A rights activist from Pakistan, Anila Gulzar has requested the United Nations to intervene and protect minority rights in Pakistan as they have been facing persecution foe the past seven decades. While making an intervention during the 45th Session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Gulzar said, "Minorities are suffering for the past 73 years in Pakistan. I would like the world to know that a lot of Christians have left Pakistan due to fear of being persecuted by Blasphemy law. They are languishing in Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka."She said, "Every year 1000 minor Christian Hindu and Sikh girls are kidnapped and forcefully converted and married to their kidnappers". A 37 year old Christian man Asif Pervez refused to accept Islam and was arrested in 2013 under Blasphemy law has now sentenced to death. A 14 year old Hindu girl named Mehek Kumari was abducted on her way to school in Jacobabad and forcefully converted to Islam and married to her abductor. Gulzar added, "I request the United Nations Human Rights Council to intervene in this situation. Thousands of Pakistani minority refugees are languishing all over the world. At least they should be settled in Europe and Canada so that their nightmare can be over."
Around 400 people who were stranded in Pakistan due to COVID19 situation returned to India via Attari-Wagah border. 363 No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) visa holders including 37 Indian Citizen returned to India on September 15. "Medial screening has been done at India's zero line in India. According to report, negative ones will be sent direct to home for quarantine and those who will be found positive will be sent to Amritsar for quarantine."
Nearly 200 Pakistani nationals returned home from India via the Wagah-Attari border post. They had been stuck in India after a lockdown was implemented to break the chain of transmission of Covid-19. They thanked the governments of the two nations for facilitating their return. India had imposed its first lockdown from March 25. The Narendra Modi administration has helped various foreign nationals stuck in the country return home. The government also launched Vande Bharat Mission to bring back Indians stranded in other countries.
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Indian soldiers celebrated Independence Day on Saturday. Soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gurez sector were seen hoisting the national flag. The national anthem was played in the background when soldiers hoisted the national flag. At the Attari-Wagah border, ITBP DG SS Deswal hoisted the flag. At India-Bangladesh border in Siliguri, West Bengal, sweets were shared by BSF personnel. The soldiers shared sweets with BGB personnel. India celebrated 74th Independence Day on Saturday.
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Around 400 people reportedly returned from Pakistan to India via the Wagah-Attari border crossing. They were stuck in the neighbouring nation due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdown. Around 360 of those who returned were reportedly NORI (No Obligation to Return to India) certificate holders. They underwent a medical check-up at the border post. Those who tested negative for Covid infection were asked to observe a 7-day quarantine at home, while those who tested positive were sent to Amritsar in ambulances for isolation. Watch the full video for more.
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Security forces recovered cache of arms and ammunition in J&K’s Akhnoor. Forces said the ammunition was dropped by a Pakistani drone across LOC. An official confirmed that the arms and ammunition were dropped in a rivulet by the Pakistani drone. It is the fifth incident since June 20 when a similar drone was shot down by the Border Security Force (BSF). On September 19, another Pakistani drone had dropped arms in J&K’s Rajouri. Earlier, DGP Dilbag Singh said that Pakistan has been dropping weapons via drones. Watch the full video for more details.
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Border Security Force (BSF) foiled an attempt to smuggle arms, ammunition and narcotics into India in Arnia area along the International Border from Pakistan side, on the night of 19-20 September. "During search of the area, 2 pistols, 3 magazines and ammunition and 62 packets of drugs were also seized," said BSF Inspector General of Jammu Frontier, NS Jamwal.
After almost 18 years, government is taking steps to allow cultivation up to zero line in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua area. Govt will ensure safe agricultural activities along the border. Farmers in the region applauded the move. "There is almost 2500-3000 Kanal land area. Neighbouring country is already doing cultivation up to zero line of border area, the step going to beneficial for farmers living at border area, Border Security Force (BSF) has been asked that they help us in this endeavor," said a local. "This step will be benefitted in many ways, on one side crop production will increase and on the other side insurgency will reduce," said Deputy Commissioner of Kathua, OP Bhagat.
The Border Security Force unearthed a tunnel dug from Pakistan to push terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir. The tunnel's opening was discovered in J&K's Samba, just 400 m from a Pakistani border post. The BSF showed sandbags with Pakistani markings which were used to reinforce the structure of the tunnel. The sacks had names of Pakistani factories located in Karachi. NS Jamwal, Inspector General of the Border Security Force, said that the tunnel seemed to go to a depth of around 25 ft. A J&K police officer said that pushing terrorists via tunnels was an old tactic of Pakistan, possibly imitated from Hamas which also uses underground routes to enter Israel. Watch the full video for more.
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People in large numbers took holy dip in Hoogly River on 'Mahalaya Amavas' in Kolkata on September 17. Hindu devotees performed rituals and paid homage to their ancestors for salvation of departed souls. They performed 'Tarpan', a ritual to offer water and prayers to their ancestors' soul amid coronavirus pandemic. However, social distancing norms were flouted by the people amid rising COVID cases.
Metro services resumed in Kolkata on September 13 only for NEET 2020 examination aspirants and their guardians. Thermal screening was conducted before they boarded the metro. Social distancing norms were being followed inside the metro. NEET exam is being held across country on September 13 amid COVID-19 pandemic. Metros in Kolkata will resume for general public from September 14.
Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee on September 26 continued their 'rail roko' agitation, protesting against the farm bills. The Committee is holding the 'rail roko' agitation from September 24 to 26 against the Bills. Supporting the farm bills, the go'ernment said, this will bring re'olutionary changes in the li'es of farmers.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), General Secretary, Bikram Singh Majithia participated in the nation-wide 'Bharat Bandh' protest in Amritsar against new farm bills. "If there is any misunderstanding between farmers towards the new farm bills, it is duty of government to address the farmers, we had expectation that the matter will be discussed via select committee and farmers' voice will be heard," said Majithia. On September 17, SAD leader and Lok Sabha MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the Union Cabinet, displaying her party's opposition to the bills.
Youth Congress bills held a 'Mashal' protest on September 24 in Amritsar against agriculture reform bills. Youth Congress workers termed farm bills "anti-farmer and anti-poor". Protests have erupted in parts of Punjab and Haryana after bills were passed in Parliament.