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A majority of Kashmiri Pandit employees, who had struck work following the killing of Rahul Bhat by terrorists last year, have returned to work, a senior official of the Jammu and Kashmir administration said here. “I reject this notion that all Kashmiri Pandit employees are protesting in Jammu. A majority of these employees have already joined their offices (and) we are releasing their salaries. They have understood the importance of reporting to work,” Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang Kundbarao Pole told PTI.

Bhat, a Kashmiri Pandit employee, was shot dead by the ultras inside his office at Chadoora in Budgam district in May last year. The killing had sparked off protests by the Kashmiri Pandit employees who refused to return to work.

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SOURCE: UNI

According to the ministry of defence, more than 550 companies have registered for Aero India 2023, the 14th edition of the biennial airshow held in Bengaluru. The figures are expected to rise. “The show has received a tremendous response as a result of recent MoD initiatives. The initial space offered has been fully booked, and an additional hall opened on December 31, 2022, which has also been booked,” according to a ministry statement.

An additional hall, which will open on December 31, 2022, has also been reserved, according to MoD officials. The Ambassadors of Friendly Foreign Countries will also be briefed in New Delhi on January 9, 2023, at a meeting presided over by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

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SOURCE: PTI

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that India’s response to cash-strapped Sri Lanka’s request for debt restructuring is expected by the end of this month.

Sri Lanka, which is trying to secure a USD 2.9 billion bridge loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has been trying to to get financial assurances from its major creditors — China, Japan and India — which is the requisite for Colombo to get the bailout package.

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SOURCE: UNI

On Thursday, the police organised a camp to inspect the weapons of Village Defence Committees (VDCs) members. At least 72 VDC members from Dhangri and neighbouring villages attended the local government higher secondary school. In addition to repairing the old weapons, police officers gave new guns to some of the VDC members. “Old ammunition has also been replaced. “The VDC members who don’t have guns will soon get new ones,” said a police official who was in the village.

Former members of the armed forces have provided police with information about their service, which will be verified before weapons are distributed.

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SOURCE: IANS

The Union Home Ministry has declared Arbaz Ahmad Mir, who has been working for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) from across the border in Pakistan, as a terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), in a notification released on Friday, said that Mir was involved in promoting terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The Ministry stated that the government had declared Mir as a terrorist, exercising the powers conferred by by clause (a) of sub-section 1) of section 35 of the UAPA, 1967.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Centre on Friday declared People’s Anti-Fascist-Front (PAFF), a proxy outfit of the banned terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and all its manifestations and front organisations as a ‘terrorist’ organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.

The PAFF emerged in the year 2019 as a proxy outfit of JeM, a proscribed terrorist organisation listed at serial number 6 of the First Schedule under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.

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SOURCE: PTI

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s eviction from her Gupkar residence has the security agencies on their toes as they claim her new accommodation is “not feasible” for a Z-Plus category protectee and prone to militant attacks.

They also claimed it will difficult to secure the 20-km route from her new residence to the city centre. Mufti’s family though alleged it was not told about the threat perception before they moved in as the administration was “deliberately trying” to put her in harm’s way.

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A 62-year-old Bangladeshi national has been arrested by the Border Security Force (BSF) from near the India-Pakistan international border in Punjab, a force spokesperson said Friday.

Mohammed Mahmud Alam Tulu was intercepted by BSF personnel on Thursday night in the forward area of Roranwala Khurd village in Amritsar district. The man was approaching the border fence from the Indian side and going towards Pakistan, the spokesperson said.

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SOURCE: PTI

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said it is India’s duty to become the voice of the global South, or the developing world, which is facing several challenges at present and is looking at New Delhi with high hopes.

Earlier in the day, his ministry announced India will host a virtual summit on January 12 and 13 to bring together countries of the global South and share their common concerns, interests, and perspectives relating to various global challenges.

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India and the United States “agree very much” that the restoration of an enduring peace in Ukraine is essential, the Biden administration has said.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price also said his country is engaging very closely with its allies and partners, including India, on the conflict in Ukraine and that the international community firmly recognises the need to hold Russia to account.

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SOURCE: PTI

Canada’s high commissioner to India Cameron MacKay on Friday said the bilateral trade between the two G20 economies — India and Canada — is a “seriously underperforming” economic relationship.

The two countries are negotiating an early progress trade agreement (EPTA) as a first step towards Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which will increase bilateral trade manifold, he noted.

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SOURCE: IANS

Asserting that the release of eight former Navymen is a matter of high priority for India, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday that it is facilitating more visits to Qatar for their family members.

The eight men, who have been detained in Qatar for nearly four months on unspecified charges, were working at the Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services, a private company owned by an ex-Oman Air Force officer.

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SOURCE: IANS

The message from the state of Nagaland is amply clear, only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can deliver the solution to the vexed Naga problem and so he must. Union Home Minister Amit Shah was greeted with slogans and banners with Nagas of Nagaland under the aegis of Naga People’s Action Committee (for Solution and lasting peace) making an impatient plea to the Central government and the Prime Minister that the people of the state want solution to the Naga problem.

The influential Naga People’s Action Committee – a collective body of various tribal bodies and intellectuals and former lawmakers – has even stated in memorandum that if the negotiations happening since 1997 are not brought to its logical conclusion, it is perhaps better to call the Naga talks a “fiasco” as the “indecision does not benefit any party”.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Special Task Force (STF) of Bihar arrested 57 Naxals including six most wanted Naxals in the year 2022. This also includes the arrest of 283 most wanted criminals by the STF, said officials on Friday. JS Gangwar, ADG (HQ) Patna while speaking to reporters on Friday said that in 2022, STF arrested 57 Naxals including 6 most wanted Naxals. Besides, 283 most wanted criminals were also arrested.

He said that the STF also seized arms and ammunition in large quantities. “Many arms and ammunition were recovered in action taken by STF throughout the year.

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SOURCE: IANS

Terrorism as a menace has reared its ugly head time and again, but India’s fight against terrorism has remained steadfast and strong throughout decades.

However, there is an immediate need for global corporation on this front as well to pay more dividends. In the war against terrorism, India has always believed that there exists no distinction between good terrorism and bad terrorism, and that terrorism must always be an attack on humanity, liberty and there is no place for it in the modern civilised world.

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