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No country questioned surgical strikes,

Modi tells diaspora in US


 

Washington - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the surgical strikes carried out across the LoC proved that India would not hesitate to take the toughest measures to defend itself, while noting that no country in the world had questioned it--an apparent swipe at Pakistan.
Addressing Indian-Americans at a reception in Virginia, Modi asserted that India had been successful in convincing the world about “the face of terrorism that is destroying peace and normal life” in the country.
“When we talked of terrorism 20 years back, many in the world said it was a law and order problem and didn’t understand it. Now terrorists have explained terrorism to them, so we don’t have to,” he said.
Modi said the surgical strikes demonstrated that India, which normally followed the principle of restraint, could also defend its sovereignty and ensure its security when needed.
“When India carried out the surgical strikes, the world realised the our strength and saw that while we exercise restraint, when the need arises, India can also show its strength and might in dealing with terror and protecting itself,” he said to thunderous applause from the diaspora.
India conducted surgical strikes on terror pads across the Line of Control on September 29 last year, 11 days after the Uri attack which claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers.
The Prime Minister said the world could have put India in the dock for carrying out the attack across the LoC.
“But for the first time, not one nation in the world raised a single question, about India’s major step to conduct the surgical strikes against terror camps on Pakistani soil.”
“It is a different matter for those who had to suffer due to the surgical strikes,” Modi said, taking another jibe at Pakistan, amid laughter from the audience.
The Prime Minister had some choice barbs for China as well, saying India did not believe in disturbing the global order to achieve its goals. “This is India’s tradition and culture,” he noted, apparently referring to China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.
“We are bound by international law because that is our character and nature. For us the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam--the world is one family--are not just words. This is our nature and character,” he said.
The Prime Minister said India, while following international laws and norms, is also capable of taking the “toughest of steps for our sovereignty, security, peace, our people and progress”.
“Whenever the need arises we have done it and the world will never be able to stop us,” he said.

J&K police officer lynched outside mosque in Srinagar


 

Srinagar - A deputy superintendent of police was stripped naked and stoned to death by an irate mob after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people, who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque in downtown area in the early hours of Friday.
The police officer identified as Mohammed Ayoub Pandit was on duty when the mob attacked him, a police spokesman said.
Earlier, police sources had said that Pandit was seen moving around by people near Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area at 12.30 am.
He was allegedly clicking pictures of people while they were coming out of the mosque.
They said people tried to catch Pandit who allegedly fired several shots from his pistol, injuring three people.
The irate mob then caught hold of him and stripped him naked before stoning him to death, sources said.
His body was taken to the police control room for identification and other legal procedures, they said, adding that the situation in the old city had turned tense following the incident.
The mob went on a rampage targeting empty security pickets erected in the area.
Police reinforcements were rushed in to restore normalcy in the area.
Muslims across Kashmir are observing Shab-e-Qadr (the night of power) with night-long prayers and supplications being made inside the mosques and shrines of the Valley.
Authorities have already announced restrictions on movement of people in seven police station areas of the city as a precautionary measure.
The restrictions were announced to maintain law and order as separatists had called for protests after the Friday prayers against the killing of a civilian during protests in Kakapora area of Pulwama district on Thursday.

Yoga has played big role in uniting world: PM Modi


 

