Bengaluru, July 25: Was a marriage bureau used as a platform to convert people and lure them to join the ISIS? Investigators believe that a marriage bureau, run by Rizwan Khan was indulging in the same.
Two persons- Rizwan Khan and Arshi Qureshi who were arrested from Maharashtra last week are being questioned for their alleged role in enforcing a large number of conversions and also luring youth to join the ISIS.
Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been ‘arrested’, perhaps a pointer to a toughening of the Centre’s stance on the unrest in the state.
Indeed, the fact that no meeting took place between Union Home minister Rajnath Singh and the separatist leaders during the former’s visit to the state over the weekend is being seen as growing realisation in Delhi that the Hurriyat and other separatist organisations are increasingly irrelevant in Jammu and Kashmir affairs, beyond their efforts to keep the state on the boil.
Yet, the one question that observers ask is, why hasn’t stronger action been taken against these separatists, despite there being several dossiers and cases against them, ranging from money laundering to sedition. Successive Indian governments have been “foolishly scared” to act against the likes of Geelani, says former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer Amar Bhushan in an interview with OneIndia. Excerpts:
Jaipur, July 21: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday acquitted actor, Salman Khan in the blackbuck poaching case. The Rajasthan High Court Bench in Jodhpur which was hearing appeals filed by the actor acquitted him in both cases.
A lower court had convicted Khan in two cases and handed him out a sentence of 1 and 5 years. Following this, he moved the high court against both the verdicts.
Khan and seven others were accused of killing a blackbuck and chinkara in two separate incidents.
New Delhi, July 25: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to liquor baron Vijay Mallya over a contempt petition alleging that he had failed to disclose his assets. The Court had directed him to disclose all assets held by him by April.
However, after he failed to do so the banks moved a contempt plea alleging that he had deliberately violated the directive of the Supreme Court.
New Delhi, July 25: A petition seeking an investigation into the autobiography written by senior advocate, B V Acharya has been adjourned by the Supreme Court. The matter will be taken up by the Supreme Court after four weeks.
A petition had been filed in the Supreme Court seeking an investigation into the allegations made by Acharya, who is the Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the J Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case. He had written in his book that he was pressurised in the Jaya DA case.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is in Kashmir to find ways to calm the Valley. While the government looks for a ‘healing touch’ for the state, a particular problem it faces is, how to deal with young stone-pelting protesters.
Read: Kashmir Protest Chronicles-Part 1: Poor stone-pelters, rich, Kashmiri separatist leaders
Singh will do well to keep in mind what this whole phenomenon is about: Primarily, it is psychological warfare and perception management by Pakistan’s ‘Deep State’ — the ISI, Pak Army and their proxy terror groups — and by Kashmiri separatists.
Stone-pelting as a form of protest has by now become almost a routine. Not a single Friday passes in the Valley without such a protest. But there is more to stone-pelting in Kashmir than meets the eye.
Bengaluru, July 25: The refusal to renew the visas of three Chinese journalists is turning into a full fledged confrontation. The Chinese media says serious consequences await India. If New Delhi is really taking revenge because of the NSG membership issue, then there will be serious consequences, the Chinese media has said.
However, what the Chinese media is not talking about is the report that was sent from Karnataka to the home ministry in which it was stated that two of these journalists had used fake names while trying to meet with Tibetans at Bylakuppe.
New Delhi, July 23: As Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh began his visit to Jammu and Kashmir today, posters of 10 young Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists posing at an orchard with AK-47 rifles surfaced. The posters were found in the Shopian district.
The posters are a clear indicator that the Hizbul Mujahideen will continue to rope in the youth and keep the fight up. Interestingly these posters are very similar to the one that Burhan Wani the commander of the outfit had posted on his Facebook account.
Dhaka,July 26: Nine Islamic militants were killed in Dhaka when they were trying to storm a building on Tuesday. The raid took place at a five storey building at the Kalyanpur area in Dhaka.
The police in Dhaka say that the building was being used as a hideout by the militants. Based on concrete intelligence inputs the police stormed the building and killed nine militants.
New Delhi, July 25: India on Monday directed its staff members in the High Commission at Pakistan to send their school going children back to India. A decision to declare Pakistan as a ‘No School Going’ mission for the members of the Indian High Commission was taken on Monday by the government.
With this directive nearly 60 school children of the Indian staff will not resume their classes from the next quarter onwards. As a result of this decision, Pakistan has now been downgraded to a no school going mission.