Saudi Arabia condemns passage of US 9/11 law

US law that would allow families of victims to sue Saudi government a matter of “great concern”, foreign ministry says.

The US Congress voted to allow relatives to sue for damages related to the September 11, 2001 attacks [EPA]

The US Congress voted to allow relatives to sue for damages related to the September 11, 2001 attacks [EPA]

by Al Jazeera

Saudi Arabia has condemned a recently passed US law allowing the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue the Saudi government.

The US Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) on relations between states.

JASTA allows attack survivors and relatives of victims to pursue cases against foreign governments in US federal court and to demand compensation if such governments are proved to bear some responsibility for attacks on American soil.

In a statement on Thursday, the Saudi government said the enactment of the law was a matter “of great concern” and called on the US Congress “to avoid the serious unintended consequences that may ensue”, without elaborating on what the consequences might be.

“The erosion of sovereign immunity will have a negative impact on all nations, including the United States,” the Saudi foreign ministry said in the statement, which was carried on state news agency SPA on Thursday.

Fifteen of the 19 men who carried out the 2001 attacks were Saudi nationals, but Saudi Arabia, a major US ally, has long denied any involvement in the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

In opposing the law, Obama said it would harm US interests by undermining the principle of sovereign immunity, opening up the US to private lawsuits over its military missions abroad.

The erosion of sovereign immunity is also a concern among the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, of which Saudi Arabia is the most powerful member.

Saudi Arabia’s Gulf allies have lined up beside Riyadh to criticise the law.

Analysts said a successful lawsuit against the Saudi government would be unlikely at best, but speculated that the uncertainty surrounding the legal implications could negatively affect bilateral trade and investment with an ally.

“It will be very difficult for Saudi Arabia to continue in intelligence cooperation when they take such a hostile position,” Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist and analyst, told AFP news agency.

He said Saudi officials are probably debating whether to act now or “wait until the first suit is filed”.

India beat Bangladesh 5-4 to clinch U-18 Asia Cup


Dhaka: A last minute strike gave India a 5-4 victory in their final game against hosts Bangladesh and helped them lift the U-18 Men’s Asia Cup here today.

In what was almost a replay of the opening game, the two teams treated the fans to a thrilling nine-goal encounter with India emerging triumphant in the end to be crowned the champions.

India got off to a quick start and kept the ball in their possession as they searched for an opening to penetrate the rival circle.

Their approach paid off as they won their first Penalty Corner in the 6th minute itself. After an initial error, India recovered and improvised to take a shot on goal, but the attempt went in vain.

While India held the possession, Bangladesh waited for the counter. From a counter, the home team won a PC, and after the initial save by Pankaj Kumar Rajak, M Roman Sarkar netted the ball to give the hosts the lead.

India were quick to score the equaliser through Shivam Anand, who picked up a pass on the edge of the circle and cut back in, running past two Bangladesh defenders to execute a perfect reverse flick into the net.

India earned one more PC but yet another error denied them a goal.

From a counter Bangladesh ran through the midfield, before a cross from the left found Mohammad Mohsin, who deflected the ball to give the hosts a lead again to go into the break 2-1 up.

After the break, India levelled the scores via Hardik Singh’s PC before Dilpreet Singh netted the ball to hand the visiting team a 3-1 lead.

In a topsy turvy game, almost a replay of their opening encounter, Bangladesh equalised with Mohammed Ashraful Islam scoring a goal in the 60th minute.

But Ibungo Singh Konjengbam fired India back in the front again.

Bangladesh also fought back and Mahabub Hossain levelled the scores after a quick counter in the 64th minute.

With the scores tied 4-4 and the threat of a shootout looming, a quick counter saw Abhishek in the box and his deflection guided India to the title with just seconds to the hooter.

Hardik Singh was named the Man of the Match, while Pankaj Kumar Rajak was named the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament.


SC cancels bail, Shahabuddin to return to jail

Mohammad Shahabuddin

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin back to jail as it set aside the Patna High Court order granting him bail in the Rajiv Roshan murder case.

A bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy said that Shahabuddin would be taken into custody forthwith.

“The State will take all consequential steps to take him into custody forthwith,” Justice Ghose said pronouncing the judgment.

The court added that the State and the court will take all steps to complete the trial expeditiously.

The verdict followed a Bihar government’s plea challenging the Patna High Court order granting bail on grounds that though Shahabuddin was arrested in 2014, the trial did not start till date.

The High Court order was also challenged by Rajiv Roshan’s father Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose other two sons were also allegedly killed by Shahabuddin’s henchmen.

Rajiv Roshan, who was the sole witness to the killings of his brothers, was allegedly killed by Shahabuddin’s henchmen, including his son Osama.


SC pulls up Karnataka govt; orders it to release Cauvery water


Bengaluru: The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up Karnataka for its defiant stand on releasing Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu and ordered it to release 6000 cusecs of water between Oct 1 and Oct 6.

The apex court stated that Karnataka is flouting orders and creating a situation where the majesty of law is being dented. Wrath of law will fall upon Karnataka in case of any further defiance of Cauvery order the SC warned.

It also asked the Centre to set up the Cauvery Water Management Board by October 4, while directing Karnataka, TN, Kerala, Puducherry to give names of members for the board by tomorrow.


Pak actors, singers are artists; don’t treat them like terrorists: Salman Khan

salman khan

New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan says artistes from Pakistan should not be treated like terrorists and art and terrorism should not be mixed.

The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association passed a resolution yesterday to ban Pakistani actors from the industry in the wake of the Uri attack.

The resolution came after Indian Army announced that seven terror launch pads were targeted across the LoC by special forces during a ‘surgical strike’.

“Pakistani artistes are just artistes and not terrorists. Terrorism and art are two different subjects,” Salman said, when asked about his take on banning the actors from Pakistan.

The actor said the action (surgical strike) taken by the Indian Army is proper as it was against terrorism, but he would prefer to have a situation of peace and harmony.

“Ideal situation should have been that of peace. But, now a reaction to an action has happened. It was a proper action as they were terrorists. But still in this day and age, I think if we lived in peace an harmony it would have been better for everyone and especially for common people,” he said while speaking at the launch of his jewellery range for Being Human.

Last week, Raj Thackeray-led MNS issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors including Fawad Khan, who is part of one of the productions under Salman’s banner, and Ali Zafar, to leave India by September 25 or else they would be “pushed out”.

Recently concerts of Pakistani singers Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam, scheduled in Bengaluru and Gurgaon, respectively were also cancelled.


Hockey: India outplay Pakistan 3-1 to enter U-18 Asia Cup final


Dhaka: India outplayed Pakistan 3-1 to set up a title showdown with hosts Bangladesh in the Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament here on Thursday.

Forward Shivam Anand (7th minute), striker Dilpreet Singh (32nd) and captain Nilam Sanjeep Xess (46th) scored for India to make it 3-0 before Amjad Ali Khan pulled one back for Pakistan in the 63rd minute.

Both teams had scored a high number of goals in the group stage so an attacking encounter was expected. Both the team showcased their traditional counter-attacking game but India’s attack was more accurate, as was its timing.

India’s link-up play between the midfield and attack proved to be the difference in their strong start to the match. India drew first blood when Shivam Anand scored a field goal in the seventh minute.

Throughout the first half India and Pakistan attacked each other furiously, making several circle incursions. It was India who were more clinical in front of the goal, and three minutes from the end of the half they doubled their lead with a penalty corner goal by Dilpreet.

The second half had a similar start to the first, India on the ascendancy, controlling possession and applying the pressure.

Soon enough they won a penalty corner, and from the flick, a foul gave them a stroke. Waqar in Pakistan’s goal saved the stroke to keep his side in the game. Within minutes though, the third goal arrived, Sanjeep converting another penalty corner to give India a comfortable 3-0 lead.

At this point, it was a stroll in the park for the Indians who enjoyed their 3-0 lead. And Pakistan soon started capitulating under pressure, and two of their players were penalised for technical fouls in the latter stages of the game.

