Two militant and Policeman killed at Tarla in PoK

Two militants and a policeman were killed in south Kashmir’s Tral on Sunday admist the heavy firing that started Saturday evening and proceeded overnight. Four army personnel has also been injured in the encounter.

As reported by Hindustan times, one of the militant killed in the encounter was a Pakistani and the other was local. “The local militant was Aqib Maulvi, a nearby top leader,” Chief general of the state police SP Vaid said.

The killed cop has been recognized as Manzoor Ahmed Naik. He was a local of Salamabad zone of Uri.  Vaid, while expressing his grief said that Manzoor Ahmed was a remarkable Jawan of the SOG (uncommon operations aggregate) and the J-K police. Police has also stated that they are dubious of the involvement of commander of Hizb ul Mujahideen Sabzar Ahmed Bhat. The security work force of the cordon and pursuit party went under shooting from the house where the militants were caught.

As soon as the news of clash broke out unrest prevailed in the valley. Stone pelting dissents had started in the territory to chase away the security from the site. On Saturday night, a joint search party of police and army had started asearch operation in Hafoo area of slain militant Burhan Wani’s hometown, Tral, in Pulwama district on specific inputs of presence of militants in the area.

News Source: Hindustan Times, Economic Times

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Jordan hangs 15 Prisoners

Jordan hanged 15 prisoners at day break Saturday, including 10 who were convicted of terrorism and this is one of the biggest executions since the nation reestablished capital punishment two years back, said officials.

The other five detainees were discovered blameworthy of real criminal offenses, including rape and sexual assault. Information Minister Muhammad Momani told the that the executed included those who were convicted in charge of partitioned assaults and bombings and the attacks on the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad in 2003, on tourists at the Roman amphitheatre in Amman in 2006, on intelligence officers in the Baqaa refugee camp in 2016, and also the killing of writer Nahid Hattar, also last year.

Samah Hadid, agent chief at Amnesty International’s Beirut territorial office, stated, “The horrendous scale and mystery around these executions is stunning.”

“There is no confirmation that capital punishment addresses rough wrongdoing, including fear based oppression related offenses.”

The men were hanged at a restorative focus south of Amman. Jordan had beforehand forced a nine-year ban on capital punishment. It was lifted in January 2015.

The legislature says it has a zero resistance approach with regards to psychological oppression or even saw sensitivity for fear based oppressor bunches – notwithstanding voicing support for such gatherings is an offense culpable with prison time.

News Source: ANI, CNN

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President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates “Festival of Innovations”

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the ‘Festival of Innovations’ at  Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 4, Thursday. He also presented the ninth National Biennial Awards for Grassroots Innovations and Outstanding Traditional Knowledge. The event will take place from March 4, 2017 to March 10, 2017 with timings being 10 am to 5 pm.

Talking on the event, the President said that in the present situation, where the worldwide economy keeps on staying weak and powerless and the modern development is turning out to be more jobless in nature, even in rising economies, the Gandhian model of decentralized, circulated and enhanced advancement based endeavors is maybe the most ideal path forward to take care of the issues.

Stating that Gandhiji had for the longest time been itching to mix current science and innovation with group learning and foundations, President Mukherjee said that the previous’ message has turned out to be amazingly applicable in today’s circumstances.

“To further enrich the eco-system around inclusive innovations, we need all public and private systems around grassroots innovations to become empathetic enablers. And we need to do it, not just for India, but for the whole world,” said President Mukherjee.

The President also engaged in an interaction with the innovation scholars, artists and writers, who will be staying in Rashtrapati Bhavan and also inaugurated an Innovation Exhibition of grassroots innovators.

All visitors to the Mughal Gardens will be able to visit the Exhibition.

News Source: Business Standard, ANI

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Raymond Kopa, The Real Madrid star dies at 85

Raymond Kopa The Real Madrid star that was playmaker for Europe in late 1950s passed away at age of 85, today. He was hospitalized in the French town on Sunday and Reims, the French club confirmed his demise.

The child of Polish workers, Kopa was attributed three European cups amid his time at Santiago Bernabeu and furthermore asserted the Ballon d’Or in 1958 and before that he was named as the best French player of that year’s worldcup.

