Police arrested five teenage suspects, charging one 18-year-old with conspiring to commit a terrorist act. The men were planning to target police at an Anzac memorial event in Melbourne next week, police said. About 200 police officers took part in the counter-terrorism operation in the city early on Saturday. Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Neil Gaughan told reporters that evidence suggested the suspects had been influenced by Islamic State. One of the men, Sevdet Besim, appeared briefly in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday. Police say a second man held on terrorism-related offences is also likely to be charged. A third man, also 18, was arrested on weapons charges and two other teenagers, aged 18 and 19, were in custody and assisting with inquiries. Officials referred to possible attacks using "edged weapons", but Mr Gaughan said there was no evidence to suggest there was "a planned beheading".Police conducted several raids in Melbourne on Saturday morning The men were "associates" of Abdul Numan Haider, a teenager shot dead in September after he stabbed two officers, police said. Anzac Day is an annual day of remembrance for servicemen and women from Australia and New Zealand. A series of events are planned for next week to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli, Turkey. 'Not people of faith' Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged people to turn up to memorial events as planned. "The best thing we can do to counter terrorism... as individuals is to lead normal lives," he said, adding that the authorities were doing everything possible to keep people safe.Tony Abbott urged people to continue their plans as normal Police said that although officers were the primary target of the alleged plot there was also a threat to the public. Search operations were continuing at several addresses in the south-east of the city on Saturday. The premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said the police presence at Anzac Day events would be "significantly increased". "These individuals arrested today are not people of faith, they don't represent any culture," he added. "This is not an issue of how you pray or where you were born... this is simply evil, plain and simple." Australia raised its threat level to high last September and has since carried out a series of counter-terrorism raids.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to New Delhi early on Saturday morning after a three-nation tour of France, Germany and Canada. During the tour a number of key agreements were signed, including the supply of 36 Rafale fighter jets by France and uranium from Canada. Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay along with party MLAs and other senior leaders were present at the technical Air Force base in Palam to welcome him. The Prime Minister's aircraft made a brief stopover in Frankfurt for refuelling before heading for New Delhi from Vancouver. "A special thanks to @pmharper - a fine host, a wonderful human being and a very dear friend," Modi had tweeted before his departure from Vancouver on Friday. "I leave Canada with immense satisfaction. This visit will further enhance India-Canada ties. A big thanks to the people of Canada," he said in another tweet before heading home. The thrust of Modi's trip was on attracting investments and technology for development of India through the 'Make in India' initiative. During his Germany visit, Modi inaugurated the Hannover Fair of which India was a partner country with a theme of 'Make in India'. France was the first destination of his nine-day tour. During his stay in Paris, Modi held talks with President Francois Hollande and met business leaders. An agreement was signed under which India will buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in flyaway condition from France and a decision was made to move ahead with the stalled Jaitapur nuclear project in Maharashtra. He then headed to Germany where he held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and announced that a mechanism will be established to facilitate investment and business from Germany as the two countries agreed to broaden bilateral economic cooperation. Modi's final destination was Canada where besides meeting business leaders and making stops at Toronto and Vancouver he held talks with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper in Ottawa after which Canada agreed to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to India from this year under a USD 254 million five-year deal to power Indian atomic reactors.
