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Amritsar: Three Kashmiri youths were arrested By Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday for speeding a multi-utility vehicle (MUV) close to the international border with Pakistan.

The three men, Umar Bashir, Sajjad Ahmed and Shoaib Nissar. aged between 21 and 28, were taken into custody by the Border Security Force (BSF) soon after their speeding vehicle, a Toyota Innova, hit a road divider near outer gates of the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the border.

All the three, after interrogation by the BSF and intelligence agencies, were handed over to Amritsar district police.

“All three are residents of Srinagar and claimed they lost their way while going from Srinagar to Delhi,” BSF deputy inspector general (DIG) told media.

He said the antecedents of the three men were being verified. They were booked for rash driving and disobeying a public servant.

The incident comes just over a month after an allegedly drunk Canada-based NRI drove his Scorpio SUV through the BSF security gates and crashed into the Pakistani gate at the zero line between both countries. The incident happened early on November. Both incidents happened from the Indian border side. The border between both the countries has high security because of strife in political relations of neighbors.(IANS)

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5 Events Of November Which Are Ideal For Family Vacations

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Events in November which will give you a vacation mood.
Events in November which will give you a vacation mood. Wikimedia.

As we approach the year’s end, Indians not just bid adieu to their summer outfits but also welcome the festival seasons. October and November are two months in India which are full of cultural events and festivals, which make these months, the ideal time for going on family vacations.

Below are the events of November 2017 which you will regret missing. They are worth the try for family vacations:

1.  Dev Deepavali, Varanasi

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Representational Image. The ghat of holy city Varanasi. 

Varanasi, the holiest city of India, celebrated Dev Deepavali on Kartik Poornima every year. The festival is celebrated with joy. The ghats of Varanasi are lit with beautiful diyas (earthen lamps). God is believed to have descended to the banks of Ganges, to take a holy dip. The festival will take place on November 3, 2017.

 2. Dharamsala International Film Festival

Filmmaker, cinema buffs or all those people interested in the art of films come together of Dharamsala International Film Festival (DIFF). This film festival will witness filmmakers coming from different regions to show films on various issues- socially relevant, contemporary etc. DIFF will take place from November 2 to November 5. If you are a movie buff, then you should immediately pack your bags and seal a date for attending the festival.

3. Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan

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Representational Image. Camel Fair is celebrated in Pushkar. Pixabay

Pushkar Camel fair, a cattle fair, in Pushkar which truly defines the real meaning of culture. The Pushkar Camel Fair has been in tradition for a very long time. The fair attracts a huge crowd every year. One of the most ideal and happy places for family vacations. It will take place between 23rd October to 4th November.

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4. NH7 Weekender

The five seasons old Indian multi-city music festival has indeed garnered a lot of attention and love from the musically inclined youngsters across the country. It is a combination of national and international studies coming together. In Meghalaya, the event will take place from October 27 to October 28.

5. Guru Purab

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Sikhs celebrating Guru Purab. Wikimedia.

Guru Purab, one of the most important festivals for Sikhs. The golden temple celebrates it with a lot of joy. The celebration which Amritsar witnesses at this time are unbelievable. It will take place on November 2017. Golden temple is indeed one of the best places for family vacations.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram.  She can be reached at @ImMeghaacharya.

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Pakistan releases 78 Indians imprisoned in Karachi Jail

Seventy-seven Indian fishermen and a person from Bihar, who were imprisoned in a Karachi jail, returned to India after being released by Pakistan

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India and Pakistan
India and Pakistan. Wikimedia.
  • Pakistan released seventy-seven Indian fishermen and a person from Bihar, who were imprisoned in a Karachi jail
  • Yesterday the 78 prisoners were handed over by Pakistan to the Border Security Force (BSF) at a joint check post at Attari/Wagah border in a goodwill gesture
  • The Indian fishermen were arrested when their boats ended up in Pakistan’s waters in an area of the Arabian Sea where they were surrounded and later caught by the coast guards

Amritsar, July 11, 2017: Pakistan released seventy-seven Indian fishermen and a person from Bihar, who were imprisoned in a Karachi jail and allowed them to return to India.

