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Virtual meeting of Executive Committee of SAARC Journalists Forum SJF was held successfully


A virtual meeting of the Central Executive Committee of the SAARC Journalists Forum SJF, an international organization of journalists comprising journalists from eight SAARC countries in South Asia, was held last night.

Editor of Trinomul Barta and Hello Dhaka News of Bangladesh, Secretary General of "Dui Bangla Online Journalist Forum", Secretary General of "Bangladesh Online News Portal Owners Forum"- Md. Abdur Rahman presented the program.

The event was presided over by Ramnath Vidrohi, President of the Indian Journalists Association, a prominent senior journalist in India.

Also present at the virtual meeting were Raju Lama, President of the Indo-Nepal Journalists Forum and Editor and Publisher of the timesasian. Saghirahmed Qamar, News Editor and prominent senior journalist in Pakistan, Khalil Rahman Omaid, a senior journalist who is a member of the Kabul Press Club and a member of the board of Afghanistan,

Rinzin Wangchuk, a senior journalist from Bhutan and president of the Journalists Association of Bhutan, Ismail Shaahu, a prominent journalist with ABM News in the Maldives.

In the virtual meeting of the SAARC Journalist Forum cocern on the next International Journalist Conference was discussed. If the situation in Corona improves, the next International SAARC Journalists Conference will be held in Delhi, India or Kathmandu, Nepal.

The current coronavirus update information of the SAARC countries was discussed in the virtual meeting. The negotiators noted the massive loss of tourism in the Maldives and Nepal, as well as the economic collapse of the SAARC countries. In many countries, journalists are laid off and many are laid off.

Journalists from SAARC countries in a virtual meeting, called for working together to take it to a higher level. It was mentioned that the freedom of journalists should be defended and united. The virtual meeting ended with the conviction that "the world is a safe place for journalists." 




NIA nabs 9 Al-Qaeda terrorists from Kerala, Bengal; were motivated to attack locations including Delhi


Six terrorists were arrested from Bengal, three terrorists were arrested from Kerala in the early morning raids, the probe agency said.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested nine Al-Qaeda terrorists in multiple raids in Kerala and Bengal, the agency said on Saturday.

“NIA had learnt about an inter-state module of Al-Qaeda operatives at various locations in India, including West-Bengal and Kerala. The group was planning to undertake terrorist attacks at vital installations in India with an aim to kill innocent people and strike terror,” an official statement by the NIA read.

As per the officials, the raids were conducted in West Bengal’s Murshidabad and Kerala’s Ernakulam.


 
Six terrorists were arrested from Bengal, three terrorists were arrested from Kerala in the early morning raids, the probe agency said.

“Large quantity of incriminating materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession,” the NIA said.

“These individuals were radicalised by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including Delhi-NCR,” it said.

“As per preliminary investigation, these individuals were radicalised by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including the National Capital Region. For this purpose, the module was actively indulging in fund raising and a few members of gang were planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition. These arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in various parts of the country,” NIA said.

As reported by Indian Express, the accused from Kerala have been identified as Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswa and Mosaraf Hossen, while those from West Bengal have been identified as Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman.




UP cop beats, pushes on ground physically handicapped e-rickshaw driver in Kannauj; suspended


As per the reports, the victim drives an e-rickshaw and he told that constable abused and assaulted him for picking up passengers by the side of a road.

An Uttar Pradesh policeman has been suspended and a probe in on against him for beating up and misbehaving with a physically handicapped man in Kannauj.

The incident has been captured in a video and is taking rounds on social media.

In the video, the police constable is seen slapping the differently-abled man at the back of the head and pushing him to the ground at a police station in Kannauj.

As per the reports, the victim drives an e-rickshaw and he told that constable abused and assaulted him for picking up passengers by the side of a road.

However, the constable claimed that the differently-abled man misbehaved when he was asked to move to the side of the road to pick up passengers.

He further accused the rickshaw puller of abusing him.

In the video, a lady who is looking to be the victim’s wife was also seen requesting the policemen to spare her husband.

On the incident, Kannauj district’s Superintendent of police, Amarendra Pratap Singh, said the constable has been removed from duty and an enquiry has been ordered over the incident.

He further added that police officers are trained to control themselves and not misbehave with the public even if there is a provocation.

Later in the night, the Kannauj Police’s Twitter handle had announced the suspension on the constable.

“Strict action was taken by the accused following the report of Inspector Saurikh, in charge of the police station where the unfortunate incident to the person with a disability took place. The accused of abusing Divyang (differently-abled person) was suspended with immediate effect and an inquiry has been ordered against him,” the Kannauj police tweeted.




Peace deal won’t lead to honourable solution without separate flag, constitution: Naga group


A meeting was held at the central headquarters in Hebron near Dimapur in Nagaland deliberated on the historical and political rights of the Naga people and how the Indo-Naga political talks reached this far.

The Nagaland’s armed rebel group – NSCN-IM — which is involved in the peace talks, said yesterday in a meeting that without a separate flag and constitution, the peace deal with the central government will not lead to an honourable solution.

