India to provide terror camp details
India is finalising a detailed dossier on recent acts of Pakistan-backed terrorism to present at talks with Islamabad scheduled for this weekend. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is preparing the dossier, government sources said, in consultations with intelligence services and the Ministry of Home Affairs. The dossier is said to contain the details of over a dozen militant training camps that have resumed operations after being briefly shut down in the wake of the 26/11 attacks. Among the camps on the list is a Lashkar-e-Tayyaba camp in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa notorious for being the training ground for many recently arrested terrorists. The dossier will also contain requests for specific information about Mohammed Naveed, a Pakistani captured this month during the course of a terrorist attack in Udhampur, as well as about the terrorists involved in the attack near Gurdaspur.
Corruption taint on BJP
On Wednesday, a special anti-corruption court ordered criminal prosecution of Gujarat minister for animal husbandry Purshottam Solanki, former minister Dilip Sanghani and five retired bureaucrats for an alleged Rs 440-crore fisheries scam. Ishaq Maradia, a businessman, accused Solanki of arbitrarily awarding fishing contracts for 58 reservoirs in 2008. This complaint by Maradia and several other businessmen led to the court order.
New case against A Raja and his wife
The Central Bureau of Investigation filed a new case against former telecom minister A Raja for amassing disproportionate assets amounting to Rs 27.92 crore in the period between 1999 and 2010. CBI sources said that the case was filed against Raja and 16 others, including his wife, Parameswari, nephew Parmeshkumar, associate C Krishnamoorthy (director of Kovai Shelters), the wife of Sadiq Basha, an alleged associate of Raja who had committed suicide, and Reha Banu, (director Greenhouse Promoters) which was earlier owned by Basha, among others.
Immoral policing in Mangalore
The latest victims of an alleged case of ‘moral’ policing are two girls from a college in Kukke Subrahmanya, 100 km from Mangaluru. The girls, who had gone on a tour with friends to the neighboring town of Madikeri two years ago, have been targeted for a Whatsapp image that has begun to circulate on the net. Local right wing activists took objection to this and the college suspended the two girls on the 14th of August. Following reports in the local media the college withdrew the suspension and then denied that the girls were ever suspended.
Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remarks on rape trigger anger
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has started a new controversy with his remark that “a rape by four people is not practically possible”. The party later said that Mulayam was referring to the allegedly false implication of several people in rape cases. The controversial remark follows his “boys make mistake” statement earlier this year following another rape case. He further suggested that allegations of this kind are made with the intention of maligning Uttar Pradesh.
Tension over ILP issue in Manipur
Protests demanding an Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the Manipur town of Moreh on the Indo-Myanmar border have led to what locals say is the first instance of inter-community tension in a decade. The clash was between the Kuki tribe (a dominant community in the area), and the Meitei community, which has been demanding implementation of ILP in Manipur. Locals claimed that the Hill Tribal Council of Moreh opposed the Meitei Council’s call for an ILP rally on Tuesday.
More rape allegations against CAR peacekeepers
Just a week after the head of the UN’s mission in the Central African Republic was flooded with accusations of peacekeeper sexual abuse, the UN has announced new allegations involving the rape of three young women, one of whom was a minor. UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon announced the forced resignation of MINUSC chief Babacar Gaye, on August 12. Sexual abuse by peacekeepers is not a new story. French and African peacekeepers sexually abused boys in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui over a period of several months in December 2013.
Shyam Benegal shocked by FTII arrests
Following the police crackdown at the FTII campus where students were wrongfully arrested, director Shyam Benegal in an interview with the Indian Express said that the event was one of the “worst things that could happen”. He further added that he was willing to head the university a third time if given the opportunity.
Govt takes cautious approach to RTE amendments
Having come a cropped over its attempts to amend the Land Acquisition Bill, the government has decided to proceed with caution and get written demands from all states before trying to amend the Right To Education Act, 2009. The amendment sought by some involves revocation of the no-detention provision in schools. State governments have been given 15 days to submit their opinions on the issue.