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Obama to spell out steps to fight terrorism during address to nation

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Washington: US President Barack Obama will address the nation on Sunday on steps to fight terrorism in the wake of California shooting attack, the White House said.

Obama will provide an update on the ongoing investigation into Wednesday’s attack in the Californian city of San Bernardino in which two shooters killed 14 people and injured 21 others, Xinhua quoted the White House as saying on Saturday.

The steps taken by the US government after the attack were aimed at fulfilling Obama’s highest priority: keeping American people safe.

“The president will also discuss the broader threat of terrorism including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it,” the statement said.

Obama will reiterate his firm conviction that the Islamic State will be destroyed and that the US “must draw upon our values — our unwavering commitment to justice, equality and freedom — to prevail over terrorist groups that use violence to advance a destructive ideology,” it added.

While IS has claimed that the attackers were its followers, it makes the situation more worrying for the US as it proves that IS has reached US soil in some way.

Attack in Paris was an evidence how deadly can IS be.

(IANS)

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India Activates Channels to locate 39 Missing Indians abducted by ISIS in Iraq

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  • The families of the Indian hostages were trying to locate their kin after Iraqi forces freed Mosul from the clutches of ISIS
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also been raising the issue with other countries in the Middle East region

New Delhi, July 10, 2017: With Mosul liberated from the Islamic State, India has activated various channels to locate the 39 Indians who were abducted by the terror group from the Iraqi city three years ago and is sending Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh to Iraq, an official said on Monday.

In response to a query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that as soon as the announcement of Mosul’s liberation was made by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Indian government activated various channels for locating the missing Indians.

He said that Singh will leave for Erbil.

“Ambassador of India to Iraq and our Consul General in Erbil have been instructed to continue the efforts to locate them on priority.”

Baglay added that Iraqi authorities have conveyed that all cooperation would be extended and instructions have been issued by them to all relevant Iraqi agencies.

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The development comes as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday assured Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh that her ministry was making all-out efforts to trace and facilitate the return of the 39 Indians.

Reacting to reports that the families of the Indian hostages were trying to locate their kin after Iraqi forces freed Mosul from the clutches of ISIS, Amarinder sought her active intervention in the matter. He said the families of the hostages were keenly awaiting the return of their kin.

“Assuring of all possible efforts by her ministry to bring back the Indians, who were construction workers taken into custody in 2014, Sushma said General V.K. Singh had been sent to Iraq to coordinate with the Iraqi government to facilitate the return of the Indians stuck there. She said she had also directed the Indian embassy to extend all help to the stranded Indians,” a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) disclosed in Chandigarh.

Air India officials at the airports had also been instructed to facilitate their return, said Sushma, adding that her ministry had activated all available sources to trace the missing Indians, who were last heard of hiding in a church in Mosul, the spokesperson added.

While Sushma has held several meetings with the families of the hostages since the abduction, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also been raising the issue with other countries in the Middle East region.

The Chief Minister said he was hopeful the 39 Indians would be back home soon, now that Mosul was no longer in the control of ISIS.

Baglay also said the liberation of Mosul “is an important milestone in the global war on terror, and India welcomes it”.

Iraqi forces liberated Mosul on Sunday after 266 days of fierce battles, bringing to an end three years of IS rule.

Last month, Baglay said that the Indians were alive and “everything possible” was being done to ensure their safe return.

“The information we have so far is that they are alive because we have no other information to prove that they are not alive,” Baglay told reporters on June 16. (IANS)

 

 

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India plans to host Conference on Anti-Terrorism with participation of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)

Between April 2016 - December 2016, the FDI inflows from Asean was over 20 percent of total FDI inflows into India

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New Delhi, April 5, 2017: India plans to host a conference on counter-radicalisation with participation of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) nations, the government told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

“India plans to host a conference on counter-radicalisation this year. Asean member states would be invited to participate in the conference,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a written response to a question.

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On the India-Asean trade, the minister said: “Asean is one of our leading trading partners, accounting for over 10 per cent of our trade.”

“Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows from Asean have increased in the last three years with inflows from April 2014 to December 2016 amounting to $28 billion (Rs 1,81,797 crore approximately), which is more than the cumulative inflows received from Asean between April 2000 and March 2014,” Sushma Swaraj said.

Between April 2016 – December 2016, the FDI inflows from Asean was over 20 per cent of total FDI inflows into India. (IANS)

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India asks Pakistan to halt its “Compulsive Hostility” and depart Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

Pakistan has one more time chosen to misuse the council by passing erroneous references about internal matters concerning with Jammu and Kashmir

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Geneva, March 17, 2017: India asked Pakistan to halt its “compulsive hostility” towards it during UN human rights council session. Employing its right to reply India further induced Pakistan to fulfill its obligation to depart from the illegal seizure of PoK. The rising concern is disturbing now as Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir region has become the hub of global terror.

During the session, one of the officials was quoted saying “We ask Pakistan to stop inciting and supporting violence and terrorism in any part of India and refrain from meddling in our internal affairs in any manner”. Another official was noted stressing on the violation of Human Rights by the illicit act of terrorism and seizing the territories of J&K forcibly by Pakistan. Pakistan has one more time chosen to misuse the council by passing erroneous references about internal matters concerning with Jammu and Kashmir, the diplomat stated.The Indian side also declares that India does not accept any claims by Pakistan to disparage the democratic choice that has consecutively for 6 decades been employed by people of J&K since the time of independence.

The Indian side also declares that India does not accept any claims by Pakistan to disparage the democratic choice that has consecutively for 6 decades been employed by people of J&K since the time of independence. “It is unfortunate that in recent times the people of PoK have become victims of sectarian conflict, terrorism, and extreme economic hardship because of Pakistan’s occupation and discrimination policies”, said the Indian side.

Pakistan has alienated its own people through continued violation of Hindus, Christians, Shias, Ahmadiyas and other minorities.

“In this council, Pakistan has referred to situation of minorities in India. Minorities in India have been Prime Ministers, Presidents, Vice-Presidents, senior Cabinet Ministers, senior civil servants, cricket team captains, Bollywood superstars – can the minorities of Pakistan claim even a shadow of this? All they have are blasphemy laws and relentless abuse and violation of their human rights”, the Indian side said.

– Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamisr94