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PM’s words signal no shift in Pak policy: ExpertsPM Narendra Modi addresses the BJP National Council meeting at Kozhikode on Sunday. PTI

PM’s words signal no shift in Pak policy: Experts

26 Sep 2016 | 1:43 AM

NEW DELHI: It would be premature to equate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s direct “address” to the people of Pakistan yesterday as the closure of options—diplomatic, military, economic or information warfare—in dealing with the neighbour after the Uri attack in Kashmir.

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Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 25

It would be premature to equate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s direct “address” to the people of Pakistan yesterday as the closure of options—diplomatic, military, economic or information warfare—in dealing with the neighbour after the Uri attack in Kashmir.

Addressing people of Pakistan, Modi yesterday blamed their “hukumrans” (rulers) of exporting terror.

Former Director General of Military Operation (DGMO) Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia (retd) says, “No signal came from the PM’s speech that any of the four options, diplomatic, military, economic or information warfare, were closed.” Lt Gen Bhatia is now the Director of the Ministry of Defence-backed think-tank, Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS).

A lack of visible military activity may not give an indication since it is designed to be that way. The “cold-start” doctrine – tweaked in military exercises over the past one decade—does not require the armed forces to make any visible preparations to move. The doctrine was established following “Operation Parakaram”—launched in December 2001 –after the terror attack on Parliament. The neighbour got enough time to react as it took almost two months for the forces to deploy fully.

Lt Gen SL Narsimhan (retd) a former defence attaché to China says, “I see no change. The military option remains to strike at the place and time of our choice.” “Yes, the Pakistani media is trying to project it as change of stance, but this is erroneous,” said Lt General Narsimhan, who recently retired as the Commandant of the Army War College at Mhow.

The modern Army, the Air Force and the Navy have their own launch pads that are fully stocked. Missiles like the BrahMos (300-km range) are “forward” located; artillery guns (40-km range) dot the Radcliffe Line; all three strike corps backed by tanks face Pakistan; frontline fighter jets such as Sukhoi 30-MKI are stationed less than 150 km away from the western border; specialised planes fitted with high-resolution Israeli radars can pick up movements across the entire breadth of Pakistan; a flotilla of the Navy is always sailing in the Arabian sea. To back this, the forces have their own dedicated satellite.

Modi to get briefing on Indus treaty

Modi to get briefing on Indus treaty

26 Sep 2016 | 12:18 PM

NEW DELHI: Amid the stirring of cauldron over sharing of river waters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive a briefing on the contours of the seven-decade-old Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan and related facets.

Ansari embarks on 5-day visit to Nigeria, Mali

Ansari embarks on 5-day visit to Nigeria, Mali

26 Sep 2016 | 12:16 PM

NEW DELHI: Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Monday left on a five-day visit to Nigeria and Mali, where he will hold bilateral talks with the leadership of the two West African nations besides participating in a number of events.

Mann ki Baat: Modi says Uri terror attack won’t go unanswered

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

NEW DELHI: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio programme “Mann ki Baat” completed two years today, he reached out to the people and spoke on a host of issues. He started with the recent militant attack in Kashmir’s Uri.

Loud talk mere rhetoric: Opposition

Loud talk mere rhetoric: Opposition

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

New Delhi: Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Pakistan talk as mere rhetoric, a joint Opposition today described his government as the weakest ever on national security and sought accountability for frequent terror attacks.

Pak epicentre of global terrorism: Shah

Pak epicentre of global terrorism: Shah

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

KOZHIKODE: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diplomatic response that evoked mixed reactions, BJP chief Amit Shah struck a more strident pose.

Isolating Pak won’t be easy: IFS officers

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

NEW DELHI: Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi dwelled on Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri attacks in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ address today and from Kozhikode yesterday, not many in the diplomatic service are optimistic about his grand strategy to “isolate Pakistan globally.” They say it is a task easier said than done.

All Pak actors have left India, says MNS

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

MUMBAI: Two days after asking Pakistani artistes working in Bollywood to leave Mumbai, Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has claimed victory.

12 farmers get ICAR award for radical rise in income

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

NEW DELHI: The country’s premier public agri-research body ICAR today presented ‘Pandit Deendayal Updhyay Krishi Puruskar 2016’ to 12 farmers who raised their income substantially after skill development training at the institute.

Quick-fix formula to contain protestsState of affairs: Gujarat

Quick-fix formula to contain protests

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

Confronted with the unresolved issues of the Patel reservation agitation and the Dalit movement for justice, the new Gujarat Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani, true to his word, seems to have taken the field to play T20 cricket.

