Four flying objects suspected to be drones were spotted in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district, said police.
The objects were noticed in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.
Police sources said the four flying objects were spotted in the Bari Brahmana area of Samba district.
"Police personnel did not fire at these as they were out of range, but the army was immediately alerted", sources said.
After confirmation from police about spotting these objects, security forces have been out on high alert in and around the area.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is likely to get consent for cabinet expansion after meeting the party Chief J.P. Nadda on Monday. Bommai is scheduled to meet Nadda in the first half of the morning hours.
Party sources said that the list of ministers will be finalised. Chief Minister Bommai had earlier requested the high command to approve the appointment of 12-13 ministers as the state is facing multiple issues in the form of floods, heavy rainfall and the Covid crisis.
Chief Minister Bommai, who was expecting a call on Monday, was called again to New Delhi on Sunday within 24 hours of his return from his maiden trip after taking charge as the Chief Minister.
He had already held a long meeting in an undisclosed location with a BJP top leader who is also a Union Minister in connection with cabinet expansion.
The list is going to be finalised in the meeting with party Chief Nadda and the state cabinet will be expanded in one or two days, sources explain.
Chief Minister Bommai had submitted a tentative list of the cabinet ministers to the BJP high command. However, the party top leaders did not give consent and the high command has changed the list, sources said.
It is also learnt that, it has been decided to create more than two Deputy CM posts, and in the first phase 12 to 15 cabinet ministers will take the oath.
Chief Minister Bommai is also likely to meet Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi and National Organising Secretary B.L. Santhosh, both hail from Karnataka.
Millions of Indians fell in love with hockey once again and social media went into a frenzy after the national team made its first Olympic semifinal in 49 years.
The Indian team raised hopes of its first Olympic medal since 1980 by beating Great Britain 3-1 in the quarterfinals here on Sunday.
People from all walks of life expressed their elation on social media, including former hockey players, cricketers and politicians.
"Greatest moment for Indian Hockey since the 1980 Gold medal at the Moscow Olympics. I am just so proud of the team. Congrats boys. I have tears of joy in my eyes. Thank you for what you guys are doing at Tokyo Flag of IndiaFlag of IndiaFlag of India," tweeted former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha.
India face Belgium in the semifinals on Tuesday.
"To win an Olympic hockey QF, you need hunger, fire, desire and total teamwork. Our men's hockey team showed all that and then some more today vs GBR. Just so proud of our warriors. Now for Belgium. Recover and get ready for the SF. The whole nation will be watching & cheering," Rasquinha said.
"There is something about a team sport especially hockey that can truly unite a nation. I can feel the emotion and the love for hockey in Flag of India Everyone wants our hockey team to do well. Keep fighting boys. The tournament is not over. Stay focused," he added.
India's only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and 2012 bronze medallist Gagan Narang congratulated Manpreet Singh-led squad.
"What a great evening ! Super show @TheHockeyIndia! Two more to go," Bindra wrote, also referring to P V Sindhu's bronze in badminton.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur tweeted: "India dribbles & dashes it's way into the Semi-Finals! Brilliant performance by Mens Hockey team."
"Chak De India. What a great moment for Indian hockey. Beating Great Britain in great fashion. First semi-final after 1972 Olympics. Maza aa gaya. Best wishes for the semis," wrote former India opener Virender Sehwag.
Wishes also came in from Australia's High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell, who hoped for an India-Australia final.
"Great game @TheHockeyIndia! A well deserved victory. Hopefully, India & Australia win their next matches and we will meet in the final."
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in a tweet: "Well played! Congratulate Indian Men's #Hockey Team on registering a stunning victory in the quarter-final against Great Britain at #Tokyo2020.
"May the team continue its momentum & bring much awaited medal for the country. Wish the team all the best."
Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that the BJP would return to power with a massive majority in the next assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and asked the opposition leaders to prepare for their defeat.
Speaking at the 'bhumi pujan' ceremony of the Uttar Pradesh State Institute of Forensic Science (UPSIFS) that is coming up in Sarojini Nagar locality in Lucknow, Shah said that under the leadership of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the state has emerged as a leader.