Yesterday the 78 prisoners were handed over by Pakistan to the Border Security Force (BSF) at a joint check post at Attari/Wagah border in a goodwill gesture. They crossed over to India using the land transit route on the basis of Emergency Travel Certificates issued by the Indian High Commission based at Islamabad.

Last year in May, the Indian fishermen were arrested when their boats ended up in Pakistan’s waters in an area of the Arabian Sea where they were surrounded and later caught by the coast guards, mentioned PTI report.

A team of Indian doctors conducted medical check-ups immediately after the repatriation of the released civilians, officials posted at Attari Border on the Indian side stated yesterday.

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It was an emotional homecoming for the group. The moment they crossed over to their motherland, they expressed happiness and gratitude by bowing their heads and kissing the Indian soil.

However, an expression of anxiety was reflected by the faces of the fishermen when they talked about their uncertain future as their boats still remain in the custody of Pakistan, mentioned the PTI report.

The cost of a boat usually varies from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, depending on its size and quality. Most of the fishermen added that they were already debt-ridden before their arrest as they purchased the boats with the help of loans. Now their current situation would make them jobless.

According to the fishermen, identifying the territorial waters and borders during fishing in the Arabian sea was difficult.

There have been frequent cases where Fishermen have been taken under arrest along with their boats by both India and Pakistan. The reasons behind that are nothing but the poorly defined maritime border in the Arabian Sea and the lack of needed technology to ascertain their precise location in the boats used.

prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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At Heart of Asia (HoA) Conference in Amritsar, India likely to step up efforts to corner Pakistan due to its State-sponsored Terrorism

Pakistan's tribal region along the border of Afghanistan has been accused of being a "haven for terrorists"

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An Indian cricket fan is joined by others as he waves the Indian flag outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium, the venue of first Twenty20 cricket match between India and Pakistan, in Bangalore, India, December 25, 2012. VOA

Amritsar, Dec 3, 2016: With the rise in tension with Pakistan followed by another attack on an army base, India most likely will come up with strategies to make efforts to diplomatically handle the situation and deploy support for action against state-sponsored terrorism at the Heart of Asia conference scheduled in Amritsar from tomorrow.

After experiencing an increase in the attacks from terror groups based in Pakistan, Afghanistan is ready to urge for a counter-terrorism framework via a binding commitment at the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process. The HoA Istanbul Process is a platform provided since 2011 to assist the war-stricken country of Afghanistan during its transition, mentioned PTI.

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Important challenges including terror groups and ways to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan will be scrutinized by top officials of the 14 member countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will inaugurate the main conference on Sunday together where these two countries are likely to corner Pakistan on terror.

According to PTI, Pakistan will be represented by Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz and all will be hoping to witness an Indo-Pak bilateral meeting. Preceding Aziz’s arrival India said that the cross-border terrorism will not be accepted in the bilateral ties with Pakistan and Aziz pointed out that talk cannot be conducted when surrounded by terror.

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India attempted to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the attack in Uri on an army establishment and is likely to push it further at the Heart of Asia conference. According to PTI, India called Pakistan the “mother ship” of global terrorism at the BRICS summit, Goa in October.

Amritsar, not being very far from the Indo-Pak border is stocked up and multiple layers of security has been placed. The Indo-Pak border in Punjab is under heavy surveillance.

The major focus will obviously be dealing with terrorism because both India and Afghanistan rendered the terror emerging from Pakistan the greatest threat to peace and stability.

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The representatives from over 40 countries including USA, China, Russia and Iran attending the conference will discuss the framework for effective counter-terrorism proposed by Afghanistan.

In the absence of the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is ill, the Indian delegation will be led by the Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley.

-prepared by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker