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PM Modi told Trump not to interfere in Kashmir issue: Amit Shah

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BJP president Amit Shah on Friday revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi told US President Donald Trump that Kashmir is an internal matter of India and he need not interfere in it.
“This has been our consistent stand for years that we will not tolerate any kind of interference in Kashmir. If any country tried to speak on Kashmir, we said that it is our internal matter, be it American President or anyone else. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said clearly that Kashmir is our internal matter and you need not interfere,” said Amit Shah at an election rally in Buldhana, Maharashtra.
Amit Shah said the Congress and the NCP have opposed the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and in Maharashtra Assembly polls, the voters should ask them about their stand on Kashmir issue.
“In the integration of Kashmir with India, Article 370 was the biggest hurdle. In 70 years, no other Prime Minister showed the courage to abrogate Article 370 but Narendra Modi did it,” he said.
“Congress Ghulam Nabi Azad said in Parliament that river of blood would flow in Kashmir if Article 370 is repealed. But I would like to share with you that not even a drop of blood was flown after Article 370 was revoked,” added Amit Shah.
“The Congress and the NCP opposed the abrogation of Article 370. When they come to you asking for votes, you should ask what is their stand on it,” said Amit Shah.
Article 370 was abrogated on August 5, divesting Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and bifurcating it into two UTs — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Maharashtra is scheduled to go to polls on October 21. The BJP is in alliance with the Shiv Sena. The Congress is contesting the polls in alliance with the NCP. The counting of votes will take place on October 24.

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2 Naxals killed in an encounter with police in Dantewada

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Two Naxals were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday, police said.

The skirmish took place in a forest near Munga village around 11.30 am when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on a counter-insurgency operation, a senior police

When the patrolling team was advancing through the forest of Munga, located around 400 km from here, and the gun-battle broke out between two sides, a senior official added.

After the exchange of fire stopped, bodies of two ultras were recovered from the spot, the official said.

Some firearms and explosives were also recovered, and a search operation was underway in the area, the official said.

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Controversial Gujarat anti-terror law gets President assent on 4th attempt

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President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill, a controversial anti-terror legislation passed by the BJP-ruled state in March 2015.

One of the key features of the new Act is intercepted telephonic conversations, which would now be considered as legitimate evidence.

The announcement on the Presidential assent was made by Gujarat Minister of State for Home, Pradeepsinh Jadeja, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, on Tuesday.

The bill, earlier named as the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill, had failed to get the presidential nod thrice since 2004 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state.

In 2015, the Gujarat government re-introduced the bill by renaming it as the GCTOC but retained the controversial provisions like empowering the police to tap telephonic conversations and submit them in court as evidence.

Jadeja said the provisions of the bill will prove crucial in dealing with terrorism and organised crimes such as contract killing, ponzi schemes, narcotics trade and extortion rackets.

“The dream of PM Modi was finally fulfilled today,” he said.

“One of the key features of this bill is that the intercepted telephonic conversations would now be considered as a legitimate evidence. This bill also provides for the creation of a special court as well as the appointment of special public prosecutors. We can now attach properties acquired through organised crimes. We can also cancel the transfer of properties..,” said Jadeja.

Other provisions of the act include the admissibility of confession made before a police officer as evidence.

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Killed ISIS Chief Baghdadi’s sister captured by Turkish forces in Syria

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Turkey captured the sister of dead ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, a senior Turkish official told Reuters and is interrogating her husband and daughter-in-law who were also detained.

Rasmiya Awad, 65, was detained in a raid near Azaz, the official said, referring to a Turkish-controlled Syrian town near the border. When captured, she was also accompanied by five children.

“We hope to gather a trove of intelligence from Baghdadi’s sister on the inner workings of ISIS,” the official said.

Little independent information is available on Baghdadi’s sister and Reuters was not immediately able to verify if the captured individual was her.

Baghdadi killed himself last month when cornered in a tunnel during a raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria. ISIS, in an audiotape posted online on Thursday, confirmed that its leader had died and vowed revenge against the United States.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director said the woman’s capture was evidence of Turkey’s determination to fight against ISIS.

“The arrest of al-Baghdadi’s sister is yet another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations,” Fahrettin Altun wrote on Twitter early on Tuesday.

“Much dark propaganda against Turkey has been circulating to raise doubts about our resolve against Daesh,” he wrote, using another name for ISIS.

“Our strong counter-terrorism cooperation with like-minded partners can never be questioned.”

Baghdadi had risen from obscurity to lead ISIS and declare himself “caliph” of all Muslims, holding sway over huge areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014-2017 before ISIS’s control was wrested away by U.S.-led coalition forces including Iraqis and Syrian Kurds.

ISIS said a successor to Baghdadi identified as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi had been chosen. A senior U.S. official last week said Washington was looking at the new leader to determine where he came from.

World leaders welcomed his death, but they and security experts warned that ISIS, which carried out atrocities against religious minorities and horrified most Muslims, remained a security threat in Syria and beyond.

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