39 Indians taken hostage by ISIS in Mosul alive: SwarajExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses the media after meeting the family members of 39 Indians taken hostage by ISIS, at Jawahar Lal Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI

39 Indians taken hostage by ISIS in Mosul alive: Swaraj

07 Feb 2016 | 10:07 PM

NEW DELHI: The 39 Indians taken hostage by ISIS more than a year and a half ago from Mosul in Iraq are alive, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told their families on Sunday, based on her recent meetings with Arab and Palestinian leaders who indicated to this effect. Swaraj called on the families of the hostages in a ninth such meeting since the abduction of these Indians in June 2014.

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New Delhi, February 7

The 39 Indians taken hostage by ISIS more than a year and a half ago from Mosul in Iraq are alive, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told their families on Sunday, based on her recent meetings with Arab and Palestinian leaders who indicated to this effect.

Swaraj called on the families of the hostages in a ninth such meeting since the abduction of these Indians in June 2014 and assured them that the government was "fully and continuously engaged" and "every possible effort" was being made to ensure their release.

According to official sources, the minister told them that during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the leader informed her that the "Indians are alive and made to work" in war-torn Iraq as per his government's intelligence information. Swaraj had travelled to Palestine and Israel on January 17 and 18.

The minister also referred to her visit to Bahrain on January 23 for the first India-Arab League Cooperation Forum and said during the meeting, a declaration was adopted, which said, "The two sides expressed concern at the kidnapping of 39 Indian workers in Mosul in Iraq in June 2014 and 3 Indian workers in Sirte in Libya in June 2015.

“The Arab side expressed full solidarity with India in all efforts for their early release from captivity.” - Indians were kidnapped by Islamic militant group ISIS from a construction site in Mosul. —PTI

 

 

Sea-borne terror, piracy key threats to maritime security, says PM ModiInternational Fleet Review

Sea-borne terror, piracy key threats to maritime security, says PM Modi

07 Feb 2016 | 9:20 PM

VISAKHAPATNAM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flagged the threat of sea-borne terror and piracy as two key challenges to maritime security, even as he pitched for respecting freedom of navigation against the backof South China Sea dispute.

Two Pakistanis among four smugglers gunned down by BSF

Two Pakistanis among four smugglers gunned down by BSF

07 Feb 2016 | 1:06 PM

FEROZEPUR: The Border Security Force (BSF) killed four smugglers — two Pakistani intruders and two Indians — in an encounter near Mehndipur border outpost in the Khem Karan sector in the wee hours of Sunday.

Headley to depose before Mumbai court tomorrow26/11 attacks case

Headley to depose before Mumbai court tomorrow

07 Feb 2016 | 10:07 PM

MUMBAI: Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley will for the first time depose before a Mumbai court tomorrow through video conference after being made an approver in the 26/11 attacks case, which may further unravel the conspiracy behind the brazen terror strike.

Pak behind rise of international Jihadi forces: NYT

Pak behind rise of international Jihadi forces: NYT

07 Feb 2016 | 5:59 PM

NEW YORK: Pakistan's powerful intelligence service has long acted as the "manager" of international Jihadi forces and it may have been involved in the rise of the ISIS, a leading US daily today said, in a stinging commentary on Pakistan's "intervention" in a number of foreign conflicts.

Amarinder demands White Paper on Punjab’s economy

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CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Congress on Sunday demanded a White Paper on the state’s economy and blamed the SAD-BJP government for allegedly putting the state into “financial mess.”

DU student abducted, murdered by boyfriend

07 Feb 2016 | 9:55 PM

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School boy’s death: Delhi govt to recommend CBI probe

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07 Feb 2016 | 7:32 PM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government on Sunday said it will recommend a CBI inquiry into the death of a Ryan International School student in view of “shortcomings” in the ongoing probe, even as the distraught parents of the 6-year-old sought HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s intervention.

Shimla gets snow after long dry spell

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07 Feb 2016 | 4:04 PM

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States say no to cash-for-grain

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NEW DELHI: It appears there are no takers for the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for foodgrain. The government had notified the Cash Transfer of Food Subsidy Rules in August last year under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). The aim was to check leakage and facilitate cash transfer of food subsidy directly into the bank account of beneficiaries.

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R ecord production in the US, weakened demand from the Eurozone and emerging economies like China and Brazil, and Iran's entry into the international market have effectively slashed the price of crude oil for India, from $106 per barrel in July 2014 to $26 in January 2016, a 75 per cent in 18 months.

Modi slams Cong for project delays; Cong hits back

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07 Feb 2016 | 9:35 PM

PARADIP (ODISHA): Blaming the Congress for delay in implementation of plans and policies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the government is trying to bring a culture of completing projects well in time.

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Zulfiqar case: Lone child witness turns hostile

Zulfiqar case: Lone child witness turns hostile

07 Feb 2016 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: In a major setback to the prosecution in the sodomy case against Zulfiqar Khan, the lone child witness turned hostile when he was examined in the child witness court today.

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07 Feb 2016 | 8:24 PM

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Trouble mounts for medical institute in Bathinda

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MC notice to 1,150 residents

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07 Feb 2016 | 12:46 AM

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Customs duty exemption may lead to hike in medicine prices: DG Shah

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NoSwimmer Sayani Ghosh during final round of women 400m medley event at the 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati on Sunday. PTI photo

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Elementary for Watson, leap for Negi

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07 Feb 2016 | 6:13 PM

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