They managed to grab a goal back in the 63rd minute via Amjad, but it proved to be too little too late as India held on to take a 3-1 victory.

Indian midfielder Kunwardilraj Singh received the Man-of-the-Match award.


Karnataka’s defiance against spirit of Constitution: Jayalalithaa

(Photo: PTI/File)

(Photo: PTI/File)

Chennai: Tearing into Karnataka for treating the Supreme Court orders on release of Cauvery water with “utter contempt”, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today said such “deliberate defiance” goes against the spirit of the Constitution and amounts to “contempt” of the Court.

In her speech, read out by Chief Secretary P Ramamohana Rao, at the meeting of the Chief Ministers of two states convened by the Water Resources Ministry, she said her state has “scrupulously” adhered to every Apex Court order.

“By contrast, the State of Karnataka has treated the orders of the Honourable Supreme Court with utter contempt. Successive orders of the Honourable Supreme Court have been deliberately and systematically defied,” by the neighbouring state, she said.

Jayalalithaa, recuperating at a corporate hospital here, said she could not attend the meeting as she was hospitalised.

She said she participated in the discussions “with the hope Tamil Nadu would get its legitimate share in Cauvery water”.

The Chief Minister said that as of August 31, 2016, Tamil Nadu had a shortfall of 60.983 tmc ft of water as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

It was in this context of such a “huge shortfall” and with the intention of saving at least a single samba crop in the Cauvery delta that her state was “forced” to approach the Supreme Court for interim directions, she said.

She recalled the Apex Court directions to Karnataka to initially release 15,000 cusecs and later modify it to 12,000 cusecs per day up to September 20, totalling 17.366 tmc ft.

“But “Karnataka failed to release the requisite quantity of water,” she said.
The Apex Court had later modified the quantum of water to be released to 6,000 cusecs, she said.

“In utter disregard and in complete contempt of the orders of the Honourable Supreme Court, Karnataka failed to release the stipulated quantity of water to Tamil Nadu and in addition, failed to make good the shortfall,” as per its earlier orders, she said.

“This deliberate defiance goes against the spirit of the Constitution itself and amounts to contempt of the Apex Court. Karnataka has not followed the orders of the Honourable Supreme Court and has on the other hand permitted unruly elements to create law and order issues,” she said.

Jayalalithaa said it “is very unfortunate” that not only was water not released as stipulated, but ever since Supreme Court gave its first interim directions on September 5, “an orchestrated spate of arson and violence was unleashed, directed at Tamils living in Karnataka”.

She said many large and small properties and establishments owned by Tamils were systematically targeted, ransacked and burnt.

Also a large number of vehicles bearing Tamil Nadu registration number plates were burnt and vandalised.

“Tamils had been persecuted and attacked with impunity by frenzied mobs with little or no effective restraint or action by the Karnataka authorities. We are led to believe that many of these instances of mob violence were deliberately fanned by various political formations and high level instigators charged with maintaining law and order, who watched the incidents with glee,” she charged.

“In contrast”, her government ensured law and order was “maintained” in Tamil Nadu and no “person from Karnataka or institutions, commercial establishments, educational bodies, properties belonging to persons from Karnataka were affected in Tamil Nadu in any way,” she said.

“Absolute restraint was observed by all sections in Tamil Nadu, including farmers. Even one or two very minor incidents were acted on promptly, cases registered and the miscreants arrested. On the other hand, in Karnataka the situation was grave,” she said.

She recalled that in 1991 the Tribunal had issued interim order on water release, but Karnataka did not honour it and had promulgated an ordinance nullifying it.

The Supreme Court had, however, struck it down, she said.
“Even in 1991, when the interim order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal was passed, a reign of terror was unleashed and Tamils in Karnataka were targeted.

“Tamil people living in Karnataka have been living in fear whenever Tamil Nadu has claimed its rightful share of water in judicial forums, though all judicial forums have seen merit and justice in our case,” she said.

Jayalalithaa said Karnataka never honoured the Tribunal’s interim order and had only allowed surplus waters which its reservoirs could not hold, to flow to Tamil Nadu.

