The security establishments observed a steep rise in ceasefire violation at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan and killing of terrorists in the Valley coupled with border dispute with China in Ladakh region.
Till 28 December 2020, Pakistan carried out 4,700 incidents of ceasefire violations at the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, highest in the last 17 years.
In 2019, there were 3,168 ceasefire violations. Interestingly, out of the 3,168 ceasefire violations 1,551 have taken place since August. The security establishments noticed that it was after government abrogated of Article 370 in August last year, there were steady rise in cease fire violations. In 2018 Pakistan carried out 1629 incidents of ceasefire violations.
The government figures states that in the December this year till the 28th day, there were 423 incidents of ceasefire violations. In November, there were 350 incidents and in October there were 394 incidents. While in September, 427 incidents happened, 408 ceasefire violations happened in August. In July, there were 398 incidents
and in June 387. In May, Pakistan carried out 382 ceasefire violations and In April there were 387 such incidents. In March, there were 411 violations and in February 366 incidents. During the harsh winter in January, Pakistan did not desist from violations. There were 367 incidents.
The increase in ceasefire violations in 2020 is also attributed to India’s border dispute with China. It has been noticed that while the Indian Army is deployed in unprecedented numbers in Ladakh since May this year, involved in a continuing standoff with China, Pakistan started ceasefire violations in the Valley.
The security establishments also observed that Pakistan increased aggression at the Line of Control in the beginning of 2019 after the Indian Air Force carried out air strikes at a terror camp in Balakot in Pakistan following the Pulwama suicide bombing in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian soldiers from the Central Reserve Police Force.
Pakistan is also trying to push terrorists in the valley however security establishments are on high alert leading to more killings of terrorists.
The security forces launched massive operations both in the mainland and at the Line of Control to hunt down terrorists. The number of terrorists killed this year is 221 compared to 153 last year. In 2018, the tally was at 215 and in 2017, 213 terrorists were gunned down. The number was 150 in 2016 but with the cycle of violence increasing since then the death toll of terrorists killed in operations has been on the high.
Further, security establishments also observed that Pakistan has managed to carry out recruitment in the valley despite killing of terrorists was high.
Since 2013 when the tally of local terror recruits was only 13 there has been a sharp rise in terror recruitment. In 2017, the numbers were 127 followed by a big jump in 2018 when 219 locals joined terror groups. This year the number stands at 166.
Witnessing this, the government has initiated various outreach programmes to engage youths in various activities. Such programmes have gained ground in the valley as many youths have come forward, said a senior Indian Army officer. IANS
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Centre asks states to ensure reduction in edible oil prices
The Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) will be meeting all states and Union Territories on Monday through video conferencing to review the action taken on the stock limit order on edible oil prices.
In a letter written to all states by Secretary DFPD, Sudhanshu Pandey, the Department has outlined initiatives taken by the Centre to ease prices of edible oils for relief of consumers and keeping the festive season in mind. The DFPD is monitoring the prices of edible oils and their availability to consumers. This is especially important to the context of the upcoming festival season in which demand for edible oils will increase. Various steps have already been taken by the government like based on the interaction with all the states and edible oil industry associations, stock disclosure notification has been issued and DFPD has created a web portal to monitor the stock of edible oils, oilseeds on a weekly basis in the country.
Demand and consumption of edible are different for the different states, Union Territories (UT) as per the preference of the consumers. However, for finalizing the stock limit quantity of edible oils and oilseeds, the states, UTs may consider the previous stock limit imposed for edible oils and oilseeds by the state, Union Territory. It may be considered that any stakeholder (refiners, millers, wholesalers etc.) should not hold the stocks in excess of two months of the storage capacity.
For guidance states may prefer to indicate limits which may have been imposed by states earlier is enclosed for consideration. However, for other categories, similar quantities as appropriate for the state may be fixed. For example: for refiners, stocks of the maximum of 2 months of the average scale of the last six months could be used. Similarly, quantities may be fixed for extractors/millers may be fixed. ANI
IN CRUISE DRUGS CASE, NCB WITNESS’ BODYGUARD ALLEGES PAY-OFF
In a surprising twist to the cruise drugs case, in which film star Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan is in jail, the bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi, who is a witness of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) against the star kid, has alleged that Gosavi took Rs 50 lakh from an individual after the raid at the cruise ship. He has also alleged that NCB made him sign a blank paper. In a video message, the bodyguard, Prabhakar Rohoji Sail is heard alleging, “I worked as a bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi. I assisted him during the Mumbai cruise drugs case.” “On the night of the raid, I reached the place around 9:45 a.m. He asked me to stand near a car and somebody gave me two bags filled with cash for Gosavi. I took it to Vashi at Gosavi’s home and gave it to him. Right after this, I saw Kiran Gosavi packing bags and leaving for somewhere,” he said. “I handed over the bags of cash to him in his car. However, when he counted the cash it was only Rs 38 lakhs. Later, I left from there to Vashi,” he further alleged.
