Pulwama attack COVERAGE: Customs duty on imports from Pakistan raised to 200% after India withdraws MFN status
Pulwama attack COVERAGE: Addressing a public meeting in Chhattisgarh’s Dhuragaon, Rahul Gandhi paid condolences to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack. Earlier, Rajnath Singh convened an all-party meeting over the emergent security situation in Kashmi...
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The Narendra Modi government called an all-party meeting on Saturday to hold consultations with opposition parties in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, in which a convoy of security forces was targeted on Thursday in the South Kashmir district, resulting in the death of 40 jawans.
Rajnath Singh, who visited Srinagar after attending the CCS meet at PM Modi’s residence in New Delhi, convened the all-party meeting over the Pulwama attack and the emergent security situation in the Kashmir Valley.
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Customs duty on imports from Pakistan raised to 200%
Upon India’s withdrawal of MFN (Most Favoured Nation) status to Pakistan, basic customs duty on all goods exported from Pakistan to India has been raised to 200% with immediate effect, reports ANI.
Assam CM carries mortal remains of CRPF jawan
J&K Governor asks police to take strict action against miscreants
J&K Governor directs police to take strict action without mercy against those indulging in any type of violence, arson or rumour mongering irrespective of political and religious affiliation.
J&K Governor convene high-level meeting
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik convene high-level meeting at Raj Bhavan to review the law and order situation in the state.
Mortal remains of CRPF constable Guru H brought for last rites in Mandya, Karnataka
Karnataka: Visuals from Gudigere, Mandya as mortal remains of CRPF Constable Guru H are being brought for last rites. Family members pay their tribute to him. #PulwamaAttack pic.twitter.com/mmonbja2mI— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2019
Security personnel hold candle march in Bhopal
Security personnel and civilians hold a candle march in Bhopal to pay tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama.
Deceased CRPF jawan’s family in Howrah pay tribute
Family members of CRPF head constable Bablu Santra, martyred in Pulwama, pay tribute in Howrah.
West Bengal: Family members of CRPF Head constable Bablu Santra pay tribute in Howrah. pic.twitter.com/HdIX4QUVvx— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2019
CRPF officers, family members hold candle march in Bhopal
CRPF officers and their family members hold a candle march in Bhopal to pay tribute to the jawans who lost their lives in Pulwama.
Mortal remains of CRPF constable Nitin Shivaji Rathod brought for last rites in Maharashtra
Union minister JP Nadda at last rites ceremony of CRPF constable
Union minister JP Nadda and Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jairam Thakur present at the last rites ceremony of CRPF constable Tilak Raj at Dhewa in Kangra district.
Himachal Pradesh: Last rites ceremony of #CRPF Constable Tilak Raj at Dhewa in Kangra district. Union Minister JP Nadda and Chief Minister Jairam Thakur present. #PulwamaAttack pic.twitter.com/QKEgza3tNy— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2019
Union minister Jitendra Singh present at funeral of CRPF jawan at Rajouri
Union minister Dr Jitendra Singh present at the funeral of CRPF’s Naseer Ahmed at Rajouri. Ahmed lost his life in the Pulwama attack.
An artist’s tribute to the martyrs
L Eswar Rao, a Bhubaneswar-based artist, has crafted a miniature of “Amar Jawan” in a bottle using clay and cardboard, to pay tribute to the 40 CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama, reports ANI.
Odisha: L Eswar Rao, a Bhubaneswar-based artist, has crafted a miniature of "Amar Jawan" in a bottle using clay and cardboard, to pay tribute to the 40 CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in #PulwamaTerroristAttack. pic.twitter.com/WDhxbIb8Ar— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2019
Requested Rajnath to ensure safety of Kashmiris in other states: Omar Abdullah
I took the opportunity to inform @rajnathsingh Sb of the reports I had received of Kashmiri students & others being threatened/harassed and requested him to appoint a modal officer in @HMOIndia to ensure the directive issued to states is followed in letter & spirit.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 16, 2019
Requested Rajnath to take all steps necessary to ensure Jammu remains calm: Omar Abdullah
Just met union Home Minister @rajnathsingh Sb to personally pay my condolences for the tragic deaths in Pulwama on Thursday. I requested him to take all steps necessary to ensure Jammu remains calm.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 16, 2019
Omar Abdullah at Rajnath Singh’s residence
National Conference (NC) leader and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah arrives at Home minister Rajnath Singh’s residence.
