Chinese flags in the Valley: Why this agenda is a non-starter?

Pic courtesy: Indian Defence Review

Pic courtesy: Indian Defence Review

Srinagar, Oct 20: On Tuesday following a raid, 44 people were arrested in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir. Among the materials seized were Chinese flags.

While Pakistan flags have been a regular feature in many parts of the Valley, finding Chinese flags is something new. Does this signal a new form of protest or is it just another gimmick?

This wedding invitation from mining baron Janardhan Reddy is a must-see

lcdinviteBengaluru, Oct 20: Janardhan Reddy, mining baron and former Karnataka minister does things that are usually larger than life. For his daughter, Brahmani’s wedding, he has sent out a unique wedding invitation with an LCD screen.

When the box opens up, you can see an LCD screen light on. A text first announces, “Brahmani weds Rajeev Reddy.” This is then followed by a full fledged video where Janardhan Reddy is seen singing ‘Atithi Devobhava’ along with his wife and son.

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Kodaikanal was a target for ISIS module in South India

kodaiBengaluru, Oct 20: ‘Kill Israelis and other tourists at Kodaikanal’- was a message sent on Telegram by Sajeer Abdulla from Kerala to six other ISIS recruits. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had recently busted a South India based module of the ISIS and had arrested over 6 persons believed to be part of a major terror plot.

During the first round of the probe, it was found that this module had planned on carrying out a Nice-style attack. Further investigations conducted which went into the chat transcripts of the alleged recruits learnt that there was a far more sinister plot which included targeting Hindus and tourists at Kodaikanal.

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Zargar, the man who massacred 40 Kashmiri Pandits, being re-launched by ISI

mushtaq-ahmed-zargarAhmed Zargar of the Al-Umar-Mujaheedin may be a forgotten name in India today. Just to recall, he was one of the terrorists who was released in exchange during the Khandahar hijack incident along with Maulana Masood Azhar.

While Azhar returned to Pakistan and launched the Jaish-e-Mohammad, Zargar was told to lie low. Today the man responsible for killing 40 Kashmiri Pandits is back in business after being told by the ISI to relaunch his activities in Jammu and Kashmir.


Kerala’s religious intolerance: Cocktail of Wahhabism and misinterpreted online Islam

wahabismBengaluru, Oct 19: A few months back at a school in Mallapuram, a few students approached their headmaster and sought for a change of their Biology teacher. Their contention was that they did not want to take lessons from a woman. In another incident, a 14-year-old boy returned home and told his parents that since he did not want to mix with other faiths, he would not go to school.
These incidents have stunned many and it has been found that these students have developed such views after reading websites that propagate extremist ideologies.

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Cauvery: SC reserves verdict on maintainability of appeals filed by Kar, TN

cauveryNew Delhi, Oct 19: The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on the maintainability of the appeals filed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala in connection with the Cauvery issue.
The Bench comprising Justices Dipak Mishra, Amitava Roy and Khanwilkar heard all three parties and the centre at length and said it would decide on whether the appeals are maintainable or not.

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Lodha panel reforms: BCCI’s curative plea to be heard in CJI’s chamber

bcciNew Delhi, Oct 19: The Supreme Court will hear in two weeks a curative plea by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) challenging the recommendations of the Justice RM Lodha Committee.

The matter will be heard in the chamber of the Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur.

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Karnataka, TN cannot challenge Cauvery Tribunal Order, says Centre

cauveryBengaluru, Oct 19: The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear and decide on the maintainability of the appeals filed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu against the award of the Cauvery Waters Tribunal passed on Feb 5, 2007.
While both states have told the Supreme Court that the award of the tribunal cannot be implemented, the Centre says that the appeals are not maintainable. The Union Government contends that the decision of an inter-state water tribunal is considered as a decree passed by the Supreme Court.

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Why gun snatching in J&K has become a routine affair

police16bSrinagar, Oct 19: Gun snatching incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have become a routine today. Fresh incidents of terrorists snatching guns from security personnel in the Valley have been on the rise following a video by the Hizbul Mujahideen.
In the video, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander urges the youth to snatch weapons from government forces.The Indian army has expressed concern over such incidents.

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Cauvery Row: Keep the water flowing, 2000 cusecs a day, to Tamil Nadu, SC tells Karnataka

cauvery_647_090516022314_090716050042The Supreme Court today directed Karnataka to keep 2,000 cusecs of water flowing daily to Tamil Nadu until it decided on the maintainability of the appeals filed by both parties to the dispute, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Both states had challenged the 2007 final award of the Cauvery Waters Tribunal. The three-judge bench, comprising Justices Dipak Mishra, Amitava Roy and Khanwilkar, adjourned hearing on the matter to Wednesday..

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