BSF Jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

In the fifth ceasefire violation in six days, a Border Security Force jawan was killed in retaliatory firing by Pakistan Rangers in the Arnia sub-sector in the International Border in the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) district.

According to NDTV reports, Pakistan Rangers resorted to firing, without any provocation, at  Indian positions early on Friday morning.

The slain martyr has been identified as BSF Constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh. Singh, 32, who belongs to Baila district in Uttar Pradesh, is survived by his wife Sushmita Singh.

“One BSF trooper has been killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan Rangers. They are using mortars, automatic and small arms to target nine BSF posts in Arnia. BSF troopers are retaliating strongly and effectively”, said BSF sources to IANS news agency.

A civilian is also said to have been injured along with Bahadur Singh.

This comes after Pakistan violated ceasefire on September 13, that injured three Indian jawans in shelling by Pakistani troops, along with the Line of Control (LOC) in the Jammu and  Poonch districts of J&K. India retaliated to the unprovoked firing a day later and killed two Pakistani soldiers in the same areas.

It is said that heavy firing continues to ripple through these areas and has caused panic amongst the border residents living in and around the Arnia sub-sector near International Border.

Emergency services have been kept ready to meet any eventuality in the event of further unprovoked firing and ceasefire violation initiated by Pakistan.

Sources: NDTV, TOI

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18-year-old arrested in connection to London Tube blast

An 18-year-old man has been arrested by the London Police during their ongoing  investigation in the London Tube ‘bucket blast’ at Parsons Green station early on Friday morning.The arrest was made early on Saturday, September 16, by the Kent police in the port area of Dover, under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act.

As reported by News 18, in a statement made by the police to the press, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said, “Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,”

The Islamic State, better known as ISIS, has claimed responsibility of the attack, which left dozens injured, leaving the people of London in shock and anger. However, Met Police Commissioner Mark Rowley dismissed it saying it was “very routine” of ISIS to claim attacks whether they were responsible for it or not.

This is the fifth terrorist attack since March in Britain, the London and Manchester attacks claimed the lives of 35 people. Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Friday that the level of threat is “critical” and that another attack could be imminent, as she advised the public to be vigilant, in addition to keeping security tight, as military troops would support the police in guarding key areas for public safety.

Sources: News18, Mirror

Aung San Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly amidst Rohingya crisis

Myanmar’s State Counselor and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has decided to skip the annual United Nations General Assembly in September, owing to the mounting criticism over the Rohingya Muslim crisis in the country’s state of Rakhine.

A staggering 370,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring countries including Bangladesh and India, seeking refuge from the ongoing violence and bloodshed, since August 25, 2017.

According to the United Nation’s estimate, at an average approximately 20,000 Rohingya are leaving their homes and livelihood and fleeing to safer territory.

As per BBC reports, a spokesperson from the Presidential office confirmed the cancellation of her trip, citing two reasons:

“One is the current situation in Rakhine State. We have terrorist attacks and also there are many works on public safety and humanitarian works,” spokesman Zaw Htay said in a statement.

Suu Kyi has been subjected to high levels of criticism, that has spiralled ever since a new streak of violence surged against the Rohingya community, after attacks on government border posts by alleged Rohingya militants that took place on August 25, 2017.

Refugees continue to pour into Bangladesh, as their lives have been wrecked by rape, murder, and devastation.

The 72nd United Nations General opened on September 12, in New York, and is expected to continue for weeks to come, as world leaders deliberate on important world issues.

The annual United Nations General Assembly is considered to be one of the largest diplomatic gatherings in the world, and Suu Kyi giving it a miss, will definitely be a matter of further diplomatic dinner-table debates.

Sourced from BBC and The Gaurdian

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Verdict: Dera Chief sentenced to 20 years imprisonment

Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to two consecutive 10-year terms and slammed with a fine of Rs. 30 lakh,by CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh earlier today.

Judge Jagdeep Singh was flown in to Sunaria Jail in Rohtak, Haryana, for a prison-side court hearing, as he pronounced the quantum of sentence following his verdict on Friday.

The self-styled guru, who was accused of raping two of his female followers in 2002, was found guilty on July 25, by a special CBI court, in Panchkula.

According to reports in the Indian Express, security has been kept tight, with a three tier security ring around the Sunaria Jail, considering the mass protests of agitated followers, as violence ensued in parts of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi soon after the verdict.

