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BANDIPORA TURNING INTO TERROR HUB AGAIN

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Ongoing operation in the forests of the district in which three terrorists, one of them a foreigner, have been neutralised so far, arrest of half-a-dozen overground workers and recovery of good quantity of arms and ammunition indicate that Bandipora is once again becoming a favourite place for not only local but Pakistani terrorists as well.

In the ongoing joint operation of the security forces, Marcos has been pressed into service because the operation is taking place in the dense forests of Shokbaba Sumlar-Aragam area. One Army soldier has been injured in the operation so far and has been hospitalised. The operation was started Sunday morning following specific inputs about the presence of a freshly infiltrated group of terrorists from Pakistan. During the heavy exchange of fire 3 terrorists were gunned down. While one of them is said to be a Pakistani, another has been identified as Saqib. According to sources, Saqib has crossed over to Pakistan via Wagah border in 2018 on valid travel documents and crossed back as a Pakistan-trained terrorist.

Bandipora has been a hotbed of Pakistani terrorists in last decade. Heavily armed Pakistani terrorists were provided logistic support by the local cadres of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. These groups unleashed a reign of terror in the district by attacking the security forces and killing civilians who were suspected of working as informers for security forces.

When in June 2011, the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah toured the area, it made a headline in the local as well as national newspapers because no politician dared to roam around freely for the fear of getting targeted by the terrorists. It was after 15 years that a Chief Minister had dared to visit the area.

On 5 June 2017, a major suicide attack was foiled when a group of 4 terrorists tried to sneak into a CRPF camp in Sumbal area of Bandipora. All of them were killed before they could enter the premises.

In the same year on 27 September, a BSF constable Mohammad Ramzan who was on leave was showered with bullets inside his home in Sumbal area, resulting in his on-the-spot death. This triggered massive counter insurgency operations in the area resulting in wiping out of most of terrorists. In these operations many commandos also lost their lives. 

In a major operation in November 2017, Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi’s nephew was among the six Pakistani terrorists killed in Bandipora district. In this operation, an IAF Garud commando was also killed. Apart from Lakhvi’s nephew, two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commanders were also killed by the security forces. The encounter took place when security forces launched a search operation in Chandergeer village in Hajin area of the district after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area. All the six terrorists killed in the encounter were Pakistanis. One of the terrorists named Owaid was the son of Zakir Rehman Maki and the nephew of Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi.

But after this there was a calm in the district for a long time to come which was broken on July 9 last year when three members of a family, all linked to the BJP, were killed in a terrorist attack. The dead included a member of the BJP state executive committee, Sheikh Waseem Bari, 27, and his father Sheikh Bashir Ahmad and brother Sheikh Umar, who were also office-bearers of the party. The attack happened right outside the Bandipore Police Station, when the three were at the family shop, run out of their home.

This incident not only shook the security set up but also forced a review of the entire deployment and anti-insurgency grid of the district forcing important changes wherever required.

Security experts believe that of late terrorists are trying to strengthen their foothold in Bandipora district because of its strategic location. “Bandipora works as a transit camp for freshly infiltrated groups of terrorists because from here they can fan out to many districts of Kashmir. Also, forest cover of the district is a safe haven for these groups,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.

In the recent weeks, at least two Lashkar modules have been busted by the police in Bandipora. One such group was given small arms to target security forces and local politicians. They were promised AK 47 rifles as rewards by their Pakistan handlers if they strike big. But they were rounded up before they could do so.

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‘We are ready to work with the Center to improve health services and education’, says CM Kejriwal

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Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is ready to work with the center to improve the healthcare and education facilities in the country. Kejriwal also urged the BJP-led Union government to not term free education and health care facilities as “freebies.”

Addressing a press conference Kejriwal said, “We are ready to work with the Center to improve health services and education. I also request Center to stop calling them freebies.”

Meanwhile, AAP’s national convenor stressed getting every child a good and free education.

“Every child should get good and free education across the country. Every person should get good and free treatment for healthcare purposes. We should now start this work on a war footing basis. Only then, India will become the number one country,” Kejriwal said.

“I have only one dream – I want to see India as the most powerful country in the world. We want India to become a rich country. India will become rich when every Indian becomes rich. It cannot happen that the country is rich but the people are poor. I want to make every poor of India rich,” Kejriwal further said.

