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Islamic State (IS) presence in Bangladesh will pose threat to North East India, says report: Efforts by Islamic State (IS/ISIS) to establish bases in Bangladesh may pose a serious security threat to the North East region of India in the days to come. According to reports, security agencies are of the view that the possibility of the dreaded terrorist outfit making attempts to spread towards Assam cannot be ruled out. The IS recently made public its intention of spreading towards Bangladesh and security sources are of the view that if the outfit manages to achieve its goal, the security scenario in the North East will face a serious threat. Assam Tribune, November 30, 2015.

Hafiz Saeed touring terror camps on IB to provoke militants, says IG BSF Jammu Frontiers: Inspector General (IG), Border Security Force (BSF), Jammu Frontiers, Rakesh Sharma on November 26 said that Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed is touring terrorist camps along the border and "repeatedly provoking" militants to carry out attacks in India. Sharma said Pakistan's Security Forces (SFs) are allowing Saeed to "openly operate" in the border areas to indoctrinate terrorist groups allegedly in connivance with some of the Pakistan's agencies. Daily Excelsior, November 28, 2015.

"Substantial increase" in cross border firing along the Western frontier largely aimed at pushing the terrorists inside the country, says BSF chief D K Pathak: The Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) said on November 27 that there has been a "substantial increase" in cross border firing along the Western frontier which was largely aimed at pushing the terrorists inside the country. He stated that there have been "desperate" and "daring" bids from Pakistan side by terrorists to infiltrate and such attempts have seen a considerable jump this year. Daily Excelsior, November 28, 2015.

Islamic State may carry out 'lone wolf' terror attacks in India, warns Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju: Islamic State (IS) may carry out terror strikes anywhere in the country using a single terrorist also known as 'lone wolf' to create a mayhem, Union minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju stated on November 26. "Challenges are there. We have to accept that it is a reality. The threat is there," Kiren Rijiju said. Times of India, November 27, 2015.

Northeast indigenous groups call for strike demanding separate statehood: Various indigenous groups' of Northeast who have been demanding separate statehood called on a general strike on December 16. The strike will be observed at various places in the region where the statehood demand is at its peak. Narendra Chandra Debbarma, President of the Indigenous People's Front of Twipra (IPFT), said that the National Federation for New States has given the bandh call as the Centre has failed to respond to their demand. The Sentinel, November 27, 2015.

Government of India decided not to sign separate agreements with different militant outfits of Nagaland: The Government of India (GoI) decided not to sign separate agreements with different militant outfits of Nagaland, but if any outfit is willing to join the peace process, they would be welcome to do so, said the Centre's interlocutor for Naga talks, R N Ravi, who is also the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC). Ravi said that the Government is for a comprehensive solution of the Naga political issues and it is of the view that signing separate agreements with different outfits would only complicate matters. The Assam Tribune, November 23, 2015.

Four women Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh: Four woman cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were killed in an encounter with Security Forces (SFs) in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh on November 22. Police recovered four bodies of uniformed Maoists, along with a 303 service rifle and two 12-bore rifles. Police claimed that Ayatu, the 'divisional committee member' of 'Darbha division' of the CPI-Maoist, was shot from close range and sustained multiple bullet injuries during the encounter but managed to flee leaving behind a truck load of camp items of the Maoists on the spot. The Hindu, November 23, 2015.

David Headley will testify in 26/11 case, according to his Attorney: David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) opeartive serving a 35-year jail term in the US, would testify before a Mumbai court through video conference in the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra) terror attack case, his attorney said on November 20. "I have seen the reports (about a Mumbai court asking that he be produced via video-conference on December 10). Headley will comply with the terms of his plea agreement, which is a public document," John T Theis said. Times of India, November 21, 2015.

UMHA to build central database on terror funding, says report: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) decided to build a central database on terror funding by collating financial components of various terror attacks in India in the past. "The process has begun. More agencies are being roped in. It will take some time but creation of a central database on terror funding will go a long way in tackling terrorism in the country," said an unnamed UMHA official.

