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After Pak terrorists, Naxals trying to target security forces using drones

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A report of the intelligence agency has warned the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that after the terrorists in Kashmir, now the Naxals are trying to target the security forces through drones.

It has been revealed in the report of the intelligence agency that during the last one month, some parts related to drone technology have been recovered from the Naxalites during raids in the areas of Sukma, Bijapur, Jharkhand. Literature of technical details related to drones has also been recovered from them.

According to sources, on 7 June, a suspicious drone was sighted in Sukma’s Dornapal area, after which there was a stir among the security forces. After this, agencies in the area alerted all security forces to keep an eye on suspicious drones. It is believed that the Naxalites are trying to do a recce of the security forces using drones.

According to intelligence sources, a big meeting was held at the Multi Agency Centre (MAC) after the suspicious drone was sighted. The recent intelligence inputs shared with agencies operating in the Naxal areas of Chhattisgarh led to the conclusion that the ultras have started using drones for inputs.

According to intelligence reports, Naxalites are trying to target security forces in many areas, including Sukma-Bastar. Sources in the security forces say that so far, these drones are of the basic model, which are available in the market, but when it comes to technological advancements, it is a major cause of concern for the agencies.

Sources said that these drones have also been used to conduct recce of the areas and watch the activities of the security forces in the respective areas, although in the future, these drones can also be used to carry out attacks.

A senior security officer told The Daily Guardian that all agencies have been asked to be alert; instructions have also been issued to follow SOPs completely so that any plan of the Naxalites can be foiled.

Meanwhile, a meeting to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir took place on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in Delhi.

The meeting was attended by Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh, ADG Jammu Mukesh Singh and IB Chief Arvind Kumar. This came after two low-intensity explosions were reported in the technical area of Jammu Air Force Station. The explosion that occurred inside the premises of the Air Force Station, Satwari campus, Jammu, on June 27 and a subsequent blast, after about six minutes, were carried out by drones in a well-planned conspiracy that led to the injury to two Air Force personnel and damaged the office buildings.

The investigation into the Jammu Air Force station attack case has revealed that drones were used in carrying out the blast. The sources also said that either Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) or The Resistance Front (TRF) could be behind the drone attack. 

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Police busts Pak-backed module aimed to carry out attack on I-Day

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Thwarting yet another possible terrorist attack around Independence Day, Punjab Police have busted a Pak-ISI backed terrorist module with the arrest of four members associated with Canada-based gangsters. The accused were associated with Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh Dala and Austraila-based gangster Gurjant Singh alias Janta. They were apprehended from Delhi during the intel-led operation carried out by the Counter-Intelligence unit of Punjab Police with the help of Delhi Police.

The Police have also recovered three hand-grenades (P-86), one IED and two 9mm pistols along with 40 live cartridges in possession of the arrested persons, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Sunday.

This is the third such module of cross-border smuggling of arms and explosives that has been busted by the Punjab Police in less than a week.

Those arrested have been identified as Deepak Sharma of Preet Nagar in Moga; Sandeep Singh of village Kotkaror Kalan in Ferozepur; Sunny Dagar of village Ishapur in Najafgarh in Delhi; and Vipin Jakhar, a resident of Goyla Khurd in New Delhi, where all of them were taking shelter.

Disclosing more details, DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following reliable inputs that associates of Arsh Dala are being harboured by Vipin Jakhar at his accomodation in village Goyla Khurd in New Delhi, teams of Punjab Police’s SSOC Mohali along with Dwarka Police conducted a raid at their premises on Friday, and managed to arrest them after recovering two 9mm pistols (foreign-made) along with 40 live cartridges.

“Working on the leads obtained during the questioning of the arrested persons, the police teams have also recovered one IED and three hand-grenades on Saturday from the locations pinpointed by them in Punjab,” he said, adding that the arrested accused also revealed that they were being tasked by Arsh Dala to execute criminal activities in areas of Delhi and Punjab ahead of Independence day to disrupt the peace and harmony.