"Yogi Adityanath has turned Uttar Pradesh into a number one state in implementation of 44 welfare schemes. He has improved the law-and-order situation that is now inviting investments and has also checked corruption. During the Covid pandemic, Yogi ji and his team did excellent work. Opposition leaders will now come out because elections are approaching but people must not be misled by them. Where were they when there was the land mafia, riots were taking place, crime against women was at a high and families did not have toilets?" he asked.
The union minister said that the BJP does not work for any particular caste or family but works for the poorest of the poor.
Talking about the Uttar Pradesh State Institute of Forensic Science, Amit Shah said that this would be affiliated to the forensic institute in Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
"This institute will not only enable youth to get a new career for themselves but will help in improving law and order. The institute will have a DNA centre for which Rs 15 crore has been earmarked. The conviction rate of criminals will also go up as investigations become more professional and scientific and the crime rate will automatically go down," he said.
Shah said that policing had changed over the years with the advent of problems related to fake currency, cybercrime, narco terrorism etc. The police force needs to be better trained and we need a special manpower for investigations, he said.
Amit Shah further pointed out that police is blamed for either inaction or extreme action. "The police need to focus on just action," he added.
Spread over 50 acres in Piparsand locality of Sarojini Nagar, the institute will offer studies in the field of police administration and forensic science. A Centre of Excellence is being set up by NFSU to provide modern infrastructure and technology in scientific crime investigation, which will be a separate unit on 5-acre land on the campus.
Raj Singh Gehlot, Chairman of the Ambience Group of Companies who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) last week and sent to ED custody for seven days, will be questioned about how money was routed to different companies and how he made the J&K Bank settle for Rs 128 crore in place of Rs 289.08 crore.
Gehlot was arrested by the ED on July 28 and produced before a PMLA court via video conferencing on July 30.
He has been sent to ED custody by the court for seven days.
An ED official related to probe said that during the money laundering investigation, it was found that Gehlot had entered into a criminal conspiracy to fraudulently siphon off the loan amount by diverting the funds for other purposes, such as to settle the loan of other group companies and making Fixed Deposits as well as diversion of materials to other projects of the Ambience Group.
"An amount of Rs 469 crore was found to be diverted to entities and individuals, controlled by Gehlot and for which he is the authorised signatory," he said.
The official said that during the course of investigation, Gehlot had mislead the ED and continuously tried to show that he did not make any diversion of the sanctioned loans.
"Whereas the documentary evidences collected during the search revealed that the submissions made by Gehlot were false and misleading," the official said.
The ED official also pointed out that the agency will question Gehlot to understand how the layering and integration of money was done to siphon the loan amount.
He said that the J&K Bank manager in his statement to ED had said that the loan to Gehlot was released in "deviation" of rules.
"Further, against the outstanding liability of Rs 289.28 crore, the bank officials attempted to settle the account with accused for a paltry sum of Rs 128.94 crore," the official said.
The ED will question Gehlot as to how he made the bank to settle the loan of Rs 289.28 crore to Rs 128.94 crore and who all were the persons who benefitted from it.
The official said that the agency sleuths will also confront Gehlot with documents, including in the digital form, such as transaction details.
He further said that the agency will also confront Gehlot with the statements of several accused.
The ED had registered a money laundering case on the basis of an FIR filed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Jammu and Kashmir Police, against officers of J&K Bank and others in respect of loan sanctioned to Aman Hospitality Pvt Ltd (AHPL).
The ED said that AHPL had taken a loan amount of Rs 810 crore from a consortium of banks led by the J&K Bank.
The official said that the loan was sanctioned for the purpose of construction and development of a five-star hotel at CBD, Shahdara, in New Delhi.
The loan amount, along with interest totalling to the tune of Rs 902 crore, has been declared as NPA, he added.
Besides ED, the Ambinece Group Chairman is also being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the CBI to probe the case for the alleged illegal construction of a commercial building on approximately 18.98 acres of land in Gurugram by blatantly flouting the building by-laws and statutory provisions in collusion with others.
It was alleged that the land where the Ambience Mall was built was meant for a housing project.