Reacting to the allegations made by the driver, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, in a tweet wrote, “Witness in #AryanKhan case made to sign on blank paper by NCB is shocking. Also, there are reports that there was a demand of huge money. CM Uddhav Thackeray said that these cases are made to defame Mah’shtra. This seems to be coming through Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil. Police should take a suo-moto cognizance.”
On 18 October, Maharashtra Police registered a case against Kiran Gosavi, the man who was seen taking a selfie with Aryan Khan at the NCB office soon after the latter was detained. As per the police, the case was lodged at Kelwa police station in Palghar alleging that Gosavi had duped Lakhs of rupees from people on the pretext of sending them abroad for jobs. Earlier, a case was registered against Gosavi with Faraskhana police station of Pune city on 19 May 2018, for allegedly committing fraud by promising a person a job in Malaysia by taking money. However, he neither returned the money nor offered the job to the complainant. The accused was booked under Sections 419, 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with relevant sections of the Intellectual Technology (IT) Act. Chargesheet was filed in the court as the accused was not found. He is still wanted in the case. The driver has also made allegations of corruption against NCB zonal director, Sameer Wankhede, who is helming the probe in the case. Reportedly, Wankhede said that he would give a “fitting reply” to the allegation against him.
According to a source in the NCB, “Investigation of this case has some important connections with other states too. The probe agency may soon go to other states to investigate the case.” According to sources, nearly five to six drug peddlers are on the NCB radar for alleged involvement in the cruise drugs case. “Now NCB is looking for the financial trail in the case. The agency will now check all the financial transactions of the accused arrested so far,” a source added.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people, including Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan, have been arrested so far in the case.
43 countries come together to denounce China’s treatment of Uyghurs
A group of 43 countries has denounced China for its human rights abuse of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. The group of countries from all continents rebuked China for its detainment of Uyghurs in the western region of Xinjiang, reported the HK Post. Generally, Western nations have been vocal about Beijing’s human rights record at the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee and this year Turkey, Eswatini and Liberia joined them. The new additions to last year’s group, which included 39 nations, push back Chinese claims that the rebuke is part of a Western effort to keep China from rising.
“We have seen an increasing number of reports of widespread and systematic human rights violations, including reports documenting torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, forced sterilization, sexual and gender-based violence, and forced separation of children,” French Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere said on behalf of the group.
He further added that “widespread surveillance disproportionately continues to target Uyghurs and members of other minorities”.
Meanwhile, a new report published by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) based in Canberra called for an investigation into China’s Xinjiang following the publication of leaked documents allegedly detailing Uyghur repression.
Between July 2016 and June 2017, government monitors assigned by Beijing flagged at least 1,869,310 Uyghurs and other citizens in Xinjiang for using Zapya (file-sharing application), the report revealed. ASPI’s latest report is based on thousands of documents leaked to the think tank.
Since early 2017, vast numbers of Uyghur men and women, as well as other Muslim ethnic minorities, have been arbitrarily detained or imprisoned according to the United Nations and human rights groups.
They include hundreds of thousands who have been sent to prisons, in addition to the one million the UN estimates to have been sent to internment camps.
The detentions and alleged abuses inside enclosed government facilities have been described by the United States and international human rights groups as a form of genocide constituting crimes against humanity.
PM MODI TO VISIT ITALY, UK FOR G-20, COP-26 FROM 29 OCT
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Rome, Italy and Glasgow, the United Kingdom from 29 October to 2 November to attend the 16th G-20 Summit and the World Leaders’ Summit of COP-26 respectively, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Sunday.
An MEA release stated that Prime Minister will be participating in the 16th G-20 Summit in Rome from 30-31 October 2021 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi. The Summit will also be attended by Heads of State/Government of G-20 member countries, the European Union, and other invited countries and international organizations. This will be the 8th G-20 Summit that the Prime Minister would be attending. The G-20 has emerged as the premier global forum for international economic cooperation. India is scheduled to host the G-20 Summit in 2023 for the first time.
The forthcoming Summit under the Italian Presidency is centred around the theme “People, Planet, Prosperity”, focusing on the areas of recovery from the pandemic and strengthening of global health governance, economic recovery and resilience, climate change and energy transition, and sustainable development and food security.
The Prime Minister will also hold several bilateral meetings, including with the Prime Minister of Italy.
The Prime Minister will, thereafter, travel to Glasgow to attend the World Leaders’ Summit of the 26th Conference of Parties (COP-26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at the invitation of the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson. COP-26 is being held from 31 October 2021 to 12 November 2021 under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy.
