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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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These 10 Islands in Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar chosen for Holistic Development by Government

The newly constituted Island Development Agency (IDA) has started the first phase of work regarding the holistic devolopment in 10 chosen islands of Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar

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  • The government has chosen ten islands in Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar for their holistic development
  • Smith, Ross, Aves, Long and Little Andaman in Andaman and Nicobar while Minicoy, Bangaram, Suheli, Cherium and Tinnakara in Lakshadweep are among those selected in the first IDA meeting
  • The IDA was set-up on June 1 following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s review meeting

New Delhi, July 24, 2017: The government has chosen ten islands in Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar for their holistic development in the first phase of work being done by newly constituted Island Development Agency (IDA), it was announced on Monday.

Smith, Ross, Aves, Long and Little Andaman in Andaman and Nicobar while Minicoy, Bangaram, Suheli, Cherium and Tinnakara in Lakshadweep are among those selected in the first IDA meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Sunday after detailed consultations with key stakeholders, a Home Ministry statement said.

The IDA was set-up on June 1 following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s review meeting.

In the meeting, Rajnath Singh presented the vision for developing India’s maritime economy while preserving the natural eco-system and addressing the security concerns. He also emphasised upon the need for sustainable development of islands with people’s participation.

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NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant made a detailed presentation on the current status and the way forward for holistic development of identified islands.

He said that concept development plans and detailed master plans are being prepared for identified islands with principles of sustainability, people’s participation, eco-system preservation and determination of carrying capacity as the guiding principles.

“Such an exercise is being taken up for the first time in the country,” Amitabh Kant said.

IDA Chairman and former Navy chief, Admiral D.K. Joshi (retd.), suggested taking up suitable interventions for sustainable implementation of planned projects.

During the meeting, the progress being made for the formulation of integrated master plans and other matters concerning the islands development were reviewed, the statement said.

“It was also decided that Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Administrator of Lakshadweep Islands will be included as members of IDA,” the statement further said, adding with this meeting, the efforts for holistic development of islands of India received a major boost.

Other members of the IDA including the Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, Environment Secretary, Tourism Secretary and Tribal Welfare Secretary also participated in the meeting. (IANS)