State of affairs: Bihar

Bihar varsities in doldrums

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

Thile Bihar faces an acute shortage of university teachers, severely affecting higher education, the controversy regarding its recruitment policy has disheartened aspirants.

In first multi-orbital launch, ISRO to send eight satellites today

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

CHENNAI: In its first multi-orbital launch, India’s workhorse PSLV will tomorrow inject eight different satellites, including the country’s weather satellite SCATSAT-1 and five from other nations, into two different orbits.

Floods: NDRF teams reach AP, Telangana

Floods: NDRF teams reach AP, Telangana

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

NEW DELHI: Seventeen NDRF teams comprising over 550 personnel have been deployed by the Centre in the flood-affected regions of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.

Home Ministry lodges FIR in Ishrat missing files case

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

NEW DELHI: The Home Ministry has lodged an FIR in connection with the missing documents related to the controversial Ishrat Jahan “fake encounter” case, a move that might escalate political slugfest between the BJP and the Congress.

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Ram Rahim to donate money for research

26 Sep 2016 | 1:26 AM

Chandigarh: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan says his share of earning from his upcoming film “MSG The Warrior: Lion Heart” would be donated for plant stem cell and tissue culture research.

India to ratify climate change pact on Oct 2

India to ratify climate change pact on Oct 2

26 Sep 2016 | 9:19 AM

Kozhikode: India will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced at the party's National Council meeting here today.

Cong slams Modi, wonders if he will fight next election in Pak

25 Sep 2016 | 9:37 PM

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "playing politics" with national security and said he was offering "platitudes" to Pakistan as if he is going to fight elections in that country instead of understanding the anger of people in India.

B-Town shows support for Pak artists amid boycott call

B-Town shows support for Pak artists amid boycott call

25 Sep 2016 | 8:36 PM

MUMBAI: Bollywood celebrities, including filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Suresh Oberoi, on Sunday expressed their anguish over MNS threat to Pakistani artists to leave India, saying ban is not a solution to terrorism.

Govt depts eye Ola, Uber ride sans ‘surge’ pricing

Govt depts eye Ola, Uber ride sans ‘surge’ pricing

25 Sep 2016 | 7:58 PM

NEW DELHI: Looking to save on huge taxi bills, government departments and PSUs are now turning to popular ride-hailing apps like Ola and Uber for their transportation needs and have been promised service without any 'surge pricing'.

Pak-origin actor sacked in UK over racist tweets about Indians

Pak-origin actor sacked in UK over racist tweets about Indians

25 Sep 2016 | 8:37 PM

LONDON: Pakistan-born actor Marc Anwar has reportedly been fired from “Coronation Street” after posting “racially offensive” tweets about Indian people over the Kashmir issue.

Vidarbha state should be formed at the earliest: Athawale

Vidarbha state should be formed at the earliest: Athawale

25 Sep 2016 | 7:32 PM

HYDERABAD: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Sunday reiterated his demand for separate Vidarbha state and said two new states should also be carved out of Uttar Pradesh.

Feels like rebirth after a year of captivity in Libya, say profs

25 Sep 2016 | 7:23 PM

HYDERABAD: Reunited with their families, two Indian professors, who were held captive by ISIS in Libya for over a year, say it is like a rebirth for them.

India to ratify Paris climate deal on Oct 2: PM ModiBJP National Council Meet

India to ratify Paris climate deal on Oct 2: PM Modi

25 Sep 2016 | 9:38 PM

KOZHIKODE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India will ratify the Paris climate deal on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. At BJP National Council meet, Modi also made a fresh call for electoral reforms besides saying Muslims should not be mere tools to garner votes nor neglected.

Pak court quashes plea by Hafiz Saeed to raise Kashmir issue at UN

Pak court quashes plea by Hafiz Saeed to raise Kashmir issue at UN

25 Sep 2016 | 8:20 PM

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has dismissed a writ petition by JuD chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed seeking to direct the Pakistan Government to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council and other international fora.

Mumbai blasts case

CBI to probe Kadawala’s murder, names Chhota Rajan in FIR

25 Sep 2016 | 4:03 PM

NEW DELHI: The CBI has taken over the probe into the murder of Hanif Kadawala, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case who gave an AK-56 rifle to actor Sanjay Dutt, and registered a case against gangster Chhota Rajan and his accomplices in this regard.

B’desh to erect barbed-wire fence along border with India, Myanmar

25 Sep 2016 | 3:58 PM

JESSORE: With India looking to completely seal the Indo-Bangla border in Assam soon, a top Bangladeshi security commander has said his country has decided to erect a barbed-wire fence along the border with India and Myanmar.

