As many as 14 terrorists, including 7 from Pakistan have been neutralized in eight operations this year till now, Director General of Police Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Thursday.
DGP Dilbag Singh said this after participating in the wreath-laying ceremony of senior grade constable Rohit Chhib, who lost his life during an encounter of security personnel with terrorists in Kulgam on Wednesday. “It was unfortunate that we have lost our brave constable Rohit Chhib. During this encounter, the terrorists were trying to take civilians as hostages and use them as shields. But our brave jawans saved those civilians”, said DGP Dilbag Singh.
According to the DGP, this hostage method is a new technique that Pakistani terrorists are using very often now. “They did this in Hyderpora also, they are trying to use civilians as shields.”
Constable Rohit Chhib lost his life while trying to save the civilians during the Kulgam encounter.
“Fourteen terrorists have been neutralized in eight operations this year. Out of the 14 terrorists, seven were from Pakistan,” DGP Singh said.
When asked about terrorist infiltration in LC during Republic Day, DGP Dilbag Singh said, “Our Jawans have their eyes on the borders. There is a strict vigil on terrorist infiltration.”
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CHINA TO PULL OFF ‘ARMED RE-UNIFICATION’ OF TAIWAN
A White Paper which was released by the Chinese Communist Party on the Taiwan issue says that in order to reunify the island nation with the mainland, Beijing will use force and will turn towards “armed re-unification”.
This comes as China released a white paper titled “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era” on Wednesday, reiterating its claims on the self-ruled island with over 22 million people, the Policy Research Group (POREG) reported.
The New White Paper claimed at the outset that the CCP “strives for peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity and efforts,” but then declared that non-peaceful means would be the “last resort.”
It also threatened to “not promise to renounce the use of force”.
The paper exposes China’s relentless wolf warrior diplomacy and clarifies that various previous promises, such as allowing Taiwan autonomy, which was made in the first White Paper released in 1993 and in the second White Paper brought out in the year 2000, were all farcical.
In earlier white papers, the CCP had promised that “the central government will not send troops and administrative personnel to Taiwan.”
Biden expresses shock over Salman Rushdie’s attack
New York State Police identified the suspect on Friday. New York State Police said in a statement that a male suspect ran up onto the stage prior to a speaking event at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua and attacked Rushdie.
It said the author suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. A suspect has been taken into custody.
The seventy-five-year-old author caught the limelight for his novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ in 1981.
His 1988 book, ‘The Satanic Verses’, led to a fatwa, a religious decree, by the then Iranian revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The threat forced him into hiding for several years.
The attack on Rushdie has drawn wide international condemnation. US President Joe Biden expressed shock over the “vicious attack” on Salman Rushdie and said that he would pray for his health and recovery.
In his statement praising the first responders, Biden said that he is grateful to the first responders and the brave individuals who jumped into action to render aid to the author. “Jill and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the vicious attack on Salman Rushdie yesterday in New York.” We, together with all Americans and people around the world, are praying for his health and recovery. “I am grateful to the first responders and the brave individuals who jumped into action to render aid to Rushdie and subdue the attacker,” Joe Biden said in a statement.
While praising Rushdie, Biden said that the author’s insight into humanity, his unmatched sense for the story, and his refusal to be intimidated or silenced–stand for essential, universal ideals. Truth. Courage. Resilience.
“The ability to share ideas without fear.” These are the building blocks of any free and open society. And today, we reaffirm our commitment to those deeply American values in solidarity with Rushdie and all those who stand for freedom of expression, “the statement added. The White House termed the attack on Salman Rushdie as “appalling” and said that the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Administration is praying for a speedy recovery of the renowned author. Meanwhile, in the latest development in Rushdie’s case, Hadi Matar, who is suspected of stabbing an Indian-born British author in western New York State on Friday morning during a lecture, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the second degree and other charges in a New York court.
RUSHDIE’S ATTACKER HADI MATAR PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Hadi Matar, who is suspected of stabbing Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie in western New York State on Friday morning during a lecture, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the second degree and other charges in a New York court.
Matar was arraigned in a centralised arraignment on Saturday and was remanded in Chautauqua County Jail without bail.According to Nathaniel Barone, his public defender said that Matar pleaded not guilty, CNN reported.Earlier on Friday, Matar was brought before a court on charges of attempted murder in the second degree and assault in the second degree and was remanded without bail at Chautauqua County Jail.
