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The government on Tuesday informed the Parliament that the word ‘Shaheed’ or martyr was not defined “anywhere”.

It further went on to say that there was no official order to accord the same to any defense or paramilitary personnel.

Earlier, during a Committee of Secretaries meeting on September 14, 2011, the Defense Minister had indicated that the term shaheed was not defined anywhere.

Following this, the government has stopped the issuance of any order/notification to this effect in respect of defence personnel.

Still, there have been demands for giving shaheed/martyr status to the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and Assam Rifles (AR) personnel killed in action.

Other branches of CAPF’s like CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF, SSB and NSG have also made representations to the Union Home Ministry saying that the ‘shaheed’ salutation is being demanded by the personnel of these forces.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, in a written reply to Lok Sabha said, “No status of shaheed/martyr is given to the CAPF and Assam Rifles. However, their families/next of kin are given full family pension under the Liberalised Pensionary award rules and lump sum ex-gratia compensation of Rs 15 lakh as per rules in addition to other benefits admissible.”

Disregarding the government refusal to confer the slain military men with the title of ‘shaheed’, the Central Reserve Police Force, last year, had issued in-house orders making it mandatory to use ‘shaheed’ before the name of a martyred personnel and in all communications vis-a-vis its slain men and women.

 

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“Increased Army Will Achieve Nothing” Says J&K CM

In J&K increased security is of no use

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"Increased Army Will Achieve Nothing" Says J&K CM, Flickr

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said the trend of more youths joining army will achieve nothing except increased footprints of the security forces in the state.

Addressing a convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) here, Mehbooba reacted to reports of more young people joining militant ranks.

“The increase in the number of youths picking up the gun will increase the presence of Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the police.

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Military men, Pixabay

“More the situation improves, the more we can ask the Army, the CRPF and the police to reduce their footprints (in Kashmir)”, the Chief Minister said.

Condemning the recent grenade attacks by militants in the Valley, she said: “Despite ceasefire, there are grenade attacks. They do not see that civilians are getting killed, they do not see that Army or CRPF jawans have come from far flung areas for their bread and butter. What will this achieve?

“There have been thousands of grenade attacks till now, thousands have picked up guns and become militants, but what has been achieved?” she asked.

She said through peaceful means the People’s Democratic Party had been able to persuade the opening of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalkote roads.

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Indian para commandos, Representational image, (Wikimedia Commons)

“If the situation improves, I promise you that we will open more such routes.”

Mehbooba made a fervent appeal to Kashmiri separatists to come forward for talks and save the state from further bloodshed and reminded them that the announcement of ceasefire by the Indian government was a step that cannot be expected always.

She said the problem can only be resolved thorough dialogue.

“This time there is an offer of dialogue from the Centre. I request all stakeholders to come forward to save Kashmir.”

Mehbooba said it was for the separatists to decide whether the youths of Kashmir should come out of the culture of stones and guns.

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She also appealed to New Delhi and Islamabad to start the dialogue process in order to improve the situation since Jammu and Kashmir bears the brunt of strained relations between the two countries. (IANS)

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North-East Assembly Elections: Everything You Need To Know About The Elections In Tripura, Meghalaya, And Nagaland

North-East Assembly elections 2018 will directly affect the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and subsequent government formation

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Many states are gearing up for the North-East Assembly elections 2018 that are being said to be the defining factor for the future political dynamics of India. Elections dates in the on-going states of Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura were February 18 for Tripura, while the other two states will hold their round of elections on February 27. The elections will be held in two phases, and the results will be announced on March 3.

Many parties are looking forward to extending their political reach in the north-eastern region. North-East Assembly elections 2018 will directly affect the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and subsequent government formation.

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EVMs will be installed for the first time. Wikimedia Commons

Here is everything you need to know about the north-east assembly elections 2018:

1. The incumbent assembly tenure in Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura will end on March 6, 13 and 14 respectively. Each of these states has a 60-member assembly.

2. In all the three states, Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) have been implemented.

3. VVPAT machines are being implemented in Meghalaya for the first time since its formation in 1970. Voters had been using the ballot-paper until now.

4. The Election Commission of India had asked Assam Rifles (India’s oldest paramilitary force) to reinforce the Indo-Myanmar border in Nagaland in order to prevent any form of disturbance before the polls. The state has been suffering insurgent movements and cross-border militant infiltration.

