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Videos of Indian Army-led surgical strike against Pak released, political sparring follows

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Videos of Indian Army-led surgical strike against Pak released, political sparring follows

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On September 18, 2016, Pakistan-based terrorists entered the Army headquarters in Uri killing as many as 20 Indian soldiers before being eliminated. As public outrage in India grew, cross-border strikes were cleared by PM Narendra Modi. The then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, NSA Ajit Doval, then Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag and Northern Army Commander DS Hooda in consultation with other security agencies planned out these covert strikes.

India planned for about 10 days before launching commandos across the border. The strikes that took place destroyed Pakistan Army’s position and various launchpads of terrorist across the border.

Now after 21 months of Indian Army’s surgical strike against terrorists in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), the video clip of the operation has been released. The emerged videos clearly show the targets before and after the strikes.

According to reports, the videos shot from drones and a helmet-mounted cameras also recorded the geospatial (denoting data that is associated with a particular location) location of targets. Several news channels were running the video footage which showed how terrorists were killed and their launchpads and bankers were destroyed, new agency ANI reported.  Many channels, running the videos claimed that they were provided to them by official sources and were taken from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Thermal Imaging (TI) cameras.

“The videos are real. I can confirm that” the Indian Express quoted Lt General DS Hooda (retd), who was in-charge of the surgical strikes, as saying.

“When the surgical strikes happened, my view was that the videos should have been released as proof. It is good that they have come out now,” Hooda added further.

The Indian Army had carried out surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir on the intervening night of September 28-29, 2016

On September 29, 2016, a crack team of the Indian Army crossed the border and struck at least 4 terror launchpads some of which were collocated with the Pakistan Army facilities.

One frame shows Pakistan Army regulars. The next one shows an entire area being destroyed by an area denial weapon. The then DGMO Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh announced the news of surgical strikes public in the afternoon of September 29, 2016, India Today TV reported.

Singh had claimed that Army’s 4 and 9 Special Forces battalions had conducted the strikes across the border along with the LoC.

Arun Shourie calls the surgical strike against Pakistan as ‘farzical’ strike

Recently, former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Shourie questioned the authenticity of the claims of the surgical strikes.  Arun Shourie called the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s surgical strikes against Pakistan “farzical” or farce, as per media reports.

He clarified that he used the word “farzical” for the government, adding that there has been no improvement in the ground situation even after the surgical strike.

The senior journalist and a member of the BJP, Shourie was attending the book launch of ‘Kashmir: Glimpses of History’, written by Congress leader  Saifuddin Soz, who stoked a controversy by saying if given a choice, the people of Kashmir will choose independence.

When asked about the current situation in Kashmir, Shourie said sooner or later, the people of India will realise that the unrest in Kashmir affects the entire nation and not just the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress- BJP in a war of words

Congress party on Thursday came out all guns blazing against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and said the present government is trying to take benefit out of the Surgical Strike by the Army and convert it into a vote bank.

‘Many Surgical Strikes took place before also, said Congress’ spokesperson Randeep Surjewala adding that the Indian Army has always made country proud.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDYmxvY2txdW90ZSUyMGNsYXNzJTNEJTIydHdpdHRlci10d2VldCUyMiUyMGRhdGEtbGFuZyUzRCUyMmVuJTIyJTNFJTNDcCUyMGxhbmclM0QlMjJlbiUyMiUyMGRpciUzRCUyMmx0ciUyMiUzRVRoZSUyMG5hdGlvbiUyMG5lZWRzJTIwdG8lMjBiZSUyMGNhdXRpb25lZCUyMHRoYXQlMjB3aGVuZXZlciUyME1vZGklMjBnb3Z0JTIwc3RhcnRzJTIwZmFpbGluZyUyQyUyMHdoZW5ldmVyJTIwQW1pdCUyMFNoYWglMjBqaSUyNiUyMzM5JTNCcyUyMEJKUCUyMHN0YXJ0JTIwbG9zaW5nJTJDJTIwdGhleSUyMG1pc3VzZSUyMHRoZSUyMHZhbG91ciUyMG9mJTIwdGhlJTIwQXJteSUyMGZvciUyMHRoZWlyJTIwcG9saXRpY2FsJTIwYmVuZWZpdCUzQSUyMFJhbmRlZXAlMjBTdXJqZXdhbGElMkMlMjBDb25ncmVzcyUyMCUzQ2ElMjBocmVmJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZ0LmNvJTJGMlFiTGJmZG94WSUyMiUzRXBpYy50d2l0dGVyLmNvbSUyRjJRYkxiZmRveFklM0MlMkZhJTNFJTNDJTJGcCUzRSUyNm1kYXNoJTNCJTIwQU5JJTIwJTI4JTQwQU5JJTI5JTIwJTNDYSUyMGhyZWYlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnR3aXR0ZXIuY29tJTJGQU5JJTJGc3RhdHVzJTJGMTAxMjE4NjUwMTk3MzU5NDExMyUzRnJlZl9zcmMlM0R0d3NyYyUyNTVFdGZ3JTIyJTNFSnVuZSUyMDI4JTJDJTIwMjAxOCUzQyUyRmElM0UlM0MlMkZibG9ja3F1b3RlJTNFJTBBJTNDc2NyaXB0JTIwYXN5bmMlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXRmb3JtLnR3aXR0ZXIuY29tJTJGd2lkZ2V0cy5qcyUyMiUyMGNoYXJzZXQlM0QlMjJ1dGYtOCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRnNjcmlwdCUzRSUwQQ==[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]”Modi govt is exploiting the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ & trying to win votes through Surgical Strike. The nation wants to ask them did Atal Bihari Vajpayee & Manmohan Singh boast of the success of Army operations during their tenure, just like them,” asked Surjewala.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Randeep Singh Surjewala said that instead of giving credit to the army, the BJP is trying to derive political mileage from it by crediting PM Modi.

Surjewala charged that while on the one hand the Modi government is seeking credit for the sacrifice and valour of the armed forces, on the other it has failed to provide direction and vision to deal with Pakistan .

He also accused the government of meting out “step-motherly treatment” to the armed forces by not providing them with state-of-the-art equipment and slashing their budgetary allocation.

The BJP hit back at the Congress party, on Thursday, Subramanian Swamy questioned that how Surgical Strike video was exploiting people’s sentiments in BJP’s favour?

“Just because they (Congress) can’t produce such videos, because there’s none, we shouldn’t do it too? How’ is this exploiting people’s sentiments in BJP’s favour? If you did it, why did you hide it? It’s just like the old saying, grapes are sour,” Swamy said, reported news agency ANI.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also hit out at Congress and said that the party’s language was of those who want to divide the country. “How shameful that the Congress party was first asking for proof of surgical strike from the Army and now they are doing politics over it,” Rijiju said.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah deletes post on reservation for Kannadigas in private sector after backlash from business community

the Cabinet meeting held yesterday approved a bill to make it mandatory to hire 100 per cent Kannadigas for C and D-grade posts in all private industries in the State.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday deleted his social media post on the reservation Bill, which reserves seats in groups C and D for Kannadigas only in the private sector, after backlash from the business community.

Announcing the Bill on X, Siddaramaiah said the Cabinet meeting held yesterday approved a bill to make it mandatory to hire 100 per cent Kannadigas for C and D-grade posts in all private industries in the State.

The post further read, “It is our government’s wish that the Kannadigas should avoid being deprived of jobs in the land of Kannada and should be given an opportunity to build a comfortable life in the motherland.” He said that his government is a pro-Kannada government and their priority is to look after the welfare of Kannadigas.

Later after criticism from industry leaders, the Kartnataka CM deleted the post and then shared another post in Kannada that talks about giving reservation of 50% for administrative posts and 75% for non-administrative posts for Kannadigas in private industries and other organizations of the State.

Speaking to the media, Labour Minister Santosh Lad said the government is trying to introduce a law to give preference to locally available skills. He added that at the management level, it has been decided to provide reservations to 50% of the people.

At the non-management level, it has been decided to provide work to 70%, he said. If a particular skill is not available, people can be outsourced and they can be given work here. But the Government is trying to bring in a law to give preference to locally available skills, the minister further added.

In response to the government’s announcement about the passage of the Bill, industry leaders and unions voiced concerns that it would impede industry growth by pushing away skilled workers not protected by the quota. Nasscom, the apex body for the technology industry in India, stated that the Bill was “deeply disturbing”.

Mohandas Pai, a Padma Shri Awardee and former CFO and Board Member at Infosys, also said that the government must focus on increasing jobs, training, and educating Kannada youth instead of driving away investment. Karnataka is India’s best state, adding that he said we should not destroy this. Pai termed the Bill as ‘discriminatory, regressive, and against the Constitution’ even as he attacked the ruling Congress for the decision.

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Maharashtra sends controversial IAS trainee Puja Khedkar back to academy

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Trainee IAS officer Puja Khedkar, who has been the eye of the storm, has been asked by the Maharashtra Government to report back to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.

A letter from Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary Nitin Gadre stated LBSNAA has suspended district training of Khedkar and has called her back for further necessary action. The letter said she has been relieved from the district training programme of the state government of Maharashtra and has been asked to join the academy by July 23 under any circumstances.

Khedkar had made it to the headlines for her alleged demands of a separate office and official car, besides using a beacon on her private luxury car without official sanction.

Earlier this month, a report regarding Khedkar and her father’s objectionable behaviour was sent by Pune District Collector Suhas Diwase to the state government.

Reports said Khedkar completed her MBBS and then appeared for the UPSC exams several times. According to her, she joined the IRS in 2019. In a later interview she said she could not join the IRS since there were some technical problems in the OBC allocation of her seat.

Thereafter, in November 2021, she applied and got appointed as the assistant director in the Sports Authority of India. She then appeared for the Civil Services Examination in 2021 and cleared the preliminary exam, the main examination, and the interview, securing the 821st rank.

However, she failed to present herself for a medical test to confirm disability claims of blindness and mental illness due to which she was getting benefits under the category of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. Consequently, this persisted as a legal battle in Central Administrative Tribunal against UPSC.

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Supreme Court issues notice to CBI, ED on Manish Sisodia bail plea

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Manish Sisodia

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the bail pleas moved by former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The Supreme Court’s decided to issue notice to the two agencies after arguments on Sisodia’s petitions for bail in two cases relating to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi liquor policy. The court granted two weeks to the agencies to file their views.

“Views of agencies have to be heard before any decision is taken,” said Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, pointing at the seriousness of the charges slapped on Sisodia. The former Delhi Deputy CM has been under judicial remand since February 2023 over corruption and money laundering charges.

According to Sisodia’s counsel, the charges against him are politically motivated and lack enough evidence. The counsel had sought bail on medical grounds, to which the CBI or ED objected, saying his release might hamper the ongoing investigation into the case by influencing the witnesses or tampering with evidence.

According to the CBI and ED, Sisodia’s involvement in the liquor policy scheme was responsible for substantial state revenue loss and worked in favor of private liquor vendors.

Manish Sisodia, known for his transformational work in the field of education under the Delhi government, is not the only Aam Aadmi Party leader in jail. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain are also behind bars. While Kejriwal is jailed in connection with the liquor policy case, Jain is in prison for corruption charges.

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