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Army wants AFSPA to deal with Militants and stonepelters – Sources

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Army wants AFSPA to deal with Militants and stonepelters -Sources

With the increasing distress in the valley ,Indian Army has called for strict action against those who have been damaging government property. But on other hand Army has also expressed its desire for a positive social media outreach programme and full protective cover under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act or AFSPA in a bid to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA), are Acts of the Parliament of India that grant special powers to the Indian Armed Forces in what each act terms “disturbed areas”.According to The Disturbed Areas (Special Courts) Act, 1976 once declared ‘disturbed’, the area has to maintain status quo for a minimum of 3 months.

The Army which has put in place the counter-insurgency strategy said that a social media outreach programme is the need of the hour. It could have a positive effect on the youth of the Valley.

It would be an outreach programme, the Army has suggested. Further the Army has also said that the problem is not across the Valley. The focus would be on five districts in the state which are most trouble-hit.

While seeking authority over the CAPF, the Army has said that there is an urgent need to protect the force. Pictures of the personnel of the CAPF being targeted by the stone pelters and some youth of the Valley have been in circulation and this had a demoralising effect on the force. This needs to stop at once the Army has also said.

The Army has also called for strict action against those who have been damaging government property in the Valley. Housing them in prisons alone would not be enough. They need to be booked under the appropriate laws, the Army has further suggested.

The Army says that it needs to work under the full cover of AFSPA. The debate on this law is unnecessary at this point of time. The Army at times would need to act strongly and for this the cover of a law is necessary, the Army has further said. IN such situations, the Army cannot work under the fear of being summoned by the police for investigation which drags on for years. AFSPA is a necessity which would be used sparingly and in situations that mandate it, the Indian Army has further told the centre.

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MiG 21 fighter jet crashes in Himachal’s Kangra; no news on pilot

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A MiG 21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, the police said.

The accident took place after 1 pm. A video shows the wreckage of the jet which took off from Punjab’s Pathankot, a frontline Indian Air Force base. Visuals from the site of the accident showed a part of the aircraft engulfed in flames, lying in what appears to be a field.

Superintendent of police of Kangra, Santosh Patial said the pilot was missing. The rescue team is on the way, reported a news agency.

In another aviation accident this year, a small aircraft crashed in a crowded Mumbai neighbourhood on June 28, killing five people, including four crew members and a pedestrian.

The Indian Air Force has been the world’s largest operator of the jet, the first variants of which entered service with the air force in the sixties. This is the second Indian Air Force fighter jet crash in two months.

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Functioning of the state government is ‘completely paralysed’ despite SC verdict: Delhi government

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New Delhi | The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the functioning of the state government is “completely paralysed” and it can’t order transfer or posting of officers despite the recent Constitution bench verdict on the administration of Delhi.

The bench of Justices AK Sikri and Navin Sinha said it knows everything and the matter will be taken on July 26 since it is not a regular bench.

Senior advocate P Chidambaram who was representing the Delhi government said, “Functioning of the government is completely paralysed. We cannot post officers, we cannot transfer officers despite the recent constitution bench verdict which has explained every aspect. These issues needs to be adjudicated at the earliest.”

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who also appeared for the Delhi government, said officers are not willing to file an affidavit on this matter and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had therefore filed the affidavit. “I just wanted to clarify the situation.”

Earlier a five-judge Constitution bench including Chief Justice Dipak Misra recently stated broad parameters for the governance of the Delhi which had a constant power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government since the election of Aam Aadmi Party in 2014.

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Swami Agnivesh files complaint against assault; blames RSS, BJP Yuva Morcha

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Ranchi | Social Activist and self-proclaimed spiritual leader Swami Agnivesh on Wednesday lodged a complaint with Ranchi Police stating that a couple of people belonging to the right-wing group RSS, and BJP Yuva Morcha (BJYM) entered the premises and assaulted him.

Earlier on Tuesday, Swami Agnivesh was allegedly attacked by a mob when he had gone to Pakur, a place 30 km away from the Ranchi to address the tribals residing in the region. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das after the attack provided safety to Agnivesh.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday while condemning the attack on the social activist took a jibe at the BJP in the form of a ‘pop quiz’ on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Tuesday condemned the rising mob violence and lynching incident and directed the Parliament to roll-out a new law to punish the defaulters.

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