Archive | August, 2017

Pakistan violates ceasefire, shells areas in Poonch

Posted on 16 August 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 17th August 2017

Jammu, Aug 16 (PTI) Pakistan today violated the ceasefire by shelling forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, drawing retaliation from the Indian Army.

This is the fourth consecutive day that Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire along the LoC.

“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0534 hours in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC),” a defence spokesman said.

“Indian Army retaliating strongly and effectively”, he added.

Pakistan violated the ceasefire 4 times on August 13 by firing and shelling in Krishnagati, Nowshera and Mankote, resulting in injuries to three jawans.

On August RPT August 12, Pakistani troops heavily fired on forward posts and civilian areas in Krishnagati and Poonch sectors in which a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a woman were killed.

A Pakistani Army shells exploded near a house killing 40-year-old Raqia Bi of Gohlad Kalran on August 12. Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was also killed in Pakistani firing in Krishnagati sector on August 12.

On August 8, Pakistani troops shelled Krishnagati sector of Poonch district, in which Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra was grievously injured and later succumbed to injuries.

On August 7, an Army jawan was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Uri sector of Baramulla district.

On August 6, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing at Indian posts along the LoC in Baba Khori area of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

2017 has seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

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Unaware of scuffle between PLA, Indian troops in Ladakh: China

Posted on 16 August 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 17th August 2017

Beijing, Aug 16 (PTI) China said today that it was not aware of the reports of PLA soldiers entering Indian territory along the banks of the Pangong lake in Ladakh and maintained that it was committed to peace and tranquillity along the border.

Indian border guards yesterday foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, resulting in stone pelting that caused minor injuries to people on both sides.

Asked to comment on the incident,Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “I am not aware of the information I can tell you that the Chinese border troops are always committed to maintain peace and tranquillity of the India-China border.”

“We always patrol in the Chinese side along the Line of Actual Control. We urge the Indian side to abide by the LAC (Line of Actual Control) and relevant conventions between the two sides,” she said.

In the past too, whenever such incursions have taken place, China has always maintained that its troops were patrolling the Chinese side of the border highlighting that border is yet to be delineated as the two countries were in the process of resolving the boundary dispute.

Special Representatives of China and India have held 19 rounds of talks to resolve the boundary issue.

Asked whether there is any progress to resolve the standoff at the Doklam area in the Sikkim section which has now entered the third month, Hua reiterated China’s stand that Indian troops illegally trespassed into Chinese territory and they should unconditionally withdraw.

“This is pre-condition for any meaningful talks between the two sides,” she said.

However, China has been acknowledging that the talks are on through the diplomatic channels to discuss the issue.

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

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UP madrassas unfurl tricolour, sing national anthem on I-Day

Posted on 16 August 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 16th August 2017

Lucknow, Aug 15 (PTI) Madrassas in the capital city today celebrated the 71st Independence Day by unfurling the tricolour and reciting national anthem, even as the Uttar Pradesh government’s recent order of videography of the celebrations created “confusions” among the Islamic schools.

Though many madrassas paid heed to the order, many other claimed that they never received any official word on the celebrations.

Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangimahli, head of Darul Uloom Firangimahal, said, “The Independence Day was celebrated in the madrassas traditionally with unfurling of national flag, recital of national anthem and distribution of sweets among students.”

On being asked about the state directives on videography of the celebrations, the cleric said some of the Muslim religious schools have been doing it for their records, while some other madrassas chose to avoid the order.

According to the government circular, flag hoisting and recitation of the national anthem should take place at 8 am on the Independence Day in all madrassas. Apart from this, the Islamic schools were also directed to videograph the events organised to mark the day.

Firangimahli, who is also a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said an “unnecessary hype” has been created with regard to the government order as the madrassas have always been celebrating Independence Day with fervour and gaiety.

To a question on madrassas of the Barelvi sect deciding against singing ‘Jana Gana Mana’ on the occasion, the Maulana said the statement could be that of an individual as “the national anthem has been sung ever since independence in madrassas”.

He, however, noted that the BJP-led state government should not have issued the order specifically for madrassas, but for all schools, colleges and universities.

Echoing similar views, Ashraf Usmani, spokesman of the Darul Uloom Deoband, said like in the past, the day was celebrated by unfurling of tricolour and singing of the national anthem.

“We have been celebrating the day in this manner earlier too…,” he said.

On the videography directive, Usmani said none of the madrassas he knew had received the government circular nor was there any need to give an “evidence” of the functions.

“This is the function of our freedom, why will we not celebrate it,” he asked.

In Bareilly, a majority of madrassas celebrated the day by unfurling the national flag, but some of them desisted from singing the national anthem.

Meanwhile, the Barelvi sect’s call yesterday for defying the government order evoked a mixed responses from the madrassas under it.

