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Amit Shah : Three-day visit to J-K

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah reached Srinagar on Saturday for a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation in the union territory.He was welcomed at the airport by the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. Shah will chair the security review meeting in Srinagar and will hold an interaction with members of Jammu and Kashmir’s Youth Clubs on Saturday. Shah will also inaugurate the first direct international flight between Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar and Sharjah in UAE on the first day of his three-day visit to the union territory.This is his first visit to the union territory since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.Over the past few days, several civilians have been killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, sparking fear in the valley.Recently, after the killings of non-locals in Jammu…

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US to release more documents related to President Kennedy murder Dec 15 : White House

The US authorities are going to release part of the previously unpublished materials about the 1963 assassination of the 35th President John Kennedy on December 15, the White House has announced. Washington [US] : The relevant memorandum was signed by President Joe Biden on Friday (local time) following the recommendations by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). “Any information currently withheld from public disclosure that [government] agencies have not proposed for continued postponement shall be reviewed by NARA before December 15, 2021, and shall be publicly released on that date. Out of respect for the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, such release shall not occur before December 15, 2021,” the White House said in a statement.Biden also certified the continued withholding of all of the information related to the assassination from full public disclosure until December 15, 2022, as the US Archivist requested…

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‘BJP supports conversion, communalism’

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India] : Slamming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday said the party has only two issues left — “conversion and communalism”.The chief minister said that there are no such issues in Chhattisgarh. “BJP has no more work left in Chhattisgarh… Now they only have two issues left one is conversion and the other is communalism. There is no such situation here and those who will try to sponsor it will fall on their face,” Baghel told reporters.The chief minister’s remarks came against the backdrop of a rally held in Surguja district on Thursday marking protests against alleged forced conversion in the state. Many BJP leaders reportedly participated in the protest rally. 

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Sonia to meet party GS & State Chiefs

Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi will chair a meeting of Congress general secretaries, state in-charges, PCC chiefs on Tuesday at party headquarters to discuss the training, membership programmes and chalking out a strategy for the upcoming Assembly polls, said sources. New Delhi [India] : According to sources, during the meeting, organisational polls, which are expected to take place next year, would also be discussed and Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal has already issued a circular for the meeting. During Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on October 16, it was decided that organisation polls will be held next year and for that, a membership drive will be launched from November 1.As per sources, the Congress party may hold the organisational election on September 6 and have its president by October.As five states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and Manipur – will go for polls…

South Asian Countries

Pak journalist faces ire of ministers for criticism of Imran Khan government

Pakistani journalist Asma Shirazi’s comments concerning Prime Minister Imran Khan and the state of the country’s economy in an article for BBC Urdu has drawn severe criticism from several Pakistani ministers. Islamabad [Pakistan] : However, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) warned of “serious consequences” against the use of “intimidating” language against the journalist, Dawn reported. Shirazi had reportedly criticized the Imran Khan government without naming it or any individuals including Imran Khan’s wife.According to Dawn, special assistant to Imran Khan on political communication, Shahbaz Gill hit out at Shirazi for her criticism of the government’s economic policies during his press conference on Thursday.Gill alleged that the journalist had put allegations on the first lady and said that there are ethical limits on criticism.“If you dislike the prime minister’s family, you can hold a grudge against them, but there are ethical limits,” Dawn…

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US urges China to transform approach towards trade, embrace market policies

The United States on Friday called on China to take steps to transform its approach to trade and embrace market policies as was anticipated when the country joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) two decades ago. Washington [US] : “Looking back over the 20 years since China’s accession to the WTO, these members noted that China and its economy have greatly benefited from China’s WTO membership, but China has not taken the anticipated steps to transform its state-led, non-market approach to trade and the economy. These members, therefore, called once again for China to embrace open, market-oriented policies,” said US Trade Representative (USTR) in a statement. Problems with China’s trade regime identified by WTO members include policies that skew the playing field against foreign competition, preferential treatment of state-owned enterprises, forced technology transfer and inadequate regulatory transparency, the statement said.Almost all of the aforementioned…