The investigations so far revealed that Deepak Sharma, who is a history sheeter and was wanted by the Punjab Police in two cases including murder of Moga-based Jaswinder Singh alias Jassi, who was killed in March 2022 and another for firing in the house of Panchayat Secretary of Village Dala, Moga in June 2022, said the DGP. While, accused Sandeep, who recently came back to India from Dubai, had provided logistic support to Deepak to carry out firing at the house of Panchayat Secretary.

He said that accused Sunny Dagar, who is out from jail on parole, is an active member of Neeraj Bawana Gang and Tillu Tajpuriya gang in Delhi and NCR region and has been facing various cases of heinous crimes including murder, attempt to murder, extortion, theft etc. Meanwhile, the Police have procured remand for five days of all the arrested persons after producing them at the local Mohali Court on Saturday.

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Security In Delhi Beefed Up Amid Threat Alerts

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Delhi Police have tightened the security and vigilance at all eight borders of the city as well as the busy markets in view of the Independence Day celebration. The security near the Red Fort has been beefed up with many layers of protection as the inputs received from International Border are not only specific but are considered strong enough. For enhanced security at the Independence Day programme, the police personnel have deployed anti-drone system to ensure protection against drone attacks. This anti-drone system was manufactured by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics (BEL).

The Red Fort is shielded with a Radar system to ensure its safety from the Drones, as it is another threat apart from the Technological dangers for security. The police personnel are also taught the ways to combat suspected objects flying in the sky, the police said.

The police received some specifically strong alerts concerning the security in Delhi on August 15. The Intelligence agencies have issued a high alert for a terrorist attack in the city on Monday:

It has been informed that on the basis of the interrogation with the terrorists nabbed from different states including Punjab, a number of Drones from the Pakistan border– carrying numerous Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)– have reached various parts of the country.

In another alert, it was revealed that deadly weapons including Pistol, Hand Grenades, and AK 47 have been sent to India with the help of Drones from Pakistan.The Police further, quoting the Intelligence forces, said that the terrorists can also lead to several lone wolf attacks on Independence Day. In the attack, a single person can attack the mob with a sharp-edged weapon or a big vehicle.

The police have completely banned the flying of Kites (for as long as the Independence Day programme continues) around the Red Fort after the alert regarding some terrorist attack via a flying object like a kite was issued to the police by the agencies.Delhi Police has further received another input to be vigilant as some suspicious object put along with the crutches can attack the Fort, hence the police have been advised to ensure a very strong screening.

“The terror outfits namely SFJ, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), ISIS Khurasan Module are planning to conduct a massive attack during August 15,” Intelligence agencies informed the police.

The police are also keeping a vigilant eye over suspicious activities and persons as the terror modules are also involving local criminals.

This year, special kind of Alarm Cameras are installed around the Red Fort, which starts alarming the nearby stationed police personnel of any suspected movement.Apart from around 250 eminent personalities who are expected to arrive at the Red Fort on Monday, nearly 8,000-10,000 people are also likely to attend the programme, hence the police have installed 1,000 cameras with high-resolution quality in the nearby areas.

The special cell of Delhi Police has successfully projected the pictures of around 1,000 suspicious persons, anti-national elements, and terrorists to the other unit of the police force, to ensure that every unit and department stays cautious.

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INDIA’S WARREN BUFFET RAKESH JHUNJHUNWALA DIES AT 62

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed grief on the sudden passing away of ace stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. “Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was indomitable. Full of life, witty and insightful, he leaves behind an indelible contribution to the financial world. He was also very passionate about India’s progress,” prime minister Modi tweeted “His passing away is saddening. My condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

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World Has Seen New India Rising: President Murmu

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In her maiden address to the nation on eve of Independence Day, President Droupadi Murmu said that the makers of modern India enabled each and every adult citizen to participate in the collective process of nation-building and asserted that India can be credited to have helped the world discover the true potential of democracy.