78-day wages as bonus for railway staff likely

25 Sep 2016 | 3:51 PM

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the festive season, railway employees are likely to get 78-day wages as bonus this year, the same as in the last four years despite the financial crunch.

Pak accuses Modi of ‘well thought-out vilification campaign’

Pak accuses Modi of ‘well thought-out vilification campaign’

25 Sep 2016 | 3:16 PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that it was exporting terror, saying the remarks were part of a “well thought-out vilification campaign” to distract attention from Kashmir.

Telangana flood toll reaches 8; IAF rescues 24 labourers

Telangana flood toll reaches 8; IAF rescues 24 labourers

25 Sep 2016 | 8:11 PM

SANGAREDDY: The death toll in rain-related incidents has gone up to eight in Telangana’s Medak district, even as the Army was deployed in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts for rescue operations.

MHA lodges FIR in Ishrat missing files case

MHA lodges FIR in Ishrat missing files case

25 Sep 2016 | 9:50 PM

NEW DELHI: The Home Ministry has lodged an FIR in connection with the missing documents related to the controversial Ishrat Jahan ‘fake encounter’ case, a move that might escalate political slugfest between the BJP and Congress.

Banning Pak artistes not a solution: Karan Johar

Banning Pak artistes not a solution: Karan Johar

25 Sep 2016 | 8:06 PM

MUMBAI: Filmmaker Karan Johar says his heart bleeds for the lives lost in the Uri terror attack and he understands the anger in the country but boycotting artistes from Pakistan is no solution to terrorism.

PM yet to fulfil poll promise of tackling terror: Cong

25 Sep 2016 | 1:56 PM

NEW DELHI: Mounting a fresh attack, the Congress on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed to spell out the concrete steps to avert an Uri-type attack and that his election promises of tackling terrorism with an iron hand have turned out to be a “bluff”.

HC seeks govt’s reply on US couple’s plea to take back embryos

25 Sep 2016 | 1:49 PM

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has asked the Union Commerce Ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to take a stand on a plea of an American couple to take back their embryos, kept in a hospital lab here, after the Indian Government recently banned commercial surrogacy.

Fresh plea in SC against grant of bail to Shahabuddin

Fresh plea in SC against grant of bail to Shahabuddin

25 Sep 2016 | 1:43 PM

NEW DELHI: In fresh trouble for RJD leader Mohd Shahabuddin, the mother of three youths who were brutally killed by henchmen of the controversial politician has moved the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of bail granted to him in the case in which he has already been sentenced to life.

Uri attackers won’t go unpunished: Modi‘Mann ki Baat’

Uri attackers won’t go unpunished: Modi

25 Sep 2016 | 9:49 PM

NEW DELHI: The most recent militant strike in north Kashmir’s Uri became the focus of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ on Sunday. A day after his diatribe against Pakistan for “exporting terrorism”, Modi reiterated that the perpetrators of the Uri attack would not go unpunished.

Pak an epicentre of global terrorism: BJPNational Council Meet

Pak an epicentre of global terrorism: BJP

25 Sep 2016 | 5:41 PM

KOZHIKODE: Warning Pakistan, Amit Shah said: “This is a long war. If anyone thinks Uri is a conclusion, let me tell that the fight is on. The BJP is with the government and the final victory will be ours."

Modi pays tributes to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya

25 Sep 2016 | 11:30 AM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to Jan Sangh ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on his birth anniversary.

India seeks Korean expertise to develop rivers as waterways

India seeks Korean expertise to develop rivers as waterways

25 Sep 2016 | 11:13 AM

NEW DELHI: India is in talks with South Korea, known for its maritime technology prowess, for long-term partnership to develop its rivers to drive economic growth.

Shah asks BJP's southern units to prepare for 2019 General Election

Shah asks BJP's southern units to prepare for 2019 General Election

25 Sep 2016 | 1:24 PM

KOZHIKODE: Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah has asked his party’s units to strengthen the party at its weakest points — the mostly elusive South — before the next General Election.

7 lakh trees may submerge in water due to Ken-Betwa project

25 Sep 2016 | 10:33 AM

NEW DELHI: About 7.2 lakh trees and a huge 90 square kilometres area of Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) may be submerged in water due to the Ken-Betwa river-linking project, according to an official report.

Swaraj arrives in New York, to address UNGA tomorrow

Swaraj arrives in New York, to address UNGA tomorrow

25 Sep 2016 | 9:04 PM

NEW YORK: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is set to address the UN General Assembly on Monday with all eyes set on her speech in which she is expected to deliver a stinging response to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “tirade” on Kashmir.

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