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Withdraw from polls, says threat letter to BJP leader

Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh during conference at Shimla on Saturday. Photo by: Amit Kanwar

Patna: Senior BJP leader Prem Kumar, one of the contenders for the chief minister’s post if the BJP-led NDA wins the Bihar assembly polls next month, got a threat letter asking him to withdraw from the polls, police said on Monday.

Prem Kumar, a five time legislator who is contesting the polls again from Gaya town assembly constituency, was told to announce his withdrawal from the election.

“Prem Kumar was threatened with dire consequences if he failed to do so. In the threat letter to him, it was promised that all his expenditure in the polls till date will be returned,” a police official said.

According to the threat letter, Rajkumar Prasad is to be the new legislator of Gaya town.

However, Rajkumar Prasad alias Raju Barnwal, who is contesting the polls as an independent candidate, said the threat letter to Prem Kumar was part of a conspiracy to defame him and frame him in a false charge.

Voting in Gaya town was held in the second phase of the five-phased Bihar assembly elections on October 16.

A team of BJP leaders from Gaya has met Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj and sought more security for Prem Kumar in view of the threat letter.


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BJP’s stand on the issue of ‘Triple Talaq’ has made the party popular among Muslim women: Minister

Narendra Modi at the BJP meeting. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi, April 20, 2017: Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stand on the issue of ‘triple talaq’ has made the party popular among Muslim women.

Goel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “far sighted vision for the development of the nation” has appealed to every section of the society, according to a statement issued by the minister’s office.

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“BJP’s stand on the issue of triple talaq has made them popular among Muslim women, who have suffered a lot due to this practice. In the Uttar Pradesh elections, our Muslim sisters had extended support to the BJP and broke the myth that Muslims don’t vote for BJP,” Goel said in the statement.

He further said that the party was committed to work for the upliftment of Muslims and resolve their issues constitutionally.

As per the release, Muslim women took part in the BJP rally on Thursday that started from Turkman Gate here. (IANS)

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US National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Pakistan’s mobile networks: WikiLeaks

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange participates via video link in a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of the anti-secrecy group in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 4, 2016. VOA

Islamabad, April 11, 2017: The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on Pakistan’s mobile networks, whistleblowing organisation WikiLeaks has tweeted.

“Hundreds of NSA cyber weapons variants publicly released including code showing hacking of Pakistan mobile system,” @wikileaks tweeted.

According to a report in Express Tribune on Monday, the hacker group “Shadow Brokers” released a new cache of information detailing how the NSA accessed private and public networks in other countries.

A researcher on Twitter who identifies himself as ‘x0rz’ decrypted the files and uploaded them on Github, a web-based repository and internet hosting service.

“The researcher confirmed that the archives include evidence of NSA operators’ access inside the GSM network of Mobilink — one of the Pakistan’s most popular mobile services provider,” the report noted.

The hacker group had previously released data suggesting the US agency may have been monitoring hundreds of IP addresses in Pakistan. The encrypted files were being decrypted by security researchers around the world.

“Shadow Brokers” had initially wanted to auction its data cache in exchange for Bitcoin but as no buyer turned up, they released the data online.

This is not the first time that reports have surfaced claiming that the US NSA is snooping on other countries.

According to a Daily Mail report in 2014, WikiLeaks disclosed documents that suggested the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was among six political parties from around the world the NSA was authorised to conduct surveillance on for gathering foreign intelligence. The authorisation was given by a secret American court, it said.

The leak was planned months ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, the report claimed.

Another report in the Washington Post that also came in 2014 said the US has long had broad no-spying arrangements with four countries — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — in a group known collectively as the “Five Eyes”.

“But a classified 2010 legal certification — approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and included among a set of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — lists 193 countries [including India], that would be of valid interest for US intelligence,” the Post said. (IANS)

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7 Illegal Slaughterhouses flourishing in Bihar sealed on Saturday

he state government is also likely to take further action against illegal slaughterhouses in coming days in line with the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath

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Patna, April 1, 2017: A week after the opposition BJP demanded that illegal slaughterhouses flourishing in Bihar should be closed, seven of them were sealed in Rohtas district on Saturday, officials said.

The district administration bordering Uttar Pradesh, sealed the illegal slaughterhouses running for years, following clearance of action against them from the top brass in Patna, an official said.

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The state government is also likely to take further action against illegal slaughterhouses in coming days in line with the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath, the official said.

District officials in Rohtas said action against the slaughterhouses was taken after a directive from the Patna High Court that they be sealed within six weeks. The licenses of these slaughterhouses expired on Friday.

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Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar had raised the issue of illegal slaughterhouses in the state assembly last week demanding their immediate closure in Bihar.

He also said that licences of all slaughterhouses should be cancelled adding that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was keen on making Bihar beef-free to ensure protection of cows. “Bihar should ban beef in line with Maharashtra,” he said.

According to officials, cow slaughter is banned in Bihar as per a 1955 law. But the trade continues unabated due to a flaw in the law that permits killing of cow, buffalo or bull more than 15 years old or diseased.

The violation of this provision invites a maximum jail term of six months and a fine of Rs 1,000. (IANS)