Centre claims to have proof of Rohingya’s link with Pakistan-based terror groups

The Narendra Modi government reportedly has proof that establishes the alleged link of Rohingyas to various Pakistan-based terror groups, thus claiming that their continued presence in the country poses a threat to national security.

In the Centre’s report to the Supreme Court, they stated that “many of the Rohingya refugees” were suspected to have links with Pakistan’s ISI, the Islamic State (ISIS) group and other terrorist groups in support of their claim.

The Rohingyas are stateless Indo-Aryans from Myanmar’s Rakhine state and are classified as one of the worst persecuted minority communities in the world. Myanmar Government does not give them citizen status and at present India is home to nearly 40,000 members of the community who have entered the country in batches through breaches in the Indo-Myanmar and Indo-Bangladesh border since 2012-13.

According to DNA, a confidential report catalogs various incidents that can establish the stateless Rohingyas’ link to Pakistani terrorist organizations and other global groups like Al-Qaida.

Over 3 lakh Rohingyas have sought refuge in neighbouring countries like Bangladesh following the recent string of attacks on the community in Myanmar on August 23.

Sources: DNAIB Times

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Centre claims to have proof of Rohingya’s link with Pakistan-based terror groups

The Narendra Modi government reportedly has proof that establishes the alleged link of Rohingyas to various Pakistan-based terror groups, thus claiming that their continued presence in the country poses a threat to national security.

In the Centre’s report to the Supreme Court, they stated that “many of the Rohingya refugees” were suspected to have links with Pakistan’s ISI, the Islamic State (ISIS) group and other terrorist groups in support of their claim.

The Rohingyas are stateless Indo-Aryans from Myanmar’s Rakhine state and are classified as one of the worst persecuted minority communities in the world. Myanmar Government does not give them citizen status and at present India is home to nearly 40,000 members of the community who have entered the country in batches through breaches in the Indo-Myanmar and Indo-Bangladesh border since 2012-13.

According to DNA, a confidential report catalogs various incidents that can establish the stateless Rohingyas’ link to Pakistani terrorist organizations and other global groups like Al-Qaida.

Over 3 lakh Rohingyas have sought refuge in neighboring countries like Bangladesh following the recent string of attacks on the community in Myanmar on August 23rd.

Sources: DNA, International Business Times 

Iraqi forces attack last IS stronghold along Syria border

As per reports Iraqi forces have launched an operation to recapture the last stronghold of Islamic State in the western desert of the country.

According to the information conveyed by a military source to BBC, soldiers, Anbar provincial police and Sunni Arab tribal fighters, had started advancing on the town of Ana on Tuesday morning after being initially set back by many booby traps.Ana is a Iraqi town located 90km (55 miles) from the Syrian border. It is one of three Iraqi towns in the Euphrates river valley held by IS who still have control over a great part of the neighboring Syrian province of Deir al-Zour. Here too the IS is facing retaliation from the Syrian pro-government forces and a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

Reportedly, the Iraqi forces had help from US-led coalition air strikes and military advisers on the ground to carry out the attack. Shortly after the commencement of the operation the coalition warplanes succeed in destroying an explosives-packed car driven by a suicide bomber.

Following the completion of this operation, the troops will target Rawa, 12km (7.5 miles) to the north, and then al-Qaim, the last town before the border with Syria.

The Ana attack is the latest of a series of blows suffered by the IS in Iraq recently, with the government declaring that the second city of Mosul had been recaptured in July.

Sources: BBC, Business Standard

Yogi Adityanath, four others take oath as MLCs

On Monday, Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh took oath as a member of the State Legislative Council. Deputy Chief Ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya, Dinesh Sharma and ministers, Swantradev Singh and Mohsin Raza, also took oath today. Raza, a minister of state, is the only Muslim member of the 48-member council of ministers led by Adityanath. Four Samajwadi Party (SP) and one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLCs had quit their seats in August following which these five were elected in by-polls.  Ramesh Yadav, Chairman of the Legislative Council, administered the oath at a function in Tilak Hall of the Legislative Building in Lucknow.

Candidates including CM are required to get elected to either of the two houses- Vidhana Sabha or Vidhana Parishad- to become a member of the council of ministers. Each of these five ministers had to get elected to either of the two houses before September 19th in order to continue their office.

This makes Adityanath the third successive Chief minister to choose the upper house after Akhilesh Yadav (SP) and Mayawati (BSP).

Sources: One India, Telangana Today 

India launches first bullet train

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Mr. Abe who is on a two-day visit to India said,” My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in India and to create a new India”. As a close ally to India, Japan has given a loan of $17 billion for the project.

The 750-seat train scheduled to run between Ahmedabad city and Mumbai will have 12 stations on the route. It is expected to cover the 500 km journey, in 3hrs as opposed to 8hrs taken by a normal train. It can run as fast as 350km/h which is more than twice the maximum speed offered by the fastest trains in India. Though most of the route is elevated, a part of it will run through a 7 km long undersea tunnel.

Linking major cities through high-speed trains is one of the main ambitions of the government and Mr. Modi has promised to make significant improvements in the network.

Sources

BBC, Hindustan Times

Trump blocks sale of US Tech firm to Chinese company

Trump administration has blocked the sale of a US technology firm, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, by the Chinese-backed company, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, citing National security concerns.

The US government reportedly uses Lattice products and they were concerned about the potential transfer of “intellectual property” which would happen as a result of the deal. This move comes amidst the progressively tough stand adopted by the US on business dealings with China.

The decision was taken under the Defence Production Act which authorizes the President to suspend or prohibit certain acquisitions by foreign parties that are deemed to be a threat to national security. The US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is also the chairman of Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), whose recommendations aided in Trump’s decision, welcomed the move.

The company which has been seeking approval for the $1.3bn deal since November said in their statement that they were” disappointed” by the President’s decision whereas Lattice in their statement said that the shelved deal “was in the best interests of our shareholders, our customers, our employees and the United States”.

Sources: Economic Times, BBC 

20,000 Aadhaar card numbers leaked on Punjab Govt Website

The Aadhaar card numbers of over 20,000 individuals were published on a website of Punjab government, becoming the latest among a series of privacy breaches by government organisations in relation to Aadhaar card.

Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) had earlier invited applications for low-cost housing from the economically weaker sections in Ludhiana and Jagraon under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) programme. Following this, the names of the applicants, their Aadhaar card numbers and that of their fathers’ were then put up on their website. The GLADA officials, however, seemed unsure as to how these details ended up online. Although the links were removed from the website by Monday evening, the list remained accessible to anyone who had the direct link on Tuesday as well.

The Aadhaar card number is a twelve digit identity number linked to a person’s biometric details that have become increasingly mandatory for citizens to avail any kind of government service. As per Section 29 (4) of the Aadhaar Act, no Aadhaar number or core biometric information can be published, displayed or posted publicly, except for specified purposes and violation of the same is punishable by up to three years of imprisonment.

The Supreme Court is currently determining whether the Aadhaar program is a violation of an individual’s right to privacy.

News Source: Hindustan Times, OneIndia

Image Source: Hindustan Times