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Sunday, 27 September 2015

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Pak waging proxy terror war: Rajnath
Lucknow, September 26
Accusing Pakistan of waging a proxy terror war against India, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said it was a big challenge for the country. He also noted that Pakistan had been continuously violating the ceasefire agreement to which India has always given a befitting reply.

“Pakistan has waged a proxy terror war against India and it is a big challenge before us. We have taken many countries into confidence on this count...we are also taking diplomatic measures,” he said here.

Citing the recent pact with UAE on cooperation on counter-terrorism operation and intelligence sharing, Singh said it was a big diplomatic success.

The Home Minister was speaking on India’s security scenario at a conclave organised by a media house. Terming India’s borders with Pakistan and China as “very sensitive”, he said security arrangements had to be ensured keeping the situation in mind and as per the requirements.

Though the boundary with Nepal and Bhutan was peaceful and there was no problem, the borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar were “active”, he said.

Terming infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir as a big challenge, Singh said ever since the NDA government came to power in 2014, infiltration cases dropped to 52 in 2014 and further to 15 this year from 264 in 2012 and 277 in 2013 and congratulated the Army and paramilitary for it.

The Home Minister said the Modi government went whole hog against infiltrators as a result of which 130 terrorists were killed while sneaking into Indian territory since 2014, compared to 110 in 2013 and 67 in 2012. — PTI
Vaishno Devi shrine’s security reviewed ahead of Navratras
Tribune News Service

Jammu, September 26
Top officials of the Reasi administration, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and security agencies today reviewed security arrangements ahead of the Navratra festivities at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of shrine board chief executive officer Ajeet Kumar Sahu at Katra.

Sahu underscored the need for ensuring adequate security and related arrangements in view of the expected rush of pilgrims during the festivities.

Reasi Deputy Commissioner Sushma Chauhan directed the Katra Sub-Divisional Magistrate and Reasi Assistant Regional Transport Officer to take steps to curb incidences of overcharging by auto-rickshaw drivers and other operators.

Sahu requested all agencies to work in close coordination to ensure convenience to pilgrims.

Reasi Senior Superintendent of Police Sujit Kumar gave a presentation on security arrangements in and around Katra and the shrine. He said security personnel in plain clothes would be deployed in Katra and shrine area for effective vigil.

Joint patrol by the police, Central Reserve Police Force and shrine board’s enforcement wing would be intensified and additional closed-circuit television cameras would be installed.

The joint control room would work round the clock for better coordination among security agencies, he said.

Senior Superintendent of Police (NH Traffic) Sanjay Kotwal proposed diversions in Katra town to avoid traffic congestion. Recovery vehicles would be deployed with additional manpower to act against violators.

Among those who attended the meeting were: Katra Sub-Divisional Magistrate Anil Chandel, Bhawan Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ranjit Singh, shrine board’s additional chief executive officer Dr MK Kumar; board’s deputy chief executive officer Devinder Singh Bhau, board’s Officer on Special Duty Rajinder Singh, Katra Additional Superintendent of Police Sumir Kotwal, besides officers of the Army, CRPF, police, fire and emergency services.
G4 Countries Make Strong Pitch for Change in UN Security Council
New York:  There is an urgent need to reform the United Nations Security Council within a suitable time frame to make it more representative and the members of the G4 countries are legitimate for permanent membership. This was what Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said in a joint statement after their special summit meeting on Saturday. (See photos)

India is making a pitch for a permanent membership in the council and the meeting of the four leaders was focused on reforms of the UN Security Council or UNSC, a part of which would be to enable the inclusion.

The three nations, along with India, make up what is known as the G-4 group - countries which back each other's bid for permanent seats at the UNSC. This was the first meeting of the G4 in a decade - the boost came after the UN General Assembly adopted a negotiating document for the long-pending reforms.

A powerful world body, the UNSC is in charge of international peacekeeping and making changes in the UN charter.

In his opening remarks for the summit -- his last official engagement in New York before he heads for the West Coast -- PM Modi said the UNSC must be reformed within a fixed time frame to "include the world's largest democracies, major locomotives of the global economy, and voices from all the major continents".

The world has changed since the UN was formed, the PM said. The number of member states have increased four-fold and "the threat to security have become more complex, unpredictable and unidentified". A more inclusive council, he said, "will carry greater credibility and legitimacy and will be more representative and effective".

The security council - formed in 1945 -- has five permanent members: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Ten non-permanent members are elected for two-year terms. 

India has support from 122 of the 193 member countries, NDTV has learnt. Opposition to its inclusion is expected not only from the permanent members but also China and Pakistan. The US, one of the council's permanent members, has said it is committed to India's inclusion as a permanent member.

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