Kejriwal said, “I have no problem with the rich people. I want to make every poor person as rich. How can a poor man become rich? We need to think that. The children of laborers, and farmers attend a government school. If the education provided to children by a government school is excellent, then the child will come out of poverty and help his family by pursuing a career as a doctor, engineer, business person.”

Talking about government schools Kejriwal said, “Over 17 crore children in the country study in government schools – most of the schools are in bad condition. Parents do not have money (to educate their children) in private schools. If we make these schools good, every child will make his family rich. If all these families become rich, then India will also become rich.”

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended birthday greetings to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

“Birthday greetings to Delhi Chief Minister Shri @ArvindKejriwal Ji. I pray for his long life and good health,” PM Modi said.

Thanking PM Modi’s wishes CM Kejriwal replied “Thank you, sir”.

Moreover, CM Arvind Kejriwal also paid tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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The filched Indian Gems

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Koh-i-Noor

 

Over time, theft of Indian antiquities and diamonds has robbed India of its demarcation as the “Golden Bird,” or Sone Ki Chidiya. Many ancient artefacts vanished when India was still a colony. Here are some of the listed items:

Kohi-i-noor

The renowned Mughal Peacock Throne of Allaudin Khalji was the owner of the Koh-i-Noor. Diamond experts from all around the world refer to it as the “Mountain of Light.” Following the establishment of the East India Company by the British in India in 1849, it was given to Queen Victoria. It is currently kept in the Tower of London’s Jewel House.

 The Ring of Tipu Sultan

Tipu Sultan was defeated by the British in a fight in 1799, and after his death, the colonisers took his sword and ring. The ring, which Vijay Mallya had spent a lot of money on, was sold at auction by the British in 2014 for £145,000, while the sword was given back to India.

 The wine cup of Shah Jahan

Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie stole the wine cup that belonged to the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the early 19th century and sent it to Britain. The wine cup was donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 1962, where it is currently displayed.

The Peacock Throne

A well-known peacock throne has also been taken.  According to legend, it served as the sear of the Mughal emperors who conquered North India. This throne was previously located in Delhi’s Red Fort. Shah Jahan, an emperor in the 17th century, constructed this throne specifically for him. This throne was removed by the Persian King Nader Shah in the year 1739.

 The marble idol of Sarswati

The goddess’s marble statue was inscribed in the year 1034 AD. This was the most priceless statue in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhojshala Temple. The statue was eventually misplaced, and in 1886 it was mysteriously discovered in the British Museum.

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6 ITBP personnel died in a bus accident, president expresses grief

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On Tuesday, President Droupadi Murmu expressed sorrow over the deaths of six members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), who perished when the bus they were riding in crashed into a riverbed in Pahalgam.

“The tragic loss of precious lives of ITBP personnel in the unfortunate accident at Anantnag, J&K fills me with sadness. My heartfelt condolences for the bereaved families. I pray for speedy recovery of the injured,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted.

A civilian bus carrying 37 ITBP employees and two J-K Police officers was travelling from Chandanwari to Pahalgam when it apparently experienced brake problems and crashed into a steep gorge, injuring 33 people, according to a senior ITBP official.

“Deeply anguished by the bus accident near Chandanwari in which we have lost our brave ITBP personnel. My condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. All possible assistance is being provided to the injured personnel,” Lt Governor Sinha said.

Amit Shah, the union home minister, also shared his grief over the unfortunate occurrence and wished for the quick recovery of those hurt.

“Anguished to learn about the accident of a bus carrying ITBP and police personnel in Pahalgam, J&K. My prayers and thoughts are with the bereaved families. The injured were rushed to the hospital. May they recover at the earliest,” he tweeted.

According to Dr. Syed Tariq, a physician at the Government Medical College of Anantnag, 30 individuals were injured in the collision.

“Our six jawans have lost their lives, 30 injured. We will provide the best possible treatment to the injured. ITBP Headquarters is keeping a watch on the situation. The jawans were returning from Amarnath Yatra duty. All help will be provided to affected families, Vivek Kumar Pandey, ITBP PRO said.

The incident happened in the Pahalgam region of Frisland.

For the Amarnath Yatra, the jawans were stationed there.

“We are in touch with the local administration and teams of disaster management have been rushed to the site for a rescue operation,” an ITBP official said.