The violence following the verdict has led to chaos, with Dera followers going on a rampage, while vehicles and petrol pumps were torched as a result of which 38 people lost their lives.

News agency ANI reported that, Vipassana Insaan, Chairperson of  Dera Sacha Sauda, appealed to the followers to maintain peace and abide by the judgement.

It was also reported that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh allegedly broke into tears upon hearing the sentence and refused to come out of the courtroom.

Police have confirmed a crackdown on all of Dera’s congregation centers, as they suspect that Dera followers may have stored petrol, diesel and weapons there.

According to Navdeep Singh Virk, IGP Rohtak Range, they have cordoned off the area and  ensured that no Dera follower is allowed to enter Rohtak district and or move around the jail premises.

After the Haryana Government under Manohar Lal Khattar came under fire for being unsuccessful in taming the violence that took place after the verdict, and hence has taken stringent steps to confront any eventualities  that may lead to further violence.

Sources: Indian Express, Economic Times

Indian businessmen shot outside home in South Carolina

Just days after the racially motivated killing of an Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, in Kansas; another Indian businessman was shot outside his home in South Carolina, late Thursday night.

According to reports in NDTV, Harnish Patel, had closed his store at approximately 11.24pm, he was shot barely ten minutes outside his home in Lancaster.

Police are yet to confirm the reason behind the crime, though they have ruled out bias or hate crime, the probe is still underway.

Two days ago, in his State of the Union joint address, President Trump condemned the Kansas shooting as he said: “Last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.” Patel was seen as

Patel was seen as an important member of the community, since he was kind and treated his customers well, as well as helped law enforcement officials from time to time, and thus there was a lot of anger in Lancaster over the incident.

The recent incidents which have left many Indians living in the US reeling with fear and has certainly raked up a storm in both countries.

It is to be seen if the new Trump government can be effective in enforcing stringent prosecution on such crimes, thus  putting end to such crimes and restricting gun violence in the US, once and for all.

Source: Indian Express, NDTV

 

Indian athlete detained over alleged sexual abuse of minor in US

 Tanveer Hussain, a 24-year -old Indian athlete, who was in the United States of America for a snowshoe competition, has been held under judicial custody for alleged sexual assault on a minor girl.

Hussain was arrested by the police after the girl’s parents pressed charges for abuse. As per the complaint, the incident took place at a small village of Saranac Lake in New York, where the World Snowshoe Championships was held in February.

The charges against Mr. Hussain include endangering the welfare of a child, that were a result of him engaging in a passionate kiss with the 12-year-old victim.

“There was no claim or accusation of force by the accused, the charges are a result of the age difference between the two individuals,” the police told the AP news agency.

Hussain has denied charges and pleaded not guilty in the case. Defending him, his lawyer Brian Barrett said, “They are merely allegations alone. Not only is he innocent, he is presumed innocent by law. That is how he should be seen in the community and by anyone paying attention in this case.”

The athlete, who belongs to Kashmir, was initially denied a visa along with a fellow athlete Abid, around the same, US President Donald Trump had signed an executive order banning travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries. Even though India was not part of the list of banned nations, the denial was seen as an association related to Trump’s orders.

They were eventually allowed to travel after lobbying and campaigning of US senators and activists, including Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau.

Source: BBC

Delhi based lawyer Rohit Tandon arrested by ED for money laundering

According to reports in the Indian Express, Rohit Tandon, a high profile lawyer based out of Delhi; was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday night, after a raid at his office in connection with an ongoing money laundering case against him.

The office, which is located in the upscale Greater Kailash area of the capital, was raided by income tax officials earlier in December, and seized more than 14 crore in cash; out of which 2.5 crore were in new currency notes.

Tandon, who is accused of laundering nearly 70 crore of untaxed income or black money ever since the demonitisation drive last month. He had also declared 125 crore to taxmen, that was unaccounted for after raids at his residence and office.

It is suspected that Tandon was allegedly involved in the illegal conversion of banned currency worth about 60 crore in collusion with Kolkata- based businessman Paras Mal Lodha and arrested Kotak Bank manager in Delhi, Ashish Kumar.

He is currently held under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and will be produced in court for further probe and custody.

Sources: The Indian Express, NDTV

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