Union Home Minister Amit Shah today chaired a High-Level
Meeting in New Delhi to review the current status of border security and
measures to be taken to strengthen it further.
During the meeting, Mr Shah stressed upon Modi Government’s
policy of ‘Zero Tolerance’ towards terrorism, insurgency, corruption as well as
smuggling of weapons, narcotics and cattle.
He directed the senior officers to take stringent measures
against these practices.The Home Minister also directed the DGs to identify all
issues affecting border security and submit a detailed action plan to the
Ministry in this regard.
Mr Shah stressed that it must be ensured that the best
facilities for housing, health and training are available to the security
personnel who are posted on the border.
The meeting was attended by Home Secretary, Secretary (Border
Management), Special Secretary (Internal Security) and Directors General of
Border Security Force, SashastraSeemaBal, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Assam
Rifles, along with other senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Prime Minister NarendraModi and his Bangladesh counterpart
Sheikh Hasina held bilateral discussions in New Delhi today and reviewed all
aspects of bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional issues. India
and Bangladesh exchanged seven agreements in areas including water
resources, youth affairs, culture, education and coastal surveillance
following the talks.
Both leaders inaugurated three projects through video
conferencing including one on import of bulk LPG from Bangladesh. The other
projects are the Vivekananda Bhavan at Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka and the
Bangladesh-India Professional Skill Development Institute, a facility to benefit
small and medium enterprises at the Institute of Diploma Engineers.
In his statement, Mr Modi said the two sides launched a total of
12 projects in the last one year, which reflects the intensity in ties between
the two sides.
Ms Hasina said ties have been on an upswing in the last few
years including in areas of maritime security, civil nuclear energy and trade.
In the India-Bangladesh Joint Statement, both leaders recognised
the need for increased cooperation in defence for a secure neighbourhood. They
welcomed the initiatives for the development of closer Maritime Security
Partnership and noted the progress made in finalization of anMoU on
Establishment of Coastal Surveillance Radar System in Bangladesh.
Mr Modi appreciated the zero-tolerance policy of the Bangladesh
government against terrorism and commended Ms Hasina for resolute efforts to
ensure peace, security and stability in the region.
India today regretted the statements made by Turkey and
Malaysia on Kashmir issue saying these statements are biased, factually
incorrect and unwarranted.
On Turkey raising the Kashmir issue at United Nations General
Assembly, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Raveesh Kumar asserted that
Kashmir is an internal matter to India.
He called upon the Turkey Government to get a proper
understanding of the situation on the ground before they make any further
statements on this issue. The Spokesman was briefing media in New Delhi.
On Malaysian Prime Minister's statements on Kashmir issue, Mr
Kumar said such statements are surprising and added that facts of the matter
have been articulated by Prime Minister NarendraModi and External Affairs
Minister S Jaishankar on several occasions.
He said the Malaysian Government should bear in mind the
friendly relations between the two countries and desist from making such
The Spokesman said, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan does not
know how to conduct international relationships as he asked people to head
towards Line Of Control.
He said that Pak Prime Minister's open call for Jihad against
India is not normal and very serious. He said, Mr Khan had used provocative and
irresponsible statement in UNGA as well.
In Uttar Pradesh, the first corporate run train of the
country, Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express was today flagged off by Chief Minister
Yogi Adityanath from Lucknow Junction.
AIR Lucknow correspondent reports that While flagging off the
First IRCTC run Tejas express, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath requested IRCTC
to run such trains on other routes like Lucknow to Varanansi and Lucknow to Agra
to boost tourism.
He said that there was need of such train in which public
including businessman, officers can go to delhi in morning and will be able to
come back in late evening.
Apart from offering passengers a more comfortable and fastest
ride experience between Lucknow and Delhi, IRCTC has introduced several firsts
in terms of service standards, refund of money in case of delay, travel
insurance up to 25 lakhs, full refund of wait listed tickets, tickets booking
till 2 minutes before departure, tea-coffee vending machines, call bell and
toilet indicator facilities in train.
Talking to AIR on board the tejas train, Chief Managing Director
of IRCTC, M.P. Mall told that Tejas train is quite different from other trains
in term of infrastructure and facilities.
He said that special focus is on cleanliness and apart from
providing automatic dustbins, toilets of the train will be cleaned in every 15
The Tejas train will run 6 days in a week barring Tuesday. The
commercial run of the train will start from tomorrow. Passengers can get ticket
till 2 minutes before departure of train through IRCTC website and app only.