India has identified the four handlers of Pakistan-based
terror outfit Jaish-e- Mohammad (JeM), who were in touch with the six
India has shared the telephone numbers and the identity
of the handlers with Pakistan and has asked it to act on these individuals.
Those identified by the Indian agencies are JeM founder
Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf Asghar, Ashfaq Ahmed and Kashim
While Azhar oversaw the operations, his brother Asghar
and two others were in touch with the terrorists.
India has also given the details of two types of
Pakistan- made drugs — Neuro Bedoxine and Dicloran — found on the bodies as
The government also decided to constitute a high-level
committee to study the gaps in security along the Pakistan border,
especially on the Punjab frontier.
It is through a riverine stretch in the Bamiyal sector of
Gurdaspur district that the terrorists involved in the Pathankot attack as
well as the July 27 attack on the Dinanagar police station are believed to
have sneaked into Indian territory.
Experts of the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee
have been tasked with finding solutions to detect intrusions from a riverine
India awaits “prompt and decisive” action from Pakistan
against the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack, the government said, for
the first time linking the action to Foreign Secretary talks between the two
countries scheduled for January 15.
The U.S. said it considered the latest nuclear explosion
carried out by North Korea a matter of national security, and declared that
it would stand steadfast in its alliance commitment to South Korea.
North Korea has repeatedly threatened the U.S. and has
described the latest nu- clear test a response to “U.S. aggression.”
Mr. Kim, unlike his late father, is not particularly
sensitive to Chinese concerns. However, though its influence over the North
Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is diminishing, China remains a crucial player
which can calm the situation.
The U.S. is also exploring new sanctions and considering
strengthening the existing sanctions against.
The U.S. also said it was open to talking to North Korea
in the Six Party format.
The talks, started in 2003 but aborted in 2009, involved
China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Russia, and the U.S. Washington
wants the talks to restart but with a predetermined objective of dismantling
the nuclear apparatus of North Korea and also hopes China will take the
North Korea has been unwilling to accept that. U.S. has
ruled out any review of the U.S. position on this.
Global shares tumbled for a sixth day on Thursday and oil
prices slid to levels not seen since the early 2000s, after China guided the
yuan lower and Shanghai shares tumbled by 7 per cent, igniting fears of
competitive devaluations across Asia.
Less than half an hour after the market opened, Chinese
stock trading was suspended for a second time this week.
Brent crude prices skidded over 5 per cent to an
almost-12- year-low of $32.16, with worries over weaker demand from China
adding to a persistent drag on prices caused by oversupply and near-record
European stock markets followed Asia lower, with the pan-
European FTSEurofirst 300 index down 2.3 per cent and the euro zone’s
blue-chip Euro STOXX index falling 2.5 per cent.
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) set the yuan midpoint
rate at 6.5646 a dollar, 0.5 per cent weaker than the previous day’s fix.
That was the biggest decline between daily fixings since
August and the eighth day in row the PBOC had set a lower guidance rate.
Spot yuan fell to 6.5956 to the dollar, its weakest since
February 2011. Offshore yuan rates hit a record low of 6.7600 to the dollar,
before erasing its losses after suspected intervention by authorities.
The 30-share benchmark Sensex lost 554.50 points, or 2.18
per cent, to fall below the psychological 25,000 mark. It ended the day at
24,851.83 after hitting a low of 24,825.70 during intra-day trades.
The rupee was also under pressure as foreign funds
continue to exit emerging markets and move toward safer assets.
The currency lost 11 paise to close the day at 66.93 a
dollar as compared with the previous close of 66.82.