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Curfew-like restrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar

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Srinagar, July 14, 2017: Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir imposed restrictions in parts of the city on Friday to scuttle separatist-called protests.

Srinagar District Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said restrictions under section 144 of CrPC would remain in force in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal, Kralkhud and Maisuma.

The police and paramilitary contingents have disallowed all vehicular and pedestrian movement in these areas.

The separatists have called for post-Friday prayer protests in the Kashmir Valley.

Senior separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have been placed under detention to prevent their participation in the protests.

While Malik has been lodged in Srinagar Central Jail, Geelani and Mirwaiz continue to remain under house arrest in the city.

Shops, public transport and other businesses remained closed here while skeletal private transport plied on the roads.

Attendance in banks, post offices and government offices was also affected because of the non-availability of public transport.

The Amarnath Yatra pilgrims’ movement, however, remained unaffected.

Reports from other cities and towns in the valley also indicated life was adversely affected by the separatist protest call.

Early today, a LeT militant identified as Shahbaz Mir has been arrested during an ambush laid by SOG and 13 Rashtriya Rifle army in Sumbal area of Bandipora district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Read More: J&K: LeT militant arrested in Bandipora, pistol recovered

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Rafale scam is just the beginning, we will expose Modi in coming months, says Rahul Gandhi

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Amethi, Sep 25 : Continuing his tirade against the Modi government over the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the “fun has just begun” and in coming months his party will expose how every initiative under the Narendra Modi government is an act of theft.

“The man Prime Minister Modi, who came to power to remove corruption, has  himself  given Rs30,000 crore to Anil Ambani The fun has just begun. Things are set to turn more interesting in the next 2-3 months),” said Gandhi..

Gandhi stated that Prime Minister Modi has aided corruption by favouring Anil Ambani in the deal.

“It is just the beginning, and more is about to come in the next two to three months.The party would expose all the “misdeeds” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government before people in the next three months,” the Congress President said.

“We will show you Narendra Modi’s work – Rafale, Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi, Demonetisation, Gabbar Singh Tax. All of it is theft. One by one, we will show that Narendra Modi ji is not a gatekeeper, but a burglar)

“Ye jo bhrashtachaar ke khilaf ladne aaya tha, isi ne Anil Ambani ko 30,000 crore rupaye pakda diye. Abhi toh shuruwat hui hai, abhi dekhna, maza aayega, aane wale 2-3 mahine mein aisa maza dikhayenge hum aapko. Narendra Modi ke jo kaam hain- Rafale, Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallya, notebandhi, Gabar Singh Tax, in sab mein chori hai: Ek -ek kar hum dikha denge ki yeh jo Narendra Modi chowkidaar nahi hain, Narendra Modi ji chorr hain,” Rahul Gandhi said.

 

The Congress President made these comments while addressing social media workers of the Congress in Amethi last night. The interaction was held at the Forest Department guest house in Amethi and was closed to the media.

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Phase-II of Coastal Surveillance Network to be completed on time: Sitharaman

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Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while giving joint statement during US def. secretary James Mattis's visit to India(photo credit ANI )

New Delhi, Sep 24 : The second phase of the Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN) – that was conceived to ensure attacks like Mumbai 26/11 does not happen in future – would be completed in a time-bound manner, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday.

The first phase of the CSN, which provides near real-time surveillance around areas of high sensitivity along the coast line, has already been completed.

Inaugurating the 37th Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference here, Sitharaman appreciated the consistent efforts of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in filling up the gaps in surveillance through CSN Phase-I, and assured “staunch commitment” of the Defence Ministry for the completion of Phase-II in a “time bound manner”.

She called upon the ICG’s top commanders to discuss ways and means to engage fishing communities to adopt technology driven instruments for further enhancing safety and security at sea.

The Defence Minister said the Indian Coast Guard regularly garners appreciation at international fora for its capabilities and relentless surveillance of India’s vast maritime zones.

The ICG’s capabilities are unmatched in the Indo-Pacific region, she said.

She also appreciated the role played by the ICG in saving the lives in times of adversity such as in the aftermath of cyclone Ockhi and during the recent Kerala floods.

Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh said the force remains ever-diligent in performing its duties of saving lives and property in distress at sea, protecting the marine environment and protecting India’s maritime security interests.

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Mattis arrives in Afghanistan for Taliban deal

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Washington, Sep 7 : US Secretary of Defence James Mattis arrived here on Friday on a surprise visit to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at a time when Washington is trying to make headway in Kabul after 17 years of war.

Mattis’ visit, in the middle of his tour of the region, comes unexpectedly as is usual owing to security concerns, and no details about his activities or the duration of his stay in the Afghan capital have been revealed, reports Efe news.

“US Defence Secretary Mattis and General (Joseph) Dunford the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived in Kabul. And will be having meeting with President (Ashraf) Ghani. Details will be shared later,” Afghan presidential spokesperson Haroon Chakhansuri tweeted.

The information office of the US and UN mission in Afghanistan confirmed Mattis’ arrival but did not disclose any details about his agenda.

The arrival of Mattis coincides with the recent takeover by Austin Miller from John Nicholson as NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and US Forces Afghanistan.

Mattis, who came to the Afghan capital on Friday morning from New Delhi, had, along with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, discussed with their Indian counterparts, Nirmala Sitharaman and Sushma Swaraj respectively, the importance of both India and the US in Afghanistan.

New Delhi and Washington reiterated their support for an Afghan-led peace process in a joint statement on Thursday, in which the latter acknowledged the former’s longstanding and ongoing contribution to Afghanistan as well as India’s role in its neighbour’s development and stability.

The same subject was addressed by Pompeo and Mattis during their stopover in Pakistan, where the Secretary of State stressed the need for Pakistan “to seriously engage to help us get to the reconciliation we need in Afghanistan”.(IANS)

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