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New Delhi: Holding Pakistan responsible for the July 27 Dinanagar terror attack, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said any attack by enemies will meet an effective and forceful response from the Indian security forces.

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Making a formal statement in the Rajya Sabha, the home minister said the central government was committed to rooting out terrorism from the country.

“I take this opportunity to assure the house that the government is firmly committed to rooting out terrorism from India. I also assure the house that the government will do everything possible to prevent cross-border terrorism aimed against India,” Rajnath Singh said.

The minister gave details on how the terrorists crossed the international border and entered India.

“A preliminary analysis of the Global Positioning System (GPS) data indicates that the terrorists infiltrated from Pakistan through the area near Tash in Gurdaspur district, where the Ravi river enters Pakistan,” Rajnath Singh said.

“It is also suspected that the same terrorists placed five Improvised Explosive Devices on the railway track near village Talwandi between Dinanagar and Jhakoladi which were subsequently defused,” he added.

Giving the statement amidst anti-government slogans in the upper house of parliament, Rajnath Singh also lauded the Punjab Police for neutralizing the three terrorists.

The union home minister said the Border Security Force was always on the alert though some terrorists might have succeeded in infiltrating due to heavy rains and swelling of rivers and nullahs on the border.

The house was adjourned till Friday after an uproar by opposition members over the statement.

Meanwhile, the main opposition Congress asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remain in the house when the issue comes up for discussion.

Addressing a press conference later in the day, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said Modi must make public what he discussed with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as India was still suffering terror strikes from across the border.

“The prime minister should make a statement on the issue in parliament,” he said, expressing concern over the terror attack in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district in Punjab on Monday.

(IANS)

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Cyber Crimes Pose a Challenge to Traditional Policing, Says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

The Home Minister also inaugurated a Delhi Police residential block comprising 56 flats. The Delhi Police built 312 dwelling units last year and another 969 units are under construction

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that cyber crimes pose a challenge to traditional policing and called upon police personnel to enhance their skills to tackle threats posed from the cyber world.

“If we have to build public trust in a digital world, then we will have to bear zero tolerance towards cyber crime,” he said after inaugurating the Cyber Prevention, Awareness and Detection Centre (CyPAD) of Delhi Police and the National Cyber Forensic Lab of the Home Ministry.

Home Minister said in this era of internet and computers, there exists an aspect of cyber crime whether it is cyber cheating or fraud, women harassment or terror recruitment which needs to be strongly addressed.

“Internet is a platform not only aiding the evolution of social media but also crucial to online banking, shopping and remotely operated systems in industry. We have to develop institutional mechanisms for undertaking timely assessment to challenges in cyber space and securing it for the common man,” he said.

He said the ministry has initiated several steps in the last more than four years to deal with cyber crimes including setting up of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Phone Frauds.

“For effectively tackling challenges to cyber space, we need an institutional mechanism at the national level involving the private sector also and coordination at the national and international levels,” he said.

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The Home Ministry has set up an Expert Group for a detailed study and initiated creation of the Cyber Crime Coordination Centre which will deal with cyber forensics, cyber investigation, cyber research and innovation, threat analytics and cyber training.

Rajnath Singh said the setting up of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (i-4C) is a step towards its implementation.

He said the CyPAD will deal with crypto-currency frauds and international tech-supported frauds.

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All these steps are aimed at achieving the “minimum government, maximum governance” goal set under the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.

The Home Minister also inaugurated a Delhi Police residential block comprising 56 flats. The Delhi Police built 312 dwelling units last year and another 969 units are under construction. (IANS)