Lucknow  - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said yoga, akin to its capacity to unite the body, mind and soul, had played a "big role" in binding the world, cutting across linguistic and cultural barriers.
Addressing a huge gathering at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan on the occasion of the third International Yoga Day celebrations here, he also asserted that the traditional practice had now become part of every person's life.
"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition or culture are now connecting to India through yoga. The practice, which connects body, mind and soul, has played a big role in binding the world too," he said.
Donning a white t-shirt and loose trousers, Modi also performed asanas along with over 50,000 yoga enthusiasts braving early morning drizzles.
"Earlier, yoga was only restricted to saints and seers in the Himalayas. Now, it has become part of every person's life," he said in his address.
He also asserted that attaining "wellness" through yoga was more important than simply being physically fit.
"It is not important to perform yoga for 24 hours. Around 50 or 60 minutes is fine as it lends harmony to the body, mind and intellect. If 1.25 billion Indians and people around the world can attain this state of well-being, then humankind can also tide over problems borne out of human thoughts," he said.
He also explained the importance of yoga using an analogy of salt. "Just as the importance of salt is not only to lend taste to food, but also ensure well-being of the body, similarly yoga can have the same importance as salt has in life," he said.
He said yoga is about health assurance. "It is not even expensive to practice," he said.
"I urge everyone to make yoga a part of their lives," he said, adding that he was glad to see several yoga institutes take shape over the last three years.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath joined the Prime Minister in performing yoga at the sprawling venue.
In his address, Adityanath thanked Modi for enhancing yoga's reputation globally.
Intermittent rain since morning failed to deter thousands of yoga enthusiasts, who enjoyed performing asanas fully drenched.
Three years ago, Modi had persuaded the United Nations to declare June 21 as the International Yoga Day.
Since then, thousands of people hold yoga programmes across the world on this day.
A tight security cordon was put in place around the venue, while all arterial roads were under strict CCTV vigil.

Domestic airlines bar TDP MP from flying for

'unruly' behaviour


 

Mumbai - TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy has been banned by all domestic airlines following his alleged unruly behaviour at the Visakhapatnam airport as he was denied boarding for an IndiGo flight.
Full-service carrier Vistara and budget airlines—GoAir and AirAsia India—on Friday barred Reddy from their flights.
Air India, SpiceJet and Jet Airways followed IndiGo yesterday, which imposed the flying ban on him.
In a show of unity, all major domestic airlines have barred Reddy from taking their flights—similar to action taken by the carriers after the incident involving Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad earlier this year.
“After careful consideration of the various issues and ramifications of the actions of Reddy, GoAir has also taken a decision of not accepting any further bookings for the said passenger,” the airline said in a statement.
An AirAsia India spokesperson said it has also barred Reddy from flying.
“In support of the fellow carriers, Vistara has also taken a decision to impose flying ban on J C Diwakar Reddy,” a Vistara spokesperson said.
On Thursday, Reddy was scheduled to fly IndiGo’s flight 6E-608, which departs from Visakhapatnam at 8.10 am, to Hyderabad.
But he reached just 28 minutes before the scheduled departure, according to the airline.
As per norms laid out by the aviation regulator, airlines close check-in counters for all domestic fights 45 minutes prior to departure.
Reddy—who had allegedly vandalised the Air India office at Gannavaram airport in Vijaywada last year after he missed his flight—got into a verbal spat with the ground staff and threw a printer kept at the airline’s counter after he was informed that boarding for his flight had closed.
Aviation Minister Raju orders probe      
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said he will get the entire incident involving TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy at Vizag airport “enquired into” and will ensure that “lawful outcomes” follow.
Reddy, who is from the same party as that of the minister, allegedly created a ruckus at Vizag airport yesterday after being denied boarding by IndiGo as he was late.
While the MP was finally accommodated on the same flight, all the major domestic carriers, including IndiGo, later banned him from their flights.
A day after the incident, Raju today said the entire matter would be looked into.
“I will get the entire incident at Vizag Airport enquired into to find out the exact details and ensure that lawful outcomes follow,” he said in a tweet.
The minister also denied a media report that he had intervened to ensure that Reddy was allowed to board the IndiGo flight and said there was “no such intervention”.

SC notice to Centre on cattle sale ban

New Delhi -  The Supreme Court on Thursday sought response from the Centre on pleas challenging its controversial notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter.
A vacation Bench comprising Justices R K Agrawal and S K Kaul issued notice to the Centre and asked it to file response within two weeks on two separate petitions challenging the notification.
 The apex court fixed the matter for hearing on July 11.
Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha, appearing for the Centre, told the bench that intention behind bringing the notification was to have a regulatory regime on cattle trade across the country.
He also told the apex court that the Madras High Court has recently granted interim stay on the notification.
One of the petitioners, who has approached the apex court challenging the notification, has claimed in his plea that the provisions in the notification were unconstitutional as they violated the fundamental rights including freedom of conscience and religion and right to livelihood.
The Centre had on May 26 banned the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter through an Environment Ministry notification -- 'Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017' under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.


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