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Centre to spend Rs 1,054 cr on modernising paramilitary forces

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Union Home Ministry is set to spend Rs 1,054 crore in the next two years on the procurement of modern weapons, vehicles and other equipment for central paramilitary forces, an official said on Thursday. To help the law enforcement agencies in detecting, arresting and prosecuting criminals expeditiously, the official said three more central forensic laboratori...

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'Tiger Zinda Hai' banned in Pakistan, CBFC chief objects to 'demeaning' content

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Bollywood film Tiger Zinda Hai, which has been refused the No-objection Certification for import into Pakistan, shows the country's national security and law enforcement institutions and agencies in a demeaning manner, according to the Pakistan censor board chief. Pakistan's Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage on Thursday...

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PM commissions India's 1st indigenously-built Scorpene submarine

Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Heralding it as a significant new era to boost India's defence and security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday commissioned the country's first indigenously-built Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari into the Indian Navy. He formally unveiled the commissioning plaque and shook hands with naval officers, before taking a quick voyage in the submarine. I...

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Sri Lankan risks torture if deported from Australia

Canberra, Dec 14 (IANS) A UN committee against torture has advised the Australian government not to deport a Sri Lankan man, fearing he might be tortured upon return, the media reported on Thursday. The Geneva-based committee of 10 human rights experts has formally requested Australia not to return the man to Colombo, reports the Guardian. The man was told on December 6 by the De...

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Trump's top African-American adviser resigns

Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) The highest-profile African-American adviser to US President Donald Trump, Omarosa Manigault Newman, will step down on January 20, the White House Press Secretary has said. Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday (Tuesday) to pursue other opportunities, Sarah Sanders said in a brief statement on Wednesday, Efe news reported. Her departure will not b...

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How come BJP doesn't object to Doval's son having a Pakistani business partner: Congress

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday questioned the government over its approach to fighting terrorism and corruption, and sought response to allegations that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's son had a business partner based in Pakistan. Reacting strongly to BJP President Amit Shah's charges that Manmohan Singh had quietly watched monumental loot and plunder when he w...

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US embassy unlikely to move to Jerusalem before 2020: Tillerson

Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the US embassy in Israel was unlikely to move to Jerusalem before 2020. It's not going to be anything that happens right away, Tillerson said in a speech at the State Department on Tuesday. Probably no earlier than three years out, and that's pretty ambitious. US President Donald Trump formally recognised...

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Trump calls for ending family immigration following NYC bombing

New York, Dec 12 (IANS) Blaming a lax immigration system for the bomb attack here by a Bangladeshi immigrant, US President Donald Trump has renewed calls to end immigration based on family ties. Calling Monday's bombing at a New York transportation hub by Akayed Ullah attempted mass murder, Trump said: Today's terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, wh...

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Let PM arrest those involved in Pakistani meddling in Gujarat polls: Owaisi

Hyderabad, Dec 11 (IANS) MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said if Prime Minister Narendra Modi sincerely believes in what he is saying about Pakistan meddling in Gujarat elections, he should order arrest of the persons involved. If what PM is saying is correct then what is NIA doing? Why doesn't he charge them under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and National Security Act and hav...

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India thanks key export control bloc for giving membership

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) India has thanked the Wassenaar Arrangement, that controls the global trade of conventional weapons and dual-use goods and technologies, for making it its 42nd member. India has been admitted as a member of Wassenaar Arrangement in the Wassenaar Arrangement Plenary held in Vienna. We thank all the 41 Wassenaar Arrangement member states for their support, External ...

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India becomes member of key export control regime

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) India has become a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement, that controls the global trade of conventional weapons and dual-use goods and technologies, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Friday. The plenary meeting of the Wassenaar Arrangement held on December 6-7, 2017, in Vienna, Austria, has decided to admit India, which will become the Arrangement's 42nd p...

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Navy's role vital in nation building, says President Kovind

Visakhapatnam, Dec 8 (IANS) The Indian Navy plays its role not just in ensuring national security but in nation building, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday. Addressing the gathering after awarding the President's Colours to the Navy's Submarine Arm, he also said that including submarine technology in the Make in India programme will strengthen Indian Navy's capabilities for years to co...

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Only NSG, CISF to handle VVIP security: Home Ministry

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) The Union Home Ministry has relieved the paramilitary forces CRPF and ITBP from VVIP protection and given the responsibility to their sister agencies CISF and NSG that are already in the job for long, an official said. The ministry order, issued on November 23, said the decision was taken after a review of personal protection duties of VVIPS. As per the o...

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Public security state's responsibility: Ex-IB chief

Shimla, Dec 8 (IANS) Public security is the responsibility of state police and an introspection is needed on why people do not trust them, former Director of Intelligence Bureau P.C. Haldar said on Friday. Haldar was here to deliver a lecture to mark the raising day of the Himachal Pradesh Police. He said police-public relations suffer from a significant lack of trust and a persi...

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FBI director defends agency amid Trump's criticism

Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his agency on Thursday amid sharp criticism from US President Donald Trump. There is no finer institution than the FBI, Wray told a House Judiciary Committee hearing in response to questions over Trump's attacks on the agency, Xinhua reported. The director's comments came days after Trump slammed the agency as a bias...

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Protection grid to be set up along India-Bangladesh border: Rajnath

Kolkata, Dec 7 (IANS) Stating that international border security is of top priority to the government, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said a multi-layered Border Protection Grid (BPG) will be set up across the country's border. The total length of India-Bangladesh border covering five states is 4,096 km, of which 3,006 km has been fenced. But the remaining 1,090 km of bord...

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'Next big conflict with China to be on Indian Ocean'

New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) The next big conflict with China is likely to be played out in the Indian Ocean and not on the Himalayas, according to acclaimed journalist and author Bertil Lintner. Speaking in a panel discussion at the launch of his new book China's India War: Collision Course on the Roof here on Wednesday evening, Lintner questioned China's new found maritime interest under it...

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US to begin Jerusalem embassy move preparations: Tillerson

Washington, Dec 7 (IANS) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has that the State Department will immediately act on President Donald Trump's order and start preparations to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Earlier on Wednesday, Trump announced in a televised speech that he officially recognises Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and instructed the State Depart...

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No support to Trump's decision on Jerusalem: Merkel

Berlin, Dec 7 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Germany does not support US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. The Federal Government does not support this attitude because the status of Jerusalem is to be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution, Xinhua news agency quoted spokesperson Steffen Seiber...

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Military must stay away from politics: Army chief

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said the military should keep away from politics, adding that the armed forces will do well by remaining above politics. Of late, we have seen politicisation of military. We operate in a very secular manner. We have a very vibrant democracy, where the military should stay far away from the polity, the General said at a s...

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