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The Indian intelligence agencies have found that Pakistan is purchasing Chinese drones to use them for the purpose of smuggling arms and drugs into the country, sources said. Sources in the security agencies said that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is purchasing drones from China for terrorist groups Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Pakistan can also execute drone attacks in India like the one in Abu Dhabi on Monday, which killed two Indian nationals, the sources said.
After receiving the crucial inputs, the security agencies have stepped up their vigil and have spoken to the law enforcement agencies in various states regarding this. Since the Republic Day is around the corner, Delhi Police have been specifically briefed about the inputs.
Since the Republic Day is round the corner, Delhi Police have been specifically briefed about the inputs. | Photo by Mitul Gajera on Unsplash
A document has been accessed by IANS, which confirms ISI's conspiracy. "ISI can execute drone attacks like the one in Abu Dhabi on Monday, which killed two Indians. We are suspecting that a few famous personalities can be targeted with drone attacks by terrorist outfits backed by the ISI," said a source. "The inputs have been received from a reliable source. They indicate that ISI has procured very sophisticated, customised drones from China, which are water-resistant and capable of operating even during rains. These drones can fly up to 800m AGL (actual ground level) and 15-20 km one side. It has been further learnt that the ISI has provided these drones to terrorist groups (LeT and JeM) to use them against India by smuggling arms and narcotics into the country," the source said.
After receiving the inputs, the Border Security Force (BSF) has been informed. In Punjab, the BSF had earlier spotted a few drones, some of which were gunned down by the force. The drones were used for the purpose of smuggling arms and drugs by Pakistan-based handlers. The agencies have specifically alerted the states after the drone attack in Abu Dhabi regarding possible similar attacks in the country. (IANS/ MBI)
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a seeking direction to the Election Commission to de-register a political party, which fails to comply with the court's direction to disclose criminal antecedents of candidates fielded in polls. Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay requested a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli to list the petition urgently, against the backdrop of the ongoing election process. He contended that nomination for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election has started, and the political parties and candidates are brazenly violating the top court judgments.
After briefly hearing Upadhyay, the bench said: "We will consider it... will give a date".
The plea argued that allowing criminals to stand for election threatens democracy and secularism. | Wikipedia
The plea claimed that the cause of action for filing the plea arose after the Samajwadi Party fielded alleged gangster Nahid Hasan from Kairana but neither published his criminal records in electronic, print and social media nor the reason for his selection within 48 hours. On February 13, last year, Shamli police imposed the Gangster Act on Nahid Hasan, who is a two-time MLA from Kairana. "He (Hasan) has multiple criminal cases and is the 'mastermind' behind the Hindu exodus from Kairana. There are many criminal cases including fraud and extortion, and he was declared a fugitive by Special MLA-MP Court," the plea said.
The plea argued that the consequences of permitting criminals to contest and become legislators are extremely serious for democracy and secularism. The plea sought a direction to the Election Commission to take steps to ensure that every political party publishes the details regarding criminal cases of each candidate along with the reason for such selection on the homepage of its official website in bold letters within 48 hours in the spirit of top court orders passed on September 25, 2018, and February 2, 2020. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: uttar pradesh assembly election, hima kohli, justices a.s. bopanna, chief justice n.v. ramana, political party, election commission, the supreme court, tainted candidates, action, plea)
There will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year also as the plan to host state heads of five Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- seems to have been cancelled due to the Covid situation in India as well as in the respective nations. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to confirm this officially.
If the guests arrive, then this would be the second time when India hosts a group of state heads as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2018, state heads of ASEAN countries graced the occasion with their presence. Apart from Kazakhstan, none of these countries' state heads had been invited as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2009, Kazakhstan's then president Nursultan Nazarbayev was the Chief Guest.
The Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest.Unsplash
As per sources, due to the corona situation, the Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest, so the plan seems to have been cancelled. Last year, British Prime minister Boris Johnson was invited for the same, but later cancelled due to rising corona cases in the UK.
In the past, there have been occasions when the Republic Day ceremony was celebrated without any foreign guest. In 1966, there was no foreign chief guest in the Republic Day parade ceremony as the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had passed away in Tashkent in January, and Indira Gandhi took oath as Prime Minister on January 24. (IANS/SP)
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Dr. Richard Benkin is an American scholar and geopolitical analyst, who met Robert Dold and Mohammad Ziauddin five years ago through a House Committee which talked about Ways and Means. Robert Dold was, formerly, a Congressman and Mohammad Ziauddin, Bangladesh’s then Ambassador to the United States. The Committee on Ways and Means focuses on international trades and agreements related to trade and tariffs. This meeting was held to discuss the torment and torture that is faced by the Hindu community. It was set by Robert Dold, who had been a part of the Congressional Committee, to discuss and advocate the need to focus on the lack of action from Bangladesh.
