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15 seeking to set up a caliphate with IS aid to go on trial

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New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) A court here on Tuesday order framing of charges against 15 people for allegedly trying to establish a “caliphate” in the country in association with terror outfit IS.

The accused had extensively used internet and social networking sites to identify members for the Middle East based terror outfit, facilitate recruitment and training, and to promote its activities and ideology, the National Investigation Agency had said earlier.

In total, 16 people were arrested in 2016 for allegedly recruiting and financing people to join the terror outfit. One of the accused, however, turned approver in the case.

According to the sources, the accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Explosive Substances Act.

Charges involve Section 120B (common intention) the IPC, Sections 17 (raising funds for terror act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terror act), 38 (being a member of terror organisation), 39 (support given to terror organisation) and 40 (giving money for teror acts) of the UAPA and various sections Explosive Substance Act.

Special Judge Praveen Singh said there was “prima facie” enough evidence to start the trial against the accused persons.

The court has directed the accused persons to appear before it on March 16, when it will hear the matter and asked whether the accused plead guilty.

The NIA had earlier claimed that during the custodial interrogation, the accused have disclosed many facts about their involvement in the case and on recruiting and financing those willing to join the “Caliphate of ISIS” in Syria.

The NIA had earlier informed the court that the accused were arrested for allegedly planning to carry out attacks ahead of the Republic Day.

A case was registered by NIA on December 9, 2015 against unknown and unidentified persons involved in the activities of ISIS in India and Asian Powers in Peace with India.

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PM Modi present in LS on last day of Monsoon Session

The House, which began its proceedings on September 14, curtailed its proceedings eight days ahead of its scheduled conclusion on October 1.

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New Delhi, Sep 23 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday was present in the Lok Sabha on the concluding day of the Monsoon Session amid the spike in the number of Covid-19 cases.

Modi joined the house an hour after it assembled for the day at 6 p.m.

The Speaker and other parliamentarians welcomed the Prime Minister after he entered the House when a debate was going on at Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020.

The House, which began its proceedings on September 14, curtailed its proceedings eight days ahead of its scheduled conclusion on October 1.

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CAG pulls up Rafale jet maker for not meeting offset commitment

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New Delhi, Sep 23 : The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has pulled up the Rafale fighter jet’s French manufacturer and its weapons producer for not fulfilling their offset commitment to transfer technology to India as part of the 2016 contract for 36 combat jets.

In an audit report on Management of Defence Offsets, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, the government auditor flagged that foreign vendors made various offset commitments to qualify for the main supply contract but, later, were not earnest about fulfilling these commitments.

“..in the offset contract relating to 36 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), the vendors M/s Dassault Aviation and M/s MBDA initially proposed (September 2015) to discharge 30 per cent of their offset obligation by offering high technology to the DRDO,” it said.

Noting that the Defence Research and Development Organisation wanted to obtain technical assistance for the indigenous development of the engine (Kaveri) for the Light Combat Aircraft, it said: “Till date, the vendor has not confirmed the transfer of this technology.”

India has procured 36 Rafale combat aircraft from Dassault Aviation in government to government contract. The Rafale is a 4.5 generation aircraft and has latest weapons, superior sensors and fully integrated architecture. It is an omni-role aircraft which means it can carry out at least four missions in one sortie.

The fighter aircraft have HAMMER missiles, and will also be armed with beyond visual range missiles like Meteor, SCALP and MICA, increasing their ability to take on incoming targets from a distance.

On September 10, five Rafale aircraft were inducted in the IAF’s 17 Squadron at Ambala Air Base in Haryana amid fanfare. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was present during the induction ceremony, along with his French counterpart Florence Parly, who had stated that the deal was a stellar achievement for both countries.

“Rafale means gust of wind if you are poetic and can also means burst of fire in a battlefield,” she had said.

More of these advanced combat aircraft are set to arrive in India in November.

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Delhi Police gear up for ‘snap demos’ by farmers, tighten security

After the passing of the farm Bills, opposition MPs staged protest in the Parliament premises, marching from the Gandhi statue to the Ambedkar statue.

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New Delhi, Sep 23 : The Delhi Police have geared up for ‘snap demonstrations’ by farmers’ bodies, especially in the national capital, amid the ongoing protests against the Centre’s farm bills.

The security in the national capital, especially in the border areas, has been tightened and senior Delhi Police officers are themselves monitoring the situation. Section 144 has already been imposed in the New Delhi area.

Snap demonstrations are random unnotified demonstrations that pop up at a particular place.

“We have made ample arrangements in the area and are registering cases under IPC Section 188 and other relevant sections against those found flouting the orders,” said Eish Singhal, DCP, New Delhi.

The Delhi Police had earlier said that no demonstrations would be allowed in the national capital till September 30, citing an earlier order of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).

The missive came as political parties as well as farmers’ bodies have intensified their agitation against the three agriculture Bills passed by the Parliament recently.

On Monday, the DDMA had clarified that all social, cultural and political functions involving large gatherings are prohibited in Delhi till September 30.

But despite the orders, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee held a protest against the farm Bills at Janpath. The police detained over 41 Congress leaders and workers, including state president Anil Kumar, while they were marching towards the Parliament.

After the passing of the farm Bills, opposition MPs staged protest in the Parliament premises, marching from the Gandhi statue to the Ambedkar statue.

The Opposition and the government are on loggerheads ever since the farm Bills were passed amid ruckus in the Upper House of the Parliament.

Meanwhile, the border areas of Delhi, especially the Singhu border and Karnal road, saw massive deployment of police and para military personnel even as the Youth Congress workers and farmers took out a tractor rally on Wednesday. Barricades and water cannons were deployed at strategic locations.

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