The high-level segment of COP-26, titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS), will be held on 1-2 November. The Summit will be attended by Heads of State/Government of more than 120 countries. COP-26 was originally slated to be held in 2020, but was deferred to 2021 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UNFCCC embodies the global will and vision to combat climate change. The periodic Conference of Parties to this Convention have emerged as global climate summits, providing an opportunity for stocktaking and for charting the way forward.
Prime Minister last attended the COP-21 in Paris in 2015, when the Paris Agreement was concluded, and whose implementation commences this year. At COP-26, the Parties will work to achieve the completion of Paris Agreement implementation guidelines; the mobilization of climate finance; actions to strengthen climate adaptation, technology development and transfer; and keeping in reach the Paris Agreement goals of limiting the rise in global temperatures.
The Prime Minister will hold numerous bilateral meetings on the sidelines of COP-26, including with the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson.
No one can do injustice to Jammu now: Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that “the time of injustice to the people of Jammu is over, now no one can do injustice to you”. While addressing an event after the inauguration ceremony on IIT Jammu, the Union Home Minister said, “I came to Jammu today to say that time of injustice to the people of Jammu is over. Now no one can do injustice to you. Some are trying to disrupt the era of development here, but want to assure you that no one will be able to disturb the era of development.”
On the second day of his three-day first visit to Jammu and Kashmir post the abrogation of Article 370, the Union Minister visited forward areas at the Makwal border in the Jammu region. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha accompanied him to the forward areas at Makwal. Shah interacted with jawans and local residents during his visit. On Saturday, he had met the families of the soldiers and civilians who had been killed by terrorist in this month.
Earlier in the day, Shah inaugurated two phases of a multi-disciplinary research centre and laid the foundation stone of the third phase of the centre at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jammu. Shah also remembered Prem Nath Dogra on his birth anniversary. “Today is the birth anniversary of Prem Nath Dogra. People of India can’t forget him. He along with Shyama Prasad Mukherjee gave the slogan that in a country two Vidhan, two Nishan, two Pradhan will not work,” he added.
On Monday, the Union Minister will visit the Kashmir valley and inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of various development projects in Srinagar.
NEW DRONE POLICY SHOWING GREAT RESULTS, SAYS PM
PM Modi, during his Mann ki Baat, spoke of how drones were being used to prepare digital land records in villages. He also spoke of the exponential rise in the number of women security personnel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India’s new drone policy is already showing great results and highlighted that India is one of the first countries in the world to prepare digital records of land in its villages with the help of drones. Addressing the monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat on Sunday, PM Modi said, “One of the things that is capturing people’s imagination is the usage of drones in India. Youngsters and the world of start-ups are very interested in this subject.” “The drone sector was filled with too many restrictions and regulations. This has changed in recent times. The new drone policy is already showing great results,” he added.
The Prime Minister said, “On 25 August this year, the country came up with a new drone policy. This policy has been made according to the present and future possibilities related to drones. In this, you will no longer have to get involved in filling up many forms, nor will you have to pay high fees as before.”
In his address, the Prime Minister said that Nano-urea was sprayed in fields through drones in Bhavnagar, Gujarat. “Drones are also playing their role in Covid vaccine campaign. We saw this in Manipur, where vaccines were delivered via a drone to an island. Telangana also did trials for vaccine delivery by drone,” said PM Modi.
“India is one of the first countries in the world, which is preparing digital records of land in its villages with the help of drones. India is working extensively on using drones for transportation,” he added.
“Mann ki Baat” is the Prime Minister’s monthly radio address, which is broadcast on the last Sunday of every month however, this time the programme was broadcast on the second last Sunday of the month.
While speaking about India breaching the 1 billion vaccination mark against Covid, the PM said, “The success of our vaccination programme shows the potential of India, shows the power of the mantra of everyone’s efforts.” “I am well aware of the capabilities of my country, the people of my country. I knew that our healthcare workers would leave no stone unturned to vaccinate countrymen,” he added.
He also said that the nation should take inspiration in patriotism and unity from Sardar Patel, whose birth anniversary on 31 October is observed as National Unity Day.
“Next Sunday on 31 October is the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. On behalf of every listener of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, and on my behalf, I bow to the Iron Man,” he said. “Sardar Patel used to say ‘We can inculcate patriotic feeling only if we stay united. With unity, we can take the country to new heights. If we are not united, then we will only be troubled with new difficulties’,” the PM added.
“Recently, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also launched a book on pictorial biography of Sardar Patel. I urge everybody to read this book and get learn the lesson of unity,” he said.
“Gujarat Police and Tripura police have started bike rallies to the Statue of Unity in Gujarat. The initiative is a symbol of patriotism and unity,” he added. “Even, women of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district are also stitching Indian flags for the Indian and government offices. This action shows their patriotic feeling for the country,” he added.
