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Teens trying potentially dangerous vaping method called ‘dripping’

US News - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 17:33
Teens trying potentially dangerous vaping method called ‘dripping’

One-quarter of American teens who have experienced e-cigarettes have also tried a potentially dangerous vaping method called “dripping,” a new substance abuse behavior study revealed.

The potentially dangerous vaping method of dripping involves dropping liquid nicotine directly onto the e-cigarette’s hot coils to produce thicker and more flavorful smoke.

Dripping is drastically different from normal vaping that slowly releases the liquid. Dripping may expose users to higher levels of nicotine as well as to harmful non-nicotine toxins, like acetaldehyde and formaldehyde, which are carcinogens.

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, a Yale professor of psychiatry who led the study, said, “When people smoke cigarettes, they say they smoke it for, for lack of a better word, a tingling in the back of the throat … The teen brain has been shown especially sensitive to nicotine.”

Sixty-four per cent of the surveyed high school teens revealed that used dripping to get thicker smoke, 39 per cent said they did so for getting better flavor and 28 per cent said they did that for the stronger throat hit or sensation.

The researchers reported their findings in the most recent edition (Feb. 6th) of the journal Pediatrics.

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Evony puts commercial at the Super Bowl

TopNews Arab Emirates - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 19:21

Evony puts commercial at the Super Bowl

Evony, an online city-building game that is widely known for placing half-naked women into its web adverts, recently put a commercial during the National Football League's finals to attract more gamers.

The free-to-play game's controversial ads, showing female cleavage, can often be seen in Facebook sidebars. Moving from placing women's half-naked images to get the attention of players to place a commercial during the NFL's finals surprised many.

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South Korea confirms foot-&-mouth disease at dairy farm

US News - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 18:10
South Korea confirms foot-&-mouth disease at dairy farm

South Korean authorities have confirmed that a cow bred at a farm in North Chungcheong Province has been tested positive for foot-&-mouth disease (FMD).

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, the confirmed case of FMD was detected at a dairy farm in Boeun county, around 170 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

Taking a precautionary step to prevent the disease from spreading further, authorities ordered culling of all the 195 cows that were raised at the farm.

It is not the first time that the agriculture ministry of South Korea has confirmed an outbreak of FMD. Previously, a case was discovered at a hog farm in the south part of the Chungcheong Province in March 2016.

The outbreak comes as South Korea, the fourth largest economy in Asia, has been grappling with a countrywide spread of virulent bird flu virus that was first detected in November 2016, prompting authorities to cull more than 33 million farm birds.

Authorities will soon hold a meeting to discuss further measures to contain the spread of the disease, including an absolute ban on movements by livestock as well as people who spent time at farms in North Chungcheong.

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No Chinese military activity at Hambantota Port, assures Sri Lankan envoy

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 15:38
No Chinese military activity at Hambantota Port, assures Sri Lankan envoy

Beijing [China], Feb. 5 : Sri Lankan ambassador to China Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku has assured that Chinese military activity will not be allowed at the Hambantota Port, following concerns expressed by its neighbours.

"I do not know about other countries, but Sri Lanka has very categorically informed the (Chinese) investor that it will not be allowed to be used for any military purposes," Colombo Page quoted Kodituwakku as saying on the sidelines of Sri Lankan Independence Day reception in Beijing.

The envoy also played down protests by locals and labor unions over handing of 80 per cent stakes of the Hambantota port to a Chinese firm, and said that no military activity will be allowed at the port.

Admitting concerns expressed by China over the protests, the Ambassador said: "Despite the opposition from a small group, the government will go ahead."

The government signed a framework agreement in December regarding the port with China Merchant Holdings and according to the agreement, 80 percent of shares of the Port of Hambantota will be given to the Chinese company for USD 1.12 billion. The rest will be held by the Sri Lanka Port Authority. (ANI)

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CPJ, IFJ demand probe into B'desh journo's murder

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 15:25
CPJ, IFJ demand probe into B'desh journo's murder

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Feb. 5 : The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has asked the Bangladesh to vigorously probe the killing of the daily Samakal newspaper journalist, Abdul Hakim Shimul.

The shooting took place before many witnesses and police have reportedly seized the weapon and identified its owner, said Steven Butler, CPJ Asia programme coordinator, while adding that there can be no excuse for failing to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) also strongly condemned the killing of Hakim, reports the Daily Star.

The IFJ demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the perpetrators, according to a statement posted on its website.

The IFJ strongly condemns violence which cost the life of colleague Abdul Hakim Shimul who was only doing his job, said IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger.