A meeting was held at the central headquarters in Hebron near Dimapur in Nagaland deliberated on the historical and political rights of the Naga people and how the Indo-Naga political talks reached this far.

The hardened stand of the NSCN-IM comes at a time when the peace talks have been hit a deadlock because of differences between the group and the interlocutor RN Ravi, the governor of Nagaland.

“The house had unanimously adopted the resolution to reiterate the stand of NSCN-IM that the ‘Naga national flag and Yehzabo (constitution) must form a part of the Indo-Naga political solution in order to qualify the Naga deal as honourable and acceptable,” NSCN-IM said in a press note.

Centre and the NSCN-IM must seek a “final agreement” based on the historic Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015, it added.

At the same time, a delegation of top leaders of NSCN-IM, including General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, are camping in New Delhi for taking forward the talks with officials of the Home Ministry and the Intelligence Bureau.

Last month NSCN-IM had claimed that the centre had recognised the sovereignty of the Naga people through the framework agreement signed in 2015 which agreed that the Nagas will co-exist but not merge with India.




Record 95,880 patients recovered from Covid in 24 hours, cases cross 53-lakh mark


According to the health ministry data, the recovery rate of India stands at 79.28 per cent which is the highest in the world.

In a positive development in the coronavirus crisis in the country, a record 95,880 patients have recovered from the deadly virus in the last 24 hours while 93,337 fresh infections were reported, the Health Ministry data showed.

Overall, above 42 lakh people have recovered from COVID-19 till now.

According to the health ministry data, the recovery rate of India stands at 79.28 per cent which is the highest in the world.

India’s Covid tally, the second-highest in the world, stands at 53,08,014. In terms of fatalities, the country recorded 1,247 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of deaths in the country is recorded to be 85,619.

India has also doubled its testing in the past month to a total of 6.24 crore tests, with 8.81 lakh tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.

According to the data, about 60 per cent of the country’s active coronavirus cases are concentrated across five worst-hit states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

Union Health Minister Harsh  Vardhan, in his address in Rajya Sabha, had said that India’s coronavirus mortality rate (CMR) is at 1.64 per cent, which is the lowest in the world, and the government further wants to reduce it below 1 per cent.

In his address to the Rajya Sabha, the minister said, “India is making efforts just like other countries. PM Modi is handling the Covid-19 meticulously.”

“Under PM Modi’s guidance, an expert group is looking at it and we have advanced planning in place. We are hopeful that by the beginning of the next year, a vaccine will be available in India,” Health Minister said.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said that all the chief ministers have fought this battle along with the Prime Minister, adding that detailed advisories were circulated even before the first coronavirus case was detected in the country on January 30.

Minister contended that from January 8, the Prime Minister, the ministers and state health ministers have been addressing the situation.




Shopian encounter: Army indicts troops, orders action


But local residents and the families of three men hailing from Rajouri who went missing around the same time alleged that they had been killed in a staged encounter.

The Army has found that its troops “exceeded” their powers during an encounter in north Kashmir’s Shopian district in which three men were killed in July this year and has initiated disciplinary proceedings. On 18 July, the Army claimed to have killed three militants in an operation in Amshipura village in Shopian district.

But local residents and the families of three men hailing from Rajouri who went missing around the same time alleged that they had been killed in a staged encounter.

The families identified the dead men as three cousins working as labourers who went missing on 17 July from a rented accommodation in Chowgam village in Shopian district. With the incident triggering a major outcry, the Army initiated an inquiry. Colonel Rajesh Kalia, spokesman of the Army, said on Friday that “the evidence collected by the inquiry has prima-facie indicated that the three unidentified terrorists killed in Operation Amshipora were Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohd Ibrar, who hailed from Rajouri. Their DNA report is awaited. Their involvement with terrorism or related activities is under investigation by the police”.

Colonel Kalia stated: “The inquiry ordered by the Army authorities into Op Amshipora has been concluded. The inquiry has brought out certain prima facie evidence indicating that during the operation, powers vested under the AFSPA 1990 were exceeded and the Do’s and Don’ts of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as approved by the Hon’ble Supreme Court have been contravened. Consequently, the competent disciplinary authority has directed to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act against those found prima facia answerable.”

Relatives of the killed persons had called it a “fake encounter” in which the Army, CRPF and the Jammu & Kashmir Police were involved. The relatives of Ibrar had spoken to him on phone at 7.30 shortly before the encounter began.

The police have registered a separate case into the incident and have collected the DNA samples of the killed persons. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah called for firm action against those found guilty.

He tweeted; “The process must remain transparent & the guilty must face the full weight of the law”.




After Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s move, pressure mounts on Dushyant Chautala in Haryana to resign


‘Dushyant ji, Following Harsimrat Kaur Badal you should have resigned at least from the Dy CM post. You are more attached to your chair than farmers,’ Congress said.

After the resignation by the lone Union Minister of Akali Dal in the BJP-led NDA government Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the cabinet, pressure has been mounted on another BJP’s partner in Haryana Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) to resign on the farmers’ issue.

