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1. I Would Join ISIS, Return to Wage War Against India: Salman Mohiuddin
In its series Islamic State Files, The Indian Express has gained access to the interrogation report of an engineer from Hyderabad. Police allege that this father of two was about to fly to Dubai and then Syria to fight alongside the terror outfit when he was held.
Mohiuddin said it was during chats with “Abu al Barra al Sami, an IS sympathiser based in Syria, and Abu Mohammad of Turkey, a facilitator with links to IS” that he started giving serious thought to entering Syria from Turkey to become a fighter with the IS.
2. Private Schools Asking for Donations Face Huge Fines
The Delhi government has decided to crackdown on institutions charging “under-the-counter” fees for nursery admissions. According to the Hindustan Times, these educational institutions will be fined with ten times the amount that they charge, or Rs 5 lakh, whichever is higher. The report says:
The AAP government, which rode to power this February on promises of corruption-free governance, is also drafting a law under which a committee headed by a retired judge would monitor school fee hikes and about 400-500 authorised chartered accountants would scrutinise the accounts of these institutes. “If the schools are found siphoning fee money to other accounts or making fake bills, they could face imprisonment. The penalties and jail term will be decided soon,” said chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
3. IS Posts Audio Message in Bengali
According to a report in The Hindu, extremist outfit ISIS has posted an audio message in Bengali. The message reportedly appeals to young people to join their “cause for martyrdom, if not victory”.
The Islamic State’s tape of nashid (chants) in Bengali was posted on the terror outfit’s media platform Al Hayat Media Centre by one Aaron Y. Zelin on October 27. “A few Bangladeshi men of foreign origin have joined the IS ranks and are said to be in Syria and Iraq. This message was most probably uploaded by them to connect to the Bangladesh audience. We don’t think it can have any impact in India. But we are still keeping a watch,” said a senior Home Ministry official.
Read the full report here.
Also read on The Quint: Post Paris, Home Ministry Puts Security Agencies on High Alert
4. ‘Stop Chasing me’, Dawood Ibrahim Told Former Top Cop Neeraj Kumar
In his soon-to-be-released book, Dial D for Don, former top cop Neeraj Kumar writes that Dawood had called him up on his mobile phone just weeks before his retirement. According to The Times of India, Kumar was quite sure that the call was made by the don himself.
The report says that Kumar had spoken with Dawood Ibrahim at three different occasions in 1994 when he was probing the Mumbai blasts and the don tried to convince him that he was innocent.
“The don spoke in a typical Mumbai accent, with confidence and an utter lack of fear. He made no attempt to please me, as is the wont of certain criminals when they are dealing with state authorities. He simply said: ‘Saheb, iske pehle ki main kuchh bataoon, pehle aap batayiye ki aapko kya lagta hai ki maine Mumbai mein blast karwaye hain?’ (Sir, before I tell you anything, would you please tell me whether you too feel that I organized the blasts in Mumbai?),” Kumar says.
5. Noodles Launched by Ramdev Have no Approval, says FSSAI
The Food Safety and Regulatory Authority of India (FSSAI) has reportedly said that the brand of instant atta noodles launched by Ramdev have no approval from the body, according to The Indian Express. The chairman of the body has told The Indian Express that the matter has been brought to their notice and they will look into it. The report reads:
Ashish Bahuguna, the chairman of FSSAI said: “How can licence be given for a product that has not been approved? Licences are issued by the state government to manufacture certain items. But approvals for (non-standardised) products are given by us. That approval was not taken. I do not know how the licence was procured.”
Read the full report here.
Also check out The Quint’s Maggi vs Patanjali Noodles: Taking the Blindfolded Taste Challenge
6. American or French Lives are not More Valuable Than Indian Lives
In an opinion piece in The Times of India, BJP leader MJ Akbar writes that post 9/11 and the recent Paris attacks, the respective governments stormed out and bombed the alleged perpetrators. But when it came to 26/1,1or any other attack on the Indian soil, Washington has always advised New Delhi to exercise restraint.
Akbar argues that time has come for nations to have a war doctrine and all those abetting terrorist – individuals or nations – must be punished.
The Geneva Convention was not written for a struggle against shadow armies that glorify mass murder or refuse to distinguish between war and peace. We need a doctrine for permanent war, and we need signatories that are ready to implement this doctrine with all the muscle at their command.
7. Rahul Gandhi’s Past Businesses: A BPO Firm, Shops, Land
As Subramanian Swamy’s accusations gain political momentum, The Indian Express delves into Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s past businesses, and presents a summary of his commercial dealings.
Take a look at the details here.
8. #Awardwapsi: VK Singh Dismissive, Pranab Puts it in Perspective
An edit piece in the Hindustan Times highlights the difference in the approach of Union Minister VK Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee while discussing Award Wapsi. The piece says that while both were discussing the issue, the President’s words were much more measured while the minister only got himself into trouble.
President Pranab Mukherjee’s remarks on the same subject were infinitely more measured and worth noting. He said that “emotions should not overrun reason, and disagreement should be expressed through debate and discussion”. He also asked everyone to have confidence in the idea of India. Given this, it will be in the fitness of things for the awardees to assess the effectiveness of their form of protest – especially that it lends itself to being misinterpreted and politicised – and look at the message they are conveying in returning awards that have been given by the nation (and not the political establishment).
9. Gujral Doctrine for the Modi Darbar
In an opinion in The Hindu, senior Nepali journalist Kanak Mani Dixit writes that it would do good for India to move closer to the policy of former Prime Minister IK Gujral. Dixit writes that Gujral sought friendship on the basis of equality and non-interference towards smaller countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
While the ‘Gujral doctrine’ was empathetic, the ‘Modi Doctrine’ is a mix of political calculations, a complete control over diplomacy by the Prime Minister, and an enthusiastic willingness to ‘front’ for the Western world. It is totally uncaring towards the sovereignties and sensibilities of the neighbouring countries and marked by a complete lack of historicity and economic foresight. Some of this may have to do with Mr. Modi’s previous tenures in State politics, which perhaps make him oblivious to what makes sovereign entities different, whatever their size.
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