The Islamic State’s regional branch has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100, according to a statement believed to have been sent by the Syria and Iraq-based movement. The claim could not be independently verified. But if true, it would mark the first time that the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, has claimed to be behind a violent assault in Afghanistan. The statement — from ISIS Wilayat Khorasan — sent to local reporters named the suicide bomber and included the photograph of a man with scarf covering his face and a Kalashnikov rifle by his side. In the background is the black Islamic State flag. The Islamic State announced its intention to expand to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and refers to the region as “Khorasan.” The assault Saturday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, was one of three separate blasts that unfolded at about 8.30 am around the city, said police officials, adding that the other two did not kill anyone. The Islamic State did not claim responsibility for the other two blasts. It was the latest in a string of assaults to target the area in the past two weeks. The suicide bomber detonated an vest filled with explosives outside New Kabul bank where Afghan government workers, including police officers and soldiers, waited in line to collect paychecks, said police officials. “The suicide bomber was on foot and wanted to get inside the bank when he detonated his explosives,” said Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal, the police spokesman for Nangarhar Province. While police officials placed the toll at 22 dead and 50 wounded, hospitals had received at least 33 bodies, said Najeeb Kamawal, the head of the province’s public health ministry. More than 100 people were wounded, he added. Many were in critical condition, suggesting that the death toll could rise. Suspicion immediately fell on the Taliban insurgency, but group’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied responsibility for any of the explosions. In a tweet, he said “we condemn/deny involvement.” The second explosion, said Mashreqiwal, was from a bomb that exploded outside of a shrine. A third bomb that was found unexploded outside the National Bank of Afghanistan, and police later detonated it in a controlled environment. A fourth explosion took place in the Behshood District of the province, when a small magnetic bomb killed one and wounded two others, added Mashreqiwal. Saturday’s bombing in Jalalabad was the third deadly attack in the city since April 8, when an Afghan in military uniform killed an American soldier and wounded several others in a suspected insider attack. That assault also killed an Afghan soldier and wounded two others. Two days later, a suicide bomber targeted a U.S. military convoy, killing four Afghan civilians and wounding 10 others. There were no U.S. casualties. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned Saturday’s deadly attack, and declared that it could constitute a war crime. “The continuing use of suicide attacks in densely populated areas that are certain to kill and maim large numbers of Afghan civilians,may amount to a war crime,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. “Those responsible for this horrendous crime must be held accountable.” Neighboring Pakistan also quickly denounced the violence and expressed condolences to the victims — the latest sign of the growing cordiality between Kabul and Islamabad. Gen. Sher Muhammad Karimi, the Afghanistan’s army chief, is currently in Pakistan meeting his counterparts to discuss border security, among other issues. Afghan officials are increasingly concerned about foreign fighters who have fled a Pakistan military offensive and have sought sanctuary in Afghanistan. The Taliban and other militants have escalated attacks in recent weeks, as they enter their traditional spring offensive. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other officials have warned that the nation is in for a difficult spring and summer fighting the insurgency. That concern helped persuade President Obama to slow down the drawdown of roughly 10,000 U.S. military personnel remaining in the country. Saturday’s attack was not the first to strike Kabul Bank in Jalalabad. In 2001, a group of suicide bombers targeted the same branch, killing 38 customers who were also waiting to pick up paychecks.
A day before Congress's kisan rally in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi, who returned from his nearly two-month long sabbatical on Thursday, interacted with farmers at his office on Saturday over the land bill. This was Rahul Gandhi's first public interaction after his sabbatical. Seeking to protest against the Narendra Modi-government's "anti-farmer and anti-poor" policies, the kisan rally is being seen as some sort of a relaunch of Rahul, who is being hailed as a "mature" leader who would restore the party's health after its downturn in Lok Sabha polls. A senior party functionary said that besides the rally, Rahul will also be speaking in the Lok Sabha and is expected to take on the government after the second part of the Budget session begins on Monday. Congress president and his mother Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi, who had welcomed him at his residence on Thursday, went to meet him again on Friday and spent close to two hours there. Rahul's return brings smiles in Congress party's HQ Happening Now: Congress VP #RahulGandhi interacting with a delegation of farmers from UP,Rajasthan, Haryana & Punjab — INC India (@INCIndia) April 18, 2015 Delegation of farmers from UP, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab interacting with Congress VP #RahulGandhi — INC India (@INCIndia) April 18, 2015 Congress VP Rahul Gandhi interacting with delegation of farmers from UP,Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab at his Office — INC India (@INCIndia) April 18, 2015 With the Sunday rally being the first major public outreach event for the Congress vice-president after his leave, the party is pulling out all stops to galvanise support for the rally. Top leaders Ahmed Patel, Digvijaya Singh and others addressed a meeting of Haryana Congress leaders in North Avenue, while Singh, who is also the convener of the committee to chalk out plans for the rally, brainstromed with AICC secretaries at party headquarters to make the rally a success.
