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Technical analysis of GPS device used by Gurdaspur attacker's shows coordinates in Pakistan: A technical analysis of GPS [Global Positioning System] device used by the Gurdaspur attackers has thrown up coordinates in Sargodha, Pakistan, on July 21, with the same location also appearing as an undated entry. Experts have stumbled upon origins of the GPS sets in Taiwan or US, indicating that this is where they may have been picked up, and found that they were possibly located in the UK at some point of time. Times of India, August 28, 2015.

FICN circulation on rise, says RBI's annual report: Fake notes are on the rise in India, In fiscal year 2014-15, Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) in circulation rose 22 per cent to 5,94,446 pieces, according to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI's) annual report. These are counterfeit notes that were detected in the banking system. While 95.6 per cent of these notes were detected by commercial banks, 4.4 per cent were detected at RBI offices. The number of counterfeit notes detected increased for all denominations, except for INR 2 and INR 5, which are almost out of circulation, being replaced by metal coins. DNA India, August 28, 2015

Maoist movement won't last more than 7-8 years, says CRPF Southern Sector, IG M. Vishnuvardhana Rao: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) movement will not survive beyond seven to eight years due to various reasons such as an ageing leadership, lack of second-rung leaders and the emergence of lumpen elements in the movement, said Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Southern Sector Inspector General (IG), M. Vishnuvardhana Rao in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on August 26. Rao said the present condition is different from the conditions prevailing in the 1980s and the leaders of the previous generation were also more ideologically sound and committed. Times of India, August 28, 2015.

17 'missing' Indians are believed to have joined IS, according to report: According to a list prepared by Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA), 17 Indians are now 'missing'. As reported by Indian and foreign intelligence services, they are active with the Islamic State (IS) or rival organisations like Jabhat al-Nusra. In addition, up to a dozen Indian Mujahideen (IM) cadres are also believed to have joined the Islamic State, while Police have stopped at least 22 volunteers from travelling. According to The Indian Express' exclusive report, the 17 Indians - all young men, barring a woman who has returned home - were educated, most hailing from middle-class or affluent families with conventional aspirations. New Indian Express, August 26, 2015.

More than 180 NDFB-IKS militants arrested, states a report: Highly placed security sources stated that more than 180 militants of IK Songbijit faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-IKS) have been arrested since the crackdown on the organisation was launched after December 23 massacre. Also 280 couriers and sympathisers of the militant group have also been arrested. Sources said that 25 militants headed by Bidai are still inside Assam and they are hiding in thick jungles near the Manas National Park. Assam Tribune, August 24, 2015.

India has specific information on Dawood being in Pakistan, says UHM Rajnath Singh: Union Home Minister (UHM) Rajnath Singh said on August 23 that the Government had specific information about Mumbai blasts accused Dawood Ibrahim's presence in Pakistan. He said Dawood was in Pakistan for sure and even the Pakistan government was aware that the coordinates of the dreaded terrorist were available with India.

Meanwhile, news reports, citing a 'dossier prepared' by India to be handed over to Pakistan, claimed that Dawood Ibrahim has nine residences in Pakistan, including one bought near the house of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, two years ago, and has three Pakistani passports which he frequently uses to travel. Midday, August 23, 2015. Gulf News, August 23, 2015

Maoist pamphlet warns Ministers and OCTL in Telangana, says report: The Viplava Karmika Samkhya (VPS), a front organization of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), has sent a pamphlet to a newspaper office in Nalgonda (Telangana) warning the management of Oil Country Tubular Limited (OCTL) located at Narketpally, Ministers T. Harish Rao and Nayani Narasimha Reddy and Nakrekal Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Vemula Veeresham on the issue of "removing about 500 employees from the company". Signed by VPS Secretary Azad, the two-page pamphlet alleged that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Government had colluded with management of the OCTL. The Hindu, August 22, 2015.

GoI have decided to hold talks with militant groups only after they surrender and deposit their arms and ammunition, states Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiu: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiu stated that Government of India (GoI) has decided to hold talks with militant groups only after they surrender and deposit their arms and ammunition to concerned authorities. He stated, "We have made an appeal to those (militant groups) who wanted to come to the mainstream, that the first and foremost is to lay down arms and abjure violence because violence and talk cannot go parallel." He added, "We will not talk to anybody who indulges in any kind of violence". Nagaland Post, August 22, 2015.

Chinese elements are facilitating supply of arms and ammunition to the militant groups of the Northeast, says report: Reports citing Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) sources said that Chinese elements are facilitating supply of arms and ammunition to the militant groups of the Northeast. Since 2008-09, some elements in China have been urging upon the militant groups of the region to join hands. The recent action of four militant groups to form a common platform, UNLFWESA, may be due to the pressure from the Chinese authorities. Assam Tribune, August 20, 2015.

