Major News and Events of 09 July 2016
What Happened on 09 July 2016
PM hard sells India's H.O.P.E. Story in South Africa
Home Ministry probing Controversial Preacher Zakir Naik's Speeches and NGO Funding
UK Business Secretary Sajid Javid talks to Sitharaman on Possible UK-India FTA Post-Brexit
SC says Security Forces can't use Excessive Retaliatory Force in Manipur and other Disturbed Areas
Mangaluru Dy SP commits Suicide after Blaming Karnataka Cong Minister
J&K police chief K Rajendra confirmed reports that joint operation of police and Army cornered poster boy and top commander of terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan, Muzaffar Wani (22-years-old), and two of his associates in Kokernag’s Bumdoora village. The three militants were gunned down in Anantnag after receiving definite intel reports on their hideout. Burhan Muzaffar Wani was the poster boy of the terror group and was known for circulating ‘jehadi’ videos through Whatsapp and Facebook for recruiting young Kashmiri men for terrorist activities. Mobile internet services have been blocked in the region and Amarnath Yatra has been temporarily suspended due to security concerns. Overnight clashes have been reported between security forces and protesters.
While addressing a 15,000 strong crowd of Indian Diaspora at The Dome in South Africa’s Johannesburg, Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarded the African country the land of Mandela as well as the "karmabhumi" of Mahatma Gandhi, which transformed him from Mohandas to Mahatma. While hard selling India’s transforming dynamic character, PM Modi defined India as H.O.P.E which stands for Harmony, Optimism, Potential, and Energy. He emphasised that his government is working hard to achieve a growth rate of over 8 per cent in coming years. He also called upon the expat investors to experience India’s growth story.
With allegations against controversial preacher Zakir Naik piling up and the rising voices of banning him in India, Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered investigation in the alleged hate speeches given by him. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured that the union government will not compromise on the issue of terrorism and all the speeches of Naik are currently being examined thoroughly. With reports saying that Naik’s speeches inspired the terrorists, who killed 22 people in Dhaka, Union Home Ministry is also probing funds received by Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation.
Just a fortnight after people of UK voted in favour of Britain’s exit from the European Union, UK Business Secretary Sajid Javid started dialogue with India’s Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to explore the possibility of inking a separate Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and UK. When asked about the issue, Sitharaman said that the informal talks will transform into a formal framework but didn’t divulge whether the agreement will be FTA or a preferential one.
While ruling on a petition filed by a Manipuri activist, Supreme Court observed that army as well as paramilitary personnel can’t enforce excessive and retaliatory force in disturbed areas including Manipur where AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) gives security forces sweeping emergency powers. Judges evoked “Geneva Conventions and the principles of international humanitarian law” to say that killing enemy is not the only solution. SC pointed out that there are over 1500 fake encounters in Manipur that are under probe by independent agencies.
51-year-old Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy SP) MK Ganapathi committed suicide on Thursday and accused erstwhile Karnataka Home Minister and senior congress leader KJ George, his son, and two senior officers of putting pressure on him to collect bribes. George, who now is the minister of Town Planning, refused to resign. A sitting DIG level officer has said that it’s the senior officers’ onus that illegal demands of politicians are not passed on to the juniors. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that an investigation will be carried out.