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Winding up his visit to Canada, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it was a historic trip that will herald a new era of cooperation between the two countries as he promised an early conclusion of a free trade agreement and a bilateral investment protection pact. "The importance of a visit is not measured by length but by the objectives...this was a historic visit, not because an Indian Prime Minister is visiting here after 42 years but because after 42 years, the clouds of distance have gone away in a moment," PM Modi said at a reception hosted in his honour by his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper. He said he considers this visit successful also because it helped bring back on track the ties which had strayed away. "The wall will now be converted into a bridge," said PM Modi. "India and Canada will be together in thoughts, will move together and work together," PM Modi said. "We made progress in....BIPPA or Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement and CECA or Comprehensive Economic Co-operation Agreement will be concluded soon. I am confident," said PM Modi who held wide-ranging talks with Canadian PM Harper on Wednesday during his three-day visit to this country. PM Modi also talked about the immense cooperation possibilities between India and Canada. Stressing that if Canada participates India's development it will benefit, PM Modi said it will also have the satisfaction of contributing to development of one-sixth of humanity. During his address, PM Modi also recalled Swami Swami Vivekananda's Canada visit. He also praised the Indian community for their contribution. PM Harper also praised the Indian community's contribution to Canada. Manohar M
It's no great surprise that Timepicked Narendra Modi as one of its 100 Most Influential People. 'India's reformer-in-chief ', as Timedescribes him, stormed the 2014 election, winning the biggest parliamentary majority the country has seen in a long while. More remarkable is that the magazine got Barack Obama to write the citation, reflecting the strong bond that's developed between the two. Obama and Modi first met in September last year. Their relationship grew during Obama's visit to India early this year, when he was chief guest at the Republic Day parade. The 44th president of the US referred to Modi's ascent from humble origins —"from poverty to Prime Minister"— and his resolve to deliver on the pledge of development. "Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he's laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India's true economic potential while confronting climate change," Obama wrote. "Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern — a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a 'digital India'." Obama also used the opportunity to reiterate a point he made toward the end of his visit to India and subsequently, about the need to nurture India's diversity.Barack Obama writes profile for PM Narendra Modi in Time's most influential list Obama recalled Modi's visit to Washington last year when both the leaders visited the memorial to Dr Martin Luther King Junior, an American civil rights activist. "When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect," Obama wrote in the Time citation. "PM Modi recognizes that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world." This comes as right-wing elements have been making statements of a majoritarian nature, including a call by Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena to take away the right to vote from Muslims — comments he later said were misinterpreted -- and denunciations against proselytisation. There has also been a spate of attacks on churches in the last few months, which has unsettled sections of the Christian community. For his part, Modi has been at pains to emphasise that he is the Prime Minister of all Indians. Currently on an extended overseas trip that's taken him to France, Germany and Canada, Modi told an audience in Paris on April 10 that "we will defend and protect the rights and liberty of every citizen" and "ensure every citizen of every religion has an equal place".Barack Obama writes profile for PM Narendra Modi in Time's most influential list *OTHERS IN THE LIST* Others in the Time list include Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, ICICI Bank managing director and CEO Chanda Kochhar and Vikram Patel, co-founder of the NGO Sangath and the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "Satya Nadella is setting Microsoft up for greatness again," said Box CEO Aaron Levie in his citation. "In his short but impactful tenure, he has focused on driving openness where Microsoft was once closed, even when it has meant supporting competing services in the process." Nadella has broken all the old Microsoft rules, he said: "Satya is basically the star of one of those teen movies where the parents go out of town and the kid takes control of the place. And it's been great." Kochhar's citation is by Anshu Jain, co-chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank. "Her calm, soft-spoken and understated demeanour belies her strength of conviction and clarity of thought. When Chanda speaks, people listen carefully," Jain wrote. "She has shaped retail banking in India ever since she assumed her pivotal role in establishing ICICI Bank during the 1990s." He also paid tribute to her role as an inspiration for women, concluding with: "I have yet to find anything Chanda can't do. She's a first-class leader, strategist and friend." Patel is a gifted psychiatrist and effective communicator, according to Barbara Van Dahlen of Give an Hour, a network of volunteer mentalhealth professionals. "It is hard to imagine a more difficult challenge than addressing the unmet needs of those from resource-poor countries who live with and suffer from mental-health disorders," said Van Dahlen. Patel has been campaigning to spread "the simple yet profound idea of mental health for all. He provides hope that mental illness and trauma make us neither weak nor unworthy of love and respect."