National Conference (NC) leader and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah arrives at Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence. pic.twitter.com/8bLIJTGZHM— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2019
Wreath-laying ceremony of CRPF head constable underway in Bhubaneswar
Wreath-laying ceremony of CRPF head constable PK Sahoo underway in Bhubaneswar.
Mamata Banerjee participates in candlelight vigil
MoS finance Shiv Pratap Shukla at funeral of Pulwama martyr in Maharajganj
MHA asks states to ensure security of Kashmiris
MHA issues advisory to all states/UTs to take necessary measures to ensure safety and security of residents of Jammu and Kashmir after reports of them getting threats in the wake of Pulwama attack.
High level meeting at Rajnath Singh’s residence
RAW chief AK Dhasmana, IB additional director Arvind Kumar, Union Home secretary Rajiv Gauba and NSA Ajit Doval arrive at Home minister Rajnath Singh’s residence for a high-level meeting.
Odisha enhances compensation for martyrs’ families
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announces enhancement of ex-gratia for the next of kin of CRPF’s Prasanna K Sahoo and Manoj Kumar Behera who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack, reports ANI. They will be given ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh each instead of Rs 10 lakh.
Odisha govt to bear educational expenses of martyrs’ kids
Odisha govt to bear educational expenses of the kids of two CRPF jawans from the state who were killed in Pulwama. The schools where the jawans studied will be named after them and their gram panchayats will be declared model gram panchayats.
Congress leader demands sedition case against Sidhu
Punjab Congress general secretary Pawan Dewan demands dismissal of cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and registration of sedition case against him.
Last ritest of Pulwama martyr Sukhjinder Singh in Punjab’s Tarn Taran
Haryana villagers ask Kashmiris to vacate
Villagers of Mullana in Haryana’s Ambala district ask Kashmiri students to vacate flats.
Rajasthan University to donate fest money to martyrs’ families
University of Rajasthan students’ union cancels annual cultural programme, Ghoomar, and announces to donate Rs 10 lakh collected for it, to the next of kin of Pulwama martyrs.
Our condolences with the families of Pulwama martyrs: Rahul Gandhi
Jawans who sacrificed their lives in Jammu and Kashmir, who were martyred, we remember them. Our condolences are with their families: Congress president Rahul Gandhi at public meeting in Dhuragaon, Chhattisgarh.
Huge crowds gather to receive mortal remains of CRPF head constable in Bihar
Huge crowds gather to receive the mortal remains of CRPF head constable Sanjay Kumar Sinha in Masaurhi, in Patna district.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman lays wreath on mortal remains of CRPF constable C Sivachandran
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman laid a wreath on the mortal remains of CRPF constable C Sivachandran in Tamil Nadu, Trichy.
Mortal remains of CRPF constable Pankaj Kumar Tripathi brought home
Mortal remains of CRPF Constable Pankaj Kumar Tripathi are being brought to his home in Maharajganj’s Harpur Tola.
Should now take action: Sanjay Raut
“Resolutions were passed after Pathankot and Uri attack also. We have told them (central government) that they should now take action,” said Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena according to news agency ANI.
Rajasthan govt revises ex-gratia to families of CRPF jawans killed in Pulwama
The Rajasthan government Saturday revised the ex-gratia to the family members of CRPF jawans from the state who were among the 40 killed in the Pulwama terror attack to Rs 50 lakh from Rs 25 lakh.
The government has also announced jobs to family members of the slain jawans. Five CRPF personnel soldiers from Rajasthan were killed in Thursday’s attack, one of the deadliest in Jammu and Kashmir, when a suicide bomber rammed a car laden with over 100 kg explosives into a CRPF bus which was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.
TN CM announces government jobs for kin of martyr CRPF troopers
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Saturday announced that government jobs will be given to one family member each of the two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers - G. Subramanian and C.Sivachandran - who died in the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.
In a statement, Palaniswami said he has ordered a government job to one family member each of the martyr CRPF troopers.
In solidarity with forces in defending India’s unity, says all party resolution
Political parties Saturday put up a united face and expressed India’s determination to fight terrorism following the Pulwama terror attack, underlining their solidarity with security forces for defending the country’s unity and integrity.
A meeting of all political parties, including the BJP and the Congress, passed a resolution condemning the terror attack and support being given to it from across the border.
