala, 36,361 from Tamil Nadu, 25,095 from Delhi, 22,909 from Uttar Pradesh, and 19,376 from West Bengal.

The ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

”Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

Two Kashmiris Assaulted, Forced To Shout ‘Jai Shri Ram’ In Ranchi

Two Kashmiris Assaulted, Forced To Shout ‘Jai Shri Ram’ In Ranchi

Srinagar, Nov 22: Two Kashmiri traders were assaulted and forced to shout “Jai Shri Ram” and “Pakistan murdabad” in Hathikhana colony under the Doranda police station in Ranchi.

The victims are Bilal Wani (35) and Sabir Batt (36), both residents of Pahalgam police station area of Jammu and Kashmir.

Wani has lodged a complaint with Doranda police station in this regard.

The police have nabbed the accused identified as Raj Kishore alias Kishori, a resident of Pathal Road in Doranda.

Wani said when he, along with Batt, reached the Hathikhana colony, Kishori tried to force them to shout “Jai Shri Ram” and “Pakistan murdabad”.

He said the accused started assaulting them when they refused and they were saved only when local people intervened.

Wani said similar assaults have occurred against other Kashmiri youths several times in the recent past. The police sent both of them to the local hospital for adequate treatment.

Wani said, “As soon as we started displaying our products before a customer in Doranda the accused approached us and asked to shout the slogans if we wanted to stay here. He started hitting us with his fist and leg while asking his brother for a gun to shoot me.”

Wani said he is also a citizen of this country and has all the rights to stay wherever he wants. He mentioned that he has been visiting Ranchi for the past 20 years to sell woollens.
Ranchi senior superintendent of police Surindra Jha said, “The accused in the case Raj Kishore alias Kishori has been arrested. He is a drug addict. The police are sensitive towards safety of all residents, including people visiting this place.” —(TOI)

Petrol, Diesel Prices Rise After Fifth Consecutive Hike

Petrol, Diesel Prices Rise After Fifth Consecutive Hike

New Delhi, Oct 31: Petrol and diesel prices increased for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday to touch record high levels across the country.

With a hike of 35 paise a litre, the price of petrol in Delhi rose to its highest-ever level of Rs 109.34 a litre. The price of diesel also saw a hike by 35 paise and took the fuel’s rate to Rs 98.07 per litre in the national capital.

Mumbai also reported a surge in fuel prices as compared to yesterday. The petrol in retail cost stands at Rs 115.51 per litre whereas diesel costs Rs 106.23 per litre today in Mumbai.

As for Kolkata, the price of petrol is Rs 109. 79 per litre, while diesel is Rs 101.19 per litre. In Chennai, petrol and diesel cost Rs 106.04 and Rs 102.25 per litre respectively.

Petrol and diesel prices differ from state to state depending on the incidence of value-added tax.

Meanwhile, the Central government is in talks with several oil-exporting countries on the issue of supply and demand of oils but there is no possibility of immediate relief in prices.

Earlier, a source said that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas recently raised concerns about the matter of pricing, supply and demand of oils to the major oil-producing countries.

“As crude oil prices rise internationally, the petroleum ministry has called on the energy ministries of many countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Russia and others,” said the source. (Agencies)

Feb 2020 Riots Delhi Assembly Panel Summons Facebook Representative On 2nd November 2021

Feb 2020 Riots Delhi Assembly Panel Summons Facebook Representative On 2nd November 2021

New Delhi, Oct 29: The Delhi Assembly’s Peace and Harmony committee has asked Facebook India to send a senior representative to depose before it on November 2 over the February 2020 riots in north east Delhi, according to an official statement said.

Since Facebook has lakhs of users in Delhi, summonses have been issued in accordance with the mandate of the Supreme Court judgment on July 8, 2021, the statement said.

The court has held that the committee has the power to direct members and non-members to appear before it and depose on oath, it said.

The committee wants to discuss the “important role of social media in curbing the spread of false and malicious messages” which can fan disharmony and affect peace, it said.

At least 53 people had died and hundreds were injured in clashes between supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act and those opposing it between February 23 and February 26, 2020, in North East Delhi. The majority of the victims were Muslim.—(PTI)

Family Of Kashmiri Student Arrested In Agra Stages Protest, Demands His Release, Appeals LG Sinha To Intervene, Seek Forgiveness

Family Of Kashmiri Student Arrested In Agra Stages Protest, Demands His Release, Appeals LG Sinha To Intervene, Seek Forgiveness

Srinagar, Oct 29: The family of a Kashmiri student from Bandipora district on Friday staged a protest in Srinagar and demanded immediate release of their son who has been arrested under sedation charges in Utter Pradesh’s Agra.

According to the news agency the family members of Showkat Ahmad Ganie from Bandipora assembled at Srinagar’s press enclave here.

The family said that their son, who has been arrested for allegedly celebrating Pakistan team’s win over India in World T20 cup, is studying in Agra college.

