Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had yesterday announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the three soldiers which was enhanced to Rs 11 lakh each today.
The decision to scale up ex gratia amount to Rs 11 lakh each was taken at a meeting of state cabinet chaired by Kumar.
Three martyred soldiers of Bihar are S K Vidyarthi from Gaya, Rakesh Singh from Kaimur and Ashok Kumar Singh from Ara in Bhojpur district.
IMAGE: Family members of Havildar Ashok Kumar Singh who was killed in militant attack in Uri, mourn during his funeral in Bhojpur district of Bihar on Tuesday. Photograph: PTI Photo
In his final address as the UN chief to the opening session of the General Debate in Geneva, Ban touched upon a plethora of global issues including the crisis in Syria, the Palestinian issue, the situation in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the refugee and migrant movements.
He also addressed tensions in the Korean Peninsula and West Asia, the South Sudan tensions, violent extremism and its impact on regions from Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan to the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin.
However, Ban did not make any mention of Kashmir or the tensions in the Valley, that have escalated in the recent months, even as Pakistan made repeated pleas to the UN to help resolve the dispute between India and Pakistan.
Kashmir will be the focal point of Sharif's address to the General Assembly tomorrow.
Tensions are particularly running high between India and Pakistan in the wake of the attack by heavily-armed militants from Pakistan-based JeM on an army base in Uri on Sunday that killed 18 jawans.
Ban's office has repeatedly said that the UN chief's 'good offices' are available to help resolve the Kashmir issue, only if both India and Pakistan request for it, a clear message that it is a bilateral issue and should be solved by the two countries.
Last month, Sharif had written two letters to Ban asking him to intervene in the Kashmir issue.
The letters were among the many that Islamabad had shot off to the UN, calling for the world body to take up the Kashmir issue.
However, in his long and final address to the world leaders, Ban did not make one reference to Kashmir while highlighting the issues on the UN agenda.
Director General of Intelligence Bureau of Pakistan Aftab Sultan will not attend the SAARC meeting and that country will be represented by an official of the Pakistan High Commission, a home ministry official said.
The two-day conference of the high-level group of eminent experts from SAARC countries, to be held here, is being hosted by Director of Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma and intelligence chiefs of all other SAARC nations -- Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives besides India -- will participate it.
"We must reject the fundamentalism. Instead, we need to embrace the tolerance that results from respect for all human beings,
"I believe in a liberal political order that's built not just through elections and representatives of government but also through respect for human rights, civil societies, independent judiciaries and the rule of law," he said.
He said religious tenets can be followed while teaching kids science and maths and not intolerance.
Speaking on refugee crisis, he said many nations are doing a lot for refugees, but many nations can do a lot more.
"In the eyes of innocent men, women, children who had to flee what they love, we have to have empathy," Obama said.
For the first time, a US President was not the second speaker at the UNGA General Debate as Obama arrived late for his last address as the Head of State.
Obama missed his turn as the second speaker which promoted President of the General Assembly to call Chad's leader, who was the next speaker on the list, to make his national statement.
The US has traditionally been the second speaker in the general debate after Brazil.
Today's address was Obamas eighth and final address to the UN General Assembly as Americas Commander-in-Chief.
After Brazil's President Michel Temer finished his address, President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson said Obama is delayed and has not yet arrived for his speech to the General Assembly.
Not waiting for the US President to show up, Thomson proceeded on to the next speaker on the list, inviting Chad's leader to make his address.
Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters
He said China and India remain on a path of remarkable growth. He also said that the world is, by many measures, less violent and more prosperous than ever before and spoke on Paris agreement and global trade.
Latorre's grant of stay in Italy is coming to end on September 30, and he has sought an extension on the basis of parity with the other marine Salvatore Girone, who is already in Italy on health grounds.
Latorre had earlier told the apex court that he preferred to remain home till a final decision is made on which country has the jurisdiction to try him and Girone for the 2012 murder of two Kerala fishermen.
Italy had last week made a fresh plea in the apex court for modification of bail conditions of Latorre to enable him to stay in Italy till an international tribunal decides on which country has the right to try the case of killing of Indian fishermen.
The court has posted the matter for hearing on September 28.
