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Kulbhushan Jadhav row: Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner summoned by MEA

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New Delhi, April 19: Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Mansoor Ahmed Khan is summoned by Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday over Kulbhushan Jadhav sentencing by Pakistan’s Army Court. 

Earlier, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale had met Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and demanded the copy of chargesheet and Court order from Pakistan, besides the consular access to the Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Pakistan had denied the consular access to the Jadhav as he is sentenced on espionage and spy charges by the Paki Army’s FGCM. India, however, said that Jadhav is kidnapped from Iran last year. India also criticised the trial of its former Navy official in the Pakistan’s Army.

MEA minister Sushma Swaraj warned Pakistan of the consequences if it proceeds with the sentencing of Indian National.

According to the Pakistan’s law, Jadhav has the right to appeal within 40 days to an appellate court and he may lodge a mercy petition to the army chief within 60 days of the decision by the appellate court. He may also lodge a mercy petition to the president of Pakistan within 90 days after the decision of the army chief on the mercy petition.

Indian government had demanded the copy of the judgement to study the legal of route of ouster for Jadhav.

Media reports also suggested Indian government is studying all the possibilities including exchage of high profile Pakistani prisoner for release of Jadhav.

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Rs 3.5 lakh crore needed for internal security in 2020-25: MHA

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New Delhi, April (IANS) The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday said it had informed the 15th Finance Commission about its budgetary requirement of more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore for internal security and other responsibilities between 2020-25.

“The budgetary requirement is meant for internal security, Central Armed Police Forces, police modernisation, border security, disaster management and Union Territories,” a Ministry statement said.

A detailed memorandum will be submitted later to the panel, it said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with Finance Commission Chairman N.K. Singh on Thursday whereing the Ministry made a presentation to say that its responsibilities vis-a-vis diverse and varied internal security challenges have increased, even though ‘public order’ and ‘police’ are constitutional responsibilities of the states.

“The capabilities of the states alone are not adequate to meet the threats of insurgency and terrorism which have national and international links,” the Ministry added.

The MHA said it also faced other challenges like improving the sense of security among the public, making vulnerable sections like women and children safer, meeting cyberthreats and providing immediate relief and rehabilitation during natural disasters.

There is a steady improvement in the overall security situation in the hinterland, northeastern states and Left-Wing Extremism-affected areas due to concerted efforts of the Centre and the states but relentless efforts are needed to consolidate the gains, the MHA said.

The Finance Commission was briefed on various schemes being implemented by the MHA, which require continued capital expenditure, such as modernisation of police forces crime and criminal tracking network and systems, immigration, visa, foreigners registration and tracking, coastal security, border infrastructure, and integrated check posts.

Capital investment is also required to make appropriate use of new technologies for cybersecurity and border management, it said.

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Is operating ratio of Indian Railways the worst: Chidambaram

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New Delhi, April 21: Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday asked if the operating ratio of Indian Railways is the worst and added that if the ratio is close to 100 per cent or has exceeded it, that indicated a “comprehensive failure of management.”

He also asked if it was true that the accounts are being “dressed” to show an Operating Ratio just a little less than 100 per cent.

“What is the Operating Ratio of Indian Railways in 2017-18? Is it the worst ratio in recent years,” Chidambaram tweeted.

“Is it correct that the true Operating Ratio has exceeded 100 per cent? Is it correct that the accounts are being ‘dressed’ to show an Operating Ratio just a little less than 100 per cent,” he asked.

“If the Operating Ratio is close to 100 per cent or has exceeded 100 per cent, that indicates a comprehensive failure of management of the Indian Railways,” Chidambaram said.

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No parole for mafia don Abu Salem to get married

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A file photo of gangster Abu Salem being taken to jail after a Mumbai court sentenced him life imprisonment in the Pradeep Jain murder case in 2015.

Mumbai, April 21: The Maharashtra government on Saturday rejected an application by incarcerated mafia don Abu Salem seeking 45 days parole for getting married, official sources said here.

Among the grounds cited by the authorities are that parole is not permitted for those accused or convicted of terror charges under the revised parole rules of the Maharashtra government in 2016, an official, who declined to be identified, told IANS.

Abu Salem, who is currently undergoing life imprisonment in Taloja Central Jail, Navi Mumbai, had applied in March to the Konkan Divisional Commissioner for parole for his second marriage with Sayed Bahar Kauser alias Heena.

The marriage was scheduled for May 5 in Mumbai and he had also provided the names and details of two of his cousins who were willing to stand guarantee for him.

He planned to stay temporarily at the Mumbai home of his prospective wife Heena during the parole duration.

In his application, Abu Salem cited how he was in jail continuously since the past more than 12 years without stepping out on parole/furlough even once.

In September 2017, Abu Salem – a close confidante of absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar – was convicted and sentenced to a life sentence for his role in the March 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai which killed 257 and wounded over 700 others.

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