International

Judicial dispute between Brussels and Poland political, not legal : Merkel

The judicial dispute between Brussels and Poland is political, not legal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday. Berlin [Germany] : “I had a bilateral meeting with Mateusz Morawiecki, as did the French president Emmanuel Macron, and we used this opportunity to express our great concern that we have to get out of this spiral, because the independence of the judiciary continues to be a core pillar of the European Union. I’ve said more than once in public and I use the opportunity to say so here too, that this is not a legal problem, but a political task,” Merkel said during a German national briefing. The solution to this problem, according to the chancellor, must be sought within the framework of a respectful political dialogue, and the European Commission, as the “keeper” of EU treaties, is a key player in this dispute.On October…

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Need to ensure Afghan territory is not used to attack any country

India and UK on Friday agreed on the need to ensure that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists. New Delhi [India] : This statement was issued after External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held bilateral talks with the visiting UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss and discussed several issues including strengthening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and countering terrorism and radical extremism. A statement issued by External Affairs Ministry said that Jaishankar and Truss discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest while sharing their commitment to a multi-polar world and multilateralism.“They agreed to strengthen cooperation in West Asia and the Indo-Pacific, on countering terrorism and radical extremism, and addressing emerging challenges in the cyber and space domains,” the statement said. “On Afghanistan, the need for full, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance…

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Bangladesh communal violence prime suspect ‘admits’ to placing Holy Quran at Cumilla mandap

Iqbal Hossain, the prime suspect of Bangladesh communal violence on Friday confessed that he placed a copy of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja mandap in Cumilla.A high ranking police official, who wished to remain unnamed, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune. Hossain was taken to Cumilla Police Lines on Friday morning following his arrest in Cox’s Bazar the previous day. Dhaka [Bangladesh] : Since then, police have been interrogating him to verify his involvement in the incident and uncover other possible leads, reported Dhaka Tribune.The police official said he confessed to placing the Quran on the lap of the idol of Hanuman, a central character in the epic of Ramayana before stealing the club from the idol’s hand.However, Iqbal is yet to disclose if he acted alone or if he had an aide, the official added, reported Dhaka Tribune.Cumilla police said on…

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Amit Shah’s Visit to J-K

New Delhi [India], October 22 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah will begin his three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370 to review security-related projects in Srinagar.“Shah will review security and development related projects in Srinagar on Saturday and he will likely hold a public rally in Jammu on Sunday,” a senior police official said. Ahead of Home Minister’s visit to the union territory, several traffic restrictions have been imposed in Srinagar including those driving two-wheelers subjected to intensive security checks.In addition, a total of 50 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) teams have been deployed to Jammu and Kashmir for security purposes.Recently, after the killings of non-locals in Jammu and Kashmir around 700 people have been detained in the union territory, a few under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), police officials informed.Meanwhile,…

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TMC MP’s car attacked in Tripura

Party workers claim that BJP was responsible for the attack. Trinamool Congress MP Sushmita Dev’s vehicle was attacked in Tripura’s Amtuli on Friday. Members of the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), who were with her during her campaign, were injured during the attack. Party workers alleged that BJP was responsible for the attack during Dev’s  ‘Tripurar Jonno Trinamool’ drive.  “During our outreach program, some goons attacked our cars, they beat our workers. It’s clear that BJP is ‘Bharatiya Gunda Party’. CM Biplab Deb is giving them protection, the attackers didn’t even bother to cover their faces. CM is a useless fellow,” the TMC MP said.  Siddhartha Kar, Officer-in-charge at the Amtali police station said, “At around 1:30 pm we got information that two cars were attacked by unknown miscreants. Our 4 officers moved there immediately & rescued them (TMC workers). They lodged a complaint, we will…

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Gunmen kill seven in Bangladesh Rohingya camp

Gunmen killed at least seven people and wounded 20 on Friday in an assault on an Islamic seminary in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, heightening tensions in the settlements after the recent shooting of a community leader, a media report said. Cox’s Bazar [Bangladesh] : The attackers randomly shot some victims and stabbed others with knives at the Balukhali refugee complex in Cox’s Bazar near the border with Myanmar, Samaa TV quoted a regional police chief as saying. In the attack, four people were killed at the Darul Ulum Nadwatul Ulama al Islamia madrassa. While three others died at a hospital in one of the camps.Officials have not made a statement about the number of injured people. However, Doctors Without Borders said that nearly 20 people were injured in the incident.Kamran Hossain, a police official, said that “Rohingya miscreants” entered the madrassa before…

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Army brass to discuss China-Pak

