QBullet: 5 CRPF Jawans Killed in Anantnag; PM Modi at SCO Summit
1. 5 CRPF Jawans Killed in Anantnag Terror Attack
Motorcycle-borne militants gunned down five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in an audacious daylight attack on one of the busiest roads in south Kashmir’s Anantnag town on Wednesday, 12 June – the first major terrorist strike since the killing of 40 soldiers by a suicide bomber in Pulwama in February that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.
The station house officer (SHO) of Anantnag, three CRPF personnel and a civilian woman were also injured in the attack that occurred on the bustling Khanbal Pahalgam (KP) Road that is also frequented by pilgrims on the Amarnath Yatra, which begins in roughly three weeks.
Police said two motorcycle-borne militants drove down KP Road and opened fire at 4.50pm at a contingent of CRPF personnel belonging to the 161 Battalion that was deployed at the spot. The CRPF personnel were on law-and-order duty and part of the Road Opening Party.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
2. Cyclone Vayu: 2.5 Lakh Shifted in Gujarat Ahead of Landfall
With cyclonic storm ‘Vayu’ inching closer to Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) classified it as a “very severe” storm and predicted wind speeds of up to 175 km per hour during landfall on the Saurashtra coast around noon on Thursday, 13 June.
An IMD update on Wednesday evening said, “Vayu is about 280 km south of Veraval in Gujarat and likely to cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval.”
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 40 teams along the coastal areas of Gujarat and the union territory of Diu ahead of the anticipated landfall on Thursday afternoon of the severe cyclonic storm Vayu.
(Source: The Hindu)
3. First Woman UP Bar Council Chief Shot Dead inside Agra Court Two Days After her Election
Newly-elected Uttar Pradesh Bar Council chairperson Darvesh Yadav was shot dead inside the premises of a Agra court on Wednesday, 12 June allegedly by another advocate at a welcome ceremony organised in her honour. The lawyer, identified as Manish Sharma, then shot himself, police said.
The attack happened at around 2:30 pm when Sharma suddenly got up during the ceremony and shot her three times, police said.
Agra City’s Additional Superintendent of Police Praveen Verma said Sharma, a long-time acquaintance of Yadav, is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital and is in a critical condition.
(Source: The Indian Express)
4. PM Stresses Better Work Ethic in 1st Cabinet Meet
At the first meeting with his new council of ministers on Wednesday, 12 June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave them a pep talk on how to improve work culture and service to people by reaching office on time and hand-holding juniors.
While spelling out the priorities of the new government, which he had thrashed out at an interaction with top secretaries on Monday, Prime Minister Modi told the ministers that the challenging Mission 2022 and the five-year journey ahead will be enjoyable if they inculcate the habit of punctuality and do not waste time on useless issues.
5. PM Modi Not to Fly Over Pakistan While Travelling to SCO
In a big surprise intended to be a curt veiled message to Pakistan, the special Air India flight with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on board will now avoid Pakistani airspace en route to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.
The Indian government announced on Wednesday, 12 June that the special flight will now fly via Oman and Iran to Bishkek for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit that will take place there on June 13-14.
Air India One will leave New Delhi on Thursday morning and will in effect avoid Pakistani airspace completely by using a detour instead of flying directly, something that will take at least three to four hours of extra time. This means the aircraft will not fly in a northwestern direction from New Delhi through Pakistani airspace, and over the Pakistani land mass.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
6. President Rule in J-K to be Extended for 6 More Months
President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir will be extended for six more months beginning 3 July and the Union Cabinet Wednesday gave its nod in this effect, Union minister Prakash Javedkar said.
A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval for the extension of the central rule which has been continuing in Jammu and Kashmir since 20 June, 2018.
"Yes, it has been decided," Javadekar told reporters when asked whether the Cabinet gave its nod to extend President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
(Source: The Tribune)
7. UP Cops Lock up Reporter, Beat Him Unconscious: FIR
A Station House Officer and a constable have been suspended for allegedly assaulting a journalist in Shamli Tuesday, 11 June night.
Rakesh Kumar, the SHO of Government Railway Police (GRP) Shamli, and constable Sanjay Pawar faced action after a purported video of them attacking the journalist, Amit Sharma of News 24, became public.
Sharma, who was covering the derailment of a goods train, claimed he was stripped and beaten up by police officers at Shamli GRP station, and also alleged that an officer urinated in his mouth.
(Source: The Indian Express)
8. Congress’ Wait for Clarity on Rahul Continues
The hope that some clarity would emerge on Wednesday, 12 June on the question of the Congress leadership evaporated as party veterans who formally met chose not to discuss Rahul Gandhi's resignation offer at all.
Although party communications chief Randeep Surjewala asserted that there was no ambiguity on Rahul being the president after the Congress Working Committee rejected his resignation offer, the absurdity of the situation was manifested in the internal conversations fixated on the uncertainty about his continuance.
Even senior leaders had been looking up to Wednesday's meeting for a forward movement, if not a breakthrough.
(Source: The Telegraph)
9. Coimbatore Man Held for Ties with Sri Lanka Easter Attack Mastermind
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday, 12 June detained a Facebook friend of Zahran Hashim, the mastermind of the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, along with five others in Coimbatore.
NIA alleged that the prime suspect Mohammed Azharudheen, 32, and his associates were “propagating the ideology of proscribed terrorist organization Islamic State on social media with the intention of recruiting vulnerable youth for carrying out terrorist attacks in South India especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.”
NIA claimed Azharudheen was highly radicalised and was running a Facebook page called “Khilafah GFX.”
(Source: The Hindu)
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