The resolution did not name Pakistan but asserted that India has been facing the menace of the cross-border terrorism which of late, it added, is being actively encouraged by forces from the neighbouring country.
Agra markets observe shutdown in protest against Pulwama terror attack
Several shops and business establishments in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra city downed their shutters on Saturday morning to protest the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district that left 49 troopers dead.
Groups of people went around markets and localities, shouting slogans against Pakistani leaders and torching their effigies and the Pakistani flag.
Meanwhile, the last journey of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper Kaushal Kumar Rawat, a resident of Kahrai village, was attened by thousands of people who were joined by Cabinet Minister SP Singh Baghel and several leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and senior district officials. His body arrived here in the wee hours.
Reliance Foundation offers to rehabilitate kin of martyr jawans
The Reliance Foundation on Saturday said it was ready to “assume full responsibility” for the livelihood of families of Pulwama victims besides education and employment of their children.
The foundation also said it was prepared to provide “the best possible treatment to the injured troopers” of the attacks.
“We shall also deem it to be our duty to shoulder any responsibility the government may place upon us in service to our beloved Armed Forces,” it said in a statement.
Police baton charge to disperse protesters at Mumbai’s Nallasopara railway station
Police baton charge to disperse protesters at Mumbai’s Nallasopara railway station, protesting against Pulwama terror attack. Some protesters were demonstrating at railway tracks of the station earlier today affecting services. Services have now resumed at Virar, Nallasopara and Bhayandar.
#WATCH Mumbai: Police baton charge to disperse protesters at Nallasopara railway station, protesting against #PulwamaAttack. Some protesters were demonstrating at railway tracks of the station earlier today affecting services. Services now resumed at Virar, Nallasopara&Bhayandar pic.twitter.com/lKJ4kuKoX7— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2019
Investigation underway: DG CRPF RR Bhatnagar
“I have come to the see the spot, as you have seen the teams are already working here, forensic and NIA teams. The investigation is going on; Once the investigation is concluded then only more details can be given,” said DG CRPF RR Bhatnagar.
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy pays tribute to CRPF personnel H Guru
Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy pays tribute to CRPF personnel H Guru who lost his life in Pulwama terror attack.
Rajnath says have zero tolerance for terror, security forces have free hand: Tomar
“Home minister Rajnath Singh said that we will rid Jammu and Kashmir of terrorism. He said security forces have a free hand. We have had a zero tolerance for terror and this attack is in response to this.
People of the state who want peace are with us, only some elements are helping the terrorists from across the border and they are the enemies of the youth of Kashmir and don’t want peace,” said Parliamentary affairs minister Narendra Singh Tomar while addressing the media after the all-party meet convened by Rajnath Singh.
“We strongly condemned the dastardly attack that claimed lives of our CRPF soldiers. We condemn terrorism in all forms and the support being given to it from across the border.
India has faced the menace of cross border terrorism. India has displayed firmness and resilience in dealing with these challenges,” he further added.
Largest number of personnel died since 1947: Azad
“As per our knowledge barring wars, this is the first time that such a large number of personnel have died since 1947
All parties and countrymen, from all religions and regions are mourning.
At a time like this, our party has decided that we are with the security forces and the local police in J&K
We have also decided that there are many disagreements with the government, but for the sake of our country, security of all, we will stand with the government to end terror
The government has our support,” Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad further added.
Stand with govt to end terror: Cong’s Azad after all party meet
“We told the home minister that he should tell the PM on our behalf that he himself should meet all national and regional party presidents.
PM should call a meeting of these heads and discuss the issues with them. All parties supported this suggestion.
We have made it clear that whatever Rahul Gandhi said in the Press con yesterday we repeated it at the meeting.
The whole country is in mourning and is sad, is angry,” said Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad while addressing media after the all-party meeting.
Farooq Abdullah leaves all-party meet, heads to Jammu
National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah has left the all-party meet. He is headed to Jammu.
Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia also left the meeting a while ago, however, he didn’t mention why he was leaving.
Situation under control: Jammu deputy commissioner Ramesh Kumar
Jammu deputy commissioner Ramesh Kumar Saturday said, “situation is under control since last evening. Earlier there were some peaceful protests but in the afternoon the protestors turned violent and set afire a few vehicles.”
“Curfew will continue, people are requested not to come out of their homes. Educational institutions are closed. Don’t believe in rumours and cooperate with the administration to restore normalcy,” he added.
