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LeT, JeM, ISIS, Al-Qaeda active in J&K, other Indian areas

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Terror outfits such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen, ISIS and Al-Qaeda continue to be active in the Indian subcontinent, with Jammu and Kashmir, Northeast India and Maoist-hit regions in central India being hit by terror activities, according to the latest report on terrorism released by the US State Department.
The Indian Government had made significant efforts to detect and disrupt operations of major terrorist organisations within its borders, but threats persist, the report titled ‘2020 Country Reports on Terrorism’ said.
“In 2020, terrorism affected the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Northeast India and regions in central India. Major terrorist groups have been active in India, including the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen, ISIS and Al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent,” the report is published annually, said on Thursday.
The report cites the example of a crackdown by the Indian security agencies on several key members of Al-Qaeda-affiliated outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind in Jammu & Kashmir.
In September 2020, the United States and India held the 17th meeting of the Counterterrorism Joint Working Group and Third US-India Designations Dialogue.
In December, India had proposed holding another Quad counterterrorism tabletop exercise along with the United States, Australia, and Japan, the report said.
Although insurgent groups continue to operate in the Northeast, levels of terrorist violence have decreased.
The report also examined the decreasing presence of Khalistan groups in the country.
“The many organisations involved in the Sikh separatist (Khalistan) movement have not engaged in significant recent activities within India’s borders,” it said.
Observing that the National Security Guard has improved its response time and reduced past dependence on other agencies for logistics, the US State Department report insisted that challenges, including budget constraints and reliance on temporary details and volunteers from the armed forces, remained.
Noting that Indian security agencies effectively disrupted terror threats, gaps remained in inter-agency intelligence and information sharing, the report said.
In the absence of a National Counter Terrorism Centre, the Indian Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) collaborates with the United States to exchange terrorist screening information and conduct real-time collation and sharing of intelligence among federal and state security agencies.
The several Indian States have established State-level MACs to disseminate terrorism information to law enforcement, it said.
“Indian security forces demonstrate the limited capacity to patrol and secure extensive maritime and land borders.
India is implementing UNSCR 2396 to improve detection and deterrence of terrorist travel by using watchlists, implementing biographic and biometric screening at ports of entry, and expanding information sharing,” the report added.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in the 2020 Country Reports on Terrorism issued on Thursday, said that regionally, terrorist groups continued to operate from Pakistan.
“Groups targeting Afghanistan — including the Afghan Taliban and affiliated Haqqani Network (HQN), as well as groups targeting India, including Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and its affiliated front organisations, and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) — continued to operate from Pakistani territory,” according to the report.
The report said that Pakistan did not take action against other known terrorists such as JeM founder and UN-designated terrorist Azhar and 2008 Mumbai attack “project manager” Mir, both of whom are believed to remain free in Pakistan.
In February and again in November, the report noted that a Lahore anti-terrorism court convicted LeT founder Hafiz Saeed on multiple counts of terrorism financing and sentenced him to five years and six months in prison.
The US report acknowledged that Pakistan made further progress in 2020 towards completing its Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Action Plan but did not complete all Action Plan items and remained on the FATF “grey list”.
The report also noted that some madrassas in Pakistan continued to teach violent extremist doctrine.
“While the government continued efforts to increase madrassa regulation, some analysts and madrassa reform proponents observed that many madrassas failed to register with the Government, provide documentation of their sources of funding, or comply with laws governing acceptance of foreign students,” it said.
Highlighting the US-India cooperation, the report said that the United States continues to build its strategic partnership with the Government of India, including through bilateral engagements such as the 17th Counterterrorism Joint Working Group and Third Designations Dialogue in September, as well as the third 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in October.
It also commended the Indian counterterrorism forces, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA), to detect and disrupt transnational and regional terror forces.
“Indian counterterrorism forces, at the federal and state levels, actively detected and disrupted multinational and regional terror forces.
“The National Investigation Agency (NIA) examined 34 terrorism-related cases related to ISIS and arrested 160 persons, including ten alleged al-Qaeda operatives from Kerala and West Bengal, in September,” the report said.

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Republic Day full dress Rehearsal: Div Com Jammu takes salute at M.A Stadium

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The full dress rehearsal for the celebration of Republic Day 2022 was held on Monday here at M. A Stadium Jammu amid tight security arrangements.
The contingents of Army, CRPF, JKP, NCC cadets and other departments besides various schools presented an impressive March past.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer inspected the Parade and took a salute at the march past.
School children and artists of J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages presented a colourful cultural programme featuring theme-based presentations.  A brilliant performance by the Dare Devils of Jammu and Kashmir Police mesmerized the audience with spectacular stunts.
Stunning gymnastics performances, shows were also presented by sportspersons of the J&K Sports Council.
The cultural items depicted communal harmony and composite culture of Jammu Kashmir UT, besides featuring patriotic based presentations, folk music and dance.
The function was also attended by Additional Director General of Police, Mukesh Singh; Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Anshul Garg, besides other civil and police Officers.
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Raj Bhawan Cancels Republic Day ‘At Home’ Reception

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In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, Raj Bhawan has decided to cancel this year’s Republic Day ‘At Home’ Reception on 26th January 2022.

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has urged the people of the Union Territory of J&K to follow Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) and safety protocols issued by the health officials.

 

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JK Girl conferred with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar by PM Modi

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Who would not be familiar with the name of Aarushi Kotwal of Jammu and Kashmir today? It is such a well-known name in the sports world of the state, whose achievements and talent have been influenced by the National Children’s Award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually given Aarushi Kotwal this award.

17-year-old Aarushi Kotwal is the only player to become the state’s first woman master in chess. Aarushi has been the state champion eight times till now and has impressed everyone with her talent by participating in national and international competitions. Aarushi has also got a chance to represent India in the Commonwealth Chess Competition.

Aarushi Kotwal aspires to one day represent India in chess and become the world champion in the game of check and beat and win the title of Grand Master. Although he has not received special encouragement from the then governments of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, he is quite happy with the support extended by the family and the J&K Chess Association.

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Aarushi still remembers the memorable moment when Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, honoured her with a sum of Rs 50,000 for winning a gold medal in the Asian Chess competition.

While studying in the second grade, Aarushi started playing chess and, for the first time, the secured first position in the under-7 age group and second in the under-9 age group. Aarushi started the chess game first from her home, and then one day, after defeating all the members of the house, she is giving tough competition to the country’s players. As a result, she has proved her talent by participating in many national and international competitions so far.

Aarushi won the gold medal by participating in the Asian School Chess competition held in New Delhi. Apart from this, she has brought laurels to the state and the country by participating in the international competition held in Tashkent. In the 14th Asian School Chess Competition held in Sri Lanka in July 2018, 454 players from 16 countries participated in the boys and girls categories of four different age groups. In this, Aarushi Kotwal successfully won the silver medal by defeating her rivals in the under-17 age group of girls.

Aarushi says that a sports policy has been made in the state, but due to lack of sports earlier, she was deprived of participating in international competitions twice.

Amish Mahajan

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