Villagers living along the India-Myanmar border areas are at the mercy of the militants and undesirable elements, observes Task Force constituted by Prime Minister: A Task Force constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is headed by Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) R N Ravi has observed that villagers living along the India-Myanmar border areas are at the mercy of the militants and undesirable elements because of lack of presence of administration in the area. The Task Force pointed out that around 300,000 people in around 250 villages are living in the 10-kilometre belt along the international border and as there is hardly any presence of administration in the area, the people are left at the mercy of "God, militants and undesirable elements". Assam Tribune, August 20, 2015.

Army has strengthened counter-infiltration grid along the LoC to ensure zero infiltration, says GOC 15 Corps Lieutenant General Subrata Saha: General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 15 Corps, Lieutenant General Subrata Saha on August 19 said that Army has strengthened counter-infiltration grid along the Line of Control (LoC) to ensure zero infiltration. The GOC said: "We have made our counter-infiltration grid much more robust. First of all, it has evolved over the years and secondly, we have made some changes this year. We have improved the coordination with regard to intelligence."Dailyexcelsior, August 20, 2015.

'We committed 'mistakes' during Lalgarh stir in West Bengal', says CPI-Maoist: In a six-page review report, the eastern bureau of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), has said it committed "mistakes" during the Lalgarh movement by killing people and removing their bodies covertly and said that it had wrongly believed that Trinamool Congress (TMC) would withdraw joint forces from Jangalmahal after coming to power in the State. The outfit said, "We had a belief that if the CPI-M is defeated, then the joint forces will be withdrawn and all political prisoners released, but we were wrong." Ruling TMC, however, dismissed the report as "propaganda". Business Standard, August 20, 2015.

Cyber crime goes up by 69 per cent, according to NCRB 'Crime in India 2014' report: Cyber crimes witnessed a 69 per cent increase in 2014 with the maximum cases registered under the now-repealed Section 66A of Information Technology (IT) Act, according to 'Crime in India 2014' report published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Police registered 9,622 cases of cyber crime in 2014 as against 5,693 in 2013 with Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Karnataka together accounting for 48.18 per cent of the cases across the country, the report said. Deccan Herald, August 20, 2015.

LeT plans to target Air India flights on Kabul-Delhi-Kabul sector, says intelligence input: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) plans to target Air India flights on Kabul-Delhi-Kabul sector as they are used by senior officers of Indian Government, according to an intelligence input ahead of India's Independence Day. Another recent intelligence input warns that Pakistan based terror groups are plotting to strike in Gujarat or Mumbai around September-October, 2015. An intelligence warning in April, 2015 said LeT plans attack by 8 to 10 Pakistan terrorists, who may come via sea route or Jammu and Kashmir, at a railway station or a hotel. Times of India, August 13, 2015.

NSCN-IM states that it had agreed to share sovereignty with India: Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) on August 12 stated that it had agreed to share sovereignty with Government of India (GoI). NSCN-IM 'general secretary' Muivah, upon arrival at Dimapur airport, said they have agreed in principle to resolve the decades-old Indo-Naga political issue based on shared sovereignty. He appealed to the neighbouring states to understand the issue of the Naga people, which had been prolonged for decades. He said the Naga people would have to co-exist with the Assamese, Arunachalese and the Manipuris. Telegraph, August 13, 2015.

Pakistan violated ceasefire 192 times along the IB in Jammu & Kashmir till July 26, 2015, says Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in a written reply to Lok Sabha (Lower House) on August 11 said that Pakistan violated ceasefire 192 times along the international Border (IB) in Jammu & Kashmir till July 26, 2015. In 2015, till July 26, there were 192 ceasefire violations along the international border in J&K, which resulted in death of three civilians and one BSF personnel, Minister said. Times of India, August 12, 2015.

 Terror claimed lives of over 200 defence personnel since 2012, says Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, in a written reply in Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament), said that over 200 defence personnel have been killed due to insurgency, terrorism and cross border firing in the country since 2012. Parrikar said that 61 were martyred in 2012, 54 in 2013, 56 in 2014 and in 2015, till August 3, 30 have been killed. Times of India, August 8, 2015.