In Gujjar Nagar there was a clash but curfew was imposed immediately. Security to civil secretariat employees and Kashmiris in Jammu being provided security. Curfew will continue but will review it regularly depending upon the situation, no mischievous elements will be allowed to vitiate the atmoshpere, religious places, Kashmiri employees given focused attention
Abhay Singh Chautala cancels visit to Lahore, Pakistan
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Singh Chautala has canceled his scheduled visit to Lahore, Pakistan, in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, reported news agency ANI.
This comes a day after a Delhi court allowed him to undertake a personal visit to Lahore.
Chautala’s lawyer Amit Sahni said his client has now cancelled his Pakistan visit due to the recent terrorist attack in Kashmir.
An application was filed on February 14 by Chautala, an accused in a disproportionate assets case, seeking permission to visit Pakistan.
All-party meeting underway
An all-party meeting on the Pulwama terror attack has started here Saturday and the Union government is expected to brief top leaders of different parties on steps being taken by it to meet the challenge.
The meeting convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was in Kashmir on Friday to take stock of the situation, is being attended by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Congress, Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O’Brien of the TMC, Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena, Jithendra Reddy of the TRS, D Raja of the CPI, Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference, Ram Vilas Paswan of the LJP among others.
The parties will be briefed about the attack in Pulwama and the steps being taken by the government so far, a home ministry official said
Commuters stage rail roko in Mumbai’s Nalla Sopara,Virar
Rail traffic between Virar, Vasai and Nalla Sopara were affected on Saturday morning, as commuters staged a rail roko to protest the Pulwama terror attack in which 45 jawans of the CRPF were martyred in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday afternoon. Stone pelting at trains was also reported at Nalla Sopara.
Besides the rail roko, shops and commercial establishments in Virar also downed their shutters on Saturday morning, and even a few Vasai civic buses were forced to halt at Virar, as part of the protests.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, Farooq Abdullah among leaders at all-party meet
Home minister Rajnath Singh, Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, LJP’s Ram Vilas Paswan, TMC’s Sudip Bandopadhya, Derek O’brion, CPI’s D Raja, NCP’s Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Rout, RJD’s Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav, TRS’ Jitendra Reddy, RSLP’s Upendra Kushwaha, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar are among the leaders attending the all-party meet over Pulwama terror attack.
All-party meet over Pulwama terror attack begins
All-party meet over Pulwama terror attack began on Saturday. Home minister Rajnath Singh is expected to brief the Opposition. Political leaders including
US asks Pakistan to ‘freeze without delay’ the funds to terror groups
The US Friday asked Pakistan to “freeze without delay” the funds and other financial assets of the UNSC-designated terrorist networks and their leaders.
It also said it fully supports “actions to prevent” the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed “from conducting future attacks”.
Pakistan-based JeM has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday that left at least 40 CRPF soldiers dead and five others critically wounded.
Curfew to continue in Jammu
Curfew imposed here in Jammu and Kashmir was not relaxed on Saturday two days after 49 CRPF troopers were blown up in a suicide attack on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Pulwama by a Jaish-e-Mohammad man, although authorities claimed the situation was under control.
“Curfew will continue till further orders. We will take a call later in the day after assessing the overall law and order situation,” said an official here.
The Mobile Internet suspension started on Friday and continued on Saturday, as well.
Virat Kohli postpones Indian Sports Honours
Star cricketer Virat Kohli has postponed the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours, which was to take place on Saturday, as a “mark of respect” to the CRPF personnel martyred in the Pulwama terrorist attack.
“The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow,” Kohli wrote on his twitter handle Friday night.
Union minister Anupriya Patel visits house of constable Mahesh Kumar
Union minister Anupriya Patel Saturday visited the house of constable Mahesh Kumar in Tudihar Badal-Ka-Purwa village of Meja tehsil of Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj. He is one of the CRPF personnel killed in the terror attack in Pulwama. Mortal remains about to reach the village.
Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria arrives in Delhi
Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria arrived here on Saturday for consultations with senior officials and leadership over the Pulwama terror attack, reported news agency ANI quoting sources.
Rajiv Gauba reaches Rajnath Singh’s residence
Ahead of all-party meet over Pulwama terror attack, Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba arrived at the residence of home minister Rajnath Singh.
Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat pays tribute to CRPF ASI Mohan Lal
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat pays tribute to CRPF ASI Mohan Lal who lost his life in Thursday’s terror attack in Pulwama.
His daughter also paid last tribute to her father.
Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav pay tribute to martyr soldiers
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav paid tribute to constable Ratan Kumar Thakur and head constable Sanjay Kumar Sinha of CRPF who lost their lives in Thursday’s terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.
Martyr CRPF jawan Ramesh Yadav’s kin ask for petrol pump, pucca road
Martyr CRPF jawan Ramesh Yadav’s kin Friday asked for a petrol pump and pucca road in the village to which state minister Anil Rajbhar agreed and assured in written.
His family refused to perform last rites of the martyr jawan as his elder brother Rakesh, who lives in Maharashtra, couldn’t reach as he couldn’t avail the flight ticket that the administration had promised on Friday.
To this, state minister Anil Rajbhar assured the jawan’s family that a ticket would be provide immediately and the family agreed to perform last rites thereafter.
Sugarcane minister Suresh Rana pays homage to martyer Pradeep Kumar
Sugarcane minister Suresh Rana paid homage to martyer Pradeep Kumar at his village Banat in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district.
Thousands gather to pay tribute to martyr CRPF jawans
Father of martyr Kaushal Kumar Rawat calls for revenge
Gita Ram Rawat , father of martyr CRPF Nayak Kaushal Kumar Rawat has called for revenge and a befitting reply to Pakistan . Rawat’s 80-year-old father is farmer in village Kehrai of Agra.
Last rites of martyrs Pradeep Kumar and Amit Kumar begin
Last rites of martyrs Pradeep Kumar and Amit Kumar began in village Banat and Shamli of Uttar Pradesh.
Mortal remains of CRPF Kaushal Kumar Rawat reach Agra
Mortal remains of CRPF Kaushal Kumar Rawat reached village Kehrai in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra district . Villagers from nearby area gathered and raising anti Pakistan slogans.
Mortal remains of CRPF jawan Ajit Kumar Azad reach Unnao
Mortal remains of CRPF jawan Ajit Kumar Azad reached his village in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao.
Mortal remains of CRPF jawan Jaimal Singh reach Punjab
“The body of the martyr central reserve police force, Jaimal Singh reached at block office in Kot Isse Khan in Punjab’s Moga. Jaimal was the driver of the blow up vehicle. The cremation will take place in the afternoon.
Mortal remains of CRPF jawan Ramesh Yadav reach Varanasi
“Mortal remains of CRPF jawan Ramesh Yadav have been brought to his native village Tofapur in Varanasi,” reported news agency ANI.
Mortal remains of CRPF jawan constable Kulwinder Singh reach Punjab
Mortal remains of CRPF jawan constable Kulwinder Singh reached Punjab’s Nurpur Bedi police station. Cremation will take place around 10 am on Saturday.
Mortal remains of CRPF jawan Rohitash Lamba brought to Jaipur
“Mortal remains of CRPF jawan Rohitash Lamba have been brought to his native place in Govindpura, Jaipur” reported news agency ANI.
We support India’s right to self-defense: US NSA John Bolton
US National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on Friday that America supports India’s right to self-defense.
Bolton telephoned Doval Friday morning to express his condolences for the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir and offered the US’ full support to India in confronting terrorism.
“I told Ajit Doval today that we support India’s right to self-defense. I have spoken to him twice, including this morning... and expressed the US’ condolences over the terrorist attack,” he told PTI.
India unites in mourning
Prime Minister Narendra Modi put Pakistan on notice on Friday to brace for a strong response to the terrorist strike that left at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers dead in Kashmir — an attack that escalated tensions between the two neighbours and united India in grief and anger.
Showing unity of purpose, Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered his party’s support to Modi’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and security forces in the measures they take in the aftermath of Thursday’s attack on the Jammu-Srinagar highway by a suicide car bomber who belonged to the Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror group.
All-party meet at 11 am
The Central Reserve Police Force lost at least 38 jawans, who were part of more than 2,500 troops travelling from Jammu to Srinagar when the convoy of 78 vehicles was targeted by a suspected suicide bomber.
Rajnath Singh, who visited Srinagar after attending the CCS meet at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in New Delhi, is expected to brief the all-party leaders about the Pulwama terror attack and the emergent security situation in the Kashmir Valley.