At a time when Pakistan and China have heightened activities along the borders, top Indian Army brass would be discussing the ways to deal with the security situation during the Commanders’ conference on Monday. New Delhi (India) : The meeting would be happening at a time when the Pakistan Army is violating ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and attempting to infiltrate terrorists into India, whereas the Chinese have also continued to deploy their troops along with the eastern Ladakh sector. “The Army commanders’ conference would start deliberations on the present situation along the Northern borders with China and the Pakistan Army actions in support of terror groups on the western front,” government sources told ANI.The Army commanders are also expected to take up the issue of Pakistan Army and ISI activities in Punjab and adjoining areas along with the other security challenges…

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WB’s suit against CBI

The Supreme Court on Friday deferred to November 16 the hearing of a West Bengal government’s suit alleging that the Central Bureau of Investigation is pressing ahead with an investigation into the post-poll violence cases in the state without securing its nod as per the law. New Delhi [India]: A Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice BR Gavai said parties may file a rejoinder and additional document in the case. The West Bengal government in its suit while referring to provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act 1946, said that the Central Bureau of Investigation has been proceeding with the investigation and filing FIRs without getting consent from the state government as mandated under the statute.The state government has sought a stay of investigation in FIR by CBI in cases of post-poll violence in West Bengal in pursuance of the…

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CBI has disappointed: Jharkhand HC

While hearing the Dhanbad Judge death case, Jharkhand High Court on Friday said that the investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case is at the same place where it was earlier. Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India] : A bench headed by the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court Justice Ravi Ranjan and comprising of Justice Sujeet Narayan said, ” the CBI has once again disappointed. Investigation pace is at the same place where it was earlier”. The court came down heavily on the agency and expressed strong discontent stating that the agency “did not inform the High Court before filing the charge sheet despite the bench comprising the chief justice monitoring the process”.The court has also asked the CBI Director to be present at the next hearing through video conferencing.The next hearing of the case is scheduled on October 29.The Central Bureau…

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Kerala: CM not serious

Leader of Opposition (LoP) VD Satheesan slammed Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and said that he is not ready to take criticism from Opposition on the flood-landslide situation in the state seriously. Kochi (Kerala) [India] : He also called Communist Party of India (Marxist) party state president A Vijayaraghavan a “clown in the court of Kerala CM”. Lashing at Vijayan, the Leader of Opposition said, “Communist Party of India (Marxist) party president A Vijayaraghavan is acting like a clown in the court of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. His sycophancy is too much.”“That is why I said that our Chief Minister is unfortunately among the sycophants. So, he is not taking the criticisms seriously,” he added.“The Chief Minister have to take every criticism very seriously. If there is nothing in my allegation, he can reply to that. But he is not ready to accept…

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‘Centre changed vaccine policy:Owaisi

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark on VIP culture in vaccination campaign, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday alleged that the Centre left the state and the people to their fate and changed their COVID-19 vaccine policy only after the intervention of the Supreme Court. New Delhi [India] : In a series of tweets, Owaisi said that PM Modi placed the first vaccine order just five days before the campaign began. “Modi: No VIP culture in the vaccination campaign. Only India has an exclusive corporate sector vaccine QUOTA of 25 per cent. Modi placed the first vaccine order just FIVE days before the campaign began. He left states and the people to their fate. He changed the policy because SC intervened,” said Owaisi.He further said that this incompetence and absence of vision cost lakhs of lives in…

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India deploys Pinaka, Smerch rocket system on China border

Indian Army has deployed Pinaka and Smerch Multiple Rocket Launcher Systems (MRLS) at forward position near the China border to counter any threat arising across on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Guwahati (Assam) [India] : Pinaka weapon system is an autonomous rocket artillery system that can engage area targets up to 38km at mean sea level. At these altitudes, the ranges are enhanced significantly which further augments the deep strike capability of the weapon system. A battery of six launchers of Pinaka can fire a salvo of 72 rockets in 44 seconds thereby neutralising an area of 1000m by 800m.Talking about the weapon systems, deployed battery commander at the location Lieutenant Colonel Sarath told , “The Pinaka weapon system is indigenous multi rocket launcher system designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and it is a state of art, completely autonomous weapon…

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‘NATO seeks to turn Black Sea into confrontation area’

Moscow [Russia] : NATO seeks to turn the Black Sea region into the confrontation zone, and this is very dangerous, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Friday.“Now they have taken up the Black Sea region. We are witnessing increased activity on the territory of Bulgaria and Romania and are leading the way towards turning the black sea into an arena of military rivalry, as the Baltic Sea is already turned into the confrontation zone,” Grushko told the Russia 24 broadcaster, adding that “this is an extremely dangerous path that may lead to the risks of military incidents.” The official added that Russia was ready to cooperate with NATO on further “de-escalation” in the Baltic region but the alliance refused. 

