Parties In J&K Alleges Governor Of Changing Rules For Issuing Permanent Resident Certificates

New Delhi: A touchy issue that could lead to further tension in the state, Political Parties in Jammu and Kashmir accused governor Satya Pal Malik of trying to change rules for issuing permanent resident certificates.

Former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah alleged that the governor’s “plan” reportedly to change the process for issuance of permanent resident certificate (PRC) was aimed at “distorting the demography” of the state, while People Conference President Sajad Gani Lone also urged the administration to “restrict itself to basic governance” and not to “invent new problems” for the state.

The regime in the state, which is currently under governor’s rule, is reportedly planning a change in the existing laws for acquiring permanent resident certificate in the state. It is, however, not clear what changes are being mulled. Governor’s administration is yet to issue any clarification.


Militants Using Honey Trap To Lure Youths Towards Militancy And Supplying Arm And Ammunition

New Delhi: Officials said that ‘Honey trapping’ is one of the new methods used by Pakistan-based terror groups to woo youths towards militancy and use them as human carriers for delivering arms from one place to another or acting as guides to infiltrating terrorists.

An intelligence-based operation had led to the arrest of Syed Shazia, a woman in her early 30s from Bandipore, a fortnight ago. It was seen that she had many accounts on social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram which many youths in the Valley followed, they said.

Officials from the central security agencies had been keeping a watch on the Internet Protocol (IP) address used by Shazia for several months. She used to converse with youths and would promise to meet them only if a certain “consignment” was delivered from one place to another, the officials said.


Train Blast In Assam Leaves 11 Injured

New Delhi: Eleven persons were injured in an explosion in an intercity train in Assam's Udalguri district on Saturday night, railway and police sources said.

The explosion occurred in a coach of the Kamakhya-Dekargaon Intercity Express at the Harisinga railway station around 7.04 pm, a North-east Frontier Railway spokesperson said. Eleven persons were injured, one of them critically, and rushed to a hospital. Railway and police officials have rushed to the site — around 95 km from Guwahati, the sources said. Investigations were going on and it was yet to be ascertained whether the explosion was caused by a grenade or an improvised explosive device (IED), the sources added.


George Bush Senior, the 41st US President is Dead

New Delhi: George H W Bush, the 41st president of the USA who led America during the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union and engineered the defeat of an audacious Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, died here on Friday. He was 94.

His death, which was announced by his office, came less than eight months after that of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush. "Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died," George Bush Jr, who went on to serve as the 43rd US president, said in a statement.

He was "a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens," Bush Jr added.


Anti-Trafficking Bill May Get Rajya Sabha Nod This Winter Session

New Delhi: Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi expressed her hope that the proposed anti-trafficking bill would be passed by the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) during the Winter Session of the Parliament, slated from December 11. "We are waiting for the anti-trafficking bill to come. The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill, and I am hoping that the Rajya Sabha will pass it," Gandhi told mediapersons here, during her book launch event on Saturday.

The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 generates a law for investigation of all types of trafficking, rescue, protection and rehabilitation of trafficked victims. Meanwhile, the Lower House passed the Bill in the last Monsoon Session. It further classifies certain purposes of trafficking - including trafficking for forced labour, bearing children, begging, or for inducing early sexual maturity.