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Hope Kashmir interlocutor’s talks will provide some breakthrough: Rajnath



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File Photo Rajnath Singh

Lucknow, Nov 11: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma after holding talks with all stakeholders would come out with recommendations on further improving the situation in the state, and hoped the efforts would provide some breakthrough.

He also described radicalisation as a “global phenomena”, and said India has been least affected by it because of the Muslim community’s faith in true Islam.

He accused Pakistan of destabilising India. “Our neighbouring country is not desisting from its mischievous acts. It has been trying to disrupt us,” he said, speaking at an event.

Claiming that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved a lot since the new regime took over in Delhi, Singh said: “The number of incidents have now lowered from 6000 in 1995 to 300 today. There has been improvement in the situation.

“Recently we have appointed Dineshwar Sharma as our Special Representative to Jammu and Kashmir. He will talk to all the stake holders and come out with recommendations that what steps the central government should take further to improve the situation,” he said hoping that the efforts would be fruitful with some “breakthrough”.

Rajnath Singh’s remarks came a day after the Union Home Ministry formed two new divisions to exclusively deal with emerging security challenges such as radicalisation and cyber crime.

Sharma on Friday concluded a five-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir and said he would return soon to continue his mission to hold a sustained dialogue process that includes different viewpoints in the state.

On radicalisation and the Islamic State, the Minister said: “There is a general perception that radicalisation is happening. It has become a global phenomenon. As far as India is concerned, it has the second largest Muslim population after Indonesia. Despite that, it has been least affected.”

The BJP leader, however, gave credit to Indian Muslims for rejecting the Islamic State and its ideology.

“I would like to give credit to followers of Islam in the country,” he said.



Editors Guild suspends MJ Akbar, Tarun Tejpal



MJ Akbar Tarun Tejpal

New Delhi, Dec 12 : The Editors Guild on Wednesday suspended the membership of journalist-turned-politician M.J. Akbar, who has been accused of sexual harassment by a number of women journalists.

“A majority of the members suggested that the membership of Akbar should be suspended. The majority view is that Akbar should be suspended from the Guild till such time that the court case he has filed is concluded,” the Guild said in a statement.

The Guild also suspended the membership of former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal who has been charged with raping a junior colleague in Goa in 2013.

Accused of sexual misconduct by over a dozen former colleagues, Akbar stepped down as the Minister of State for External Affairs in October. The allegations were first levelled by journalist Priya Ramani, against whom he later filed a defamation case.

Akbar was also accused of committing “rape” by US-based journalist Pallavi Gogoi.

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State Assembly results rejection of communal polarisation: JIH

However, Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat President Naved Hamid viewed the results differently.



Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

New Delhi, Dec 12 : Prominent Muslim body Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) on Wednesday said that the results of latest state Assembly elections, in which the BJP has been dethroned in three states, show that people have rejected communal politics.

It said the ruling party should “pay heed to the people’s mandate” and desist from seeking electoral benefits “by demonising minorities and suppressing the marginalised sections” of society.

“The results are a setback to the communal politics. The ruling party tried its level best to polarise the electorate using communal issues but they were flatly rejected by the people of this country who are more concerned about their day-to-day issues of poverty, unemployment, education and health,” JIH Secretary General Muhammad Salim Engineer said.

He added that the people must continue to “reject those who peddle hate” and vote astutely in the parliamentary elections next year.

However, Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat President Naved Hamid viewed the results differently.

“I don’t think the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s communal politics has lost traction. Though issues like agrarian crisis, unemployment and demonetisation played the major role in the BJP’s defeat, the party is not likely to abandon its Hindutva agenda,” Hamid said.

“Neither do I believe that these results would have any bearing on 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” he added, also giving credit to the Congress party’s election strategy.

In the Assembly polls in five state whose results were announced early on Wednesday, the Congress defeated the BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — the cow belt states.

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Shaktikanta Das ‘MA in History’ is first non-economist RBI Governor



Shaktikanta Das

New Delhi, Dec 12: Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday assumed charge as the new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor.

The appointment took place nearly 24 hours after Urjit Patel stepped down from the post amid rift with the Finance Ministry, citing personal reasons for the decision.

According to media reports, Das is the first non-economist to serve as a Governor of the central bank.

Das completed graduation and post-graduation in History from Delhi University. Later, he pursued a financial management course from IIM Bangalore.

His predecessors Urjit Patel and Raghuram Rajan were noted, economists.


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