“We Indians proved skeptics wrong. Democracy not only grew roots in this soil, it was enriched too,” the President said, adding that India can be credited to have helped world discover true potential of democracy.

The President recalled that India adopted universal adult franchise right since the beginning of the Republic and highlighted that India can be credited to have helped the world discover the true potential of democracy.

She said, “In most other well-established democracies, women had to wage long-drawn struggles to get the right to vote. But India adopted universal adult franchise right since the beginning of the Republic. Thus, the makers of modern India enabled each and every adult citizen to participate in the collective process of nation-building. Thus, India can be credited to have helped the world discover the true potential of democracy.”

India is among the fastest growing major economies in the world, the President said, adding that India has made unprecedented progress in the development of physical and digital infrastructure.

“The pandemic has uprooted lives and also economies in the entire world. When the world has been battling the economic consequences of the great crisis, India got its act together and is now moving forward. India is among the fastest growing major economies in the world. India’s start-up ecosystem ranks high in the world. The success of start-ups in our country, especially the growing number of unicorns is a shining example of our industrial progress,” the President said. 

Ms. Murmu further stated that Country’s growth is becoming more inclusive and regional disparities too are reducing.

On the health side, Ms.Murmu said, “world has seen new India rising in recent years, more so after outbreak of Covid-19.”

The President also said, “National Education Policy aimed at preparing future generation for next stage of industrial revolution, reconnecting it with heritage.”

Ms. Murmu said “Keyword for India today is compassion for downtrodden, for needy and for those on margins.”

The President said, “Gender inequalities are reducing, women are breaking many glass ceilings, “our daughters are the biggest hope for nation”.”

“Government and policy

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Farooq Abdullah tests positive for COVID-19, the party informed

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President of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Farooq Abdullah tested positive for COVID on Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, Abdullah’s party said, he is recovering and has self-isolated.

“Dr. Farooq Abdullah tested positive for COVID-19 a couple of days ago, with mild symptoms. He’s recovering well and his doctors have been advised to rest while he recovers,” the party said.

Last year on 30 March after he received his first dose of vaccine against coronavirus Abdullah was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Congress general secretary in charge of communications and senior party leader, Jairam Ramesh informed.

Taking to Twitter Jairam Ramesh said, “Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi tested positive for Covid-19 today. She will remain in isolation as per Govt. protocol.”

In the last three months, Gandhi has tested positive for Covid for the second time. As per government protocol, the party chief will remain in isolation.

Earlier on Wednesday (10 August), Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi tested positive for COVID. Taking to Twitter Vadra tweeted, “Tested positive for COVID (again!) today. Will be isolating at home and following all protocols.”

Moreover, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge Tuesday tested positive for COVID.

“I have tested positive for #COVID19. I request those who came in contact with me recently to take care,” Kharge tweeted.

However, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was also reported ill and canceled his visit to the party’s ‘Netratv Sankalp Shivir.’

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Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling receives death threat on Twitter, saying ‘You are next’

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Author J.K. Rowling has received a death threat for condemning the attack on Salman Rushdie. Rowling tweeted in support of Salman Rushdie. Since then, she has been receiving death threats.

Taking to Twitter Rowling wrote, “Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok.” In response to this tweet, a user wrote, “Don’t worry, you’re next.” JK Rowling has shared a screenshot of this threatening tweet.

Renowned British writer Salman Rushdie was attacked in New York, with a knife on his neck. Many renowned authors condemned this attack on Salman Rushdie in strong words including Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling.

Earlier, New York State Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar. Matar hail from Fairview, New Jersey, and is 24 years old.

Moreover, Matar who stabbed the author Rushdie pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the second degree. On Saturday, Matar was remanded without bail at Chautauqua County Jail.

According to the New York State Police, “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 Chautaugua Country Jail. Matar was arraigned in centralized arraignment on August 13, 2022, and was remanded without bail at Chautaugua Country Jail.”

However, Salman Rushdie is currently undergoing treatment. Earlier in the day Rushdie was taken off a ventilator and will be able to talk.

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