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Gujarat ATS arrests two with suspected IS linksGujarat ATS takes away a man suspected of having links with the Islamic State. ANI photo

Gujarat ATS arrests two with suspected IS links

26 Feb 2017 | 2:55 PM

RAJKOT: Two suspected ISIS terrorists, who were allegedly planning to carry out serial blasts at some religious places in Gujarat in the next couple of days, were arrested by the state Anti-Terrorism Squad from Rajkot and Bhavnagar, the ATS said on Sunday.

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Rajkot, February 26

Two suspected ISIS terrorists, who were allegedly planning to carry out serial blasts at some religious places in Gujarat in the next couple of days, were arrested by the state Anti-Terrorism Squad from Rajkot and Bhavnagar, the ATS said on Sunday.

The two, who are brothers, were in touch with ISIS operatives overseas through social media, the police said, adding that they have recovered bomb-making material from the two.

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The two were allegedly planning to carry out blasts at religious places like Chotila.

“Acting on specific information, the Gujarat ATS team has nabbed two suspected terrorists having links with ISIS,” Anti-Terrorism Squad’s Deputy Superintendent of Police K.K. Patel said.

“They are siblings, identified as Waseem and Naeem Ramodiya. While Waseem was arrested from Rajkot, his brother was arrested from Bhavnagar,” he said.

“The ATS formed two teams on Saturday night and nabbed them,” he further said.

“They were ready with all material to make bombs and were planning to carry out blasts at religious places in the next two days,” Patel said, claiming that a major terrorist attack has been averted with their arrest.

Gun powder, local made bombs with battery and masks to hide their identity were recovered from the two men, Patel said, adding the police also seized computers in which objectionable and prohibited content was found.

“They were in touch with ISIS operatives outside the country through Twitter and other social media networks,” the officer said.

ATS Superintendent of Police Himanshu Shukla said, “It is true that the Chotila Temple was on their target. But we cannot give further details at this stage keeping in mind further investigations.” — PTI

India needs more scientists to harness technology: PM Modi‘Mann ki Baat’

India needs more scientists to harness technology: PM Modi

26 Feb 2017 | 3:07 PM

NEW DELHI: India needs more scientists to harness technology for the benefit of the common man, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday while hailing the scientific community for the record launch of 104 satellites.

Tight security in place as Jats observe ‘Black Day’

Tight security in place as Jats observe ‘Black Day’

26 Feb 2017 | 2:07 PM

CHANDIGARH: As Jats are observing ‘Black Day’ in Haryana on Sunday, tight security is in place and traffic has been diverted in some areas in sensitive districts.

Voting underway for DSGMC poll

Voting underway for DSGMC poll

26 Feb 2017 | 3:55 PM

NEW DELHI: Elections for Delhi Sikh Gurdawara Management Committee for 46 seats began at 8 am on Sunday amid heightened security due to threats of election fraud in 63 wards.

16 churchgoers killed in road accident in Meghalaya

16 churchgoers killed in road accident in Meghalaya

26 Feb 2017 | 3:53 PM

SHILLONG: At least 16 persons were killed on Sunday when a truck they were in rammed into the concrete barricade of a road in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district, the police said.

Hindu Akharas in Ayodhya divided over BJP and Akhilesh Yadav

Hindu Akharas in Ayodhya divided over BJP and Akhilesh Yadav

26 Feb 2017 | 5:23 PM

FAIZABAD/AYODHYA: A day before the crucial phase V of the marathon Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on Monday, it appears to be anyone’s game in the critical Faizabad district.

Need for Indian-Americans to unite: Sikh leaderKansas killing

Need for Indian-Americans to unite: Sikh leader

26 Feb 2017 | 11:05 AM

WASHINGTON: A top Indian-American Sikh leader has condemned the shooting incident that resulted in the “tragic” death of an Indian engineer, saying there is need for the community to unite.

Engineering colleges to have online complaints redressal mechanism

Engineering colleges to have online complaints redressal mechanism

26 Feb 2017 | 11:43 AM

NEW DELHI: Soon, the students and the faculty members of around 10,000 engineering colleges in the country will be able to register their complaints and grievances online.

Punjab leaders back in action as election result date draws near

Punjab leaders back in action as election result date draws near

26 Feb 2017 | 10:21 AM

CHANDIGARH: Vacationing over after the high-intensity February 4 Punjab election and with results just 13 days away, it’s back to the political arena for most of the top leaders of Congress, Akali-BJP coalition and Aam Aadmi Party. And though jittery, each is putting up a brave face.

PIA had 7 passengers standing during flight to Saudi, probe on

PIA had 7 passengers standing during flight to Saudi, probe on

26 Feb 2017 | 5:40 PM

ISLAMABAD:The PIA allowed seven passengers to travel standing in the aisles all the way to Saudi Arabia last month, prompting a probe into the serious breach of security regulations by Pakistan's loss-making national carrier, according to media reports.

H’bad techie’s body to reach tomorrow

H’bad techie’s body to reach tomorrow

26 Feb 2017 | 10:19 AM

HYDERABAD: The body of Hyderabad engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the US in what appears to be a hate crime, will arrive here on Monday. Telangana Minister for NRI Affairs KT Rama Rao said the body will arrive by an Air-India flight at 9.45 pm.