Jayalalithaa said the tribunal allocated 419 TMC ft. of water to Tamil Nadu, of which an annual quantity of 192 TMC ft. has to be ensured at the Inter-State border.

“But this quantum was far below the actual requirement of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has not released that in any of the years except when its reservoirs could not hold the surplus flows,” she said.

She recalled her “vigorous and spirited efforts to get the Tribunal’s final order notified,” which was done in 2013 following a Supreme Court direction to the Centre.

She said it must not be forgotten the final order now has the status of a Supreme Court decree and therefore is law of the land and mandates formation of Cauvery Management Board.

She urged the forum to recognise Karnataka’s pattern of “arrogating” to itself waters of the inter-State Cauvery river “in defiance” of the Apex Court.

She recalled the court’s observation in 1991 that though the inter-State river pass through territories of riparian states, such waters cannot be said to be located in any one state.

Tamil Nadu is a lower riparian state with long established irrigation systems based on unhindered water flow in Cauvery river. But agricultural patterns had been adversely affected by systematic actions by Karnataka to deprive Tamil Nadu of its legitimate share of water, she said.

The state “had no option” but knock the SC’s doors for water release after its pleas to Karnataka and to the Centre “fell on deaf ears”, she said.

“The Honourable Supreme Court has been very magnanimous in its latest directions to direct that a meeting may be held at the level of Executive Heads of the two State Governments to find a way out of the present impasse.

“However, as Karnataka continues to take a defiant stance, I wonder whether the meeting would serve its intended purpose unless Karnataka can be prevailed upon to honour the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s directions,” she said.

Stating that Tamil Nadu is in dire need of water,she said that in the spirit of the Supreme Court order, she was urging Government of India to ensure Karnataka complies and releases water to Tamil Nadu forthwith.

They should also release the stipulated quantity of water as per the Tribunal’s final order, including backlog of 76.042 TMC ft, she said.


Movie Review: ‘One Way Ticket’ is quite an Interesting Fare


Producers: Madhu Nathani & Kamal Nathani
Director: Amol Shetge
Star Cast: Shashank Ketkar, Sachit Patil, Gashmeer Mahajani, Amruta Khanvilkar, Neha Mahajan & Roger D’Costa
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Ratings: Two and a half

Director Amol Shetge’s latest offering One Way Ticket offers a novelty in that it has been shot on foreign locales like Europe (France-Italy-Spain), Thailand and Mauritius. Besides it has been shot on board a cruise ship all of which is certainly a rarity for Marathi Cinema audience.

One Way Ticket unfolds with Samar Raj (Sachit Patil) busy writing a blog with his assistant Nisha (Neha Mahajan) about their recent overseas journey on board a cruise ship and then the movie relapses into a flashback mode. Some more strangers like Aniket (Shashank Ketkar), Madhu (Amruta Khanvilkar) & Aditya Rane (Gashmeer Mahajani) also come on board the cruise ship. Once all the 5 strangers are on board, the mysterious journey begins.

The directorial skills of Amol Shetge is ok. Performance wise the best of the whole lot is Shashank Ketkar. Next in line are Sachit Patil, Neha Mahajan and Amruta Khanvilkar, but strictly not in the same order while sadly enough Gashmeer Mahajani disappoints big time that too in his new avatar.

One Way Ticket will be liked more by the classy audience of Multiplex Cinemas.

Baaghi Ishq Ready For Release


Baaghi Ishq Ready For Release

Director Parag Patil’s Baaghi Ishq is now ready for release. The film has been produced by Hemant Gupta & Manoj Gupta, directed by Parag Patil, music by Damodar Raao & lyrics by Rajesh Mishra & Munna Dubey. The film stars Sandeep Singh Rajput, Priyanka Pandit, Awadhesh Mishra, Manoj Singh Tiger, Ritu Pandey, Sujan Singh, Priti Singh, Prerna Sushma, Rakesh Triapthi, Maahi Gupta, Kanak Pandey et al.

