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Pak officer caught spying; envoy’s noMaulana Ramzan (R) and Subhash Jangir in custody. PTI

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Told to leave in 48 hrs; Pak reciprocates28 Oct 2016 | 1:07 AM

NEW DELHI: In the midst of heightened India-Pakistan tension, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and informed him that an official of the Pakistan High Commission had been declared persona non grata after being caught by the Delhi Police in an espionage case.

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Simran Sodhi

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 27

In the midst of heightened India-Pakistan tension, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and informed him that an official of the Pakistan High Commission had been declared persona non grata after being caught by the Delhi Police in an espionage case.

In tit-for-tat move, Pakistan later declared an official of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, Surjeet Singh, as persona non grata and asked him and his family to leave the country by October 29. Pakistan said his activities were in violation of the Vienna Convention and established diplomatic norms. 

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The Delhi Police had earlier detained Mehmood Akhtar, a junior officer with the commission. He was in possession of sensitive defence documents, but because he enjoyed diplomatic immunity, the police later released him. 

The Ministry of External Affairs said Akhtar and his family had been asked to leave India within 48 hours. Sources said Basit protested the treatment meted out to the official and said his detention was in violation of the Vienna Convention. He rejected all allegations, saying the Pakistan High Commission never engaged in any activity incompatible with its diplomatic status.

Delhi Police had been tailing Akhtar for the past few months and arrested him near the Delhi Zoo. Three Indians, Maulana Ramzan, Subhash Jangir and Shoaib belonging to Rajasthan, have also been detained.  A Delhi court has remanded Ramzan and Jangir in 12-day police custody. 

Meanwhile, the Pakistan ministry of foreign affairs issued a statement alleging this act was a reflection of Indian actions to shrink diplomatic space for the working of Pakistan High Commission. It said these were attempts by India to deflect international attention from human rights violations being conducted by the Indian Army in J&K Sources in the security agencies said Akhtar used to pay Rs 2,000 to Rs 2 lakh to identified agents to obtain information and papers from them. These agents were identified and hired by Pakistan’s ISI, they said. 

BSF man dies in shelling, Army jawan in Kupwara

28 Oct 2016 | 1:07 AM

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: A Border Security Force Head Constable, Jitender Kumar from Bihar, was killed in continued firing and shelling from the Pakistan side in the RS Pura sector on Thursday, even as the BSF said a Pakistan Ranger died and another was injured in retaliatory fire.

MoD denies downgrade, armed forces don’t agree

28 Oct 2016 | 1:07 AM

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Defence on Thursday said there has been no “downgrading” of service officers in rank parity vis-a-vis civilian staff, this even as serving and retired officers said it was reiterating previous orders.

Impossible to define misuse of religion in electioneering: SC

Impossible to define misuse of religion in electioneering: SC

28 Oct 2016 | 1:07 AM

NEW DELHI: A seven-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court today made it clear that it was impossible to define parameters for determining the violations of the ban on seeking votes in the name of religion, caste, race or language and as such it would not be issuing any guidelines on the issue.

US dept charges 61 in India call centre scam

28 Oct 2016 | 1:33 AM

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department charged 61 persons and entities on Thursday with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centres where agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for non-existent debts.

India-Russia military bond to mirror ‘past'

28 Oct 2016 | 2:02 AM

NEW DELHI: Indicating a shift from public perception of having turned pro-US, New Delhi has told Moscow it will remain its “foremost” defence partner and has shared a future vision of a relationship that could very well mirror the “past”.

Avian flu: Govt tells states not to panic

28 Oct 2016 | 1:07 AM

NEW DELHI: After confirmed cases of bird flu in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, the Health Ministry today advised states to get people handling ailing wild birds to use protective gear and take anti viral medicine Oseltamivir for ten days as a measure of abundant precaution.

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Mumbai trains to have automatic doors

28 Oct 2016 | 1:30 AM

MUMBAI: Despite complaints of suffocation and congestion from commuters, the Railways has decided to press ahead with automatic closing doors in Mumbai’s local trains.