“We belong to a poor family and the government has helped our ward to study in outside college,” the family said.

Hafeeza, mother of Showkat appealed the government to forgive her son if he has committed any mistake. “My son is my only hope and I can’t see him behind the bars,” she said.

She appealed Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to personally intervene and ensure immediate release of her son on humanitarian grounds.

Pertinently, three Kashmiri students were booked and arresting for allegedly cheering for Pakistani team’s win over India in recent cricket match in World T20 Cup.kno

Rajasthan School Teacher Who Celebrated Pakistan Victory In T20 World Cup Arrested

Rajasthan School Teacher Who Celebrated Pakistan Victory In T20 World Cup Arrested

Jaipur, Oct 27: A Rajasthan school teacher who uploaded her WhatsApp status celebrating the victory of Pakistan in the T20 World Cup was arrested by the police in Udaipur on Wednesday.

Ambamata police have also seized the mobile of school teacher Nafeesa Ataari and started investigations in the matter.

Nafeesa has been sent to jail after her medical test.

A school teacher in Neerja Modi Private School, she had put the status ‘We Won’ celebrating the victory of Pakistan.

Her post soon went viral and she was criticised for her act.

At the same time, ABVP workers went to Neerja Modi School, hoisted the Tricolour and sang the national anthem.

Soon after the school management terminated her services.

A parent filed a complaint against her based on which Ambamata police arrested Nefeesa.

As per Dalpat Singh, SHO, Ambamata police station in Udaipur, “Based on a complaint filed in the police station, the school teacher has been arrested under section 153 B of the IPC, her mobile has been seized and further investigations are on.”—(IANS)

Filed Plea In Supreme Court To Transfer Mehbooba Mufti’s Petition In Prevention of Money Laundering Act {PMLA} Case Centre Tells High Court

Filed Plea In Supreme Court To Transfer Mehbooba Mufti’s Petition In Prevention of Money Laundering Act {PMLA} Case Centre Tells High Court

New Delhi, Oct 27: The Centre Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that it has filed a plea before the Supreme Court seeking the transfer of PDP leader Mehbooba’s Mufti’s petition which challenges the Constitutional validity of a provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The counsel representing the Centre told a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh that the transfer petition is likely to come up for hearing before the apex court within a week — on October 29.

The high court listed the matter for further hearing on December 23.

The Centre had earlier told the court that several petitions concerning various provisions and scheme of PMLA are pending in the Supreme Court and the matter has been assigned to a special bench and parties have exchanged certain queries, one of which is directly in question here.

The Centre had said it intended to move a transfer petition so that the matters can be done together.

It had said that the questions before the Supreme Court included issues concerning the commencement of investigation under PMLA.

Former J&K Chief Minister Mufti, in her plea filed in March, has sought to declare Section 50 of the PMLA as void and inoperative, being unfairly discriminatory, bereft of safeguards, and violative of Article 20(3) of the Constitution.

Section 50 of the Act empowers the authority, that is, officers of ED, to summon any person to give evidence or produce records. All persons summoned are bound to answer the questions put to them and to produce the documents as required by the ED officers, failing which they can be penalized under the Act.

She has also challenged issuance of summons to her by the ED in a money laundering case and sought a stay which was refused by the court earlier.

The 61-year-old leader, who was released last year after more than a year in detention following the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, was served notice to appear at the ED headquarters in the national capital.

Initially, the ED had summoned Mufti for March 15 but it did not insist for her personal appearance at that time. Thereafter, she was summoned for March 22.

Mufti, in her petition, said she has received summons from the ED under the provisions of the PMLA, purporting to call for ‘evidence’ on pain of punishment, whereas she is, to all intents and purposes, a subject of investigation.

“She has not been informed if she is being summoned as an accused or as a witness. She has also not been informed of what she is being summoned in connection with and the scheduled offence under the PMLA which gave rise to the proceedings in respect of which impugned summons has been issued to her. The petitioner is not the subject of investigation, nor is she an accused, in any of the scheduled offences to the best of her knowledge,” the plea said.

It claimed that ever since Mufti was released from the preventive detention following the formal abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, there have been a series of hostile acts by the State, against her, acquaintances and old family friends, who have all been summoned by the ED and a roving inquiry about her personal, political and financial affairs was made, in the course of which their personal devices have been seized.

Earlier, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and advocate Amit Mahajan, representing the ED, had said there was no need to issue a formal notice to them as they are already appearing before the court and said they will file a short note on the issue of question of law.—(PTI)

India Reports 13,451 New COVID-19 Cases, 585 Deaths, Tally Over 3.42 Cr

India Reports 13,451 New COVID-19 Cases, 585 Deaths, Tally Over 3.42 Cr

New Delhi, Oct 27: India logged 13,451 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,42,15,653, while the active cases declined to 1,62,661, the lowest in 242 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

The death toll climbed to 4,55,653 with 585 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for 33 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 122 consecutive days now.

The active cases comprise 0.48 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.19 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decrease of 1,155 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.