119 Maharashtra MLAs spent less than 50 per cent of election expenses

maharashtra-assemblyNew Delhi, Oct 13: Out of the 285 MLAs analysed in Maharashtra, 119 had declared election expenses of less than 50 per cent.

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Maharashtra Election Watch (MEW) have analysed election expenditure statements of 285 out 288 sitting MLAs. One seat in Katol constituency is vacant.

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Not Kashmir, but XI briefed Modi about Imran Khan’s visit to Beijing

modi-jinpingNew Delhi, Oct 13: During his meeting with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Chinese President, Xi Jinping spoke about Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s visit to Beijing.

There was no discussion on Kashmir and both leaders kept the contentious issue off the table, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said. He said that the Kashmir issue was not raised or discussed. Our position has been clear and this is India’s internal matter, he also said. Xi however appraised Modi about Khan’s visit to Beijing, he further added.

The self-imposed restriction in Jammu and Kashmir

kashmir-restrictionsNew Delhi, Oct 12: Restrictions are being lifted and the Jammu and Kashmir administration is doing everything to ensure that normalcy is restored.

There are restrictions on mobiles and internet, but it would be wrong to say that the people are being restricted to move outside. When one sees a deserted street, that is not due to the restrictions imposed by the administration. It is a self-imposed restriction said a top official to OneIndia.

Pakistan is sending drones to India to arm its terrorists

dronesNew Delhi, Oct 12: The Indian Army has said that Pakistan’s latest modus operandi is to use drones to arm its terrorists.

Smuggling of arms into India through the border has become difficult owing to tight security. Hence Pakistan has resorted to using drones to drop off arms and ammunition for its terrorists operating in India.

J&K administration launches all out ad war on terrorists, separatists

public-announcment-terroristNew Delhi, Oct 12: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has launched an ad war against those using terror tactics.

The advertisement which appeared in several newspapers in Jammu and Kashmir was titled, ” Closed Shops, No Public Transport, Who benefits.”

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Silent radicalisation in Kashmir: Here’s why it is not time to take our eyes off the Separatists

Many top Separatists are in jail as the probe into the terror funding case is underway. There are however some Separatists who are still in the Valley, but in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370 they have been largely silent. The question is, have they learnt their lesson and hence have quietened down?

Syed Ali Shah Geelani

For the past several years, Jammu and Kashmir has been plagued by the problem of Separatism. If one looks at the issue closely, it has been as lethal as terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. Moreover, recent probes by the National Investigation Agency and the Enforcement Directorate have clearly established the role of Separatists in fuelling terror and unrest in the Valley.

The case is famously known as the Kashmir terror funding case and the agencies have named the likes of Lashkar-e-Taiba boss, Hafiz Saeed, Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah among others. What is ironic is that these revelations were not new, but the truth was that they were never probed. Several officials who have worked in Kashmir blamed soft policies and appeasement for such a lacklustre approach.

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Another RSS worker killed: Bengal’s deadly cocktail of violence, terror and minority appeasement

From the recent murder of an RSS worker and his family which is being touted as a criminal case rather than a political murder, one cannot help but connect the dots to the other such murders on the rise in West Bengal.

In one of the most gruesome incidents, a worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), his pregnant wife and their eight-year-old son were murdered in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district.

Bondhu Gopal Pal, a 35-year-old primary, his wife Beauty and son were found lying in a pool of blood inside their residence in Jiaganj earlier this week.

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2,000 ceasefire violations, 500 terrorists wait to infiltrate: Pakistan’s plans exposed

loc1New Delhi, Oct 12: This year, according to officials, Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the LoC over 2,000 times, leaving 21 Indians dead and scores injured.

India has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two countries to maintain peace along the LoC and the International Border.

Punjab on high alert: 5,000 officials take part in operation

punjabpoliceNew Delhi, Oct 12: The Punjab Police have declared a high state of alert in the state based on Intelligence reports about a major terror strike. Cordon and Search Operations (CASO) were undertaken in Pathankot and Gurdaspur following the alert.

There are over 5,000 police officials who are taking part in the search ooeprations. The operations would continue for a couple of days more and a decision to this effect was taken following a meeting chaired by Punjab Police chief, Dinkar Gupta.

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Ban to protect, ban to protect: Pakistan and its long history of eyewashes

hafiz-aliNew Delhi, Oct 11: Ahead of the crucial FATF meet four persons closely associated with Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief, Hafiz Saeed were arrested in Pakistan.The four were identified as Zafar Iqbal, Hafiz Aziz, Muhammad Ashraf and Abdul Salam.

Pakistan, it may be recalled had booked several cases against the Lashkar-e-Tayiba’s financial wing, Jamaat-ud-Dawah. These actions look like Pakistan is making last ditch attempts to avoid being blacklisted by the FATF, which is meeting between October 12 to 15.