“There was a mixed response to the decision to defy the government order,” Maulana Shahbuddin Rizvi, national general secretary of All India Jamat Raza Mustafa, said.

Minority Welfare Officer of Bareilly, Jagmohan Singh said a report on the recitation of national anthem and videography of Independence Day events in madrassas was being sent to the government.

District Magistrate R Vikram Singh had promulgated prohibitory orders in the district last night after a few Muslim organisations decided to defy the government order.

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Indian troops foil China’s incursion bid in Ladakh

Posted on 16 August 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 16th August 2017

Leh/New Delhi, Aug 15 (PTI) Indian border guards today frustrated an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of famous Pangong lake in Ladakh resulting in stone pelting that caused minor injuries to people on both sides, officials said.

Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tried to enter the Indian side in two areas–Finger Four and Finger Five– twice between 6 am and 9 am. But on both the occasions their attempts were thwarted by alert Indian troops, they said.

After Chinese troopers found their path blocked by Indian soldiers who formed a human chain, they began hurling stones, prompting a swift retaliation by Indian border guards.

Personnel from both sides received minor injuries and the situation was brought under control after the customary banner drill under which both sides hold banners before stepping back to their respective positions.

An Army spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment on the incident which came amid continued stand-off between the armies of the two countries at Doklam in Sikkim.

Chinese troops had managed to enter upto Finger Four area in the region from where they were sent back. This area has been a bone of contention between India and China as both claim it to be a part of their territory.

When the Indian side staked claim to the area during negotiations in late 1990s, the Chinese army constructed a metal-top road and insisted it was part of Aksai Chin, which is under the latter’s control, officials said.

China had constructed a road up to Finger Four which falls under Siri Jap area and is five km deep into the LAC.

Earlier, the Chinese patrols used to come frequently from the northern and southern banks of this lake, whose 45 km stretch is on the Indian side while 90 km is on the Chinese side.

Indian forces are now armed with high-speed interceptor boats, bought from the US, which can accommodate nearly 15 soldiers and are equipped with radars, infra-red and GPS systems.

These boats are said to be as good as Chinese vessels and are used to conduct reconnaissance and area domination patrols.

The situation along the banks of the lake has always remained volatile with Chinese troops being intercepted by Indian Army patrol several times after the three-week long stand-off in the Depsang plains of Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in May 2013.

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Posted on 14 August 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 15th August 2017

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Self-styled Hizb ops commander Itoo killed in encounter

Posted on 14 August 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 14th August 2017

Srinagar, Aug 13 (PTI) In a jolt to Hizbul Mujahideen, its three militants, including self-styled chief operations commander Yasin Itoo alias ‘Gaznavi’, were killed in an encounter that began last night and also claimed the lives of two armymen in Shopian district of South Kashmir.

Following a tip-off to the local police, a cordon was laid in Awnira village of Shopian last night by the Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and the CRPF.

Militants fired at the approaching security personnel, wounding five Army personnel, two of whom later died. This prompted the security forces to wait till dawn while keeping a tight cordon around the area before launching a major strike.

Intermittent firing continued the whole night, and the operation began in full swing in the morning. All three terrorists holed up were killed. They were identified as Irfan, a tech-savvy militant involved in online propaganda for the militant outfit, and Umar, who was personal security man of Ghaznavi.

Itoo, from Budgam district of central Kashmir, had a long association with Hizbul Mujahideen and was involved in keeping alive the prolonged unrest of 2016 following the killing of group’s commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces, besides recruiting several young men into the outfit, police said.

He was identified by his family members who were brought to the scene of the encounter by police from their residence in Budgam.

Itoo, often called a ‘vintage militant’ as he joined Hizbul Mujahideen in 1996, had surrendered in 2007 and later released on parole in 2014. He joined the militant group again and was its self-styled chief operations commander.

One Kevyt Konekivaan (KK) series rifle used by Itoo and two AK series rifles were recovered from the encounter scene.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation yesterday following information about the presence of militants in Awnira village of Zainapora area of the district.

As the forces were conducting searches, the militants opened fire which was returned.

Five soldiers were injured in the gunfight yesterday and had to be evacuated to 92 Base Hospital of the Army for treatment. Two among them succumbed to injuries last night.

They were identified as Sepoy Ilayaraja P, a resident of Tamil Nadu, and Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman from Maharashtra.

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At least 46 dead in Himachal landslide; rescue ops to resume tmrw

Posted on 14 August 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 14th August 2017

Shimla, Aug 13 (PTI) A massive landslide buried two Himachal Pradesh roadways buses, killing at least 46 people and injuring several others at Kotpuri near Padhar on the Mandi Pathankot national highway, officials said today.