End of the road for HMT tractor unit

28 Oct 2016 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet today approved the closure of the loss-making tractor division of the HMT at Pinjore while sanctioning Rs 718.72 crore for the payment of outstanding salaries and other dues at the public sector entity. The approval came during a meeting of the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

NoResidents stand near the transformer at Malout village in Hoshiarpur district. Tribune photo

Hoshiarpur village gets Diwali gift — electricity

28 Oct 2016 | 1:21 AM

HOSHIARPUR: This Diwali will be a bright one for the poverty-stricken residents of Upparla Malout village in the Kandi area of Hoshiarpur. After 69 years of Independence, electricity has reached the village. Today — for the first time — the villagers were seen using electric bulbs to illuminate their houses.

Pay temporary workers on par with regulars, SC tells state

28 Oct 2016 | 1:21 AM

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the Punjab Government to pay salary and allowances to daily wage/temporary workers—pump operators, fitters, helpers, drivers, plumbers, chowkidars and others—on a par with regular staff, going by the principle of “equal pay for equal work”.


Sidhu-AAP talks ‘inconclusive’

28 Oct 2016 | 1:21 AM

CHANDIGARH: It’s back to square one for Navjot Singh Sidhu. The former BJP MP first held parleys with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), later announced his own front (Awaaz-e-Punjab) and followed it with several rounds of talks with the Congress. Now, he is again negotiating with AAP.

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Gift SYL canal to state on golden jubilee: Abhay to PM

Gift SYL canal to state on golden jubilee: Abhay to PM

28 Oct 2016 | 12:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leaders today demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should gift Haryana Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal on November 1, the day he kicks off Swarna Jayanti celebrations from Gurugram.

CM: Simplify loan process for horticulturists

CM: Simplify loan process for horticulturists

28 Oct 2016 | 12:46 AM

SHIMLA: Loaning procedure for horticulturalists should be simplified and made liberal whether they take loan for cultivation, machinery or for irrigational purpose, said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing the 379th meeting of the Board of Directors of the HP State Co-operative Bank here today.

BSF man dies in Pak shelling

BSF man dies in Pak shelling

28 Oct 2016 | 12:34 AM

JAMMU: Hours after a Border Security Force head constable was killed in firing by Pakistan in the RS Pura sector this morning, the BSF killed one Pakistan Ranger and injured another in retaliatory fire.

Xi gets status similar to Mao

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28 Oct 2016 | 12:41 AM

Beijing: The ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) today declared President Xi Jinping as the "core" of its leadership conferring on him a status similar to that of party founder 'Chairman' Mao Zedong but decided to carry on with the collective leadership system.

Tata Sons hits out at Cyrus Mistry

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28 Oct 2016 | 12:33 AM

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28 Oct 2016 | 1:43 AM

Chandigarh: When Virat Kohli is at the top of his game, the likelihood of India winning a One-day International is very high. But there are no certainties in sport. Kohli can’t and won’t win you every match. There will be times when a wonderful player in the opposing team — like AB de Villiers or Kane Williamson or David Warner — will take away a match from India. And there will be times when Kohli will fail.

All eyes on Gauti after Delhi bowl out Odisha

28 Oct 2016 | 1:42 AM

Mohali: Delhi would be pretty happy with how Day One of their Ranji Trophy contest with Odisha panned out here today. The Delhi bowlers put in a collective performance with both seamers and spinners picking up wickets to dismiss the opposition for a paltry 237; and then openers Gautam Gambhir and Unmukt Chand helped Delhi to 43 for no loss in 10 overs before the umpires called it a day.


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28 Oct 2016 | 1:42 AM

SINGAPORE: Angelique Kerber eased into the last four of the WTA Finals with an unbeaten record when the world No. 1 thrashed Madison Keys 6-3 6-3 in the Red Group finale.

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