On June 29, the Amarnath Yatra set out from Jammu under the strict security measures put in place by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the army, and the local police.

The pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine, a 3,880-meter-high cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the higher Himalayas, is conducted from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal.

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Kashmiri Pandit shot dead, 2nd attack in two days

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A Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead in a terror assault in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday, and another person was hurt, according to a tweet from the J&K Police, who also noted that the injured person was receiving medical assistance at the nearby hospital. The dead have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhat and his brother Pintu Kumar was hurt, according to the identification.

Police declared that the two were killed in an apple orchard.

“Terrorists fired upon civilians in an apple orchard in the Chotipora area of Shopian. One person died and one was injured. Both belong to the minority community. An injured person has been shifted to hospital. The area had been cordoned off.Further details shall follow,” the police said this afternoon.

Omar Abdullah, the leader of the National Conference and a former chief minister of J&K, strongly denounced the attack and expressed his sympathies. It was the most recent in a horrifying string of targeted killings that began in October of last year.

“Terribly sad news from South Kashmir today. An accident (referring to the death of at least six troops from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police who died after the bus they were in fell into a riverbed) and a militant attack have left a trail of death and suffering. I condemn the militant attack in Shopian unequivocally, in which Sunil Kumar was killed and Pinto Kumar injured. My condolences…”

Altaf Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s J&K spokesperson, declared that he “seriously condemns” the wicked act of terror.”

He said, “I strongly condemn this dastardly act of terror on innocent majority community members… in which one minority community member, Sunil Kumar, was killed and another injured. Terror has no religion. Killers should be punished.”

In less than 24 hours, Kashmir has experienced a second attack on Pandits who are not migrants.

Terrorists injured Karan Kumar Singh when they tossed a grenade at a home in Budgam on Monday, the day the nation celebrated its 75th Independence Day. Singh was taken to a hospital in Srinagar.

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Bus carrying 39 ITBP personnel falls into riverbed in Pahalgam, rescue teams rushed

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ITBP Bus accident

A major accident happened where an Indo-Tibetan-Border Police (ITBP) bus fell into a deep roadside river bed. Reportedly so far six soldiers have been martyred .

The bus carrying 37 ITBP personnel and two J-K Police was on its way from Chandanwari to Pahalgam. This information has been given by ITBP.

Meanwhile, the cause of the accident is said to be the brake failure of the bus. According to the police, six ITBP personnel have been martyred. The injured were rushed to Anantnag district hospital. The identity of the injured has not been disclosed yet.

“We are in touch with locals administration and teams and disaster management have been rushed to the site for the rescue operation,” the officials said.

Moreover, ITBP commandos have been sent to the spot so that the rescue operation can be done expeditiously. All the jawans going by bus were on duty for Amarnath Yatra and were coming back to Pahalgam. About 20 ambulances are engaged in rescue work on the spot.

Earlier on 29 June, the Amarnath Yatra began amid tight security arrangements made by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

However, further details about the incident are awaited.

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The battle without the gun

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5th generation warfare

The 5th Generation Warfare is a covert attempt to paralyse a nation and a battle not on the ground but of strategies to discredit and stymie its growth.The well-described Sun Tzu Strategy is unquestionably proving to be a great approach to debilitate the growth of any country, which lists down five agendas, i.e.,win all without fighting; avoid strength, attack weakness; deception and foreknowledge; speed and preparation; shape your opponent; and character-based leadership.

Daniel Abbot defines the 5th Generation Warfare as the war of “information and perception”  which calls for tactics like social engineering, misinformation and cyber attacks, artificial intelligence and autonomous robots.

The tactic of psychological manipulation in order to decay the intellect, breach privacy, or fleece the people of a country is what can be called social engineering. In recent times, there have been instances where foreign powers have adopted certain methodologies, including baiting, scareware, pretexting, phishing, and spear phishing, to rob the nation.

Deliberately spreading deceptive and misleading information in order to  influence actions and the entire persona in long run is  a commendable tactic to vanquish the enemy nation. Be it fuelling political agenda or be it triggering extremism, misinformation has a vital role to play.

We need to outsmart the strives of the foreign nations to uproot the culture of our country with subtle poisoning of technology along with Cyber attacks and look beyond petty affairs to see the wider picture.

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