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JCO killed in ‘stand-off firing’ by Pakistan on LoC

“The officer was killed in a kind of tactical action by Pakistani forces from across the LoC,” said a source.

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New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the Indian Army was killed in ‘stand-off firing’ from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan on Tuesday, sources in the defence ministry said.

The incident took place in Kalal area in the Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir, a day after India acceded to Pakistan’s demand that no ceasefire violations should be done as a group of diplomats and journalists were to be taken on a tour along the LoC.

“The officer was killed in a kind of tactical action by Pakistani forces from across the LoC,” said a source.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan had also violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Balakote in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Sources said a 60-year-old woman, Phool Jehan, from Gohald tehsil was injured in the shelling. She was later shifted to the district hospital in Rajouri for treatment.

On the intervening night of October 19 and 20, Pakistan had violated ceasefire in the Tangdhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir resulting in the death of two soldiers and a civilian.

As per Army sources, children have been restrained from attending schools along the LoC with incessant ceasefire violations by Pakistan. The number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan has been one of the highest in the past several years. Till October 10, ceasefire violations had crossed the 2,300 mark as compared to 1,629 in the entire calendar year of 2018.

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Delhi AQI in very poor range but relief likely on Saturday

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New Delhi, Nov 22 : Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) has deteriorated sharply to 339 on Friday with a toxic haze covering the city and neighbouring areas but relief is likely to come on Saturday as wind speed provides ventilation for the pollutants.

According to Safar India, the overall Delhi AQI is in the higher end of the very poor category and in some locations are in a higher category but now, will start to show signs of improvement.

An increase in surface and boundary layer wind speeds from Friday will continue for the next two days. The condition is forecast to improve significantly by Saturday to the lower end of the very poor category, and further improvement to the poor category is expected by November 24, Safar India said.

The high wind speed is likely to flush out accumulated pollutants over the Delhi region. The fire counts, as per SAFAR multi-satellite product estimate, is 141, with significant reduction from the last two days counts are partly due to satellites’ inability to detect fire during cloudy conditions. The stubble transport-level winds are westerly and not very favorable for plume intrusion, thus no significant stubble impact is expecting for the next two days, the forecast said.

The extended range outlook indicates that a consecutive western disturbance is expected in the next few days and is likely to have a positive impact on the AQI of northwest India.

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Political vendetta behind CBI raids: Manipur Congress

The raids took place on Friday when the former Chief Minister was in Delhi to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the Naga Accord at Jantar Mantar.

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Guwahati, Nov 22 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted simultaneous raids at the official and private residences of former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in Imphal and Thoubal since Friday morning even as the opposition Congress in the northeastern state indicated political vendetta behind the move.

The raids were regarding alleged misappropriation of government funds to the tune of Rs 332 crore of the Manipur Development Society, meant for development work in the state, sources said.

The CBI sleuths remained tight lipped over the issue and refused to comment.

Sources, however, said that the raids continued for five hours at multiple locations including the residences of the former Manipur Chief Minister.

“The raids at Ibobi’s house started at the former Chief Minister’s official residence at Babupara and private residence at Thoubal Athokpam Makha Leikai at around 7.30 a.m.,” sources said.

The raids took place on Friday when the former Chief Minister was in Delhi to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the Naga Accord at Jantar Mantar.

“The raids are clear reflection to threaten and silence the Opposition. The timing of the raids also makes it clear that they are driven by political vendetta,” said spokesman of the Manipur Congress Ningombam Bupenda Meitei.

A few days back, while addressing a press conference in Guwahati, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that the BJP is using a trident of CBI, ED and Income Tax (IT) directorate to get a majority in the Rajya Sabha.

The CBI has registered a case against Okram Ibobi Singh, who was the then Chairman of the Manipur Development Society, Y. Ningthem Singh, former Project Director of MDS, D.S. Poonia, IAS (Retd.), the then Chairman of MDS, P.C. Lawmuknga, IAS (Retd.), the then Chairman of MDS, O. Nabakishore Singh, IAS (Retd.), who was the then Chairman, S. Ranjit Singh, Administrative Officer, MDS and others on the request of the Manipur Government and further notification from the Centre.

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Police withdraw order asking 9 Muslim cops to not sport beard

Surprisingly, 32 policemen who had approached him earlier to sport a beard were permitted to sport it.

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Jaipur, Nov 22 : Nine Muslim policemen in Alwar, who were ordered to get their beards removed, were on Friday allowed to sport it by a senior police officer following adverse reaction from the community which threatened protest against the order.

On Thursday, the police had asked the nine cops to get their beards removed to ensure they look “neutral”. “Policemen should work in an unbiased manner and should also look unbiased,” said Alwar Anil Paris Deshmukh, Superintendent of Police.

The nine Muslim policemen had sought permission from the SP to sport a beard, but were denied to do so. The Muslim community of the area then demanded withdrawal of the SP’s order and threatened to stage a protest if the cops were not given permission to sport the beard.

The Alwar SP on Friday withdrew his order.

Surprisingly, 32 policemen who had approached him earlier to sport a beard were permitted to sport it.

These nine policemen include ASI Ismael Ahmed, head constable Chhote Khan, constable Abbad Khan, Assad Khan, Samardeen, Jaikam Khan, Mustaaq, Deen Mohammad and Saheed Nisaar.

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