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Why Modi Govt asked Jammu and Kashmir police of handling riots within 24 hours : Congress

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Srinagar, Aug 3 : Sensing that the Narendra Modi government is set to abrogate Article 35A and 370 forcefully, Congress leaders of Jammu and Kashmir came to raise their voice against the planned conspiracy of the NDA government as Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said at a time when the number of tourists in the state are high why they were asked to leave and why the home minister asked the State Police to clarify their position to deal with the riots within 24 hours.

Expressing deep sense of concern to the ongoing developments, Azad said, “
There has been an increase in the number of tourists in J&K; from labour class to Amarnath pilgrims. In such a situation, the additional security is a matter of concern for the whole country.”

“10 days ago a letter was issued asking all the Police officers to clarify their position to deal with the riots within 24 hours. This has never happened in 30 years. The entire country is worried by the advisory issued from the Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday,” Azad added.

Reiterating that the Ministry of Home Affairs instructing all tourists and Amarnath pilgrims to return from J&K, despite having 15 days of travel left, has never happened before.

“Even in the year 2000, when most passengers and civilians were killed in an attack, no such advisory was issued,” he said.

Asking why all the outsiders are being asked to return by the government order, Azad said, “The labourers living in J&K are returning. Students from various educational institutions are returning. The govt is sending buses to bring them back. A similar situation happened under BJP- backed VP Singh govt in 1989.” Azad said, “The BJP govt is creating the image that outsiders are not safe in J&K, while the locals are fully lined with tourists and Amarnath pilgrims. We condemn this attitude of the BJP government.”

“In 1989 under the BJP Supported govt, Kashmiri Pandits were evicted from everywhere, which still exists as a stigma. 30 years later, a similar situation is in front of us. This is not good for J&K,” he said.

Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni said, “Going by the current situation of J&K, under the leadership of Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress’s Policy Planning Group, the issue was raised. The fear that is being created and the cancellation of the Amarnath Yatra is just not fair.”

“In my 70 years of public life, I have never seen a situation like this in J&K where even the Amarnath Yatra had to be closed. This will leave a deep impact on Shiva devotees,” Karan Singh said.

“Today the situation created in Jammu & Kashmir will eventually lead to the end of all the development in the state. There will be severe financial losses,” Singh said.

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ED under some pressure, says Ahmed Patel after third grilling

A team of ED on Thursday grilled Ahmed Patel at his residence for the third time in less than a week”s time in connection with its probe into multi-crore bank fraud case by the Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech.

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New Delhi, July 3 : After hours of grilling by Enforcement Directorate (ED) on links with fugitive Sterling Biotech promoters, Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel said the financial probe agency is working under some pressure as no proof has been found against him despite answering 128 questions.

This is the third time the ED questioned Patel under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 . Earlier he was first questioned on June 27 and then on June 30.

“I was asked 128 questions based on allegations but yet no proof was found against me. The agency was satisfied by my replies but the questioning is a result of political vendetta. I don”t know under whose pressure they are working,” Patel told mediapersons.

Patel said he is ready to answer more questions.

A team of ED on Thursday grilled Ahmed Patel at his residence for the third time in less than a week”s time in connection with its probe into multi-crore bank fraud case by the Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech.

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Biggest single-day jump takes Telangana Covid tally to 18,570

Officials said 987 people recovered during the last 24 hours. The number of recoveries rose to 9,069.

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Hyderabad, July 2 : In the biggest surge since the outbreak of Covid-19, Telangana on Thursday registered 1,213 cases, taking the tally to 18,570 cases.

With this, Telangana overtook Rajasthan and climbed to the seventh spot in the list of states with most cases.

The state also saw eight more deaths during the day, pushing the death toll to 275.

Under fire from different quarters for low testing, the state authorities ramped up the testing. According to the director of public health and family welfare, 5,356 tests were conducted.

This is the first time the state has conducted more than 5,000 tests. The cumulative number has mounted to 98,153, still far lower than many other states.

Hotspot Greater Hyderabad witnessed the highest single-day jump with 998 cases. Neighbouring Rangareddy and Medchal districts recorded 48 and 54 cases respectively.

Indicating the virus spread across the state, cases were reported from 26 out of 33 districts.

Officials said 987 people recovered during the last 24 hours. The number of recoveries rose to 9,069.

As many as 9,226 patients are currently undergoing treatment in hospitals or at home.

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All Nagaland declared ”disturbed area”, AFSPA extended 6 mths

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had signed a “framework agreement” with its leadership in 2015.

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Kohima, July 3 : The Union Home Ministry (MHA) has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland for another six months, officials said here on Thursday.

According to an official of the Nagaland Home Department, the mountainous state, bordering Myanmar, has been under the AFSPA for the past several decades.

In a notification, Joint Secretary, MHA, Satyendra Garg said that the Central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of civil power is necessary.

“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the Central Government hereby declares that whole of the said state to be a ”disturbed area” for a period of six months with effect from June 30, 2020 for the purpose of that Act,” said the notification, issued on Tuesday.

The Nagaland government official said that the state has been requesting the Central government to resolve the long-ending Naga issues, involving the numerous outfits. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), which had several rounds of negotiations with the Indian government in Delhi as well as outside India after signing a ceasefire pact in August 1997, is one of the most influential rebel groups in the northeastern region.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had signed a “framework agreement” with its leadership in 2015.

Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi is also the Centre”s interlocutor to hold talks with NSCN-IM and other Naga outfits.

Recently, Ravi had written to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on the “deterioration of law and order in the state”.

The Nagaland government, however, in a series of statements, claimed that the state is in a normal situation.

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