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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Imphal: At least 20 Indian Army jawans were killed and several others were injured when suspected militants ambushed their convoy in Manipur’s Chandel district, an official said.

While on its way to Imphal, the Dogra regiment convoy was ambushed around 08:30 AM, killing at least 10 soldiers besides injuring 12 other people.

As per police reports, the attack was carried by an unidentified terror group.

The belligerent attack happened in the backdrop of a bandh that was called in the Chandel district on Wednesday against the alleged killing of a local woman by the Assam Rifles troops.

Recently, three militants belonging to the MNRF and KNF-N militant group, were killed in an encounter with the Special Forces Bongbal Khullen in Senapati.

Further information is awaited on the brutal assault.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Dalai Lama on Three Day Visit to Manipur

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Dalai Lama will be in Manipur on Tuesday. ians

Imphal, October 16: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will arrive here on Tuesday on a three-day visit to Manipur, officials said.

This will be his second trip to India’s northeast after his April visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh told IANS on Monday that the government had declared the Dalai Lama a state guest.

“We will extend a warm welcome to him. He will be given all facilities as an honoured guest,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Dalai Lama will be given a public reception at the Convention Centre here. It will be followed by a felicitation programme at the same venue.

The Dalai Lama will interact with members of the public and dignitaries.

The Dalai Lama, who has lived in India in self-imposed exile since fleeing his homeland in 1959, is coming to Manipur at the invitation of the Speaker of the Manipur Assembly.

His Arunachal Pradesh visit had sparked a diplomatic row between India and China.(IANS)

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Muslim Assassins Receive More Media Coverage in The US Than Their Non-Muslim Counterparts

Muslims carry out only 12.4 percent of the attacks in the US but comprise of 41.4 percent of media coverage

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  • Terror attacks by Muslims receive more attention by media
  • Attacks committed by white men are not given much importance
  • People are increasingly becoming fearful of Muslims

New Delhi, July 5, 2017: As per an academic study, the terror attacks committed by Muslims receive greater than approximately five times media coverage as compared to those performed by non-Muslims in America. According to the researchers from Georgia State University, there existed a 449 percent growth in media presentation when the assassin was a Muslim as per the analysis of terrorist attacks in the US between 2011 and 2015.

A survey found that even though Muslims carry out only 12.4 percent of attacks during the period of study, they get 41.4 percent of the news coverage which suggests that the media disproportionately scares people of the Muslim terrorists which builds up an avoidable hatred for Muslims. One way to overcome and prevent this is by covering news more evenly and proportionately as their fears are highly misplaced.

Scientists considered US newspaper coverage of all terrorist attacks in America and computed the articles committed to each attack. It was found that the Boston Marathon bombing which took place in 2013 committed by two Muslim attackers and killed three people, comprised of almost 20 percent of all the news coverage relating to terror attacks in the US during a period of five years. In a sharp contrast to this, a massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012 that killed six people and was undertaken by a white man received only 3.8 percent of coverage.

Also read: Unless Pakistan Curbs “high-profile terrorist attack” towards India, ties will Worsen: US

A mass shooting carried out by Dylan Roof who is a white man, at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, which left nine people dead got it hands on just 7.4 per cent of media coverage. Moreover, an attack by Frazier Glenn Miller in 2014 on a Kansas synagogue killed three but received a share in just 3.3 percent of reports.

The claim made by President Donald Trump in February that the attacks committed by Muslims receive less coverage is unsupported but he was right in saying that the media fails to provide enough coverage to some terrorist attacks.

Prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter: @Hkaur1025

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India likely to talk to Pakistan regarding cross-border terrorism, says External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup

Pakistan needs to stop sending terrorists like Bahadur Ali to India, says Swaroop

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August 13, 2016: India on Friday, August 12, said it was ready for talks with Pakistan but only on “relevant issues” that include cross-border terrorism and follow up on terror attacks in Mumbai and Pathankot.

“India would welcome a dialogue on contemporary and relevant issues in India-Pakistan relations. At this time, they include a stoppage of Pakistani support for cross-border terrorism (and) infiltration of terrorists,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Vikas Swaroop. Image source: www.insubcontinent.com
Vikas Swaroop. Image source: www.insubcontinent.com

Swarup’s remarks came a day after Pakistan said it wanted to have an exclusive dialogue with India on Kashmir.

India suspended bilateral dialogue with Pakistan after gunmen attacked an Indian air base at Pathankot in January. The attack has been blamed on the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group.

Swarup didn’t mention the Kashmir issue in his response. He said Pakistan needed to stop sending terrorists like Bahadur Ali to India.

Ali, captured in Kashmir’s Kupwara district during a shootout with security forces, has alleged thatPakistan was sponsoring anti-India terror activities.

The spokesperson said Pakistan should also stop “parading terrorists Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin”.

He said talks could also be held with Pakistan on “sincere follow up on the Mumbai attack trial and the Pathankot attack investigation”. New Delhi blames Pakistani terrorists for both attacks. (IANS)

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