"PM Modi ji's short sighted alliance with the PDP opened space for terrorism in Kashmir, our soldiers have died and I condemn that. I condemn what Pak has done. However the space for that has been created by politics that the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) has carried out in Kashmir," Rahul, who is on campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh, said.
"The NDA has no strategy in Kashmir, national security can't be handled like public meets. This is a serious matter. The Congress is ready to help in whatever way possible as far as our soldiers and the government of India is concerned," he said.
He said the Congress wants a 'long-term, concrete strategy, not this event-based activity', to tackle terrorism in Kashmir 'because this is extremely dangerous for the country'.
'I appeal to all those with influence to end the fighting and get talks started,' Ban said in his ongoing farewell address.
The National Investigation Agency on Tuesday registered a case to probe the terror attack at the army installation in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in which 18 soldiers were killed and dozens others injured after four Pakistani militants stormed the base.
The NIA took over the investigation from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had registered a case on Sunday, and began probe by collecting evidence available with the army formation at Uri. Besides the arms and ammunition recovery, two mobile sets were recovered from the four terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group and two Global Positioning Systems. Official sources said the NIA team, which was now camping at Uri, would collect the DNA samples of the four unidentified terrorists and their pictures would be shown to Jaish cadres lodged in various jails of the state as well as other parts of the country.
Two of the four bodies are charred below the waist, they said. The sources said while one GPS was damaged due to the fire, the other was being examined with the help of technical experts to ascertain the route taken by the terrorists and whether some help was extended to them by any local.
The place where the attack took place is located barely 6 kilometre from the Line of Control. The NIA team would prepare a dossier and may make a formal request to Pakistan once the identity of the four was ascertained, the sources said. Army has also instituted an inquiry into the attack with preliminary investigation suggesting the terrorists had entered the area at least a day before mounting the brazen assault.
Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu announced the next set of 27 cities for financing under the Government flagship Smart City Mission today.
As many as 40 cities have to be announced during this financial year, as the government had already announced 13 cities in May.
In January, the government had announced a list of 20 cities for partial funding to be developed as smart cities, which would have facilities such as assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management systems, efficient urban mobility and public transportation, IT connectivity and e-governance, among others.
The woman, who was a teacher, was stabbed to death by her 34-year-old stalker, who attacked her nearly 22 times as passersby looked on in north Delhi's Burari area.
This comes just two days after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked the army camp in Uri leaving 18 jawans dead.
India is actively considering imposition of material damage on Pakistan. There may even be a punitive strike in response to ceasefire violations and infiltration.
Based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's instructions, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, NSA Ajit Doval and Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh sat down together in South Block to discuss the ground operations that can be launched by the Army Special Forces.
Any action against terrorists based in Pakistan will be taken only after examining all relevant issues, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said today.
"Action will be taken after due consideration. Action is not taken after making announcements," he told reporters.
The Minister of State for Home made the remarks when he was asked whether the government was planning to carry out a strike against terrorists camps based in Pakistan.
This comes a day 35 people died when the 50-seater bus they were travelling fell into a deep pond in Bihars Madhubani district.
IMAGE: Rescue ops in progress at the site of the bus accident in Madhubani district of Bihar on Monday.
The NIA took over the investigation from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had registered a case on Sunday, and began probe by collecting evidence available with the Army formation at Uri, 102 kms from here.Besides the arms and ammunition recovery, DNA samples of terrorists, two Global Positioning Systems (GPS), two mobile sets were recovered from the four terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group.
While the jury is still out on whether India would ever do something so crass (and we think not), not a single Indian reporter, including the NDTV reporter -- Namrata Brar (Bureau chief, USA) -- were allowed to attend the briefing.
NDTV reported that when Brar was spotted at the Roosevelt Hotel where Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry was to address the media, his aides were told, "Iss Indian ko nikalo (remove this Indian)."
Pic: NDTV journalist Namrata Brar, courtesy Twitter.
All flight operations at the Srinagar airport have come to a halt. The pilot of the aircraft evacuated unhurt.
The Srinagar airport handles 560 flights a week and operations have been running smoothly over the week owing to Eid celebrations in the state. The airport is located at a distance of about 12 km from the city.
Reuters reports that Carrey called the wrongful death lawsuit "a terrible shame," in a statement, adding "there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world."
