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Pakistan’s support to Cross-Border Terrorism is Root Cause of the Problem between two Countries, says India

The 19th Saarc Summit which was to be held in Islamabad in November this year was postponed after member nations pulled out, citing concerns over rising regional terrorism

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New Delhi, November 04, 2016:  India on Thursday said Pakistan’s support to cross-border terrorism was the root cause of the problem between the two countries, and has led to diplomatic isolation of Pakistan.

Asked what he meant by diplomatic isolation, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup referred to a number of letters written by different countries condemning cross-border terror.

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“Root cause of problem between India and Pakistan is Pakistan’s support to cross border terrorism and its promotion as an element of state policy. It is important for Pakistan to desist from those policies, which are failed policies, which have led to its diplomatic isolation,” Swarup said.

“Unless that happens, relationship between the two countries will continue to remain like this.”

Asked what he meant by diplomatic isolation as no sanctions have been imposed on Pakistan, Swarup referred to the letters by different South Asian countries condemning cross border terror.

“You are not aware of letters that were written by members of Saarc?” he questioned.

“As far as we are concerned the international community has spoken unequivocally on the issue of cross-border terrorism and there are various statements, many are available on the website, many are available on my Twitter feed, countries have unequivocally condemned cross-border terrorism,” Swarup said.

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Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup. Flickr

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“Bhutan Prime Minister in fact said the worst from of terrorism is cross-border terrorism… If this is not a signal to the country that we are discussing then what is?” he added.

The 19th Saarc Summit which was to be held in Islamabad in November this year was postponed after member nations pulled out, citing concerns over rising regional terrorism.

Following the September 18 terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri of Jammu and Kashmir, that led to the deaths of 19 soldiers, India decided not to participate in the summit. India has blamed the terror attack on Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohamed.

India’s pulling out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit was followed by that of Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh, while Sri Lanka expressed its reservations about participation.

Asked about the fate of the summit, Swarup said the question should be put to Pakistan.

“They are the ones who were supposed to hold the summit in Islamabad, and they are the ones who have now postponed it. We also know the reason why the summit was postponed. The letters that were written by virtually every Saarc country to the chair, and the statement that was issued by Saarc chair Nepal itself. It clearly said in the current atmosphere in which one country is undermining peace and security by resorting to cross border terrorism, it is not conducive for country heads to assemble in Islamabad for the Saarc summit,” Swarup said.

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“I think it is incumbent on Pakistan to create the necessary conducive atmosphere for meaningful discussion on regional cooperation that can take place within the Saarc framework,” he said.

The eight-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. (IANS)

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Sanitization to Fight Coronavius Begins in UP

Massive sanitization drive begins in UP

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A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (Representation Image). Pixabay

A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. This is the latest news in India.

Rajkumar Vishwakarma, DG, fire services, told reporters that sanitization was being done with sodium hypochlorite and fire personnel had been instructed to take care and not to spray the disinfectant on human beings and animals.

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The sanitization will be done using sodium hypochlorite. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Spraying will also not be done inside any building due to electrical connections.

Fire personnel have been asked to take photographs and post it on WhatsApp media groups. They have been asked to avoid calling the media personnel to the sanitisation sites to avoid risks.

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Earlier this week, about 50 migrant workers who were at a bus station in Bareilly, were sprayed with sodium hypochlorite by the sanitisation staff. Those who were sprayed, including children, complained of itching in the eyes and rashes on the body.

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Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed his concern over the incident and assured action against the guilty.

District magistrate Bareilly, Nitish Kumar said that the incident happened due to ‘over-zealous’ workers. (IANS)

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People Have Faith in Modi Government to Handle COVID-19 Crisis

Over 83% trust Modi govt will handle COVID-19 crisis well

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The Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

As the Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, 83.5 per cent people from various states “trust in government” in handling the crisis.

The findings came out in the IANS-CVoter exclusive tracker on COVID-19 Wave 2 survey conducted during last seven days among 18 plus adults nationwide. The findings and projections are based on Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI).

Replying to a question “I think Indian government is handling the coronavirus well”, 83.5 per cent people agreed that they trust in government’s steps being taken in fight against the deadly disease, and 9.4 per cent expressed their disagreement. The survey was conducted on March 26 and 27. Of the 83.5 per cent who showed their trust in government, 66.4 per cent strongly agree with the opinion and 17.1 agree with the view.

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A similar survey on the same question done on March 17 and 18 showed that 83.6 per cent people expressed their trust in government in fight against the pandemic which so far has claimed 29 lives and over 1,000 conformed cases. A total of 13.7 per cent people expressed their disagreement.

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83.5 per cent people from various states trust the Modi government in handling the COVID-19 crisis. Wikimedia Commons

As per the tracker, the data is weighted to the known demographic profile of the states. Sometimes the table figures do not sum to 100 due to the effects of rounding, it says. “Our final data file has socio-economic profile within plus 1 per cent of the demographic profile of the state. We believe this will give the closest possible trends.”

The Tracking Pol fieldwork covers random probability samples during the last seven days from the release date and that the sample spread is across all assembly segments across all states. This survey covers all states in India and was conducted in 10 languages as part of our routine OmniBus, it says.

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“This is a thorough random probability sample; and we are ensuring a proper representative analysis by statistical weighing of the data to make it representative of the local population as per the latest census and or other available demographic benchmarks.”

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The data clarified that it strictly follows the WAPOR code of conduct (World Association of Public Opinion Research) for our ethical and transparent scientific practices and have incorporated the PCI (Press Council of India ) guidelines as our SOP (Standard Operating Procedures). (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

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