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With more passage of time, the author realized the seriousness of the matter and that their concerns regarding the topic of discussion still existed. A little later, Dold questioned Ambassador Ziauddin, whether he's admitting that he has an issue(of persecution of Hindus)? When he agreed, Dold said that he would help in solving this problem. This should have been the start to a US- Bangladesh collaboration to support Bangladesh in reaching its aim of freedom and equality within all its religions which is the essence of its Constitution. Unfortunately, it never took place.
Sometime after that, Dr. Richard and one of the Congressman, Dold’s staff had met Ziauddin to begin with this collaborative effort. The Ambassador Ziauddin’s reply surprised them. He said after doing further study, he had gathered the information that Hindus lived openly and were not harassed or assaulted in Bangladesh. Whatever he had said earlier was his mistaken notion. Dr. Richard knew very well that “further study” meant that higher authorities from Dhaka had asked him to deny whatever he had said previously. The Americans had enough proof, compiled over decades that further stated that Hindus were, in fact, victim of violence and religious crimes in Bangladesh.
Governments of countries worldwide condemned the recent anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh. Kiran Anklekar / Unsplash
The world has changed a lot since this interaction took place. Congressman Dold has now joined the corporate sector. New people are now working in the Bangladesh embassy in USA; Bangladesh and China have become closer; and the entire globe is going through a pandemic; among other things. One of the things that has changed is that no country in the world believes when the Bangladesh government blames certain group of people for the rising number of atrocities against Hindus.
Governments of countries worldwide condemned violence that happened with Hindus in the recent times that happened during Durga Puja (a Hindu festival) which was being celebrated in Bangladesh. Although the Bangladesh government is normally very strict, they failed to stop this violence. Everyone worldwide agrees that whoever had been the actual offender, it is the government’s duty to safeguard the interests of its minority communities. The same kind of rules are followed in the United States. When police officers (in US) had been abusing their powers and had killed African-Americans, stern actions were taken against them. The government also tried to deal with the situation that lead to the increase in such crimes.
Bangladesh’s move towards anti-democratic China. Unsplash
Senator Richard Durbin, a resident of Washington and a close associate of Dr. Richard, happens to wield a lot of power. The Senator recently wrote to Dr. Richard appreciating "the government’s response", which was to send forces to limit the atrocities. He also emphasized on the need for more active approach "against extremist organizations that foment these attacks". Because growth of such organizations strengthens terrorism against the Hindu community, other secular organizations, and the religious groups which are in minority. He emphasized on the actions that is necessary for the government to take, to uproot their effect and react to the crimes that they are committing towards the civilization.
Al Jazeera published an article which led to speculations that the recent actions of United States could be a sign of their attitude change regarding Bangladesh. In December 2021, Australia, India, United States and Japan had invited 111 other democratic nations, most of whom were Asian, to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. This Quad would help countries with trading and infrastructural development along with security. Bangladesh had not been invited. Experts from both Asia and the United States of America feel that this humiliation was probably deliberate. The Quad expressed concerns over Bangladesh’s move towards despotic China; the degrading quality of Bangladesh’s democratic nature, and the government’s lenient nature towards the atrocities committed against the Hindu community.
Readymade garment economies continue to prosper post-pandemic. Crew / Unsplash
Bangladesh’s biggest customer for readymade garments is the United States of America and China is their biggest rival. Currently the relations between United States and Bangladesh are at a juncture where the Bangladeshi government would be responsible for whichever way they choose to go. It will determine whether they will have a strong relation with the customers (of their readymade garments) or not. The course of action that the Bangladeshi Government takes will show whether they are remaining true to ideals which have given the birth of this country. If they keep on with their friendship with China and try to become more totalitarian, with continuing persecution of their minority inhabitants, then they would have to face consequences.
Senator Durbin had expressed his opinion and urged the Bangladesh government “ to safeguard the rights and security of Hindus and all religious communities in the country”. Dr. Richard Benkin offered to help, if the Bangladesh government finds it difficult to handle the situation. (TAA/SP)
Source: The Asian Age
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