Two army men killed in Pak firing: J&K

J&K: The incident occurred on Monday evening when Pakistan Army violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked firing using small arms, automatics and mortars.

In the exchange of fire, 24 year old Rifleman Vinod Singh hailing from Village Danapur, Jaurian, District Akhnoor in J&K and 30 year old Rifleman Jaki Sharma belonging to Village Sanhail, Hiranagar, District Jammu were seriously injured.

Official figures reveal that 633 ceasefire violations were recorded along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir in the first two months of 2018. Of these 432 incidents were reported from the Line of Control and 201 on the International Border.

PM Modi will flag off India's first all-electric high-speed locomotive

PM Modi will flag off India’s first all-electric high-speed locomotive

Motihari, Bihar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Bihar today to join in the centenary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagraha. PM has pitched the occasion as a celebration of his Clean India mission, calling it the “Satyagrah se Swachhagrah” campaign.

The other high-point of Prime Minister’s visit will be the flagging off of India’s first all-electric high-speed locomotive, developed at Madhepura’s Electric Locomotive Factory. The train is the first big Make-in-India project completed by  Alstom of France.

He is also likely to flag off a new bi-weekly train, Humsafar Express, connecting Katihar to New Delhi and is also expected to launch the electrification work on the Motihari-Muzaffarpur rail line and the doubling of Muzaffarpur-Narkatiyaganj railway track.

PM will also unveil several development projects on this occasion including four big-ticket sewerage projects in Patna. Together, the plants will create a sewage-treatment capacity of 60 million liters daily under Clean Ganga program, Namami Gange.

27 children among thirty killed in Himachal Pradesh school bus accident

Shimla: At least 30 people including 27 children lost their lives when a school bus plunged into a deep gorge on Nurpur-Chamba highway near Gurchal village in Himachal Pradesh. The vehicle was ferrying children and staff to back home from Ram Singh Pathania Memorial School. 67-year-old bus driver Madan Lal and two women teacher also died in the accident. The bus was carrying 40-45 people and most of the killed student were aged below ten.

According to an official at least 13 seriously injured persons were rushed to a hospital in Pathankot where one of them succumbed to injuries. A pall of gloom descended in the area as wailing parents rushed to the spot on hearing the news. The bodies were extricated from the rubble with the assistance of local youth.

The initial enquiries suggested that the incident occurred as the driver lost control over the vehicle, which consequently fell into a deep gorge. A magisterial probe, however, has been ordered to ascertain the reason.

Soon after the incident, the Jai Ram Thakur-led state government announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for families of victims.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered his condolences to the families of those killed. “I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident,” PMO India tweeted.

Xiaomi to boost local manufacturing in India; announces three new smartphone plants

Chinese firm Xiaomi, commonly known for its MI smartphones in India on Monday announced to open three more plants in the country aiming to boost local manufacturing. These plants will include company’s first Surface Mount Technology(SMT) plant in Chennai, where it will stress on producing printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), which is one of the important and costly components on smartphone and contributes almost half of the total value of the device. New plants opening might be dubbed as an intelligent step as the Narendra Modi-led government has imposed a 10 per cent tax on imports of key smartphone components.

Xiaomi India’s Vice President Manu Jain announced the decision at “Supplier Investment Summit”. He said, ” the company is one of the pioneers in the country to start local assembly of PCBAs.”

“Xiaomi’s high-quality, well-designed products at ‘honest prices’ have been instrumental in disrupting the Indian smartphone industry. I believe we will continue to play a key role in transforming India into a global manufacturing hub,” Jain further said. However, he didn’t disclose the cost of the project.

Presently, Xiaomi’s six smartphone manufacturing units are serving to the demands of users.

The three-day summit was attended by over 50 global smartphone component suppliers, with the aim of helping them set up local manufacturing units in the country.

China: Hong Kong can take decision on Nirav Modi's arrest

Beijing: China on Monday said that Hong Kong can agree to India’s request to arrest elusive Indian diamond merchant Nirav Modi based on local laws and mutual judicial assistance agreements.

India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh told parliament last week that the ministry has sought the provisional arrest of Nirav Deepak Modi by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the People’s Republic of China.

Asked about India’s request, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stated to media that according to the one country two systems and basic law of the HKSAR, under the assistance and authorization of the central government, the HKSAR can make proper arrangement on judicial mutual assistance with other countries.

Modi, who is wanted in connection with the 12,700-crore scam at the Punjab National Bank, is reportedly in Hong Kong which is an especially administrative region of China.

 

 

Fresh trouble for Indrani Mukerjea; detailed inquiry ordered into illness in Byculla Jail

Mumbai: The Mumbai police have spelled a fresh trouble for former media tycoon Indrani Mukerjea and ordered a detailed probe into her illness in Byculla Jail. The co-founder of INX media was admitted to Mumbai’s JJ hospital on Friday late night after complaining of respiratory problems and uneasiness. She is an accused in her daughter Sheena Bora’s murder case and presently lodged in women’s cell of Byculla Jail.