The CBI has registered a case against a private person, Gehlot, Ambience Ltd and Ambience Developers and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and unknown officials of HUDA, and unknown private persons on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Setting an example, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur deployed his newly acquired 16-seater chopper for ferrying at least 66 people stranded in the Himalayan heights.
As the weather cleared on Sunday after days, Thakur directed authorities to deploy his chopper in its maiden flight for the evacuation of the people, including tourists, who have been stranded in the remote landlocked Lahaul-Spiti district for five days after roads closed down due to flash floods.
In its day-long four sorties, the chopper will evacuate almost all stranded people from Tandi and will drop them to Baring and Kullu from where they will be sent to their destinations in public transport by road.
In fact, Thakur, who reached Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti, on Saturday to oversee the ongoing relief and rescue operations, decided to travel in his old chopper on Sunday to reach the state capital so that the new one can be used to ferry the stranded people.
A total of 221 people, comprising tourists from New Delhi, Punjab, Odisha and Maharashtra, were rescued by road from various places by Saturday.
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and the local administration have been deployed for the rescue operation.
Earlier, the stranded people could not be airlifted owing to bad climatic conditions, a government official told IANS.
The newly hired chopper had been stationed in Kullu town since its arrival on the direction of the Chief Minister so that it could be deployed in airlifting people as the weather got cleared, he added.
Seven people were washed away in a flash flood in the Tozing rivulet in Udaipur subdivision, some 15 km from district headquarters Keylong, after a cloudburst on July 27. Three people are still missing.
The strategic Manali-Sarchu road was closed for traffic at various places due to multiple landslides, said the BRO's Project Deepak.
It dispatched its trained Engineering Task Force with personnel and equipment to undertake the rescue and road clearing operations.
On July 29, on one such stretch near Sarchu ahead of Baralacha Pass on Manali-Leh road, a number of civilians, including women and children, were stranded and facing problems due to lack of oxygen in inclement high-altitude conditions.
The BRO team cleared the landslide, amid a series of other landslides, near Kenlung Sarai located at an altitude of 14,480 ft and rescued the people.
However, Naik Reetesh Kumar Pal of Project Deepak, who was part of the rescue efforts, lost his life. The road was, later, opened for traffic.
In another incident on July 27, a separate Engineer Task Force of BRO was deployed for clearance of Kiler-Tandi road which was blocked due to heavy landslides. Two passenger vehicles were stranded in the area.
The team, which had already cleared two landslides en route, carried out a late-night clearance operation to save lives of civilians stranded in the slide zone.
During the operation, some members of the team, six civilians and a vehicle were washed away by a sudden flash flood. Junior Engineer Rahul Kumar lost his life in the incident, while others were rescued by the BRO personnel.
The BRO personnel, later, cleared the landslide, rescued the stranded passengers and moved them to safer locations.
The climatic conditions in those areas are harsh as the temperature plummets to as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius.
A top Pakistani terrorist commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammad and a relative of JeM chief Masood Azhar was one of the terrorists killed in an early morning encounter between militants and security forces in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday.
"Top most Pakistani terrorist affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM, Lamboo, killed in today's encounter. Identification of second terrorist being ascertained," police said.
Police said Mohd. Ismal Alvi, alias Lamboo, was family member of Masood Azhar and was involved in conspiring in the February 2019 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
"Mohd Ismal Alvi, alias Lamboo, alias Adnan, was from family of Masood Azhar. He was involved in conspiracy and planning of Lethpora Pulwama attack and figured in charge sheet produced by NIA," police said.
The gunfight at Nagberan-Tarsar forest area took place after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about presence of terrorists.
As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.
IG Kashmir Vijay Kumar has congratulated the army and police for the successful anti-terror operation.
Uneasy calm prevails in the BJP Karnataka state unit leaders camp as they have got the news that the party is keen on replacing the elderly leaders with new faces, sources said.
According to sources in the party, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the party top brass are said to have agreed upon giving chance to 6 new faces in the cabinet.
It is said that Bommai has proposed the creation of five deputy chief ministers to give representation to scheduled castes, tribes, other backward communities, Lingayat and Vokkaliga castes.
Bommai's proposal has been agreed upon by the high command as well as former chief minister Yediyurappa, sources explain.