Taking it to Twitter, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “Dushyant ji, Following Harsimrat Kaur Badal you should have resigned at least from the Dy CM post. You are more attached to your chair than farmers.”

 

The last week’s incident of lathcharge in Kurukshetra on the agitating farmers has also caused issue for the JJP in Haryana.

Many farmers were badly injured and opposition had attacked the government for suppressing their voices.

“Certainly, I would like to say one thing that the incident which took place at Pipli is condemnable. There should be a probe against those persons who first stopped, but later gave permission,” Dushayant Chautala had said on the incident.

JJP has also opposed the farm bill and the party shares many similarities with the Punjab based Akali Dal at many fronts.

Both the parties have a strong rural base and they also share close family ties.

Interestingly, Akali Dal’s Sukhbir Singh Badal had called former deputy prime minister late Devi Lal, founder of INLD, as one of the greatest farm leaders. Devi Lal is also the great-grandfather of Haryana Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala.

Also, there is an internal rift going on the JJP as one of its MLA, Devender Babli has demanded a change in the party leadership claiming that there was dissatisfaction among most of the party’s 10 MLAs.

Prior to that, Babli’s fellow MLA Ram Kumar Gautam has also expressed dissatisfaction against the leadership of Dushyant Chautala.

On the lathicharge incident also, the JJP’s senior leaders contradicted as Dushyant Chautala said for a probe into the matter while Home Minister Anil Vij said, “There was no lathicharge by the police on farmers.”

Yesterday, Harsimrat Kaur Badal had resigned from the Union Cabinet to protest the farm bills.

Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had earlier on Thursday said in the Lok Sabha that Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Minister for Food Processing, will resign in protest as the government tabled two more farm-sector related bills in the lower house amid widespread protests by farmers in Punjab and Haryana.




‘Great leader and loyal friend’: US President Donald Trump extends birthday wishes to PM Modi


Trump was among a host of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who wished Modi on his birthday and lauded him for strengthening ties with their countries.

US President Donald Trump greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 70th birthday, praising him as a “great leader and loyal friend”.

“I would like to extend best wishes and a very happy 70th birthday to the Prime Minister of India, @narendramodi. Many happy returns to a GREAT LEADER and loyal friend!” Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon local time. Prime Minister Modi, born on September 17 in 1950, turned 70 on Thursday.

He also posted a photograph of him and First Lady Melania Trump with PM Modi at the “Namaste Trump” event. The two leaders had their hands raised and clenched before a 125,000-strong crowd who had gathered to welcome the US president on his first India visit at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad in February.

At the event, PM Modi had said that a “new history” was being created.


Trump was among a host of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who wished Modi on his birthday and lauded him for strengthening ties with their countries.

Putin and Merkel wrote letters to PM Modi, and Johnson and several others tweeted birthday greetings. PM Modi responded individually to many of those who wished him on Twitter.

“People from all over India, from all over the world have shared their kind wishes. I am grateful to each and every person who has greeted me. These greetings give me strength to serve and work towards improving the lives of my fellow citizens,” he said in one of his tweets late night.

The Prime Minister also urged people to take precautions to defeat the coronavirus.

“Since many have asked, what is it that I want for my birthday, here is what I seek right now: Keep wearing a mask and wear it properly. Follow social distancing. Remember ‘Do Gaj Ki Doori’. Avoid crowded spaces. Improve your immunity. Let us make our planet healthy,” he said.




BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti dies due to Covid; PM Modi, Amit Shah pay tribute


The hospital informed that the Rajya Sabha MP was admitted with severe COVID-19 and was critical after multi-organ failure.

Another leader in the country died due to the contagious coronavirus, a disease which is spiking rapidly with every passing day. Ashok Gasti, a BJP Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, has died due to COVID-19, a hospital confirmed on Thursday.

The hospital informed that the Rajya Sabha MP was admitted with severe COVID-19 and was critical after multi-organ failure.

He was on life support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), it said.

The 55-year-old BJP leader from Raichur in north Karnataka was critically ill and was admitted to Manipal Hospital.

Various senior leaders of BJP paid tribute to the leader. Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking it to Twitter called Basti a “dedicated karyakarta”.


Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute to the demised leader by saying, “Shocked and pained on the untimely demise of Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader.”

 




Harsimrat Kaur resigns from Union Cabinet over farm Bills


Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had earlier on Thursday said in the Lok Sabha that Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Minister for Food Processing, will resign in protest as the government tabled two more farm-sector related bills in the lower house amid widespread protests by farmers in Punjab and Haryana.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Akali Dal’s lone minister in the Narendra Modi government, on Thursday resigned from the Union Cabinet to protest the farm bills.

Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had earlier on Thursday said in the Lok Sabha that Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Minister for Food Processing, will resign in protest as the government tabled two more farm-sector related bills in the lower house amid widespread protests by farmers in Punjab and Haryana.

The Akali Dal, a part of the National Democratic Alliance, had also protested against the first of three such bills, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.protest farm bill





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