An aggressor, who lost his two fingers while working as a miner, began his football vocation with Angers, where he lived until his demise. After that he proceeded onward to Reims, where he spent the heft of his playing life, five seasons to be precise. In fact, he turned out for the Champagne furnish from 1951 until 1967, except for a three-season vacation in Madrid.

Amid his vocation, he won four household French titles and was likewise European Cup runner up with Reims in 1956. In Spain, he was a piece of the side that won two Primera Division titles, hoarded the early years of mainland football and even accomplished the amusement’s most astounding individual respect around then.

Fondly known as ‘Kopita’ considering his diminutive stature, he played 45 times for France in the vicinity of 1952 and 1962, scoring 18 objectives and was one of the extraordinary figures at the 1958 World Cup, where he was overshadowed ostensibly just by 13-objective partner Just Fontaine and Brazil’s adolescent sensation Pele.

Noel Le Graet, The president, France Football Federation president expressed his grief saying, “His is a loathsome misfortune for French football. He was an image and a leader. His vocation with his clubs and also with France was extraordinary.”

News Source: ESPN, GOAL

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HC allows Pepsi and Coca-Cola to use water from TN river

The Madras High Court Division Bench of Justices A. Selvam and P. Kalaiyarasan in Madurai on Thursday dismissed two public interest litigation petitions filed against the supply of Tamirabarani river water to the industries set up by the soft drink industries Pepsi and Coca Cola on 1,991.58 acres in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.

The court has also dissolved an interim injunction granted by the court in November restraining the SIPCOT (State Industries of Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu) from supplying water to the cola giants.

As the protesters have faced a setback after this ruling, the judges have questioned why the petitioners did not file cases against other industries too that was being supplied with more water from the same river than what was being supplied to these two. According to the Hindu, Justice Selvam has asked the petitioner “Why are you not attacking other industries? Why have you adopted a pick and choose method?”

In their defence, Pepsico and Coca-Cola have denied all the allegations of exploiting the water of the TN River. The SIPCOT also filed a counter affidavit in reply while before Bench against supply of the river water to the two companies at a “throw-away price.”

Sources: The Hindu, The Quint

Pakistan: 4 injured in Quetta roadside blast

The series of blast are not coming to a halt in Pakistan. Today, at least four people including three security personnel were reportedly injured in an explosion in Quetta’s Sariab Road on Wednesday. According to an official source quoted by The Express Tribune, the injured included three Frontier Corps personnel and a passer-by.

The initial reports say it was a roadside bomb and a security forces convoy was the target of the attack. The injured were admitted to a nearby civil hospital soon after the blast. The security teams arrived soon at the blast location to take the situation under control.

The blast comes after a recent wave of terror attacks in Pakistan which has claimed more than 130 lives this month and injured hundreds. The worst of the attacks was at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in southern Sehwan where a suicide bomber turned a celebration into a dreadful scene that killed 90 people and wounded more than 250 this month and the responsibility was claimed by Taliban. The Pakistan and Afghanistan borders have been closed since then due to worsening situations and conditions.

News Source: Business Standard, Deccan Chronicle

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Centre makes Possession of banned notes punishable

The government today has notified the law that makes the holding of more than 10 notes of demonetized denomination punishable with a minimum fine of Rs. 10,000. The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017, was passed by parliament last month and was signed by President Pranab Mukherjee with a view to eliminating the “possibility of running a parallel economy” using the scrapped  Rs 500/1000 notes.
The law also provides for a provision of minimum fine Rs. 50,000 for false declaration by the persons who were abroad during the demonetization period if they claim that they were not able to deposit such scrapped notes with Reserve Bank of India till March 31.

As the law will come into force, possession of more than 10 pieces of the old notes by individuals and more than 25 pieces for study or research purposes will be treated as a criminal offence under the law, and the defaulter will liable for a fine of Rs. 10,000 or five times the cash held, whichever is higher.
The Act ultimately ends the liability of the Reserve Bank and the government on the demonetised currency notes. The law also prohibits the holding, transferring or receiving of the demonetized currency notes from December 31, 2016

In a landmark decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the recommendations of RBI’s central board had demonetised high-value currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 on November 8 to eliminate unaccounted money and fake currency notes from the financial system.

News Soource: NDTV, Economic Times

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