Wipe out extremist ideologies from State, GoI tells Assam Police: Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) has asked the Assam Police to launch a 'counter-radicalization' programme to eliminate fundamentalist extremist ideologies in the state. The directive came following a recent intelligence report that marked Assam as 'vulnerable' to radical extremism. An unnamed UMHA official stated, "The presence of Jammat-ul-Mujahedeen of Bangladesh (JMB) in the state has triggered a huge concern. Now, the report of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ideology spreading in the State is surely a matter of serious concern. The Police have been asked to alert all its forces to keep a sharp eye on any such activities." Times of India, August 8, 2015.

ISI trying to push militants to attack India's hinterland, according to Intelligence inputs: Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has intensified its attempts to push terrorists into India to carry out terror strike in hinterland, official sources said on August 6. Quoting intelligence inputs, they said, there have been intensified attempts of infiltration by militants from across the border in recent past. All these attempts were being made at the behest of ISI with the objective of carrying out terror attacks in the hinterland, sources added. Times of India, August 7, 2015.

Terror strike in Udhampur is part of persistent attempts by terrorists from Pakistan to vitiate peaceful atmosphere in J&K, says UHM Rajnath Singh:Union Home Minister (UHM) Rajnath Singh making a suo moto statement in both Houses of Parliament on August 6 said that the terror strike in Udhampur is a part of persistent attempts by terrorists from Pakistan to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). "The Government remains committed to combating terrorism with a strong resolve and ensuring the safety and security of our citizens and our security personnel," he said in the identical statements made in Rajya Sabha (Upper House) and Lok Sabha (Lower House). Daily Excelsior, August 7, 2015.

Maoists making inroads into urban areas of the State, admits Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis: Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio, told Maharashtra Legislative Council that the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres are trying to create base in Mumbai-Nashik-Pune belt. "It has come to light that in the urban and industrial belts in these areas, the Maoists are trying to clandestinely propagate their ideology and are creating an impression that they are raising their voice on Dalit issues and attracting Dalit youth to the Maoist movement," admitted CM Fadnavis. DNA, August 5, 2015.

26/11 Mumbai attack planned & launched from Pakistan, says retired Pakistani official: In deeply embarrassing disclosures for Pakistan, its chief investigator of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks has stated that the mayhem was planned and launched from this country and that the operation was directed from an ops room in Karachi (Pakistan). Tariq Khosa, a top police officer who was made Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) weeks after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, has written a revealing article in Dawn newspaper giving graphic details of the plot and its investigation, thereby confirming what India has been saying for long. Economic Times, August 5, 2015.

FICNs worth INR 1364.3 million seized in three years, says Union Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha: Union Minister of State for Finance, Jayant Sinha on August 4 said in Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) that more than 2.73 million pieces of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs), with face value of INR 1364.3 million, were seized in three years (2012-2014). Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Jayant Sinha said that in order to stay ahead of the counterfeiters, the government has recently introduced revised numbering pattern in all denominations. Business Standard, August 5, 2015.

Keralite youth in Islamic State (IS) fold, says Police: The Intelligence Wing of the Kerala Police has confirmed that a youth from the state has joined the Islamic State (IS). Officials who refused to share the whereabouts of the person said he had been working in the Middle East before joining the militant group a year ago. "The information is reasonably confirmed. He is reported to have lived in Syria and Iraq afterwards," the officials said. Though there are reports that two other Keralites too joined the group, the Police said they were yet to receive reliable information in this regard. New Indian Express, August 4, 2015.

More than a dozen incidents of IS-flag raising in Kashmir valley in recent months, says report: There have been more than a dozen incidents of Islamic State (IS)-flag raising in Kashmir valley in recent months. As many as 12 youths have been identified by security agencies for allegedly raising the flag of IS in Jammu and Kashmir in the recent past. "The 12 youths were behind almost all incidents where ISIS flags were raised in Kashmir. We are keeping a close eye on all of them," an unnamed senior official said. Times of India, August 1, 2015.

Maoists abducting children for their operations, says U.S. report: Using them to spy, plant explosive devices in five States, Children as young as six are being snatched from their families and used by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in various States, the latest human trafficking report released by the U.S. administration has revealed. In the "Trafficking in Persons Report-2015," the U.S. agencies have identified five of the 10 Left-Wing Extremism-(LWE)-affected States, where such a modus operandi is in practice. The Hindu, August 1, 2015.

37 per cent of India's Minor Ports Defenseless, according to IB report: Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs (Coastal Security) on July 31 expressed its "shock" over a special report prepared by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) which found that about 37 per cent of minor ports in the country are defenseless. Further, a report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs (Coastal Security), tabled on July 31 has said the IB report should serve as an "alarm bell" for the government, especially at those ports which are located along the coastline of Gujarat and Maharashtra. NDTV, August 1, 2015.

[Source: SATP]

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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