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"If the Democratic Party is to be successful in November, But there is a fear, chief of JeM,was reportedly in constant touch with the six terrorists who stormed an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on1 January and killed seven Indian soldiers India and Pakistan have agreed to reschedule talks between their foreign secretaries the Indian foreign ministry said on Thursday while an investigation into the Pathankot Attack is carried out Pakistani media has reported that JeMchief Maulana Masood Azhar his brother and “several individuals” belonging to his dreaded outfit have been arrested in connection with the Pathankot terror attack Pakistan media said JeM offices weresealed after India demanded action on the group linking it to the fate of Foreign Secretary-level talks Some semblance of officialese on the arrest surfaced early onThursday with Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch minister of frontier regions confirming the kingpin’s arrest "Azhar was taken in protective custody to probe the Pathankot attack" Geo TV quoted Baloch as saying but almost simultaneously other top officials in Pakistan’s foreign ministry continued to deny knowledge of any such arrest feeding into JeM’s online barbs Arrested or not Maulana Masood Azhar’s writings continue to flow even as Pak confirms arrest/ AFP “Disbelievers and hypocrites across the world are celebrating our arrest” a statement in Urdu said “but the arrest never happened” reports The Indian Express In its online rant JeM makes its displeasure of the Indo-Pak thaw very clear calling out Pakistan’s government for its "friendship" with Modi Advani and Vajpayee “Even if they happen what difference will it make No difference except one Allah willing there will be more enthusiasm and excitement among people of the faith and the work of jihad will gather more strength and energy” the statement posted Thursday on a Facebook page said The Indian Express reports that Jaish-e-Mohammed uses this online community to communicate with media and followers Azhar warns Pakistan govt Even as news of his "arrest" broke on local television channels Wednesday night JeM chief Azhar wrote a piece under his pen name Saadi warning the Pakistan government about the "dangerous road" it is taking "The road that the Pakistan government is taking in its crackdown against the JeMis very dangerous for this country and its steps against mosques madrasas and jihad are a danger to the unity and integrity of Pakistan" Azhar wrote in the Jaish mouthpiece Al Qalam Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif set up a committee of his top intelligence army and government officers to investigate India’s allegations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to him last week asking for prompt and decisive action on the basis of specific evidence "Based on the initial investigations in Pakistan and the information provided several individuals belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed have been apprehended The offices of the organization are also being traced and sealed Further investigations are underway" a statement from Sharif’s office said India Pakistan reschedule talks no date yet India and Pakistan have agreed to reschedule talks between their foreign secretaries the Indian foreign ministry said on Thursday while an investigation into a deadly attack on a military base in Pathankot is carried out India has demanded action against the Pakistan-based JeMthat it suspects of carrying out the attack on the Pathankot air base Islamabad has held Azhar and other members sources say Indian foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said New Delhi welcomed the steps taken by Pakistan against the militant group which was also blamed for a 2001 parliament attack that nearly led to a war between the nuclear-armed rivals He said the foreign secretaries of the neighbours spoke on the telephone and decided to defer the talks that had been tentatively scheduled for Friday in Islamabad The two diplomats agreed to hold the talks aimed at achieving a thaw in ties in the very near future but no date was announced The Pakistani foreign office said a new date had not yet been decided "We welcome the statement issued by the government of Pakistan yesterday on the investigations into the Pathankot terrorist attack" Swarup told reporters "The statement conveys that considerable progress has been made in the investigations being carried out against terrorist elements linked to the Pathankot incident" Seven Indian military personnel were killed in the Jan 2 attack on the base in the northern state of Punjab which was followed by a raid on an Indian consulate in Afghanistan that has also been linked to Jaish-e-Mohammad or the Army of Mohammad Pakistan which India has long accused of backing Islamist militants promised to investigate who was behind the assault on the air base after India handed over evidence that it said implicated Jaish-e-Mohammad Who is Maulana Masood Azhar Maulana Masood Azhar was the general secretary of another terror group Harkat-ul-Ansar (HuA) in 1994 and was on a ‘mission’ in Jammu and Kashmir when he was arrested on 11 February the same year When he was released the HuA had been included in the US list of Foreign Terrorist Organisations which had compelled the outfit to rename itself as the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) The Indian Express explains the re-emergence