India extends Taslima's visa
India on Thursday extended controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen's visa but advised her that all "guests" should not do anything that hurts the sentiments of any community.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Navtej Sarna stated that the visa for Nasreen, who has been living in India after she was threatened by religious extremists in Bangladesh offended by her writings, has been extended.
The visa was expiring on Sunday.
"It is incumbent on those who are welcomed as guests in India that they remain sensitive to India's traditions and do not conduct themselves in a manner that either affects our relations with other countries or cause hurt to our secular ethos," said Sarna.
He added that such guests should "not undertake actions that could hurt the sentiments of the many communities that make up our multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation".
The Punjab Pollution Control Board will keep an eye on top 10 districts, known to be chronic violators and reporting the highest number of paddy residue burning incidents during the Kharif season. PPCB chairman Adarsh Pal Vig said as many 10 districts reported the greatest number of stubble burning cases in 2020 and 2021. “Some of these are Sangrur, Ludhiana, Moga, Patiala and Ferozepur.”
Cases of crime reported in Delhi till July 15 this year increased by 8.1%, compared to the same period last year, according to statistics shared by the Delhi Police on Wednesday, showing a broad increase across most categories in 2022. In 2021, in fact, a total of 2,485 home burglaries were reported for the entire year. Cases of non-heinous crimes, such as snatching, burglary and vehicle theft, too went up by 8%.
Police have recovered four pistols and their ammunition, believed to be dropped by a drone in the Lopoke area of the district near the India-Pakistan border. A team led by Lopoke police station in-charge Mantej Singh, launched a search operation in the area where the drone was spotted. More than 20 incidents of drone movements and smuggling of weapons and drugs at the Punjab border with Pakistan have been reported in this year.
An interstate gang involved in ATM fraud was busted with the arrest of three of its members in Pathankot on Wednesday. The accused – Ramesh Kumar, Pareen and Sikander of Hisar in Haryana – were arrested during a special operation. As many as 66 ATM cards, ₹19,000 cash, and a swipe machine were seized from the accused. Their SUV was also impounded.
With 11,000 of the 90,000 subsidised machines supplied to farmers over the last four years for in-situ stubble management missing, the Punjab agricultural department has decided to rope in the vigilance bureau to look into the matter and take action. The loss incurred has been pegged at ₹140 crore, as per the agricultural department's preliminary investigation. It is likely that action will be taken against machine manufacturers, dealers, users and some department officials.