Masarat Alam held an anti-India rally while welcoming return of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Srinagar, India reacted by only registering an FIR at Budgam police station against Geelani, Alam and Bashir Ahmed Bhat alias Peer Saifullah. The FIR was lodged for "provocative activities" in Hyderpora area. FIR No 92 /2015 under sections 13 Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 120-B, 147,341,336,427 RPC was registered against the separatist leaders. But no arrests were made by the time of filing this report. Union minister of state for home Kiran Rijiju said the state government had been asked to act against "those who had broken the law''. Bhat, however, remained defiant and rejected charges of unlawful activities. "We are only promoting the aspirations of the people of Kashmir. Look at their enthusiasm," he said. Earlier, videos showed the 47-year-old Alam, a likely successor to separatist top gun Syed Ali Shah Geelani, raise slogans in support of Hafeez Saeed and Pakistan. The video shows Alam chanting with thousands of his supporters, "Hafeez Saeed ka yehi paigham, Kashmir banega Pakistan". Alam was released from prison after four years on March 7 this year after the formation of PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Thousands of people flocked the streets, some raising Pakistan's flags and shouting anti-India slogans. Many from the crowds also pelted stones at the CRPF jawans. Meanwhile, taking strong exception to the waving of Pakistani flags and raising of pro-Pakistan slogans at a rally in Srinagar, BJP today asked ally PDP to take immediate action against separatist leaders like Masarat Alam, failing which it said that "consequences" would follow, PTI reported. "This is unacceptable. We demand immediate action against Alam and the others who were involved in today's rally. There can be no leniency on this, this is clearly a major aberration and we expect PDP to take action. "If corrective action is not taken... If PDP does not conform to expected notes (sic) of BJP and the Centre, consequences would follow," said BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao. But it is the BJP-PDP who is in the government and Rao said the ruling alliance's purpose was to take concrete steps to ensure peace and stability in the state. "What happened today is a complete reversal of that. This is unacceptable. We clearly expect some kind of action," he said. Manohar M
"There is a new atmosphere of trust in our nation. India is a large country and it will take time to clean, Adding that the problem is old and it will take time but you can see there is a change in the people." "In times of crisis we do not see the colour of anyone's passport. We do everything possible for people," he said. He stressed on "Skill India" and said that skill development can lead any country towards development. "We want our youth to be job creators not job seekers. Skill development is very important. I can tell you, India has the strength, what is needed is opportunity," Modi said. Modi while highlighting the India's successful mission mars, said the mission was an example of Indian talent; as India reached mars on price less than making of a Hollywood film. Modi; We want our youth to be job creators not job seekers "Our Mars mission cost less than what it takes to make a Hollywood film. Our cost worked out to less than an auto rickshaw ride in any Indian city at Rs. 7 per km. Prime Minister while wooing the Ricoh Coliseum crowd said, earlier our identity was "Scam India" we have to change the notion around the world now to "Skill India". "Earlier India was known as 'Scam India', we want it should be known for 'Skill India'" Modi said. Earlier, Narendra Modi arrived at the Toronto Pearson International Airport, traveling from Ottawa with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper, along with the latter's wife Laureen on the same aircraft. Modi was greeted by a large number of the Indian community here, who clicked photos, before shaking hands with the Indian Prime Minister. Manohar M
Just days after ‘Rahul Gandhi Missing’ posters did the rounds in Amethi, the Nehru-Gandhi Scion finally landed in New Delhi in a Thai Airways flight amid speculations. Rahul has been on Sabbatical since Feb 22, just a day before the crucial budget session started and this put Congress under fire. Though sources say he has been in south-east Asia, no official statement has been released on his ‘mysterious vacation’ so far. Congress president Sonia Gandhi is at Rahul's home. The party has confirmed that Rahul will be leading a Kisan rally against the Land Acquisition Bill on April 19. Seeking to put pressure on the Modi dispensation, Congress is planning a massive mobilization of farmers across the country. The rally assumes significance as it is being held on the eve of the opening of the second phase of the Budget session of Parliament and at a time when the government has repromulgated the Land Acquisition Ordinance. Manohar M