Meanwhile, India has frozen assets worth Euro 300,000 (over INR 2.12 core) of over three dozen entities on charges of terrorist financing and money laundering of illicit funds, according to a report by Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The body has conducted a mid-session review of various countries and economic powers of the world in the wake of the increased activities of Islamic State (IS) around the globe. The Indian Express, November 21, 2015; Daily Excelsior, November 20, 2015.

IS may join hands with LeT for terror attacks in India, says Army Official: General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Nagrota based 16 Corps, Lt. Gen. R R Nimbhorkar said on November 19 that Islamic State (IS) might join hands with Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) to carry out terror attacks in India. He said the terrorists have only one motive-to spread terror and they could join hands to achieve their goal. Daily Excelsior, November 20, 2015.

India 6th worst-hit country by terror out of 162 countries, according to Global Terrorism Index 2015: According to the third edition of the Global Terrorism Index 2015 (GTI), India was ranked 6th out of 162 nations most affected by terrorism in 2014. India witnessed a slight increase in terror-related deaths, up by 1.2 per cent in 2014 to reach a total of 416, the highest number of terrorist incidents and deaths since 2010. In addition, there were 763 incidents which represents a 20 per cent increase from 2013. In India, the two deadliest Islamic terrorist groups in 2014 were Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hiz-bul- Mujahideen (HM). Mid-day, November 20, 2015.

150 Indian youths under the scanner for following IS propaganda, says report: According to a report prepared by the intelligence agencies, nearly 150 Indian youths, mostly from South India, are believed to be attracted to the Islamic State (IS) and sympathetic to the group's activities. "Most of them are in regular contact with some IS activists through online. Hence, we have kept all them under surveillance of security forces," an unnamed official said. Firstpost, November 19, 2015.

Infiltration from Pakistan border has drastically declined, states Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar: Infiltration from across the Pakistan border into India has drastically declined in the last one year, Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar said on November 13. "Though infiltration from across the Pakistan border has not totally stopped, it has come down drastically, particularly during the last one year," he at the Defence Staff Services College in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu. Times of India, November 14, 2015.

India's Permanent Representative to UN Asoke Kumar Mukerji criticises UN's role in fighting terrorism, says report: In a criticism of the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) role in fighting terrorism, India on November 12 said that the UN's primary body for international security was helpless in making countries enforce its own sanctions and resolutions against terrorists. India's Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji said, "The response of the Council to the threat posed by terrorism, especially in Africa and Asia, has been less than robust." Zee News, November 13, 2015.

Infiltration from Pakistan border has drastically declined, states Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar: Infiltration from across the Pakistan border into India has drastically declined in the last one year, Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar said on November 13. "Though infiltration from across the Pakistan border has not totally stopped, it has come down drastically, particularly during the last one year," he at the Defence Staff Services College in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu. Times of India, November 14, 2015.

India's Permanent Representative to UN Asoke Kumar Mukerji criticises UN's role in fighting terrorism, says report: In a criticism of the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) role in fighting terrorism, India on November 12 said that the UN's primary body for international security was helpless in making countries enforce its own sanctions and resolutions against terrorists. India's Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji said, "The response of the Council to the threat posed by terrorism, especially in Africa and Asia, has been less than robust." Zee News, November 13, 2015.

ULFA-I seeks China help for 'sovereign' Assam: The Independent faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I) on November 7 sought China's 'friendship' to help attain 'sovereignty' in Assam for the first time. ULFA-I 'chairman', Abhizeet Asom, who the National Investigation Agency (NIA) believes to be a London-based general practitioner named Mukul Hazarika, said in a statement on November 7, "China is our next-door neighbour. Despite Indian occupation of Nan Zang (south Tibet), China is trying to maintain status quo for the sake of peaceful coexistence. Times of India, November 9, 2015.

ISI engaging IM to stoke tension in India, says intelligence report: According to a latest intelligence report, Pakistani intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has engaged terrorists belonging to Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Indian extremist elements taking shelter in Pakistan to enter India and carry out vandalism at religious places for stoking communal tension and violence. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has put the border States, like Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) particularly, on alert against possible infiltration attempts in the coming days. Asian Age, November 8, 2015.