Confirming the report ADG, Prisons, Bhushan Upadhyay said to a news agency that Rajvardhan, Inspector General (IG), Prisons, will conduct a detailed inquiry into the matter. However, Rajvardhan has not received the formal orders yet.

A preliminary inquiry is already on against Mukerjea and department is still waiting for the medical reports to ascertain the exact cause of her illness. Only then they can proceed with a detailed inquiry.

Mukerjea was arrested in 2015 on charges of her 24-year old daughter’s murder which took place in 2012, while police nabbed her husband Peter Mukerjea three months later. Both are claiming they are innocent.

Indrani was against her daughter’s marriage with Rahul Mukerjea, with whom she was engaged, because Rahul is Peter’s son from his first marriage.

Bora was abducted and strangled to death and her body was disposed of in a forest and the murder came into light after Indrani’s driver told the investigating agency about it.

Ahmedabad-Puri Express travels 13km without engine

On Sunday, Railways suspended seven employees after 22 coaches of the 18406 Ahmedabad-Puri Express with around 1,000 passengers on board rolled on for 13km minus the engine in Titlagarh section of the state on Saturday night.

The incident took place when the Puri-bound train arrived in Titlagarh, around 385km from Bhubaneswar. Here, it was to reverse its direction to head to Puri via Sambalpur in a process called loco or rake reversal. As part of that, the engine is detached and re-attached to the other end of the train.

It is suspected that the skid brakes were not applied or did not work properly in this case, resulting in the coaches going off-route and rolling towards Kesinga in Kalahandi district which is located on a downward slope from Titlagarh.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has expressed concern over the incident. “Passenger safety is above everything and cannot be compromised. Railway minister Piyush Goyal should take remedial action to address the lapses,” he tweeted.

NIA puts Pakistani diplomat on wanted list

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency has put a Pakistani diplomat on its wanted list and released his picture.

It said the diplomat; Amir Zubair Siddiqui was posted as a visa counselor in the Pakistani High

Commission in Colombo and had been included in the list along with two other Pakistani officers

for conspiring to launch 26/11 type attacks on US and Israeli consulates besides Army and Navy commands in south India in 2014.

NIA added, a fourth Pakistani officer posted in the high commission in Sri Lanka was also involved in the conspiracy.

The development comes even as the agency is preparing to send a request to Interpol seeking red corner notices against the Pakistani officers who have reportedly been ousted to Islamabad.

 

While the NIA charge sheeted Siddiqui in February, the other three officers could not be identified. The two who have been put on the wanted list apart from Siddiqui are a Pakistani intelligence officer who went by his alias Vineeth and another official code named Boss alias Shah. This is the first time that India has put a Pakistani diplomat’s name in the wanted list or sought a red corner notice against one.

 

Anti-reservation protests in Bangladesh: 100 people injured

Dhaka: Thousands of students across Bangladesh staged protest on Monday after clashes at the country’s top university left at least 100 injured.

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at Dhaka University students fighting what they consider discriminatory government job quotas in favor of special groups. It was one of the biggest protests faced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her reign.

The clashes began on Sunday night and went onto the early hours of Monday turning the Dhaka University into a battleground.

As violence spread across the campus, thousands of male and female students launched into pitched battle with the police.

A minister was due to meet protest leaders in Dhaka on Monday.

Students at state-run universities in Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Barisal, Rangpur, Sylhet and Savar boycotted classes and staged sit-ins, police stated. More than 1,000 students joined the demonstrations at Jahangirnagar University,” added Ataur Rahman, a protester in Savar where the university is located.

 

 

 

 

Congress protest against Dalit atrocities: Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar grab the show in an attempt to hide

New Delhi: Congress leaders and key accused in 1984-anti Sikh riots Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar on Monday suddenly caught attention during the day-long hunger strike at Rajghat as both leave the stage just before party president Rahul Gandhi arrived. The grant old party called for a day-long hunger strike to highlight growing incidents of atrocities against Dalit, tribes and minorities across the country. There are reports that both were asked to do so but Tytler denied it saying, “I wasn’t asked to leave”.

This can be seen as party’s attempt to build a clean image under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and wash the stains of previous misdeeds.

However, Tytler was later seen in the crowd while Kumar left the venue eventually.

Both senior Congress leaders are facing the charges of orchestrating violence in 1984 following then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh security guards. The charges have been proved against neither.

Congress is reeling under a politically hardest time since independence as its arch-rival Bhartiya Janata Party succeed to win 2014 general elections with ‘Modi wave’. Now, as the country is ready to witness its so-called biggest Lok Sabha election scheduled next year, the oldest political party doesn’t want to take any chance. It is not leaving any opportunity blank to take on the ruling NDA government, that’s why this hunger strike protest was called.
A diluting change was made by the Supreme Court in SC/ST act last days which had triggered a countrywide protest as well and allowed the opposition parties express their concern in and outside the parliament.

However, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Ajay Maken tried to cover the matter later. “They were not asked to leave. The stage and its enclosure at the venue were reserved for some Congress office-bearers,” he said.

However, Tytler and Kumar wanted to leave the stage silently but could not hide from surrounding cameras.