Now, deflector-fitted pellet guns to minimise injuries

Now, deflector-fitted pellet guns to minimise injuries

26 Feb 2017 | 9:10 AM

SRINAGAR: Amid growing concerns among the security establishment of a hot summer ahead, the controversial pellet guns in Kashmir are being fitted with deflectors to avoid casualties and injuries to vital organs, especially eyes.

Phase 5 UP polls tomorrow: Flag march in sensitive areas

Phase 5 UP polls tomorrow: Flag march in sensitive areas

26 Feb 2017 | 3:59 PM

LUCKNOW: Central forces on Sunday conducted flag march in sensitive areas close to the Terai region in Nepal's foothills, which go to polls on Monday along with parts of eastern UP, with all eyes on the Nehru-Gandhi pocket borough Amethi.

CITY FOCUS

PU approves 2 per cent hike in hostel fee from next semester

PU approves 2 per cent hike in hostel fee from next semester

26 Feb 2017 | 2:34 AM

CHANDIGARH: Boarders of Panjab University will have to shell out more money from the next semester as the authorities today approved a hike of two per cent for all hostels.

NoResidents outside the Naam Charcha Ghar at Jagera village, near Khanna, on Saturday. Tribune photo

2 dera followers shot near Khanna, probe on

26 Feb 2017 | 1:43 AM

MANDI AHMEDGARH:A Dera Sacha Sauda follower and his son of local Bali Ram Mohalla were shot dead by unidentified assailants at a canteen run by them at Naam Charcha Ghar at Jagera village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road this evening.

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Dera followers block roads, demand justice

26 Feb 2017 | 4:00 PM

MANDI AHMEDGARH,: Followers of Dera Sacha Saudi briefly blocked roads to protest Saturday’s murder of a ‘premi’ and his son on Sunday, as security was heightened at several places.

Cops avert clash as Sikh activists stop ‘premis’ from attending event

26 Feb 2017 | 1:43 AM

FEROZEPUR: The police today averted a clash between activists of several radical Sikh outfits and followers of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda over the holding of “naam charcha” in Mallanwala block of the district.

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Abhimanyu puts talks with Jats back on track

Abhimanyu puts talks with Jats back on track

26 Feb 2017 | 12:41 AM

HISAR: A meeting between Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu and a delegation of the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) today seems to have paved the way for the third round of discussions to end the deadlock over the Jat agitation.

Anand Sharma chooses his words carefully

Anand Sharma chooses his words carefully

26 Feb 2017 | 12:43 AM

SHIMLA: Former Union minister and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma today said the election manifesto of the Congress, prepared and released before the 2012 Assembly elections in the state, was not that of any individual but of the party.

Amarnath yatra: Registration of pilgrims to begin from March 1

Amarnath yatra: Registration of pilgrims to begin from March 1

26 Feb 2017 | 12:40 AM

JAMMU: The registration for the annual pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath cave shrine of Lord Shiva, nestled in south Kashmir Himalayas, would commence on March 1, for both Baltal and Chandanwari routes.

Varsities must plan curricula as per job market: Governor

Varsities must plan curricula as per job market: Governor

26 Feb 2017 | 12:42 AM

DEHRADUN: Governor KK Paul today said educational institutions must fire the power of imagination of students beyond the realm of grades and classroom.

Trump decides to skip White House press dinner

Trump decides to skip White House press dinner

26 Feb 2017 | 9:37 AM

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would not attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, a high-profile event that draws celebrities, politicians and journalists.

Odisha govt withdraws tax sops to IOC’s Pradip refinery

Odisha govt withdraws tax sops to IOC’s Pradip refinery

26 Feb 2017 | 3:53 PM

NEW DELHI:In a big jolt to Indian Oil, the Odisha government has withdrawn tax incentives given to the Rs 34,555-crore Paradip refinery, making the company reconsider its plans to invest another Rs 52,000 crore in the state. The withdrawal will cost Rs 2,000 crore to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) this year and will progressively increase every year as more petrol and diesel as also petrochemicals are sold within the state.

NoVirat Kohli looks back at his uprooted stumps after his dismissal on the third day of the first Test against Australia. India lost the match by 333 runs. AFP

Yesterday again

26 Feb 2017 | 1:51 AM

PUNE: Virat Kohli just couldn’t believe it. Neither could anyone else in the stadium, including the celebrating Australians. The Indian skipper had shouldered arms to a Steve O’Keefe delivery, expecting it to turn.

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‘On turning track, India played into our hands’

26 Feb 2017 | 1:50 AM

PUNE:The pitch and the conspiracies and controversies it spews had stayed in the background ever since Anil Kumble took over as the head coach.

Punjab coast to win over Vidarbha

26 Feb 2017 | 1:50 AM

NEW DELHI:Favourites Punjab cruised to an easy six wicket win over Vidarbha in their Group A league encounter of the Vijay Hazare Trophy with skipper Harbhajan Singh bowling an economical spell and Mandeep Singh blasting an unbeaten 86.

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