On August 12, 2022, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, NJ for Attempted Murder 2nd degree (B Felony) and Assault 2nd degree. Matar was processed at SP Jamestown and transported to Chautauqua County Jail. “Matar was arraigned in a centralised arraignment on August 13, 2022, and was remanded without bail at Chautauqua County Jail,” the New York State Police said in a statement. According to the statement, “On August 12, 2022, at about 10:47 a.m., a male suspect later identified as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, NJ, ran up onto the stage and attacked Salman Rushdie, 75. Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and chest and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known. “ The New York State police further informed us that the co-speaker for the event, Ralph Henry Reese, 73, also suffered a minor head injury. The staff members of the Chautauqua Institution and guests went on stage to assist in holding down the suspect. A state trooper assigned to the event was next to the stage and took the suspect into custody. Rushdie, who faced death threats over his book ‘The Satanic Verses’, was stabbed on stage in Western New York state. New York State Police identified the suspect on Friday. New York State Police said in a statement that a male suspect ran up onto the stage prior to a speaking event at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua and attacked Rushdie. It said the author suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. A suspect has been taken into custody.
The seventy-five-year-old author caught the limelight for his novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ in 1981. His 1988 book, ‘The Satanic Verses’, led to a fatwa, a religious decree, by the then Iranian revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The threat forced him into hiding for several years. The attack on Rushdie has drawn wide international condemnation. “I am appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabbed while exercising a right we should never cease to defend.” Right now, my thoughts are with his loved ones. We are all hoping he is okay, “UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was shocked and appalled to hear of the unprovoked and senseless attack on Sir Salman Rushdie.
Three MVA leaders now inmates in Arthur jail
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik and Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who have been arrested in money laundering cases by the ED, are now lodged in Arthur Road Jail in three different barracks.
All these three leaders have been kept in separate cells in Arthur Road Jail for security reasons and TV, carrom, books and other necessities have been provided to them in their barracks. However, Malik, who was arrested in February in a money laundering case, is currently admitted to the Criti Care Hospital in Kurla for treatment. He is admitted to a private hospital for the last two months.
Like other prisoners in the jail, all these three leaders are also getting a money order of Rs 6,000 per month. With that money, they can buy essential things inside the jail. Sanjay Raut, who has been arrested on August 1 in the Patra Chawl land scam case by the ED, is now lodged in Arthur Road Jail as undertrial number 8959. Raut has been kept in a separate barrack alone due to security reasons.
According to his demand from the jail administration, he has been given notebooks and pens. He takes books from the jail library for reading. Even if they write a book their written work will remain inside the prison’s boundary and cannot go outside. The Shiv Sena MP is also getting homemade food at the prison as it is allowed by the Mumbai Court.
On August 8, Raut was sent to judicial custody till August 22. Since then, Raut has been lodged in the Arthur Road prison. NCP leader Malik, who was arrested on February 23 over a property deal allegedly linked to the aides of gangster Dawood Ibrahim by ED is prisoner number 4622 in Arthur Road Jail. Malik has been in custody since his arrest by the ED, but due to his health issues, he is currently admitted to the Criti Care Hospital in Kurla for treatment.
BJP Madurai district president Saravanan announces resignation
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Madurai district president P Saravanan on Saturday announced his resignation from the party. He met State Finance Minister Palanivel Thiagarajan at his residence here on Saturday night and apologised for the action of a BJP worker who hurled a slipper at the Minister’s car at Madurai airport. Addressing media persons outside the Minister’s residence after the meeting, Saravanan said, “Some untoward incidents took place at Madurai Airport. The incident at the airport affected me deeply. I took some of the sharp words of the minister as a personal attack. I quit Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) a year ago and joined BJP but now I don’t like BJP.” He further claimed that the BJP was working against the minority people.
Anubrata Mondal taken to CBI headquarters after medical check-up
Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum District President Anubrata Mondal, who was arrested in a 2020 cattle smuggling case, was brought to the CBI headquarters after a medical check-up at the Kolkata’s Command Hospital.
Mondal, a close associate of chief minister Mamta Banerjee was sent to CBI custody till August 20 by an Asansol court. The CBI interrogated the TMC leader for several hours in the cattle smuggling scam on Saturday.
Mondal had been summoned several times by the CBI to appear before it but had evaded citing his health. He was finally arrested on August 11 form his residence in Bolpur in Birbhum district.
Earlier, Finance Minister of West Bengal, Chandrima Bhattacharya had alleged that the CBI summons to Mondal was “political vendetta.”
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on September 21, 2020, arrested a former Border Security Force (BSF) Commandant, in connection with an illegal cattle smuggling case across the Indo-Bangladesh border. Anubrata Mondal’s name came under the CBI scanner during the investigation of the case. Mondal was also summoned by the CBI previously, for an investigation into his alleged involvement in connection with the post-poll violence.
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