ജമ്മു: ജമ്മു കാഷ്മീരിലെ ബന്ദിപ്പോറയില് ഭീകരര് സൈനികര്ക്ക് നേരെ നടത്തിയ ആക്രമണത്തില് രണ്ട് സൈനികര്ക്ക് പരിക്ക്. ഷാകുന്ദ് ഹജിൻ ഗ്രാമത്തിൽ ബുധനാഴ്ചയായിരുന്നു വെടിവെയ്പ്പ്. മേഖലയിൽ ഭീകരർക്കായി സുരക്ഷാസേന തെരച്ചിൽ നടത്തുകയാണ്.
New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the government was withdrawing one of the much-resisted budget proposals to partially tax withdrawals from the employees\\\' provident fund accounts.\\\"A number of representations have been received from various sections of the society, including members of parliament, suggesting that this change will force people to invest in anuity products even if they are not willing to do so,\\\" Jaitley told the Lok Sabha.\\\"The main argument is that employees should have the choice of where to invest. Theoretically, such freedom is desirable, but it is important for the government to achieve policy objectives by instrumentality of taxation,\\\" he said.
\\\"In the present reform, the policy objective is not to get more revenues but to encourage to join the pension scheme,\\\" Jaitley said, adding the proposal he listed in paragraph 138 and 139 of his budget speech was being \\\"withdrawn\\\" to enable a \\\"comprehensive\\\" review.\\\"The proposal for giving 40 percent exemption given to NPS (National Pension Scheme) subscribers at the time of withdrawal remains.\\\"
Para 138 of his speech said: \\\"In case of superannuation funds and recognised provident funds, including EPF, the same norm of 40 percent of corpus to be tax free will apply in respect of corpus created out of contributions made after April 1, 2016.\\\"Para 139 said: \\\"Further, the annuity fund which goes to the legal heir after the death of pensioner will not be taxable in all three cases. Also, we are proposing a monetary limit for contribution of employer in recognized provident and superannuation Fund of Rs.1.5 lakh per annum for taking tax benefit.\\\"
Turkey widened a crackdown on suspected supporters of a failed military coup on Sunday, taking the number of people rounded up in the armed forces and judiciary to 6,000, and the government said it was in full control of the country and economy.Overnight, supporters of President Tayyip Erdogan rallied in public squares, at Istanbul airport and outside his palace in a show of defiance after the coup attempt killed at least 265 people.With expectations growing of heavy measures against dissent, European politicians warned Erdogan that the coup attempt did not give him a bank cheque to disregard the rule of law, and that he risked isolating himself internationally as he strengthens his position at home.Broadcaster NTV cited Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag as saying that more arrests were expected on top of the 6,000 people already detained.
Authorities have rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters, ranging from top commanders to foot soldiers, and the same number of judges and prosecutors after forces loyal to Erdogan crushed the attempted coup on Saturday.Among those arrested is General Bekir Ercan Van, commander of the Incirlik air base from which U.S. aircraft launch air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, an official said.“Control across Turkey has been restored and there are no clashes at the moment,” a senior official said, adding that although a few groups of coup plotters were holding out in Istanbul, they no longer posed a risk.“There are still a few important soldiers on the run and being sought. I believe they will be captured shortly,” the official told Reuters.
The crackdown appears to intensify a longstanding push by Erdogan to root out the influence of followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.Erdogan accuses followers of Gulen, who was once an ally but is now his arch-enemy, of trying to create a “parallel structure” within the courts, police, armed forces and media with an aim to topple the state.The cleric denies the charge and says he played no role in the attempted coup, denouncing it as an affront to democracy.
Erdogan promised a purge of the armed forces even before the coup attempt was over. “They will pay a heavy price for this,” he said. “This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army.”At a rally late on Saturday, his supporters demanded that the coup leaders be executed. “Let’s hang them!” chanted the crowd in Ankara’s central Kizilay square. Erdogan told them that parliament may consider a proposal to bring back the death penalty, which has been abolished.Erdogan’s critics say he will use the purge to create a pliant judiciary, eliminating any dissenting voices in the courts.
Some European politicians have expressed their unease about developments since the coup attempt.“We want the rule of law to work fully in Turkey,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. “(The coup attempt) is not a blank cheque for Mr Erdogan. There cannot be purges, the rule of law must work,” told France 3 television.Ayrault said European Union ministers would reiterate on Monday when they meet in Brussels that Turkey – which has applied to join the bloc – must conform to Europe’s democratic principles.
European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Erdogan would move Turkey away from the core values represented by the EU and the NATO defense alliance – of which it is a long-standing member – if he decided to use the attempted coup to restrict basic democratic rights further.“He would strengthen his position domestically, but he would isolate himself internationally,” Oettinger, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.Some European politicians are also expressing concern about the future of a deal between the EU and Ankara that has helped to slow numbers of migrants crossing from the country to neighboring Greece.
Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek took to Twitter to attempt to reassure investors that the Turkish government was in full control of the economy before financial markets opened on Monday.He said it had decided on “all necessary measures” after consulting with the central bank and treasury. He did not specify the measures.“The macro fundamentals of our country are solid. We are taking all necessary precautions. We are strong with the support of our people and strengthened political stability,” he said on Twitter, adding that he planned to hold a conference call with global investors on Sunday.
The central bank said it would provide unlimited liquidity to banks.Erdogan supporters waving Turkish flags also thronged the central Taksim square in Istanbul – scene of mass anti-government protests three years ago – and a smaller crowd gathered outside the gates of the his vast presidential palace complex in the capital.
For at least eight hours overnight on Friday violence shook Turkey’s two main cities. But the coup attempt crumbled as Erdogan rushed back to Istanbul from a Mediterranean holiday and urged people to take to the streets in support of his government against plotters he accused of trying to kill him.The violence shocked the nation of almost 80 million, once seen as a model Muslim democracy, where living standards have grown steadily for more than a decade and where the army last used force to stage a successful coup more than 30 years ago.It also shattered fragile confidence among Turkey’s allies about security in the NATO country, a leading member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. Turkey had already been hit by repeated suicide bombings over the past year and is struggling to contain an insurgency by Kurdish separatists.U.S. President Barack Obama has also urged parties on all sides of the crisis to avoid destabilizing Turkey and follow the rule of law.
A successful overthrow of Erdogan, who has ruled the country since 2003, would have marked another seismic shift in the Middle East, five years after the Arab uprisings erupted and plunged Turkey’s southern neighbor Syria into civil war.But the failed attempt could still destabilize the U.S. ally, which lies between Europe and the chaos of Syria.Gulen said the attempted overthrow may have been staged to justify a crackdown.
“As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations,” Gulen said in a statement.Erdogan called on the United States to extradite Gulen. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was willing to help Turkey as it tries to identify those involved, but made clear it would act only if there was evidence against Gulen.Kerry also warned that public suggestions of a U.S. role were “utterly false” and harmful to relations after Turkey’s labor minister suggested there had been U.S. involvement in the plot.
Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party has long had strained relations with the military, which has a history of mounting coups to defend secularism although it has not seized power directly since 1980.His conservative religious vision for Turkey’s future has also alienated many ordinary citizens who accuse him of authoritarianism. Police used heavy force in 2013 to suppress mass protests demanding more freedom.Erdogan commands the admiration and loyalty of millions of Turks, however, particularly for raising living standards and restoring order to an economy once beset by regular crises.
Two Indiana sheriff\\\'s officers were shot, one fatally, while serving warrants early on Sunday morning in Howard County north of Indianapolis. The suspected shooter was killed.
Howard County Sheriff\\\'s Deputy Carl Koontz, 27, died from wounds from a shooting at a home in Russiaville, just west of Kokomo, law enforcement officials told the Kokomo Tribune. Howard County Sheriff\\\'s Sgt. Jordan Buckley, 35, was also shot at the home.The identity of the suspected shooter, which the Kokomo Tribune said was found dead at the scene after the shooting, has not been released. The officers along with law enforcement from the Kokomo Police Department and other departments were serving the warrant about 12:30 a.m. when the shooting happened.
Howard County Sheriff Steven Rogers told the Indianapolis Star that Koontz and Buckley entered the residence after announcing themselves at the home and receiving no answer.Rogers said Koontz and Buckley returned gunfire but did not say how the suspect inside the home died.
\\\"A Russiaville officer and other deputies were able to extract the wounded officers from the residence and provide first aid,\\\" said an Indiana State Police statement. \\\"Both Koontz and Buckley were transported initially to Howard Regional Hospital, stabilized and then airlifted to (Indiana University) Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.\\\"
Koontz later died from his injuries after surgery, according to the Star. The Tribune said Sunday that Buckley was in stable condition.\\\"We regret to inform that Deputy Carl Koontz has passed away from his injuries sustained in the gunfire, please keep the personnel of the Howard County Sheriff\\\'s Department in your thoughts during this difficult time,\\\" said the sheriff\\\'s department Facebook page. \\\"A temporary memorial has been set up outside the Howard County Sheriff’s Department for people wishing to pay their respects.\\\"
Jihadi militants in Syria including al Qaeda are mobilizing again for all-out war against President Bashar al-Assad, taking advantage of the collapse of peace talks to eclipse nationalist rival insurgents that signed on to a faltering truce.
Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, was excluded from a ceasefire put in place in February and from peace talks that followed. The talks broke up last month, with Assad’s government and foes blaming each other for military escalation.
After lying low in the early days of the truce, Nusra has re-emerged on the battlefield as the diplomacy has unraveled, spearheading recent attacks on pro-government Iranian militias near Aleppo, Nusra commanders and other rebels say.
In the latest expansion of its profile, it and other groups have revived the Jaish al-Fatah, or the army of conquest, a military alliance of disparate Islamist rebel groups that won big victories against government forces last year.
Nusra’s resurgence could undermine the Western-backed rebel groups that signed up to the truce and attended the peace talks, and gives Assad’s government and its Russian and Iranian backers more reasons to press on with a war during which they have hit insurgents of all stripes.
