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Police Sound Alert In Delhi As JEM Terrorists May Carry Out Attacks In The City

New Delhi: The police has sounded an alert in Delhi and released photographs of two alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) operatives who could try to carry out a terror attack in the city. Many senior officers on the condition of anonymity confirmed receiving an input about the two men from JeM, who could try to carry out a terror attack.

Deputy commissioner of police (special cell) Pramod Kushwah said they received inputs two Jaish-e-Mohammed suspects are approaching Delhi.

“All police stations have been alerted to step up patrolling in their respective areas and we are looking for the suspects,” he said.

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RBI Indicates Truce With The Government; Will Form A Panel To Consider Funds Transfer

New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India has signaled a compromise with the government by agreeing to study a demand for sharing a part of its capital. This has been the issue that had triggered a public spat between the monetary policy makers and their political bosses.

The Reserve Bank of India will form a panel to consider the funds transfer to the government, the central bank said in a statement after the board meeting that lasted a little over nine hours. It, however, did not immediately yield to demands for easing lending norms for weak banks while retaining capital buffers for banks at 9 percent.

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Punjab CM Suspects ISI-backed Khalistani, Kashmiri Terrorists Hand In Amritsar Attack

New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh vowed that he would not let the “forces of terror” destroy the state’s “hard-earned peace”. He suspected Pakistan’s ISI-backed Khalistani or Kashmiri militants’ role in the Amritsar terror attack killing three persons and injuring twenty others.

“The possibility of involvement of ISI-backed Khalistani or Kashmiri terror groups could not be ruled out (in the Amritsar terror attack),” said Amarinder Singh in an official statement, adding the forensic teams have been rushed to the spot and “all angles were being investigated”.

The chief minister said his government was “on the top of things” and would “get to the bottom of the incident” soon and ensure that the culprits are nabbed and brought to book. “Nobody will be allowed to get away with trying to disturb the peace and harmony of the state,” he said.

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Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash Relieved of Miseries; sent Back to Centre

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, who had accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party leaders of assault earlier this year, was transferred on Saturday. Prakash will now be the Additional Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications, filling a vacancy created by the appointment of another IAS officer, N Sivasailam, as Special Secretary (Logistics), Department of Commerce. Prakash was allegedly assaulted at a midnight meeting held at the Chief Minister's residence on February 19.

A chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police claimed that the attack was deliberate, and named CM Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia among those accused. They also alleged a cover-up by the accused, which involved the disconnection of several CCTVs to prevent the incident from being recorded. Meanwhile, there is not yet any appointment for Chief Secretary of Delhi. Currently, in Delhi two senior civil servants Anindo Majumdar and Manoj Parida are the additional Chief Secretaries.

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Naidu And Mamata Prevent CBI From Operating Within Their Respective States

New Delhi: After Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to stop the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from investigating cases in Bengal to prevent the federal agency from operating within their respective state.

The move is seen to be triggered by perceptions in the two states ruled by opposition parties who have frequently accused the CBI of acting at the behest of the BJP-led national coalition at the centre.

“If you see the developments in last 2-3 months, CBI is being misused for political purposes,” Andhra home minister N Chinarajappa said to explain his government’s order. He said the government’s decision to block the CBI from operating arose out of a sense that the agency was being misused by the Centre.