of JeM after years of staying low key However Masood Azhar decided to float the new outfit JeM rather than rejoin his old outfit He was also reported to have received assistance in setting up the JeM from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) the then Taliban regime in Afghanistan Osama bin Laden and several Sunni sectarian outfits of Pakistan JeM like other terrorist outfits in J&K claims to using violence to force a withdrawal of Indian security forces from the state The outfit claims that each of its offices in Pakistan would serve as schools of jihad In its fight against India he boasted that the outfit would not only "liberate" Kashmir but also would take control of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya Amritsar and Delhi Masood Azhar the amir (chief) of the outfit was arrested by Pakistani security forces on December 29 2001 after pressure from India and other foreign countries following the December 13 2001 attack on India’s Parliament However a three-member Review Board of Lahore High Court ordered on December 14 2002 that Azhar be released WithAgencies By: Express News Service | Kolktata | Published: July 1 2017 6:26 am Related News THE POLICE on Friday recovered a body with a gunshot wound from Subhash Sarovar Jheel Park in Phoolbagan area of Kolkata The deceased identified as Ashish Sardar (30) was found lying in a pool of blood at the park Police said he is a resident of Pragati Maidan area in the city Sources said the security guard of the park informed Phoolbagan police station about Sardar lying unconscious there “A police team rushed to the spot and found him dead… he had an injury mark on his neck Initially we suspected that the victim may have accidentally slipped and sustained injury while walking in the park” said a police officer “But the postmortem examination report suggested that he died of a bullet injury Doctors also found a bullet stuck behind his neck Later a murder case was registered” the officer added After the police identified the deceased his family was informed The family members claimed that Sardar had gone missing on Thursday morning around 1030 am “Three of his friends had called him up to join them His family claimed they were supposed to take a bath in a lake… but he didn’t return from there We have identified the three friends who are at large The family members have accused them of murder” said a police officer For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUpdated: February 24 2014 11:30 pm With GMOs as withclimate science there coexists a core of scientific consensus and persistence of denialism in thescientific community Reuters Related News Ronald J Herring Bio-safety regimes empower officials over farmers Scarce public resources are wasted in surveillance and control Genetic engineering in agriculture raises contentious politics unknown in other applications of molecular technology The pivot is risk In pharmaceuticals medicine and industrial applications recombinant DNA technology has been widely accepted as providing useful tools; in agriculture products using these same tools have been coded as producing “GMOs” evoking almost universally an aura of unique risk and special regulation Science is invoked and attacked as providing sufficient evidence for assuring safety in the use of GMOs Though associated with wealthy economies historically genetically engineered crops grown in “developing countries” in 2012 exceeded total acres grown in the so-called developed countries for the first time India was the 16th country to approve a genetically engineered crop: Bt cotton in 2002 Controversy over India’s second Bt crop — brinjal — was intense centred on the adequacy of science in assessing risk Risk is an elastic and elusive concept In common use risk is part of everyday life but seldom formalised In normal science risk has a precise but deceptively simple meaning: risk equals the probability of some hazard Anyone booking a flight taking prescription drugs or scheduling surgery recognises potential hazards We regularly take some risks because of expected benefits or because the risk of doing nothing is higher The question is always: compared to what Ideally regulation of any technology would reach some threshold of acceptable risk — balanced with benefits — for a whole society Conceptually simple these comparisons are devilishly difficult Often neither hazard nor probability is known or cannot be measured The economist Jack Knight wrote in the 1920s that this situation is one of uncertainty not risk In the world of uncertainty risk is of necessity a social construction The common cellphone is a good example: there is some evidence of hazard no proof of hazard and no estimate of probabilities but such obvious utility that hypothetical risk is discounted by nearly everyone Science cannot assess uncertainty nor determine appropriate risk preferences; these are of necessity political decisions For agricultural biotechnology the precondition for risk regulation would ask of science: do transgenic plants produce more hazards than cultivars bred by other means Though there may well be new hazards none has been demonstrated in mainstream science to date The European Commission Directorate-General for Research assessed available regulatory science for environmental and food-safety risks in A Decade of EU-funded GMO Research (2001-2010): “The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects covering a period of more than 25 years of research