The toll could rise further as over 50 passengers were travelling in the two buses hit by the landslide, which was triggered by a cloud burst, they said. Some other vehicles may also have been hit by the landslide, the officials said.

“Forty-six bodies have been recovered, and of these 23 have been identified,” an official said.

Among the bodies recovered were those of the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot bus Chandan Sharma and Satpal.

Rescue operations were suspended late evening as there were apprehensions of more landslides, he said. The rescue work would resume tomorrow.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the police rushed to the spot and heavy earth-moving machinery was deployed at the gorge where the two buses lay buried under a heap of debris.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh visited the spot. He said that eight passengers were travelling in the Manali-Katra Volvo bus, of whom three lost their lives, while five were rescued and taken to the zonal hospital in Mandi.

There were around 47 passengers in the second bus which was on its way from Manali to Chamba, an official said.

The chief minister said the state government would bear medical expenses of the injured. He also met the bereaved family members and expressed condolences.

Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur, Transport Minister G S Bali and Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma also reached the spot.

Thakur announced financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased, while Bali announced that Rs 1 lakh would be given to each bereaved family by the HRTC.

The massive landslide, covering an area of more than 250 metres, may have swept away some other vehicles also and damaged some houses, an official said.

The buses had halted for a tea break in the intervening night between Saturday and Sunday at Kotrupi when the tragedy struck. Information was received after 1 am about the incident, an official said.

The highway was closed and hundreds of vehicles were stranded on both sides, officials said.

D D Sharma, Special Secretary, Himachal Pradesh government said that a team of forensic experts had also been called considering that several of the bodies were mutilated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the deaths

“Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP’s Mandi district. My condolences with the families of the deceased,” Modi tweeted.

I pray for the quick recovery of those injured, he added.

This is the third such major incident in Himachal Pradesh since 1988. Earlier 45 bus passengers were buried in a landslide near Matiyana in Shimla district in 1988 while 42 passengers were buried in an incident at Luggar Hati in Kullu district in 1994.

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Sharad Yadav removed as leader of JD(U) in Rajya Sabha

Posted on 12 August 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 13th August 2017

New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) Janata Dal(U) Rajya Sabha members today removed Sharad Yadav, who opposed the party’s decision to ally with the BJP in Bihar, as their leader in the House and replaced him with R C P Singh, a senior party leader said.

The MPs met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to hand him a letter appointing Singh as the leader of the JD(U) in the upper house, the leader said.

Singh is a trusted lieutenant of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

The JD(U) has 10 members in the Rajya Sabha. It had last night suspended its Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari from the parliamentary party for attending a meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Differences between Kumar and Yadav surfaced after the former snapped ties with the Congress and the RJD, and allied with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar last month.

Yadav, who is on a tour of Bihar, has said he still believes he is a part of the Grand Alliance with the RJD and the Congress. The JD(U) is not just Nitish Kumar’s party, but also his party, he has said.

Yadav also claimed that the real JD(U) was with him and the one with Kumar was ’sarkari’ JD(U).

In a related development, BJP president Amit Shah said in a tweet today that he had invited Kumar to join the ruling NDA.

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Militants fire at Army camp in J&K, jawan injured

Posted on 12 August 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 13th August 2017

Srinagar, Aug 12 (PTI) Militants opened fire on an Army camp in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, injuring a jawan, police said today.

The militants fired at the Army building in Kalaroos area during the night, a police official said.

Sunil Randhawa of the 17 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) was injured in the incident.

The injured was taken to an Army hospital in Drugmulla where doctors stated his condition to be stable.

The Army and police have launched search operations in the area to track down the militants, he added.

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SC to hold final hearing in Ayodhya title dispute from Dec 5

Posted on 11 August 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 12th August 2017

New Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) The Supreme Court today decided to hold the final hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute from December 5 and made it clear that no adjournment shall be given in any circumstance.

The apex court, after an intense deliberation for more than one-and-half-hours, reached a consensus on commencement of the hearing on the cross-appeals filed against the 2010 judgement of the Allahabad High Court.

The high court had ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acre area at Ayodhya among the parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Ram Lalla.

A specially constituted bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, asked the contesting parties to complete the translation of the exhibits of the documents likely to be relied upon into English within 12 weeks since these were in eight different languages.

The bench, also comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer, asked the Uttar Pradesh government to complete within 10 weeks the translation of the evidence recorded for adjudication of the title dispute in the high court into English.

The bench made it clear that the parties would have to strictly adhere to the time frame fixed by it and no adjournment shall be given in any circumstances.

Senior counsel C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for Lord Ram Lalla and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the UP government, pressed for early hearing of the matter, but senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Anoop George Chaudhari and Rajeev Dhavan, representing other parties, were not in favour of commencement of the hearing before January next year.

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