Abdul Hakim, who sustained bullet wounds during a clash between two associate bodies of Awami League in Shahjadpur on Thursday, succumbed to his injuries.

Since CPJ began keeping records in 1992, at least 20 journalists have been killed in Bangladesh in direct relation to their work.

In addition to Abdul Hakim's death, CPJ is investigating the deaths of another nine journalists to determine whether they were related to the journalists' work. (ANI)

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NAB asks PIA to play 'anti-corruption' songs during flight

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 15:20
NAB asks PIA to play 'anti-corruption' songs during flight

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 5 : The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reportedly asked the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to play 'anti-corruption' songs as an in-flight warning to passengers.

The proposal, tabled by the Awareness & Prevention Division of NAB, has been forwarded to PIA making it mandatory to play songs against corruption during flights, reported the Dawn.

The proposal sought that flight stewards read out anti-corruption messages to send across an effective message to God-fearing passengers, said a senior NAB official.

Later, a NAB spokesperson clarified that the proposal has been forwarded and it is up to PIA to accept or reject it.

However, PIA's spokesperson, said that, "So far, we only have safety announcements on PIA flights. Any new announcement would need approval from the Board." (ANI)

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Qatar not involved in Panamagate controversy, says envoy

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 15:17
Qatar not involved in Panamagate controversy, says envoy

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 5 : Qatar's ambassador to Pakistan, Saqr bin Mubarak Al Mansouri, asserted that the Qatari government is not involved in the Panamagate controversy in Pakistan.

According to the Dawn, in a short video released by the Aaj News for their show Rubaru, Mansouri said that the Panamagate is an internal matter for Pakistan.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, in a series of tweets, following the release of the video clip, termed the letter by the Qatari royal as fake.

"Qatari government is embarrassed by this fake letter written by an acknowledged business partner of Sharifs," he added.

He further claimed that the letter from Pakistani Prime Minsiter Nawaz Sharif's business partner enabled him to clinch a Rs. 200 billion Port Qasim deal, among "other largess".

During the hearings of the Panamagate case in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's counsel submitted two letters authored by Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, the emir of Qatar from 2007 to 2013, as evidence backing his claims.

In the letter, Al-Thani said the premier's father, Mian Mohammad Sharif, made an investment of approximately 12 million dirhams in the Al-Thani family's real estate business. (ANI)

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90 per cent spill cleared, fish safe for consumption: CM Panneerselvam on Chennai oil spill

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 15:14
 CM Panneerselvam on Chennai oil spill

Chennai [India], Feb. 5 : Visiting the site of the massive oil spill here, Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter O. Panneerselvam on Sunday assured that the incident had not affected the marine life in any way and the fish could be consumed, adding that over 90 per cent of the spill had been cleared up.

Speaking to the media here after inspecting the site, the Chief Minister stated it was an "extraordinary situation" where the state government and the Centre were working in tandem to restore normalcy post the accident.

"More than 5,700 people took part in the clean-up endeavours, and all the operations will be completed in one-two days. Efforts are also being made to safeguard the fishermen's livelihood. Rest assured, we will also provide compensation to the fishermen affected by the spill," he said.

Paneerselvam further assured that the spill had not affected the Marine life in any way, and that the fish in the area was fit to be consumed.

"The sample of fish which was caught from this region was sent to various laboratories for testing. The result shows the fish are fit for consumption. There are no harmful elements in them. 90 percent of the spill has been cleared in Tiruvallur and 95 percent of the cleaning up is over in Kancheepuram and Chennai," he added.

Earlier, the Indian Coast Guard, the coordinating agency for removal of the oil sludge, had said there are no traces of oil spill inwards into the sea, though a few stretches of the coasts near Ennore Kamarajar Port remain blackened with the oil pollutants.

On January 28, a large amount of oil spilled into the sea following the collision of two ships - MT Dawn Kancheepuram and MT Maple, near the port at Ennore, 30 km off Chennai.

The Kamarajar Port officials had initially declined of any such accidents. The spilled heavy furnace oil, however, later landed on the seashore of Ennore upto Thiruvanmiyur beach polluting a coastal line of about 24 km.

A massive clean up operation was then launched with more than 2,000 people as told to ANI by Union Shipping Minister Pon Radhakrishnan.

"The cleaning work is going on. The state and the centre are coordinating. And we will take another day or two to finish off the work," Radhakrishnan added.

It was assured that marine life of the sea will not be affected.

"Coast Guard is giving full support so that there is no loss to marine life," S Parmesh, IG, Coast Guard said.

It's estimated that over 20 tonne of oil had spilled into the Bay of Bengal, with 40 tonne of oil sludge and 27 tonne of oil mixture and water already removed.