Bhail Tohra Se Pyar HAIL – I Love You
Gets U/A Certificate

Mitwa Production House’s Bhail Tohra Se
Pyar – I Love You got U/A Certificate from Censor Board. The film has been produced by Dharmendra Maurya, directed by Shad Kumar, written & Lyrics by Babloo, music by Mangesh Raul & Pal Kanpuri & cinematography by Gaurang Saha. The film stars Vinay Anand, Gunjan Pant, Rajeev Dinkar, Simran, Samarth Chaturvedi, Anand Mohan, Pankaj Vishwakarma, Dev Malhotra, Mehnaz Shraff, Shravani Goswami, Abhilasha Prasad, Kanchan Awasthi. Manju Sinha, Seema Singh, Rakesh Mishra, Murli Lalwani, Bal Govind Banjara, Baby Farha, Baby Fariya, Farhan, Shabnam, Ashfiya et al.

Chandal Chaukadi Musical Muhurat Held

The musical muhurt of Goyal Films’ Chandal Chaukadi was held in Mumbai this week. The film has been written & produced by Raju Goyal & lyrics & music by Munna Dubey. The film stars Pramod Premi Yadav, Iqbal Durrani, Jai Singh, Deepak Bhatia et al.

Dulhan Ganga Paar Ke Shooting Starts

The shooting of Brand Billa Production’s Dulhan Ganga Paar Ke has started in Gujrat this week. The film has been written & produced by Arvind Kumar Singh, directed by Aslam Shaikh, music by Madhukar Anand & lyrics by Azad Singh & Pyarelal Yadav. The film stars Khesari Lal Yadav, Kajal Raghwani, Pratibha Pandey, Trisha Khan, Priyanka Maharaj, Awadhesh Mishra, Ayaz Khan, Brajesh Tripathi et al.

Hum Hain Magadh Ke Samrat Grand Muhurat Held

The grand muhurat of Sanwariya Films’ Hum Hain Magadh Samrat was held recently in Mumbai. The film has been produced by Prakash Singh, Rajesh Prasad, Guddu Yadav & Manoj Singh, directed by Vishnu Shankar Belu, cinematography by Pankaj Soni, music by Chhote Baba & Sawan, lyrics by Krishna Bedardi, Azad Singh, Santosh Puri & Anand Singh. The film stars Santosh Renu Yadav, Vikas Singh Rajput, Jassi Singh, Manoj Tiger, Saniya Khan, Arun Singh “Bhojpuriya Kaka”, Deepak Suman “Golu”, Rakesh Yadav, Aru Raj et al.

Hogi Pyar Ki Jeet Gets U/A Certificate

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Jwala Trailer Coming Soon

The trailer of Aasoo Nihlani & Raj Lalchandani Present & Producer Crown Films Jagdish Sharma Productions’ Jwala is coming soon. The film has been directed by Jagdish Sharma, music by Ghungru, lyrics by Pyarelal Yadav, Shyam Dehati & Azad Singh & cinematography by Feroz Khan. The film stars Khesari Lal Yadav, Tanushree, Sheetal Ahirao, Sanjay Varma, Kaiser, K. K. Goswami, Mehnaaz, Brijesh Tripathi, Aashutosh Khare, R. K. Shahi & Awdesh Mishra.

Jiyab Na Tohre Bina Satellite Rights Sold To Bihari Wood

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Jung Siyasat Ke Shooting Complete

The shooting of Hero Entertainment’s
Jung Siyasat Ke has been completed. The film has been produced by S. P. Jaiswal & Vishwakarma Prasad, written & directed by Nandu Saini Nirmohi, music by Chhote Baba, lyrics by Sachchidanand Kavach, Azad Singh, Munna Dubey, R. R. Pankaj & Vinay Nirmal & cinematography by Gifty Mehra. The film stars Hero Bhai “S. P. Jaiswal”, Raviraj Dipu, Eenu Shree, Baleshwar Singh, Ella Pandey, Anjali Banerjee, Sanjay Pandey, Ram Mishra, Santosh Shrivastava, C. P. Bhatt, Vaibhav Rai, Saahil Shaikh, Sunita Singh, Mahi Singh, Sunil Chaudhary, Pratibha Pandey & Glory Mahanta.