The lawsuit filed by White's husband, Mark Burton, in Los Angeles Superior Court, accused Carrey, 54, of "using his immense wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive and, in this case deadly, controlled substances."White, 30, an Irish-born makeup artist, was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment in September 2015, in an apparent suicide.
@jhunjhunwala PM Modi and HM Rajnath Singh discussing India's strong response to Terror.
Doval and top officials of the ministries of Home and Defence, paramilitary forces and chiefs of intelligence agencies briefed Singh on the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley as well as along the Line of Control, official sources said.
The presence of the Foreign Secretary in the meeting is significant as government plans to launch a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan. Sources said the Home Minister took stock of the steps taken to check infiltration along the LoC and the International Border with Pakistan.
The Home Minister and the top officials also reviewed the security situation across the country, including Punjab which had faced two similar terror attacks early this year.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is in Srinagar to assess the ground situation in Kashmir. Heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM had stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir on Sunday, killing 18 jawans.
Mehrishi arrived in Srinagar early this morning, two days after four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants stormed an army base in the Uri sector of Baramulla district, killing 18 soldiers before they were eliminated, officials said.
The Union Home Secretary will hold a security review meeting which will be attended by top officials from various security forces, police and intelligence agencies, the officials said.
They said the Uri attack and ongoing unrest in Kashmir, which began a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8, will be the focus of discussions. Mehrishi was scheduled to arrive here yesterday but postponed the visit by one day.
"It is important to stress that today the geo-politics of the crisis points and proves that terrorism is the principle cause of refugee movements. Can we ignore this fact, we cannot. We do so at our peril," Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar said in his address to the UN General Assembly's first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York yesterday.
Akbar asserted that terrorism is an "existential threat" and "hypocrisy towards this crisis will not do." He underscored that for the millions of people fleeing conflict, war and poverty, terrorism is not characterised as good or bad.
"There is no good terrorism or bad terrorism and if you do not know the answer to this question, all you have to do is ask the refugee if he considers any terrorism to be good or bad," Akbar said.
Stressing that terrorism is the "biggest danger" to human rights, Akbar said large movements of people across borders serve as a reminder that the world has become a global village. "We can only prosper or perish together, it is best that we learn to live in peace, prosperity and amity," he said.
Of the over 10,000 respondents who have voted since the poll was posted on Rediff.com, 8722 voters have said 'Yes' to using military force against Pakistan. Just 16 per cent (1710 voters) of voters said, attacking Pakistan was not the answer to the Uri terror attack.
This ties in what the Indian Army said yesterday, a day after 18 jawans were killed in Uri by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. The Army on Monday said it reserves the right to respond to any cross-border terror attack 'at the time and place of our own choosing'.
The incident has sparked calls across the country for exercising military options.
The remarks by Director General of Military Operations, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh came at a time when some security experts and political leaders have called for targeting terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir after the attack that left 18 soldiers dead and over two dozen injured.
'The Indian Army has displayed considerable restraint while handling the terrorist situation both along the Line of Control and in hinterland. However, we have the desired capability to respond to such blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us,' Lt Gen Singh said in a statement to the media at the South Block.
"Iss Indian ko nikalo (remove this Indian)," were the words used when NDTV's Namrata Brar was asked to leave the room at the Roosevelt Hotel where Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry was to address the media on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
That not even a single Indian was allowed to attend that briefing reflected the sharp deterioration in ties. Read more
Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the border areas yesterday and today's review meeting on security is the second consecutive meet.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and top officials of the ministries of Home and Defence, Army, paramilitary forces and chiefs of intelligence agencies had briefed Singh on the latest ground report in the Kashmir Valley as well as along the Line of Control, PTI reported.
Possible strategies to deal with the fresh challenges arising out of the terror attack at the Army Brigade Headquarters, located along the LoC, was also discussed in the meeting, the sources said.
The Home Minister and the top officials also reviewed the security situation across the country, particular along the western border - from Punjab to Gujarat, the sources said.
Meanwhile, a team of National Investigation Agency is expected to visit Uri to gather leads and other evidence from the terror attack site.
Image: Baba Ramdev's call to battle after the Uri attack.