Full-fledged clean up operations had begun only a day after the collision. The Coast Guard along with personnel from the state government, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and the Kamarajar Port and local fishermen were joined by hundreds of volunteering youth and college students in removing the oil slick manually and using dispersing agents. (ANI)

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Madurai: Jallikattu in full swing in Avaniapuram, TN BJP thanks PM Modi

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:42
 Jallikattu in full swing in Avaniapuram, TN BJP thanks PM Modi

Chennai [India], Feb. 5 : The Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his intervention in the Jallikattu matter, as the traditional sport was conducted in its full splendours in Avaniapuram in Madurai district.

"#Jallikattu in Avaniapuram; 1200 tamers, 950 bulls,15 medical teams, 20 ambulances deployed,Thanks 2 Shri @narendramodi ji & #TNCM," the BJP TamilNadu said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, preparations are underway in Alanganallur in Madurai, where Jallikattu will be organised this coming Friday.

The famous venue for the bull taming sport is being held after a gap of three years, with organizers announcing attractive prizes, including a car for the winner.

Jallikattu is usually held during the harvest festival of Pongal in mid-January, but could not be organised in the past three years in view of the ban on the sport.

With the Tamil Nadu government promulgating an ordinance and subsequently getting a Bill passed in the state assembly allowing Jallikattu, the event is being held in several parts of the state in the past few days.

The government's intervention came after a week-long protest largely by youths, including students, in the Marina Beach in Chennai, and elsewhere in the state. (ANI)

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Uttarakhand polls: Party heavyweights set to address electorate today

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:41
 Party heavyweights set to address electorate today

Dehradun [India], Feb. 5 : The heat for election campaign in Uttarakhand is on the rise, as different parties and their star campaigners are set to address the electorate here, in a power packed Sunday.

Senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress would hold rallies as well as road shows in various districts of the state today in regard to ensuing assembly election.

The Congress party will reportedly release its manifesto today in Dehradun. Senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would address public rallies in Pithoragarh and Haridwar districts while Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is schedule to visit parts of Nainital district.

Similarly, Congress leader Ambika Soni and Chief Minister Harish Rawat would address public rallies in various parts of the state. (ANI)

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Madurai: Alanganallur gears up to organise Jallikattu

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:36
 Alanganallur gears up to organise Jallikattu

Madurai [India], Feb. 5 : In Tamil Nadu, Jallikattu is being organized on the coming Friday in Alanganallur, in Madurai. The famous venue for the bull taming sport is being held after a gap of three years ,with organizers announcing attractive prizes, including a car for the winner.

Jallikattu is usually held during the harvest festival of Pongal in mid-January, but could not be organised in the past three years in view of the ban on the sport.

With the Tamil Nadu government promulgating an ordinance and subsequently getting a Bill passed in the state assembly allowing jallikattu, the event is being held in several parts of the state in the past few days.

The government's intervention came after a week-long protest largely by youths, including students, in the Marina Beach in Chennai, and elsewhere in the state. (ANI)

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SC categorisation: Telangana CM meeting with PM Modi postponed

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:33
 Telangana CM meeting with PM Modi postponed

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Feb. 5 : The all-party delegation led by Telangana Chief Minsiter K. Chandrashekar Rao, which was scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 6 in the national capital with a motive to take assent on the categorisation of the Scheduled Castes (SCs) Bill, has been postponed till further notice.

The Prime Minister Office wrote to Rao to inform that the proposed meeting has been postponed and the next date of appointment will be conveyed later.

The proposed meeting of the delegation was organised against the backdrop of agitation by certain outfits for categorisation of SCs. The categorisation of SCs is being sought on the ground that they have not been benefitted much in the existing system. (ANI)

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Iconic Mughal Gardens opens to public from today

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:31
Iconic Mughal Gardens opens to public from today

New Delhi [India], Feb. 5 : The iconic Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan will open for the general public from today. President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the gardens, as part of the annual Udyanotsav yesterday.

The highlight of this year's Udyanotsav includes two new varieties of roses named after the President and his late wife Suvra Mukherjee.

About 14 thousand Tulip bulbs in seven different colors like red, orange, pink and purple have been planted in the gardens.

Several beds of roses, including both new and heritage varieties are the main attraction of the Long garden.

Flower Carpets in magnificent designs will be on display in the Central Lawns revealing the skill and craft of the gardeners of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Gardens will remain open till 12th of next month except on Mondays which are maintenance days. (ANI)

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UP Power Sunday: Mega rallies by Akhilesh-Rahul, PM Modi, Mayawati

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:19
 Mega rallies by Akhilesh-Rahul, PM Modi, Mayawati

New Delhi [India], Feb. 5 : With the political fever increasing by the day in Uttar Pradesh for first phase of Assembly Elections, a politically charged Sunday is lined up, as the big guns from all the parties will vigorously continue to woo the electorate here.

Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address, a joint joint rally with be held by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in Kanpur.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawti and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh will also address the masses in mega rallies.

While addressing a rally in Bareilly yesterday, Mayawati continued to train her guns on the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance and underlined as tainted alliance.

She also blamed that BJP could not dare to project any face for chief ministership while Samajwadi Party has projected tainted Akhilesh Yadav again.

Addressing another meeting in Firozabad Mayawati narrated achievements of her tenure, asserting that in the Samajwadi Party regime more criminal activities were recorded than development works.

BJP President Amit Shah, who is also campaigning in the state, addressed a public meeting in Firozabad Saturday, where he promised that the rule of law will be established in the state.

Praising action taken by Prime Minister on several fronts including on national security, he said government is working on inclusive development for all.

Later in the day, addressing a meeting in Agra, Union Minister Rajnath Singh claimed that Samajwadi Party's government's claims on development are not true, adding that the state GDP has decreased from 5.6 to 3.6 percent in last five years.

Addressing a rally in Auraiya, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said, the welfare and development work has just began in the state and Samajwadi government will take it further in coming years.

He narrated his land mark projects and claimed that they were completed in short time.

At his first election rally in Uttar Pradesh since polls were announced, Prime Minister Modi yesterday attacked the Samajwadi Party and Congress, saying "the corrupt" had joined hands to bring him down. (ANI)

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It will be awkward if Sasikala becomes CM: Subramanian Swamy

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:17
 Subramanian Swamy

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 5 : Instituting a veiled attack on the leadership of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramaniam Swamy on Sunday said it would be awkward if AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala goes on to become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, citing her involvement in the disproportionate assets case.

"There was no bar to Sasikala becoming the Chief Minister but, the practical questions are there. There's my case in the Supreme Court regarding the disproportionate assets. She's also party to it. She is also one of the accused. So, it will be awkward if she becomes the Chief Minister," he told ANI.

"Moreover, before she fights by-elections, the Supreme Court judgement will come. So, going by the reports that she is not going to stake a claim to become the Chief Minister, I think, it's a wise move. This is because as it is she is a very powerful person as far as the General Secretary-ship of the party is concerned," he added.

Earlier, a meeting of party MLAs to be chaired by Sasikala on Sunday triggered speculations that she was set to replace Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam as the leader of the party.

Senior leaders of the AIADMK, however, dismissed rumours of any imminent change in the party leadership and said the meeting was to facilitate better communication between the MLAs and the government.

Swamy also attacked Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian for presenting a survey that showed that Indian economy is in a bad shape, which he begs to differ with.

"They are still depending on the National Sample Survey for estimates. The economic survey has painted a very gloomy picture. I have made a strong objection against Aravind Subramaniam taking out such a report because the picture is not as gloomy as the Economic Survey is making it out to be," Swamy told ANI.

The senior leader also commented on the Chennai oil spill that has been plaguing the state for days now.

"It's a shocking thing as the initial statement was that there was no oil spill. And it is huge. So, there are matters that need to be explained. How did the accident happen? Was it negligence? What should be done that it doesn't happen again?" he said.

Two vessels namely, M.T. BW MAPLE and M.T. DAWN KANCHIPURAM, while crossing each other collided on January 28 outside the Kamrajar harbour along the Chennai-Ennore coastline. The Oil Tanker, M.T. DAWN KANCHIPURAM, which was carrying 32813 Tonnes of POL, suffered a rupture which led to engine oil spill.

A massive clean-up operation was launched in Tiruvallur, Chennai and Kancheepuram Districts by engaging more than 2,000 persons at various sites including Ernavur, Chennai Fishing Harbour, Marine Beach, Besant Nagar, Kottivakkam, Palavakkam, Neelankarai and Injambakkam beaches. (ANI)

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Stop investing in childish abbreviations, start addressing nation with real answers: NCP to PM Modi

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:07
 NCP to PM Modi

New Delhi[India], Jan. 5 : Downplaying Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent statement of saving the nation from 'SCAM', the National Congress Party (NCP) on Sunday advised the former to incorporate concrete issues instead of indulging in juvenile abbreviations.

"It doesn't befit the stature of the Prime Minister of this country to talk as he did, like an absolute child. He should be dignified enough to talk about issues and should be able to tell people why they should not vote Samajwadi party or Mayawati and go for BJP instead. That should form the text and tenor of his hour long speech," NCP Majeed Memon told ANI.

