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Hizb’s Salahuddin gets US terror tag

WASHINGTON: The US designated Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahudddin a global terrorist just hours ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meetings with the American president on Monday and there was “strong focus” on counter-terrorism in the Indian leader’s meetings with Trump administration officials.

India welcomed the designation, saying it “vindicated” its long-standing position that crossborder terrorism perpetrated from outfits based in Pakistan was behind disturbances in Kashmir . It also “underlines also quite strongly the fact that both India and United States face the same threat of terrorism”, ministry of external affairs spokesman Gopal Bagley told reporters.

He said there was a “strong focus” on counter-terrorism in the meeting Modi had with secretaries of state and defense Rex Tillerson and James Mattis ahead of the meeting with President Donald Trump.

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US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump travel ban case

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court partially reinstated President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, before examining the case in full this autumn.

Trump hailed the decision as a victory for national security. “Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security,” he said in a White House statement.

“It allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective. As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm.”

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Will do everything required for safety of Indians in Qatar: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said the government would do everything possible for the safety and well-being of Indians in Qatar which has been battling economic sanctions from a number of Arab countries.

“Please do not worry. We will do everything required for the safety and well being of our countrymen. We are in touch with our Ambassador,” Swaraj tweeted. Continue reading

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Delhi on alert after intelligence warning of terror attack

The Delhi Police has been placed on high alert, and has asked its counterparts across India to tighten security after receiving an intelligence tip-off warning of a terror attack on crowded public spaces, a senior police officer said on Monday.

“The Delhi Police Special cell has issued an advisory to all security agencies across the country to beef up the security measures at interstate bus terminals, railway stations, five star hotels, malls and markets, religious places, embassies of western countries, metro stations, airports, stadiums, and tourist places or other sites visited by foreign nationals,” the officer told IANS.

The security agencies have also been directed to keep a tab on suspicious articles if found in vehicles and to conduct proper checking on interstate borders.

“According to the specific intelligence inputs on June 10 about militants are planning a series of terror attacks at various places in India. While further details are yet to emerge, initial indications point towards possibility of crowded public places, market and locations frequented by foreign nationals being among the possible targets,” said the Delhi Police advisory.

It also said at this point of time, any additional details such as on likely timing, locations, identities of the terrorists or tactics of planned attacks, are not available.

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Source: Hindustan Times


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Facebook accidentally ‘leaked’ moderators’ identities to potential terrorists


San Francisco, June 17 :  A security glitch at Facebook has put the lives of its over 1,000 content moderators at risk by accidentally leaking their identities to suspected terrorists’ accounts on the social media platform.
According to a report in The Guardian on Friday, the security lapse that was identified in November 2016 has affected more than 1,000 workers across 22 departments at Facebook who used the company’s moderation software to review and remove inappropriate content, including sexual material, hate speech and terrorist propaganda. Continue reading

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6 policemen killed in J&K; Lashkar men gunned down

SRINAGAR: In another militant attack within three weeks, terrorists on Friday ambushed a police party on the outskirts of Anantnag district of South Kashmir and killed six policemen, including a station house officer, of Achabal area.

The attack took place when the police party was travelling in a jeep at Thujwara in Achabal area, some 65 km from summer capital Srinagar.

The militants laid an ambush on Anantnag-Achabal road near Kulgad village and fired at the police party. According to PTI, they fatally shot the policemen on their faces from close range, disfiguring them, and escaped with their weapons.

All the six policemen, including station house officer, Feroz Ahmed, died on the spot, senior police officials said. Army has been called out to undertake a combing operation in the area.

“It is an unfortunate incident to have lost six men, including sub-nspector Feroz, a resident of Pulwama. Their contribution to the police service will be remembered,” director general of police SP Vaid told PTI.

Feroz Ahmed, 32, a 2010 batch sub-inspector and a resident of Dogripura in Awantipora, was a father of two daughters aged six and two. The other deceased officers are constables Sharik Ahmad and Tanveer Ahmad (Budgam district), Sheraz Ahmad (Achabal), Asif Ahmad and Sabzar Ahmed (Anantnag).

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Salem, 5 others convicted in ’93 Mumbai blasts case

MUMBAI: Six people, including Mustafa Dossa and gangster Abu Salem, were convicted on Friday of conspiring and carrying out a string of bomb blasts that ripped through the heart of Mumbai in 1993 and killed 257 people in what was India’s worst terrorist attack.

The Terrorist And Disruptive Activities (Prevention) (TADA) Act court in Mumbai also convicted Firoz Khan, Karimullah Shaikh, Tahir Merchant and Riyaz Siddiqui. Abdul Qayyum Shaikh — who was accused of accompanying Salem to deliver arms — was let off.

However, all the seven accused were acquitted of the charge of waging war against the nation.

The court is now likely to hear arguments over the quantum of sentence from Monday.

According to provisions under which the convicts have been held guilty, the maximum punishment is death.

Salem, however, cannot be given the death penalty. When the gangster was extradited from Portugal, one of the conditions was he cannot be given capital punishment.

Dossa was convicted on charges of conspiracy and murder as well as for offences under the TADA act, the arms act and the explosives act. Dossa allegedly planned the landing of explosives, including Research Department Explosive or RDX, in India and sent some men to Pakistan to acquire arms training to execute the blasts.
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China stands by Pak after its citizens killed by ISIS

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Beijing/ Islamabad: China on Friday played down security concerns over its economic corridor passing through Pakistan after it emerged that two of its nationals were killed by Islamic state Militants.

A Chinese man and a woman – Teaching Mandarin in Balochistan, a region at the centre of the china Pakistan economic corridor – were kidnapped from Quetta in May, triggering alarm in Beijing.

“According to information from Pakistan, they (The two) may have already been unfortunately killed,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing.

She said the incident would not have any impact on the security of projects being constructed under the CPEC.

IS claimed responsibility for the abduction murder of the Chinese nationals though its Amaq news agency on Thursday.

” We strongly condemn all forms of terrorism and support Pakistan its fight (against terror) and for peace and tranquillity  in the region and beyond,” Hua said and clarified the two Chinese were not a couple”.

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