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Japan govt approves energy plan, seeks to double ratio of renewables in decade

The Japanese government on Friday approved its latest energy plan, which sets out a road map for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, local media reported Friday. Tokyo [Japan] : The renewables accounted for 18 per cent of total power generation capacity across Japan in fiscal 2019 that ended in March last year, and the Japanese government sought to double the ratio to 36 to 38 per cent in fiscal 2030. According to the plan that is updated about every three years, the amount coming from thermal power sources is set to reduce to 41 per cent from 75.7 per cent.“We will make maximum effort to introduce renewable energy based on a principle of giving it a top priority as the main power source in 2050,” the plan endorsed by the Cabinet said.Moreover, the amount generated by nuclear power is expected to be 20 to…

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Russia confirms new single-day record of 37,141 COVID-19 cases: Response Center

Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered a new single-day record of 37,141 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, up from the previous record of 36,339 cases confirmed the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,168,305, the federal response center said on Friday.“Over the past day, 37,141 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,397 cases (9.1 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase grew to 0.46 per cent. Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 8,166 infections, up from 7,897 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by St Petersburg with 3,233 cases, down from 3,280, and the Moscow region with 2,428 cases, up from 2,318.The response center reported a new record of 1,064 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 1,036 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to…

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Durga Puja violence: Bangladesh police arrest prime suspect from Cox’s Bazar

Bangladesh police have arrested Iqbal Hossain, the main suspect responsible for keeping the Quran at a Durga Puja venue in Comilla, from Cox’s Bazar on Thursday night, reported local media. Dhaka [Bangladesh] : Faruk Ahmed, Comilla Superintendent of Police (SP), said Iqbal was arrested from the Shugandha beach area around 10:10 pm on Thursday, reported Dhaka Tribune. Following his arrest in Cox’s Bazar, Hossain — “the man responsible for keeping a Quran at a Comilla puja venue that triggered attacks on Hindus” — was brought to Comilla Police Lines on Friday.On Wednesday, Iqbal was identified as the prime suspect after the police scrutinised the CCTV footage.According to Dhaka Tribune, new CCTV footage shows Iqbal Hossain meeting with two caretakers of a local shrine on the night of the incident.It appears as though the trio met, and that a Quran, believed to be the same…

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Rahul Gandhi: ‘Made in India’ is Jumla

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused the Centre of “doublespeak” over the reports of an increase in trade deficit with China and dubbed the “made in India’ slogan as ‘jumla’ (rhetoric). New Delhi [India] : Citing a media report, Gandhi tweeted, “The Usual Doublespeak. #MadeInIndia #Jumla.” Gandhi’s remarks came after Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla on Thursday noted that despite the growth in the volume of the trade between the two neighbours, the trade deficit has increased and the imbalance has widened.Speaking at a seminar on “Leveraging China’s Economy”, Shringla also raised concern about the trade imbalance that has continuously been widening despite growth in the overall volume of the trade.“Our trade deficit concerns are two-fold – the first is the actual size of the deficit. The trade deficit for the nine months period stood at USD 47 billion. This is the largest trade…

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Rawat out, Harish Chaudhary in

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Friday appointed party leader Harish Chaudhary as Punjab and Chandigarh in-charge with immediate effect. New Delhi [India] : “Congress President has appointed Shri Harish Chaudhary as AICC In-Charge of Punjab and Chandigarh with immediate effect. Harish Rawat is being relieved from his current responsibility as AICC General Secretary In-Charge of Punjab and Chandigarh. He shall continue as a member of CWC. The party appreciates his contributions as General Secretary,” said AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal in a statement. Harish Chaudhary Rajasthan’s revenue minister was observer in charge of Punjab during the recent change of leadership where Captain Amarinder Singh was replaced by Charanjit Channi as chief minister.The assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Punjab early next year.Harish Rawat had been requesting the party leadership to relieve him from Punjab Congress in-charge duty as he wanted…

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