Memon accused Prime Minister Modi for never addressing the issue of Demonestisation in its entirety, and only babbling on surface level.

"He did touch the subject of demonetisation, but only outwardly, today we are completing almost 100 days of demonetisation. In your budget you have not provided anything for the poor. You have not spoken about waiving of excise duty, service tax or indirect taxes which would help every citizen, you have not provided anything to eliminate poverty or to generate jobs," he said.

Addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a combined attack on the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati. The Prime Minister said that Uttar Pradesh will not show any progress unless it is free from corruption, which can be achieved only if the 'SCAM' is removed from power, adding that UP has the potential to be India's most prosperous state.

"The ruling Government in Uttar Pradesh is one that needs to be removed from power immediately, because they are a Government that collectively supports rogues and goons. There is no value for anybody's life in this state. One has no guarantee that he or she will return home alive after stepping out of his/her home. This state has made me what I am, and I will not rest until this government is replaced," he said.

Uttar Pradesh will be voting for a new state assembly in a seven-phase election between February 11 and March 8. Out of the 403 assembly seats, the Congress will be contesting in 105 seats and the Samajwadi Party will field its candidates in rest of the 298 seats. (ANI)

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JD(U) dubs 'SCAM' attack personal, says it doesn't suit reputation of a PM

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:06
JD(U) dubs 'SCAM' attack personal, says it doesn't suit reputation of a PM

New Delhi [India], Jan. 5 : Following the stir cause by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's combined attack on the rival parties in Uttar Pradesh, the Janata Dal (United) on Sunday dubbed the statement made by the former as a quintessential Modi remark and said that passing such comments doesn't suit a prime minister.

"This is typical Modi's style, he did the same thing in Bihar, and in Delhi elections. Such baseless statements isn't suitable for the reputation of the Prime Minister," JD(U) leader, Ali Anwar told ANI.

Anwar said that there are several ways, of criticising opposition and added that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) itself doesn't boast of clean record either.

"One should cater to issues and not single out a 'person'. The subject of your criticism should revolve around policies and doctrines and not be directed towards a person."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a combined attack on the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati.

Addressing a rally at Meerut, the Prime Minister said that Uttar Pradesh will not show any progress unless it is free from corruption, which can be achieved only if the 'SCAM' is removed from power, adding that UP has the potential to be India's most prosperous state.

"The ruling Government in Uttar Pradesh is one that needs to be removed from power immediately, because they are a Government that collectively supports rogues and goons. There is no value for anybody's life in this state. One has no guarantee that he or she will return home alive after stepping out of his/her home. This state has made me what I am, and I will not rest until this government is replaced," he said.

Uttar Pradesh will be voting for a new state assembly in a seven-phase election between February 11 and March 8. Out of the 403 assembly seats, the Congress will be contesting in 105 seats and the Samajwadi Party will field its candidates in rest of the 298 seats. (ANI)

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JuD's name change an 'old tactic' to spring out of bans, diplomatic pressures: Defence expert

Legal News - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:03
 Defence expert

New Delhi[India], Feb. 5 : Defence Experts on Sunday said that the rebranding of Jamat Ul Dawa (JuD) under a new name, as an 'old tactic' adopted by the group to spring out of bans, diplomatic pressures and added that Pakistan's Military establishment's has encouraged the group to do the same.

"This is an old tactic. The Pakistan Military establishment is encouraging them to change names and refurbish with new found identity. Whenever they sense pressure or are banned from west or the United Nations, these militants change their name, change the address, open new bank accounts where the money gets transferred. All these things they have been doing forever," Defence expert Qamar Agha told ANI.

He further said that pressure is mounting on Pakistan since the time Donald Trump has become the President of the U.S. and added that if America is serious about containing, militancy in this region, then it has to put special bans on all those countries, which are promoting militancy to promote their national interest.

The Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) once again changed its name to Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir (TAJK - Movement for Freedom of Kashmir) post the detention of its leader Hafiz Saeed and a crackdown on its activities.

According to the Express Tribune, the religious organisation has resumed its routine activities under its new nomenclature, including 'donation' camps and ambulance centres across Lahore and other districts, while at the same time continuing its call for achieving independence of Indian-administered Kashmir.

It may be recalled that all JuD centres had been closed down on the night of January 30 following the detention of Hafiz Saeed, the party chief, and four of his aides on accusations of disturbing peace and security.

Law enforcers removed the banners and placards of JuD and its charitable wing of Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, which was also put on observation under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

After remaining closed for three days, all these centres reopened on Friday but without the banners bearing the names of JuD or the FIF. (ANI)

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