India and UAE on Thursday discussed the threats posed by the Islamic State (IS), increasing radicalisation of young people, and the need for a joint effort to counter terrorism during wide-ranging talks focusing on deepening security cooperation and expanding bilateral trade. 

    New Delhi also made a strong case for action on pending extradition requests for certain individuals wanted in India. The discussions took place at a ministerial commission meeting, held barely a fortnight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE, the first by an Indian PM in 34 years. 

    External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her visiting counterpart Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan co-chaired the meeting.

    The two sides signed MOUs on cooperation in several areas, including higher education and scientific research, tourism, cooperation between the respective telecom regulatory authorities, and also between the FICCI and the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

    A government statement said the two sides agreed to increase bilateral trade by 60% over the next five years and also to encourage the UAE’s investment institutions to raise their stake in India, with an aim of reaching a target of US$ 75 billion.

    The visiting UAE minister also called on Modi and held meetings with defence minister and railways minister before attending a dinner hosted by national security adviser Ajit Doval. PM Modi recalled his successful visit to the UAE and said it had “charted a new course” in bilateral relations that would not only be beneficial for the two countries but also contribute to peace and prosperity in Asia and beyond.

Maoists gun down Cong leader in Jharkhand

  • Probal Sanatani, Hindustan Times, Ghatsila
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  • Updated: Aug 31, 2014 09:27 IST

Congress leader Kishan Saw was killed on Friday by CPI Maoists, who branded him a police informer, in a bustling local market in Jharkhand’s Gudabandha area, under Ghatsila subdivision.

Saw was gunned down at point blank range and died on the spot. The ultras left a poster branding him an informer and left the body overnight in the market. Police reached the spot in the morning.

Mosaboni DSP B Kujur defended the delay and said, “We avoided visiting the spot as there were intelligence inputs that Maoists might use Saw’s body as a booby trap to attack the police.” Kujur added that forces had been sent out into the jungles nearby to search for rebels. 

The killing of the young Congress leader has led to severe protests in the area. Saw’s family members refused to the body away after the autopsy demanding adequate compensation.

Senior Congress leader Manoj Kumar Yadav and district Congress president Vijay Khan, who visited Ghatsila condemned the callous approach of authorities. “We will try to meet him and demand security for our party workers, who are being targeted and killed,” said Yadav.  “The Congress party has lost a good party worker. Saw was a firebrand leader in his area,” said Congress state president Sukhdeo Bhagat.

Secretary Nagarik Suraksha Samity Sailen Baskey said that an hour after the incident he had informed the police about armed militants in Gurabandha but “they did nothing to arrest the advancement of the Maoist faction.”

 

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