Though, RSS leaders are said to be hesitant on forming a cabinet on caste lines. They are also of the opinion that the creation of posts of deputy chief ministers will create unnecessary rivalry among themselves.
The senior BJP leaders, who enjoyed plum postings, are said to be disturbed after the news of laying them off in the new cabinet reached.
Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, S. Sureshkumar, R. Ashok and former deputy chief minister Govind Karajol are lobbying hard to retain their prominence in the party.
The party has decided to induct 21 to 25 ministers into the cabinet in the first phase. After seeing reactions, decisions will be made in future, sources claimed.
But, most of the legislators who joined BJP from the Congress are likely to make it to the cabinet. Yediyurappa has been continuously issuing sympathetic statements on them, party sources say.
Meanwhile, former ministers Umesh Katti, C.C. Patil, C.P. Yogeshwar, former deputy chief minister Lakshman Savadi and MLA Aravind Bellad are camping in New Delhi and are meeting senior leaders.
Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces on Saturday in the Nagberan-Tarsar forest area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said.
Confirming the deaths, the police said that a search is currently underway in the area.
The encounter started after a joint team of the police and army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.
As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where the terrorists were hiding, they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.
A group of armed Maoists attacked a Bihar railway station on the Patna-Kolkata route on Saturday morning and held the station master captive for around half-an-hour. The insurgents also threatened to explode the station building.
The railway operation was disrupted for more than 4 hours on the route as the Chaura railway station came under siege It falls in the Maoist-hit Jamui district.
The insurgents, in police fatigues, reached Chaura around 6 a.m. and barged into the cabin of Station Master Vinay Kumar. They ordered Kumar to stop operations as they were celebrating Maoist week in the region.
"When the station master asked them why he would do such a thing, they introduced themselves as Maoists and pulled out their fire arms," said one of the other railway employees at the station, an eyewitness, who requested anonymity.
Most of the officials present at the railway station were shocked. It was a tense moment when they saw the armed Maoists inside the station premises. "After sometime, though the officials, including station master Vinay Kumar, managed to flee," he said.
Superintendent Jamui, Pramod Kumar Mandal, confirmed the incident. "We have initiated a search operation of the entire area, including railway tracks and railway station and then given green signal to railway officials to resume operation on this route," Mandal said.
Major trains like Himgiri express were stopped at various railway stations along the route.
The railway operation was resumed after police and CRPF officials checked entire areas and gave the green signal.
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The Supreme Court on Friday took suo motu cognisance of the alleged mowing down of Dhanbad Additional District Judge (ADJ) Uttam Anand, by an auto-rickshaw and sought a status report of investigation from the Jharkhand government through chief secretary and DGP within a week.
A bench comprising Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and justice Surya Kant said the case was widely reported by media and it was also brought to the notice of this court by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).
SCBA president and senior advocate Vikas Singh on Thursday asked the top court to take suo moto cognizance of the alleged killing of Anand.
The bench took into consideration several instances in different parts of country, where judicial officers have been attacked along with lawyers appearing in cases.
The bench said: "It is the state duty to protect the judicial officers and legal fraternity who function fearlessly. It may require hearing of these larger issues. We thought to take up suo moto of such cases."
The bench recorded in its order that it has recently come across several instances of attack on judicial officers and lawyers inside and outside the court premises, and it is essential to know the nature of incidents and steps taken by the government to protect the law officers. The bench emphasized that larger issues of safety and security of judicial officers in the country need to be addressed.
The bench directed the chief secretary and state Director General of Police (DGP) to submit a report in a week's time on the status of the inquiry on the sad demise of the judge.
The top court clarified that it is not interfering in the ongoing proceedings before the high court. "These issues require larger consideration and detailed examination," said the top court.
ADJ Anand was said to be handling cases in connection with gangsters. He was hit by an auto-rickshaw on his morning walk on Wednesday. Anand succumbed to the injuries at the hospital.
CCTV footage indicated that he was deliberately hit by the auto-rickshaw which was stolen on the previous night. The wife of deceased judge has reportedly lodged a murder case against unknown people.
The top court has listed the matter after one week.