The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed prima facie doubts about charging Malegaon blasts accused Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur, Lt. Col S. Purohit under the draconian MCOCA and opened the doors for the Special Court to consider their bail. A bench of Justices Ibrahim Kalifulla and Shiva Kirti Singh said there is no "reliable material" to prima facie show that the duo along with four other accused were criminally liable under provisions of MCOCA. "Their applications for bail can be considered for bail by the Special Judge... there is considerable doubt about their involvement," the court observed in the judgment. The trial court has been asked to consider their bail applications within a span of a month. However, the judgment found prima facie material against Rakesh Dawde, another accused in the blast case, justifying his involvement in offences under MCOCA. IT aaid prima facie material on record showed evidence of his "unlawful activity" linking him to Malegaon, Parbhani, Jalna blasts. The judgment said material show prima facie his "direct involvement". It said allegations against Mr. Dhawde included "nexus with organised crimes", "direct involvement in the Malegaon blasts". Since the charges against him under MCOCA cannot be revoked at this stage, there is no scope for bail for him, the court observed.The judgment was on the bail applications made by seven accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case. The court ordered the trial court to complete the trial expeditiously. The High Court had ordered that Pragnya and ten other accused in the Malegaon bomb blast case will face trial under MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) and had quashed the decision of the Special Court which had dropped the charges under the special law. The trial of the case will take place at a special MCOCA court. The accused are currently lodged in Nasik Central Prison. Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a communally—sensitive textile town in Nasik district of North Maharashtra. The probe into the blast has brought into focus some right-wing Hindu groups. A Special MCOCA court on July 31 last year had ruled that Anti Terrorist Squad had wrongly applied MCOCA in the case against Pragnya, Purohit and nine others. The 4,000-page chargesheet had alleged that Malegaon was selected as the blast target because Muslims form sizeable part of its population. It named Pragnya Thakur, Purohit and another accused Swami Dayanand Pandey as the key conspirators. The chargesheet had further alleged it was Pandey who had instructed Purohit to arrange for RDX while Pragnya owned the motorcycle used in the blast. Ajay Rahirkar, another accused, allegedly organised funds for the terror act while conspiracy meetings were held at Bhonsala Military School in Nasik. Rakesh Dhawde, Ramesh Upadhyay, Shyamlal Sahu, Shivnarain Kalsangra, Sudhakar Chaturvedi, Jagdish Mhatre and Sameer Kulkarni were the other seven accused.
Netaji's grand nephew had met Modi and is understood to have raised the issue of declassification of all secret files related to the freedom fighter. The government has formed an inter-ministerial committee headed by Cabinet Secretary to review the Official Secrets Act in the context of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose files. On Monday, Netaji's grand nephew met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Germany and is understood to have raised the issue of declassification of all secret files related to the freedom fighter amid a row over snooping on the leader’s close relatives. Surya Kumar Bose met the Prime Minister after attending a reception hosted in Modi’s honour by India’s Ambassador to Germany Vijay Gokhale. Mr. Surya had said: “Subhas Bose did not belong just to his direct family. He had himself said that the whole country is his family. I do not think it’s just the duty of the family to raise this issue [of declassification of Netaji files.” “It is the duty of the people of India to raise the issue. If I do get an opportunity to meet the Prime Minister, talk to him for a few minutes, then I would certainly raise the issue,” he had said.