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Saudi Arabia Government Increases India’s Annual Hajj Quota by 34,005

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The annual season of Hajj 2017 begins from late August but thousands of applications have already submitted from across the country. Saudi Arabia increased the India’s Hajj Quota by 1.70 lakh from 1.36 lakh which is the biggest increase in the last 29 years.

Hajj Quota of the States has released on 9th March, and the process for the selection of pilgrims through draw of lots will starts from 14th March 2017. The annual India Hajj Quota increased significantly by the Saudi Arabia government by benefitting all the states.

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Following the agreement of annual Hajj between India and Saudi Arabia which was commenced earlier in January, the Saudi government finally decided to increase the annual Hajj Quota of India by 34,005. With the increased number, this year a total of 1,70,025 people will be travelling to Mecca and Medina to complete the holy pilgrimage.

The Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced the list the increased annual India Hajj Quota by the Saudi Arabia government.

  • Uttar Pradesh: 21,828 (current), increased by 29,017
  • Gujarat: 7044 (current), increased by 10,877
  • West Bengal: 8905 (current), increased by 9940
  • Jammu and Kashmir: 6359 (current), increased by 7960
  • Maharashtra: 7357 (current), increased by 9780
  • Karnataka: 4477 (current), increased by 5951
  • Madhya Pradesh: 2708 (current), increased by 3599
  • Andhra Pradesh: 2052 (current), increased by 2728
  • Telangana: 2532 (current), increased by 3367
  • Jharkhand: 2719 (current), increased by 3306
  • Tamilnadu: 2399 (current), increased by 3189
  • Haryana: 1011 (current), increased by 1343
  • Delhi: 1224 (current), increased by 1628

Most of the requests come from the Kerala state, i.e., 95.236 and of total 34.783 lakh applications were sent digitally from the state. Last year around 1.29 lakh devotees has undertaken the Hajj pilgrimage.

26/11 Mumbai Attacks Carried out by group based in Pakistan: EX-Pakistan NSA

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Former Pakistan National Security Advisor (NSA) Mahmud Ali Durrani on Monday admitted that a terrorist group from his country carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and hoped Islamabad will act against detained LeT founder Haafiz Saeed, the mastermind.

Durrani’s admission at the 19th Asian Security Conference held at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses here is the first by any high-ranking Pakistani official that confirms India’s stand that the Lashkar-e-Taiba plotted and executed the carnage nine years ago.

“I hate to admit that the 26/11 Mumbai attack carried out by a terror group based in Pakistan on November 26, 2008 is a classic trans-border terrorist event,” said Durrani, who was the NSA when 10 Pakistani terrorists sailed into Mumbai and committed mayhem over three days.

But he insisted that the Pakistan government had no role in the mayhem masterminded by Saeed and LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who got bail in 2016 after years of alleged sluggish trial in Pakistan.

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Pakistan’s failure to conclude the trial in the case has been one of the major strains in bilateral relations. New Delhi has maintained that it has shared evidence to prove that the 10 attackers were trained at a Lashkar camp in Pakistan.

Durrani said as the then top security official in Pakistan, he had offered assistance to India in probing the Pakistani link into the strike but “unfortunately mistrust overruled common sense” at that time.

“I called my counterpart in India (Shivshankar Menon) and said if you allow we will send two people for investigation to sit with you in Mumbai. But because of mistrust it was not allowed,” he said.

Durrani also hit out at Saeed a terrorist commander who carries a $10 million-reward announced by the US. “Hafiz Saeed  has no utility. I hope they (Pakistan government) will punish (him).”

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Saeed was put under house arrest on January 30. The Lashkar founder, who now runs a banned Jamaat-ud-Daawa charity, was detained after the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008 but was freed by a court in 2009.

The Mumbai mayhem left 166 Indians and foreigners dead. While nine of the Pakistani terrorists were killed, one, Ajmal Kasab, was caught, tried and hanged. Pakistan has also listed the Lashkar founder under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Act a tacit acknowledgment of his links to terrorism.


