Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today rejected a UN report on alleged human rights violation in Kashmir, saying Indian Army exercises maximum restraint in carrying out operations in the troubled State.
“It was a report which was prepared sitting somewhere else. The assessment is totally without basis. The Indian Army shows maximum restraint in conducting operations including in J&K,” she told reporters.
Earlier this month, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had released the first-ever report on alleged human rights violation in Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and demanded an international probe into it, evoking a sharp reaction from India which had termed the document as “fallacious and motivated”.
Sitharaman’s criticism of the report came on a day UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres voiced support for the UN human rights chief’s call for an independent international investigation into the human rights situation in Kashmir.
“As you can imagine, all the action of the Human Rights High Commissioner is an action that represents the voice of the UN in relation to that issue,” Guterres told reporters in New York.
Asked about recruitment of youths in Kashmir by militant outfits, Sitharaman said the security forces are keeping an eye on it.
“We are also focusing who is behind motivating them (to join the militant outfits),” she said.
She also said that the Army has not been given any fresh instructions after Jammu and Kashmir was brought under the Governor’s rule. (PTI)
Foil designs to weaken PDP: Mehbooba
Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today chaired the first formal meeting of the PDP after the BJP pulled out from the coalition Government she headed, and directed workers to accelerate efforts to reach out to the masses while foiling designs of those wanting to weaken the party.
Mehbooba Mufti chaired a meeting of senior leaders and workers of the party from South Kashmir here today, a PDP spokesman said.
This was the first formal meeting of the party leaders after the BJP pulled out from the coalition Government headed by the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir last month. The State has since been put under Governor’s rule.
Mehbooba Mufti had earlier met some of the party legislators who called on her separately after her return from New Delhi. The legislators had assured her of support in the wake of rebellion by few legislators against her leadership.
The spokesman said stressing upon the need to strengthen the party at grass-roots level, the Mehbooba Mufti told party activists that PDP owes its emergence to avowed objectives of peace and reconciliation and it cannot commit a sin to defeat the mission of its patron and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed or undermine the sacrifices of its people and party workers by compromising on the basic agenda.
She directed all the leaders to accelerate efforts to reach out to the common masses. “It is a time to strengthen the party which has emerged as a pedestal of hope for the people of the State, yearning to see an end to chaos and bloodshed. There is a dire need that everyone has to put earnest and sincere efforts to strengthen the party and make it a more vibrant force that can fight for the peoples’ rights with an impeccable will and remain in the forefront to end their predicament,” Mehbooba Mufti told the meeting.
She stressed on the need to foil the “vicious designs of the vested interests who are hell-bent to weaken the PDP” and added that it has now dawned upon all across the political spectrum of the country and the State as well that PDP shall never barter the peoples’ aspirations for power.
“The party founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed deserted all comforts and decided to trek the perilous path with the sole reason to get his strife-torn people out of the uncertain times and strengthen their beliefs in the institutions of justice,” the PDP president said.
The spokesman said party leaders provided valuable suggestions to reach out to the people in order to further strengthen the party and also asserted that they stand by the decisions of PDP leadership and assured full support to party chief Mehbooba Mufti “in good as well as bad times”.
They said that they stand by the ideology and agenda of the party envisaged by Sayeed who floated the PDP to mitigate the sufferings of the people of the state, the spokesman said.
Woman gives birth to beautiful twins on a train – Jammu Voice
New Delhi : This certainly can be called an Express Delivery, yes as the now new mom delivered two beautiful kids on the train. Mumbai-Visakhapatnam train suddenly became a celebration spot as a 30-year-old woman delivered twins on a Mumbai-Visakhapatnam train at Kalyan junction near Mumbai on Sunday.
The two twins were a baby boy and a baby girl.
New mom Shaikh Tabassum who is a resident of Ghatkopar in Mumbai, was travelling with her family by (Mumbai)-Visakhapatnam Express when she went into labour, a Central Railway official said.
Upon getting information about the medical emergency, the train was halted at Kalyan, 51 km from Mumbai terminus, and a railway medical team attended the woman.
The new-borns and the new mom were then admitted were admitted to a local hospital.
According to the Railway officials, all three were doing fine.
Thailand Open: PV Sindhu eyes semi-final berth
Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu will aim to book her place in the semi-finals of the Thailand Open World Super 500 tournament when she crosses swords with Soniia Cheah of Malaysia in the last-eight clash of the women’s singles event here on Friday.
The world number three had earlier progressed to the quarter-finals of the tournament with straight-games win over Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin.
Sindhu, who clinched the silver medal at Commonwealth Games, remained dominated throughout the clash as she eased past Pui Yin 21-16, 21-14 in a one-sided second round clash that lasted 37 minute.
Sindhu will now look to seal the last-four spot when she takes on her Malaysian opponent.
This would be the first-ever meeting between the world number three Indian and world number 35 Malaysian.
It should be noted that Sindhu is a lone Indian shuttler left in the tournament after 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap and fourth seed H S Prannoy bowed out after going down in their respective second round clashes of the men’s singles event.
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