Kasam Maiyya Ki Mixing In Progress

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Love The Target Shooting Starts In Agra

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Mohabbat Shooting Starts In Lucknow

The shooting of Krishna Entertainment & Laxmi Movie Entertainment Production’s Mohabbat has started in Lucknow. The film has been produced by Maya Yadav, directed by Premanshu Singh, lyrics by Azad Singh & music by Avinash Jha “Ghunghuru”. The film stars Pradeep Pandey “Chintu”, Kajal Yadav, Aanara Gupta, Maya Yadav, Ayaz Khan, Mehnaj Shroff, Santosh et al.

Mohabbat Ke Sougat Shooting Starts

The shooting of director Braj Bhushan’s Mohabbat Ke Sougat has started at Alwar (Rajasthan) this week. The film has been produced by Pallavi Prakash, directed by Braj Bhushan, music by Chhote Baba & Pankaj, Pritam & Manish Sinha. The film stars Aditya Mohan, Shweta Yadav, Uday Shrivastav, Smita Dubey, Harish Pandit et al.

Marte Dum TAK Muhurat Complete

The muhurat of Jai Masandevi Films Presents’ Marte Dum Tak has been completed in Mumbai’s Krishna Studio recently. The film has been produced by Vijay Prasad, directed by Baali & music by Shyam Dehati. The film stars Lalit Kumar, Monalisha et al.

Pyar Ki Dhadkan 1st Look To Come Out Soon

The 1st look of Kishori Films’ Pyar Ki Dhadkan is coming soon. The film has bee produced by Shikha Misra & Dhupendra Bhagat, directed by Sujit Kumar Singh, music by Madhukar Aanand & executive produced by Raja & JP. The film stars Pawan Singh, Shikha Mishra with Sagar Panday playing a lead role.

Prem Ke Dushman Ready For Release

K. G. N. Entertainment’s Prem Ke Dushman is ready for release. The film has been produced by Mohammad Nadir & Mohammad Javed, directed by A. K. Modek, music by Gopal Pandey & lyrics by Sanjay Pandey, Mohammad Nadir & Mohammad Javed. The film stars Ram Yadav, Sakib Khan, Roopomita, Maya Yadav, Vinay Ambastha, Samarth Chaturvedi, Sanjay Verma, Seema Singh, Soniya Sharma, Neeta, Jaiprakash Gupta, Mohammad Asraf, Mohammad Seraj et al.

Sugna 2 Post Production Starts

The post production work of Sadbhavana Films in association with Brown Eye Entertainments’ Sugna 2 has started this week in UP. The film has been produced by Ram Bharat, Vipin & Satydev Chaudhari, directed by Ajay Ojha, music by Gunvant Sen, lyrics by Fanindra Rao & Bali Khan & cinematography by Ashok Chakrvarty. The film stars Aaditya Ojha, Nehasree, Neha Singh, Ajay Surywanshi, Akbar Nakvi, Govind Khatri, C. P. Bhatt, Prakash Jais, Sanjay Varma & Pramod Maautho.

Sarkar Raaj Special Song Shot

Rani Chatterji & Pawan Singh shot for a special song of Sarkar Raaj this week. The film has been produced. By Indian E-Commerce, directed by Arvind Chaubey & music by Madhukar Anand. The film stars Pawan Singh, Rani Chatterji, Monalisha, Brajesh Tripathi, Jaswant Kumar, Sunil Thapa, Ayaz Khan, Vikas Singh, Jai Singh, Jaspinder Singh Jassi, Arvind Dubey, Prakash Jais, Baal Govind, Dhiraj Tiwari, Sandeep Yadav, Ratnesh Barnwal, Anita Singh, Shakeel Manjit, Irfan Khan, Sonu Khatri, Tarzan et al.