India to Help Portugal with Capacity building for E-delivery of schemes

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India and Portugal on Monday agreed to set up an institutional mechanism to collaborate in areas of electronic manufacturing, ITeS, start-ups, cyber security and e-governance, an official said.

“We had a very good discussion and have agreed to collaborate in the areas of electronic manufacturing, ITeS, cyber security, e-governance and capacity building. We will support the Portugal team in scaling up their initiatives Simplex and Portuguese Citizen Shops, which are like our MyGov and Common Service Centre initiatives,” IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

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Prasad on Monday held a bilateral meeting with Maria Manuel Leitao Marques, Portuguese Minister of Presidency and Administrative Modernisation, ahead of the ICEGOV 2017, the 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, an official statement here said.

“We also have discussed several collaborative initiatives in the domain of capacity building and cyber security to ensure safe and secure cyber space,” Prasad said.

“We have also informed the Portuguese Minister that India is going to host the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in November 2017, which will see participation of over 100 countries with 2,000 delegates,” added Prasad.

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The bilateral meeting was organised within the framework of the India-Portugal Collaboration for ICEGOV 2017 that is taking place in India for the first time with the participation of key representatives from the industry, policymakers, government officials, elected representatives, researchers, innovators and educators from developing and developed countries.

Source: IANS

Indus Water Treaty: India to Participate in the PIC Meet at Lahore

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India to participate in bilateral talks with it’s bordering country Pakistan in Lahore. The Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) meeting would be scheduled in the month of March.

The IWT meeting’s agenda would be the implementation of the Indus Waters Treaty. Indian Government has called off by IWT in September due to the Uri terrorist attacks. The latest development suggests a change in India’s approach towards its Rival country.

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It is reportedly known that World Bank Officials have mediated for the talks between the two nations. After two months of mediation by the world bank, India changed its decision and given their consent for the meeting.

Officials had talks with Pakistan and made them to sent the Invitation of the IWT to India. The Indus water treaty is one of the old and fruitful International conflict resolution agreements. The treaty was made in the year 1960 Which resolved the water sharing issues between the two countries. Everything was fine between India and Pakistan in the distribution of the water until last year September.

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According to the IWT, the Permanent Indus Commission meet must be organized Annually by the two nations alternatively. The agenda of the meeting will be decided by the hosts.The PIC constitues of officials from both India and Pakistan

India reviewed the Indus water treaty after the Uri terrorist attacks and hinted to block the water flow into the neighbor nation.It is a known fact that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif shared a good relation, but it was before the terrorist attacks and surgical strikes done by the Indian Army.

If everything goes fine in the Lahore Meet, it is expected there would be change in the two rival countries approach towards each other. World Bank should be credited for making this possible.

Maxwell wants team to Create Doubt in Kohli’s technique

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All-rounder Glenn Maxwell on Wednesday suggested that the best way to tackle the onslaught from India skipper Virat Kohli during the four-match Test cricket rubber will be to “trigger a doubt” in the Delhi batsman’s technique.

The 28-year-old Kohli has hit a purple patch, becoming the only batsman in the game to score double tons in four consecutive series, giving sleepless nights to the Australians ahead of the first Test, starting February 23 in Pune.

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Maxwell feels that the India right-hander is on top of his game at the moment and the best way to get him is by shattering his confidence with a silly run-out or an unfortunate dismissal.

“I don’t think it’s anything particular as far as technique or anything like that, I just think he’s so on top of his game at the moment,” Maxwell was quoted. “Guys can go through a run of form like that where they just get on a roll and everything seems to click for them, and that’s happened for him at the moment.”

“The thing with that is it can take only one bit of bad luck or an unfortunate dismissal where he’s run out or something, and that can sometimes trigger a little bit of indecision or doubt.”

“So hopefully in the first couple of Tests we can create that doubt and get him wondering about his technique,” he added.

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Hailing Kohli’s level of consistency, Maxwell also said that “We’ve obviously been watching him play over the last few months and just admired the way that he’s gone about it.”

“He’s been extremely consistent and he’s gone on to score big hundreds, which is something he didn’t do very much in the early part of his career but now he’s making big double-hundreds and really winning the game for India,” he added.


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