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Balakot Revived 7 Months After Air Force Attack With 40 Jihadies Getting Training To Carry Out Attack

New Delhi: Almost seven months after Indian Air Force jets bombed the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist facility in Pakistan’s Balakot, the globally proscribed group has revived the complex, where it is training 40 jihadists to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere in India, in the garb of a new name to avoid international scrutiny.

The development, with the blessings of Pakistan, follows India’s August decisions to revoke Article 370 of the constitution, stripping Jammu and Kashmir of its special status, and bifurcate the state into two Union territories — J&K and Ladakh.

Islamabad relaxed restrictions over terror groups targeting India after August 5, when the Indian government pushed through the moves on Kashmir, and on the eve of the “Leaders dialogue on strategic responses to terrorism and violent extremism” at the United Nations General Assembly on September 23. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak at the conference, followed by Microsoft Corp CEO Satya Nadella and others.

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Congress Appears To Be Playing Second Fiddle To NCP October 21 Polls In Maharashtra

New Delhi: With state elections in Maharashtra and Haryana a month away, the Congress is staring at a tough challenge in both states. For the first time after it joined hands with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 1999, the Congress appears to be playing second fiddle to Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar’s party in the run-up to the October 21 polls in Maharashtra.

And in Haryana, the party is struggling to paper over bitter internal rivalries under a new state unit chief and galvanise an otherwise demoralised and weakened cadre.

In Maharashtra, not only has the Congress agreed to share an equal number of seats – 125 -- with the NCP, it also seems to have given Pawar the lead role in countering the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena combine.

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Saudi Arabia Says It Is Committed To Meet India’s Energy Security Needs Despite Its Oil Facilities Attacked

New Delhi: Despite the facts that oil facilities Saudi Arabia hit in a drone attack in Abqaiq, the country has said it is committed to meet India’s energy security needs and would work constructively with other oil producers to maintain market stability.

Saudi Ambassador Dr Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati said his country would invite the United Nations and international experts to participate in the investigation into the attacks and have a first-hand experience of the situation on the ground.

In New Delhi, petrol prices have soared by Rs 1.59 a litre and diesel by Rs 1.31 in the last six days -- the most since daily price revision was introduced in 2017, following the strike at Saudi Arabian oil facilities which has jolted the oil markets.

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Waiting For Husband Outside Shani Temple, Woman Shot Dead In East Delhi

New Delhi: A 59-year-old woman was shot dead outside a temple in East Delhi's Madhu Vihar on Saturday allegedly by two unidentified bike-borne men when her husband had gone inside the premises for worship, police said. The woman was identified as Usha Rani, a resident of Jagatpuri. Rani, an assistant manager with a state-run insurance company, was going to a hospital with her husband for dialysis when they stopped at the temple near Hassanpur depot, they said.

She was attacked while waiting for her husband in a car, the police said. Police was informed about the incident at 6.50 am, according to an official. The woman was rushed to hospital where she was declared brought dead, police said. The deceased worked as an Assistant Manager at New India Insurance Company, and her husband had retired from MTNL. "We are examining the case from multiple angles, including personal and professional enmity. We are collecting the CCTV footage to know the route of the assailants. Also, some professional criminals who are out on bail are being examined," said DCP East Jasmeet Singh.

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ED Attaches Chimpanzees, Marmosets In Money Laundering Case Against Smuggler

New Delhi: Believe it or not, the ED has attached three chimpanzees and four marmosets as part of a money laundering probe against a wildlife smuggler of West Bengal. The central agency, which probes serious money laundering crimes, said the first-of-its-kind attachment under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) "enabled" zoo authorities in Kolkata to retain the animals as the smuggler was making attempts to take them away.

An attachment by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) renders an asset out of bounds for its owner and it can be further confiscated by the agency after the Adjudicating Authority of the PMLA, a quasi-judicial body, approves the attachment within 180 days.