Islamic militancy, Maoists active in Assam, says Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on November 6 said that Islamic militants and Maoists are active in the state but his Government was keeping a strict vigil on their activities. "Islamic outfits, Maoists and all other insurgent organisations are trying to create trouble in the state but we are vigilant," Gogoi said. He asserted that containing insurgency was the "single-most achievement of my three terms in office but there are several forces trying to destabilise the state and its development". Business Standard, November 7, 2015.

Tripura militants have no camp but hideouts do exist in Bangladesh, says DIG BSF JB Sangwan: Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Border Security Force (BSF), Tripura Frontier, J B Sangwan on November 5 said that at present under pressure of the Bangladesh Security Forces (SFs), militants from Tripura are unable to run any training camp on the other side of the border but still few small hideouts do exist in the foreign territory. At present there are no camps where there is a living area with ongoing training of the militants (in Bangladesh) but still there exist between 15 to 17 hideout of the militants in small groups between five to ten, said J B Sangwan. Tripura Info, November 7, 2015.

ISI has asked IM operatives to vandalise religious places in India, says report: Pakistani intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has reportedly tasked terrorists belonging to Indian Mujahideen (IM) to carry out acts of vandalism at religious places in India, particularly Punjab, in a bid to incite communal passions. Sources said attempts to vandalize religious places or desecrate religious symbols could be undertaken in border areas of Punjab or Jammu and Kashmir by IM terrorists, mainly absconders in ongoing cases relating to past attacks by the outfit. Times of India, November 7, 2015.

Maoists' kids well educated, work in MNCs, says Maharashtra Police: The Maharashtra Police released a list of senior Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) leaders whose children are studying in reputed institutions, and accused them of spending "extortion money" on their families. "Senior Maoist leaders stop local tribal people in insurgency-hit areas from getting even basic education. The leaders are always afraid that if the tribals receive education, the violent Maoist movement will vanish. However, they make sure that their own children are properly educated," said a recent press statement by the Anti Naxal Operations (ANO) unit of the Maharashtra Police. The Hindu, November 6, 2015.

Cybercrime has become a big threat, says Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh: Cybercrime has become a big threat for India as various disruptive forces are trying to lure and mislead young minds over the internet, Union Home Minister (UHM) Rajnath Singh said. "Cybercrimes are a big threat and they are increasing. Many forces in this domain are trying to lure young minds. We can't be fully secure until we have good cyber security," he said. Singh said efforts must be made to ensure that the country's systems and networks were updated properly. Times of India, November 5, 2015.

Naga Peace Accord will not harm interests of neighbouring States, reassures RN Ravi: Sentiments of all communities in Manipur and people of neighbouring States of Nagaland would not be allowed to hurt by the Naga Peace Accord, Centre's interlocutor for Naga talks, RN Ravi reassured on November 4. Ravi's trip to Imphal, Manipur aimed at clearing the air concerning the framework agreement signed between the Government of India (GoI) and Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) on August 3. Morung Express, November 5, 2015.

Pakistan needs to do more, said India: India on November 4, said an effective action by Pakistani Government against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other terror outfits will have to go far beyond "merely" proscribing their publicity through electronic media, asserting a complete and enforceable ban on them by Pakistan has been long overdue. The comments by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Vikas Swarup came in reaction to Pakistan's decision to ban publicity of LeT, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) through electronic media. Daily Excelsior, November 5, 2015.

Fewer civilians killed, but terrorist violence up in Jammu and Kashmir, says report: Terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in 2015 has surpassed the levels recorded in 2014, with 169 incidents and 35 Security Force (SF) personnel killed until October 25, as compared to 167 incidents and 30 force casualties in the corresponding period last year. Though 86 terrorists were neutralized till October 25, against 83 in the same period of 2014, and the civilian casualties caused while maintaining law and order stagnated at four, the number of civilian killings by the militants fell to 16 from 20 last year. Times of India, November 3, 2015.

[Source: SATP]

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