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Before EVMs, the Ballot-system was used for the voting process. Wikimedia Commons

5. To increase the participation of women, the Election Commission has installed 60 Pink booths that will be managed by women staff. The booths will be placed in every constituency.

6. 86,890 votes in Meghalaya aged between 18 and 19 years will be exercising their vote for the first time. To encourage these first-time voters, the EC felicitated them on National Voters Day on January 25.

7. The Election Commission will monitor the elections live through webcast and CCTV cameras to ensure a fair and free election.

8.  Around 193 polling booths in Meghalaya will be directly webcasted to the Chief Electoral Officer or District Electoral Officer and Election Commission of India.

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Tripura

  • Ramendra Chandra is the current speaker of the Eleventh Legislative Assembly.
  • Since 1993, the CPI(M) has been in power in the state.
  • While BJP has 7 MLAs in the state assembly and is also the main opposition party.
  • Manik Sarkar, the Chief Minister of Tripura, is a Politburo Member of Communist Party of India (Marxist).
  • He became the Chief Minister for the fourth time after 2013 Assembly Elections.
  • Manik Sarkar is known for his honesty and low monetary resources.

Meghalaya

  • The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly was constituted as a directly elected body in 1972 comprising 60 members.
  • 50.4% registered voters were women (outnumbering men) in the final electoral rolls of the state.
  • With a total population of 3.2 million, Meghalaya has a literacy rate of 74.4%.
  • Unlike Tripura, no one in Meghalaya registered for the third gender option in the final rolls.
  • 597 polling stations have been increased from 2,485 in 2013 to 3,082 in 2018. It’s an increase of about 24%.
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The Election Commission of India has set 60 Pink Booths. Wikimedia Commons

Nagaland

  • On 1 December 1963, Nagaland became a state of India. Also, the first Nagaland Legislative Assembly was formed on 11 February 1964.
  • The strength of the state assembly was increased to 60 members in 1974.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the assembly election in the state will be held on schedule amidst a demand by the state’s civil society groups for deferring the polls to facilitate a solution to the vexed Naga insurgency issue.
  • The expectations for a lasting peace have soared in Nagaland, which had been hit by insurgency for decades after the Centre and the NSCN-IM signed a framework agreement in 2015.

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10 security men injured amid I-Day celebrations in Kashmir

Nine CRPF men were injured in the encounter that ensued in the operation that continued for over four hours at Khwaja Bazaar in Nowhatta-Khanyar area

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source: AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

Srinagar, August 15:The main Independence Day function passed off peacefully here on Monday, August 15 although a militant attack in the old city area left 10 security personnel injured.

“Militants attacked a security forces troop in Khanyar area injuring 10 security personnel, including nine Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers and a local policeman,” a police officer told IANS.

The injured were transferred to a hospital, the official said. The doctors described the condition of two CRPF troopers as “critical”.

 

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Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti hoisted the national flag and was given a salute at a parade at the Bakshi stadium.

Mehbooba said peace was imperative for the equal development of all the three regions of the state.

“I ensured that civilians are not used as a human shield during anti-militancy operations. I am sad because certain elements are using our youths as a shield to fulfil their notorious desires.

“These elements are trying to achieve their objectives through violence,” the Chief Minister said.

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“Thousands have died in the state in the 1990s but what did we achieve?” Mehbooba asked. “During the past 40 days, we handed our youths to these vested interests who are using them as cannon fodder.”

She said that her government needed time for healing of the wounds left behind by the current violence which has left at least 57 people dead in the valley.

Mehbooba regretted that despite Islam’s message of hospitality, even basic hospitality was ignored during Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent visit to Pakistan.

The Chief Minister appealed India and Pakistan to come together and work for peace in both parts of the divided Kashmir.

“So much blood has flown in the Jehlum river and it has no capacity to bear further bloodshed,” she said.Mehbooba also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the entire parliament stood behind the people of Jammu and Kashmir to pull them out of the present crisis.

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Mehbooba also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the entire parliament stood behind the people of Jammu and Kashmir to pull them out of the present crisis. She regretted that whenever schools are opened by the government, people come out to force the closure of those institutions.

Mehbooba said the present disturbance had retarded the pace of development in the state.

Members of the state council of ministers, senior civil and military officials were present during the Independence Day celebration ceremony.

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Authorities have imposed curfew in the entire Srinagar and all other nine districts in the valley to prevent violence on the country’s 70th Independence Day celebration. (IANS)

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