Tu Mera Dushman Song Recording In Progress

The song recording of S. S. Film Factory Present, Indu Entertaining Films & Luckki Entertainments’ Tu Mera Dushman is currently in progress. The film has been produced by Vinod Kumar Verma & Sanjay Singh, directed by Subhash Prajapti, music by Narendra Nirmal & lyrics by Laxman Ojha. The film stars Aaditya Mohan, K. K. Pandit, Tanushree, Archana Singh, Ritu Singh, Kiran Yadav, Sanjay Verma, Manoj Tiger, Vinod Sharma, Sanjay Pandey, Seema Singh et al.

Tohare Khatir Shooting Complete

The shooting of Prajapati Films Tohare Khatir has been completed at Gopalganj in (Bihar) recently. The film has been produced by Anil Prajapti, directed by Vinay Channa & music by Chandan Kumar. The film stars Neelkamal, Bhavna Bharthwal, Anand Mohan, Awadhesh Mishra, Glory Mohanta, Kiran Verma et al.

India hits militants across LoC, Pakistan denies surgical strikes


New Delhi: India said on Thursday it carried out surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the LoC in Pakistan and inflicted heavy casualties. Islamabad insisted there had been only cross-border clashes that left two of its soldiers dead.

Eleven days after terrorists killed 18 Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Special Forces targeted “some terrorist teams” positioned on the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday night, the military said.

“During these counter-terrorist operations, significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who support them,” Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, the Director General Military Operations (DGMO), told the media.

As Indian authorities ordered a high alert along the border areas of Punjab and Gujarat and said it was ready for any retaliation by Islamabad, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sounded a warning to New Delhi.

Villagers in a 10-km border belt in Punjab in India were ordered to move to safer places, while schools were shut in the entire area. Leave of police as well as medical personnel there was cancelled.

Across the border in Neelum Valley in Pakistan, authorities banned the movement of vehicles near the LoC, ordered primary schools shut and warned people not to loiter in the vicinity, according to Geo News.

Minutes after India announced the surgical strikes on Thursday, Sharif denounced what he said was “unprovoked and naked aggression” by Indian forces.

“Our intent for peaceful neighbourhood should not be mistaken as our weakness,” he said. Pakistan can “thwart any evil design made to undermine the sovereignty of Pakistan”, he added.

The Pakistani military said there were no surgical strikes by India, and “instead there had been cross-border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon.

“The same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops,” it said. “The notion of surgical strikes linked to alleged terrorist bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by India.”

Terrorists fighting Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir are known to be based in the Pakistani part of divided Kashmir and are said to enjoy the backing of both the Pakistani military and terrorist groups aligned with Pakistani intelligence.

As temperatures mounted in the region, with the Saarc summit scheduled in Islamabad in November under a shadow following a boycott by India, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, the government convened an all-party meeting in New Delhi and shared details of the overnight surgical strikes.

The Indian forces did not release details but some reports said that Indian Special Forces had gone three kilometers across the LoC and eliminated 38 terrorists before retreating.

Gen Ranbir Singh said the terrorists in the surgical strikes had planned “to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and various other metros in our country.

“The operation was basically focussed to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration and carrying out destruction and endangering the lives of citizens of our country,” he said.

The DGMO said the operation had since ceased. “We do not have plans of further continuation of the operations. However, the Indian armed forces are fully prepared for any contingency that may arise.”

The Indian action was based on “very specific and credible information”, he added.

Thursday also saw Pakistani military shelling Indian positions across the LoC — which divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries — at Danesh and Lakshmi posts in Naugam sector, the state Police said. The Indian military retaliated.

Pakistan said the exchange of fire began at 2.30 a.m. and continued till 8.00 a.m., leaving two Pakistani soldiers dead.

“Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC in Bhimber, Hotspring Kel and Lipa sectors,” it said.

The Indian DGMO said he also spoke to his Pakistani counterpart and told him about the operation.

“It is India’s intention to maintain peace and tranquility in the region but we cannot — certainly not — allow the terrorists to operate across the LoC with impunity and attack the citizens of the country.

“We expect the Pakistan Army to cooperate with us to erase the menace of terrorism from our region,” he added.