The Prime Minister further appealed to everybody to stay united and do something for the nation. “We all have an obligation that we must join some activity that gives the message of unity,” he added.
The Prime Minister also recalled India’s efforts towards world peace and global wellness during Mann Ki Baat. Addressing the programme, PM Modi said, “India has always worked for world peace. The country has been participating in UN Peacekeeping Missions since 1950. We are also playing a leading role in poverty alleviation, climate change and issues related to labourers.” The Prime Minister also said that India is working together with World Health Organisation (WHO) to popularise yoga and AYUSH since March 2021. “A global centre for traditional medicine will be established in India,” he said.
PM Modi stated that Indian women have a big role in enhancing the power of the United Nations.
“When a universal declaration of UN human rights was being prepared in 1947, it was written that ‘All men are created equal’. However, an Indian woman delegate, Hansa Mehta interrupted and made a change to this universal declaration. After her interruption, it was written ‘All human beings are created equal’.” He added that another delegate, Lakshmi Menon also spoke vigorously on the issue of gender equality. “In 1953, Vijaya Lakshmi became the first woman President of UN General Assembly,” he added.
The Prime Minister also recalled the police personnel who had laid down their lives in the line of duty and highlighted that the presence of women security personnel naturally instils a sense of confidence among the people, especially women. The Prime Minister said, “Just a few days ago, on 21 October, we celebrated Police Commemoration Day. On this day we especially remember our brave hearts of the police who have laid down their lives in the service of the country. Today I would like to remember these policemen along with their families. A tough service like the police is very difficult without the support and sacrifice of the family.” “There is one more thing related to police service that I want to convey to the listeners of ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Earlier it was believed that services like army and police are meant only for men. But today it is not so. The statistics from the Bureau of Police Research and Development show that in the last few years, the number of women police personnel has doubled. In 2014, while their number was close to 1 lakh 5 thousand, by 2020 it has increased by more than double and this number has now reached up to 2 lakh 15 thousand,” the Prime Minister said.
“Even in the Central Armed Police Forces, the number of women has almost doubled in the last seven years. And I’m not talking just about numbers. Today the daughters of the country are performing even the toughest duties with full force and zeal. For example, many daughters are currently undergoing one of the most difficult training, that of Specialized Jungle Warfare Commandos. They will be a part of our Cobra Battalion. Friends, today when we go to airports, metro stations or see government offices, brave women of CISF are seen guarding every sensitive place.”
“The presence of women security personnel naturally instils a sense of confidence among the people, especially women. They naturally feel connected to women security personnel. Because of the sensitivity in women, people tend to trust them more. These policewomen of ours are also becoming role models for lakhs of other daughters of the country. I would like to request the women police personnel to visit the schools in their areas once the schools open and talk to the girls there,” the PM said.
While talking about Swachh Bharat, the Prime Minister mentioned, “A woman, Prabha Shukla from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh has sent me a letter related to cleanliness in which she has written that we should make cleanliness a daily habit because the whole country will become clean then.” Appreciating Shukla’s message, the Prime Minister said that cleanliness brings health and prosperity. “I appreciate Prabha’s message. Indeed, where there is cleanliness, there is health, where there is health, there is capability, and where there is capability, there is prosperity. That is why the country is giving so much emphasis on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”
The Prime Minister also emphasised on the “Vocal for Local” campaign while shopping for the upcoming festive season and requested the countrymen to take a pledge to ensure cleanliness in the neighbourhood. The Prime Minister said if one buys a Made in India product, then the house of a poor brother or sister, an artisan, or a weaver will also be lit up in positivity. “Friends, the efforts of cleanliness can be fully successful only when every citizen understands cleanliness as his or her responsibility. Now, during Diwali, we are all about to get involved in cleaning our houses. But during this time we have to take care that our neighbourhood along with our house should also be clean. It should not be that we clean our house, but the dirt of our house reaches outside, on our roads,” the Prime Minister said.
“And yes, when I talk about cleanliness, then please do not forget the mantra of getting rid of single-use plastic. Come, let us take a pledge that we will not let the enthusiasm of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan diminish. Together, we will make our country completely clean and keep it clean,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that the whole month of October is painted in the hues of festivals and after a few days from now Diwali will be around the corner. Diwali, then Govardhan Puja, then Bhai Dooj, these three festivals shall of course be there and there will also be Chhath Puja during this interregnum.
“It is also the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in November. When so many festivals happen together then their preparations also start long before. All of you must have started planning for shopping from now on, but do you remember, shopping means ‘vocal for local’. If you buy local, then your festival will also be illuminated and the house of a poor brother or sister, an artisan, or a weaver will also be lit up. I am sure that the campaign which we all have started together will be stronger this time during the festivals. Do share on social media about the local products you buy from there too. Inform those around you too,” said the Prime Minister.
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