and involving more than 500 independent research groups is that biotechnology and in particular GMOs are not per se more risky than [for example] conventional plant breeding technologies” (page 16) Like China and Brazil India supported biotechnology for its potential benefits and established institutions of state science to assess risks Bt cotton utilised an insecticidal protein derived from a common soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis hence “Bt” to control pests in cotton with less pesticide; the results dramatically demonstrated benefits The same technology applied to brinjal raised the risk bar because it is a food crop The Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) after nine years of tests involving seven government agencies and departments approved release of the crop by both the private and public sectors based on comparative assessment of options Hazards to both farmers and consumers were documented in current practices of heavy pesticide application — some unapproved for food crops No hazards from the insecticidal protein were found through standard safety protocols; GEAC findings conformed to the EU’s general conclusions This statutory state science was not decisive however Then minister for environment Jairam Ramesh concluded that the GEAC studies were inadequate; risks to food safety and the environment were posited Neither hypothetical risk was explicitly compared to known hazards of existing practices; uncertainty trumped demonstrable risk Food safety was the most telling example Only one study not peer-reviewed and funded by an international campaigner against biotechnology was cited as evidence of hazard: organ damage and death However Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini’s claims about Bt proteins had been rejected by the GMO Panel of the European Food Safety Authority; his most recent article positing cancer risks was retracted after publication by Food and Chemical Toxicology — a rare and embarrassing step for a journal With GMOs as with climate science there coexists a core of scientific consensus and persistence of denialism in the scientific community The minister’s logic was precautionary consistent with one line of international practice This is a global pattern of conflicting logics of developmental states and precautionary states Developmental states embrace some uncertainty: continuation of the status quo likewise entails uncertainties and often known hazards Precautionary states in contrast privilege caution over opportunity; uncertainty is coded as unacceptable risk States are divided between these approaches; the location of official science in the state then fundamentally affects outcomes Ministries of environment tend to be preservationist hence precautionary Ministries of agriculture or science and technology have different missions more in common with the logic of developmentalism Exactly this division appeared in India over Bt brinjal; as environment held the decisive voice the crop was not approved This dialectic of risk and benefit encounters the Goldilocks Paradox of all regulation; the level of cautionary restriction should be not too much not too little but just right Excessive regulation is suffocating and adverse to equity Too little precaution might produce hazards that entail unacceptable risk The strictest regulation enables multinational life science corporations with capacity and connections to win at the expense of small firms and public science Bio-safety regimes empower officials over farmers; scarce public resources are wasted in surveillance and control rather than innovation Investment in both public and private sectors is depressed If effective technologies are blocked agriculture is needlessly crippled It is ethically difficult to justify depriving farmers of the same technical progress urban people take for granted Finally with climate change continually producing new challenges to agriculture ruling out any tools for response is itself a risky proposition The writer professor of government at Cornell University edited the book ‘Transgenics and the Poor: Biotechnology in Development Studies’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday pitched for introduction of Information Technology in the legal process and in the administration of justice saying it will increase transparency and efficiency Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis PTI Maharashtra CM was speaking at the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High courts in New Delhi on Sunday "The move from paper to electronic forms is a vital step in the evolution of a modern system The introduction of Information and Technology into the legal process and the administration of justice will increase transparency and efficiency in the state "Protecting the secrecy of court information is obligatory" Fadnavis was quoted as saying in a statement He said the Joint Conference is an occasion for the executive and the judiciary to reaffirm their resolve to support a speedy efficient and quality justice delivery in the country Also to discuss steps required to surmount the various challenges facing the justice system such as inordinate delays in disposal of cases in courts facilitating access to speedy resolution of commercial disputes by economic operators making the justice system user friendly and affordable to all and improving the quality of legal aid services in the country the statement said By: Reuters | Spielberg (austria) | Published: July 10 2017 9:46 pm Mclaren currently ranks at the bottom as they approach the midpoint of the season at their home British Grand Prix next weekend (Source: AP) Top News McLaren say they must have a competitive engine next season but are prepared to give Honda as much time as possible before deciding whether to stay or split The Formula One team’s executive director Zak Brown told reporters at the weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix that there were signs of improvement but time was pushing on “It’s still very much a work in progress” said the American “We need to figure out our relationship with them moving forward soon You start getting in to next year’s car (design) in the next few months and what we have to have is a competitive engine for next year “They’re working hard on it and doing some things that are for them to speak about to make those improvements So we want to give them as much runway as possible to get there” McLaren the second most successful team after Ferrari in terms of race wins are bottom of the standings as they approach the midpoint of the season at their home British Grand Prix next weekend Neither two times world champion Fernando Alonso nor Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne was able to add to the meagre tally of two points despite qualifying a more encouraging 12th and 13th at Spielberg While Alonso was punted out at the start in a three-car crunch Vandoorne finished 12th and collected a late drive-through penalty for ignoring blue warning flags Brown warned last month that McLaren and Honda were reaching a ‘fork in the road’ with the Japanese manufacturer looking “a bit lost” “As far as their enthusiasm to address the issue that’s been there from day one but it’s a results-oriented business” he said in Austria “We do like what we’re seeing and what they are telling us about how they are going about addressing some of the issues” Asked directly whether the threat of a parting of the ways had receded somewhat he added: “I would say our position hasn’t changed on our requirement to have a competitive situation next year” Honda brought an upgraded ‘Spec Three’ power unit to Austria although Alonso reverted to the previous specification when a problem with a motor generator unit was detected For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Kriti Sonali | New Delhi | Published: November 30 2016 1:19 pm Vidya Balan and director Sujoy Ghose are back with Kahaani 2 this time called Durga Rani Singh There is a new entrant in the mix and it is Arjun Rampal Related News It has been years since Vidya Balan’s Vidya Bagchi unleashed the power of a lone hairpin The audience gasped and gasped again as Sujoy Ghosh introduced that unexpected twist in the tale and made Kahaani one of the best thrillers in Indian cinema Now Vidya and Sujoy are back with Kahaani 2 this time called Durga Rani Singh There is a new entrant in the mix and it is Arjun Rampal Can the trio leave us gasping in the theatres again While we will have to wait till Friday to get an answer to that what new has Vidya tried with Kahaani 2 Because innovation is the name of the game isn’t it Before Vidya could reply Arjun had the answer ready: “Vidya will be seen sleeping in the film throughout Now this is something no one has ever done” It took Sujay to explain that since Vidya is in a coma in the film she will be seen sleeping through the film Vidya added that Kahaani 2 gave her a chance to do action scenes which is something she was yet to try in her career “There is an accident sequel in the film in which I got a chance to try some stunts something I always longed to do Post the shoot everyone on the set asked me was it difficult but I actually enjoyed the process” she said But while Vidya enjoyed the action there was one scene which left her traumatised The scene is where the child actor who plays Vidya’s daughter in the film jumps from the roof “Vidya was very badly affected by the scene Post shoot she cried so hard and I am sure that is something she has never done in the past” Arjun said On being asked how Arjun felt working with Vidya he said “I though Vidya would be a very serious and intellectual kind of a person but she is a complete baby at heart She is best in her work but as the scene gets over there is a twinkle in her eye that brings a positive vibe on the sets Working with her was all pleasure” Vidya too said that she had her doubts as she had only met Arjun at social events and this was the first time that they were working together “I never expected to gel with him so well He has a beautiful smile and thus I love to make him smile which is the best part of working with him” said Vidya Watch | Vidya Balan On Kahaani 2: I Use All Tools To Be Able To Create A Person Out Of My Characters Kahaani 2 will release on December 2 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News not under house arrest’ blend with the JeM’s online propaganda last week when the notionally banned Pakistan-based jihadist group countered claims that its leader Maulana Masood Azhar has been arrested for his alleged role in the terror strike on the India’s Pathankot airbase in the early hours of 1 January 2016. he said. download Indian Express App More Top NewsPublished: February 13, who had won three of the first four grands prix,” Rosberg told reporters of the ninth win of his Formula One career and third Mercedes one-two of the season. 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