“Jaish al-Fatah has returned, but this time in strength, and our goal is to spread to the major fronts in Syria,” said Abu Shaimaa, a Nusra Front commander, speaking to Reuters from rebel-held Idlib province, of the revival of the Islamist rebel alliance.
“We ask God that with Jaish al-Fatah’s return, the victories will also return,” added Zaher Abu Hassan, head of a Jaish al-Fatah media organization in Idlib.
The Islamist rebels still face the challenge of overcoming their own rivalries. One senior insurgent source said that while Jaish al-Fatah had made a comeback in one area, talks were still underway to relaunch the alliance more widely.
“In southern Aleppo, yes there is an operations room, but the goal is (to repeat it) on all the active fronts,” he said.
The insurgency against Assad is a patchwork of factions ranging from groups linked to al Qaeda or inspired by it, to those with a nationalist agenda that fight under the banner of the Free Syrian Army. Some of these groups have received military aid from the United States, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.
The Islamic State group, which broke away from al Qaeda, is in conflict with both other insurgent groups and Damascus as it fights for its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq. It has lost territory in recent months but still controls much of eastern and northern Syria.Last year the Islamist rebel factions that formed Jaish al-Fatah put aside rivalries to drive the Syrian government out of Idlib province before thrusting into the areas near the coastal mountains that form the heartland of Assad’s Alawite sect. That advance helped prompt Russia’s decision to send its air force to bomb on behalf of Assad, tipping the war his way with the help of Iranian reinforcements on the ground.Rebel sources gave differing accounts on how far the groups in Jaish al-Fatah had gone toward reviving the alliance, particularly on the extent of the involvement of Ahrar al-Sham, a powerful group widely believed to be backed by Turkey.
Ahrar al-Sham, an important component of the alliance last year, had backed the political track but has steadily distanced itself from U.N.-led diplomacy that failed to secure a full halt to air strikes, adequate aid deliveries, or a prisoner release.Ahrar al-Sham and the Nusra Front, both powerful in northwestern Syria, joined forces in an attack that resulted in the capture of a government-held Alawite town in Hama province on May 13, though not operating under the Jaish al-Fatah banner.The May 6 capture of another town, Khan Touman south of Aleppo, from pro-government Shi’ite militias including Iranians was openly attributed to Jaish al-Fatah, with rebels identifying Nusra and another group, Jund al-Aqsa, as the leading forces.
Insurgent sources said Nusra Front and its allies had deployed to southern Aleppo from nearby Idlib, one of their strongholds, to stave off attempted government advances that threatened to splinter rebel-held areas in two.Hardline Sunni Islamist Sheikh Abdullah al-Mohaisany, a Saudi national, has meanwhile been on a new recruitment drive in Idlib. At one rally, captured in a video posted on YouTube, he urges all males over the age of 15 to join the jihad.A resident of the area where the rally was held said around 300 youths had volunteered that day, and they would be funneled into Jaish al-Fatah factions.
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has also weighed in on Syria in a voice message, lambasting the political process and urging jihadists to unite. His remarks were interpreted as a directive for the group to focus more of its attention on Syria.FSA groups that played a prominent role in the diplomatic process launched this year with U.S. and Russian blessing say they still have the upper hand over Nusra in important areas, notably the city of Aleppo itself, and areas of southern Syria near the border with Jordan.
FSA groups have been battling Islamic State at the Turkish border in recent weeks, while also fending off three government offensives just north of Aleppo, said Zakaria Malahefji, politburo chief of one such group, Fastaqim.They say they will not return to peace talks until the situation improves on the ground. Reflecting the dim prospects for diplomacy, no date for talks emerged from an international meeting on Tuesday.Another FSA commander said the prominent role played by the Nusra Front in recent battles was “a dangerous indicator” of where the war was headed if diplomacy failed completely.
The commander, a senior opposition official speaking on condition of anonymity, said Nusra had seized the moment to demonstrate its value to the insurgency and the futility of diplomacy.“There is talk about the restructuring of Jaish al-Fatah, particularly after the victory in Khan Touman,” he said. “The lack of a political horizon and aid, or anything that brings relief to the people, raises the chances of the formation of Jaish al-Fatah and the alliance with Nusra.”
Noah Bonsey, a senior analyst with International Crisis Group, said the re-emergence of Jaish al-Fatah was an indicator of the political climate in the opposition and its realization that the cessation of hostilities was not sustainable.The resumption of fighting was good for Nusra, he added: “This is giving them credibility, whereas the cessation appeared to be diminishing their credibility and highlighting real rifts between Nusra and the rest of the rebellion.”Much of the opposition believed “that the regime and the Iran-backed militias were able to benefit from it, and that they need to join Nusra in reasserting offensive pressure”, he said.
Sen. Ted Cruz\\\'s widely reported private meeting with Donald Trump in 2013 sought money for the Texas lawmaker\\\'s political action committee during his taxpayer-funded trip to New York, according to The Daily Beast. According to the website, Cruz was gearing up for a presidential bid when he scheduled the closed-door meeting a month after the government shutdown triggered by the failed effort to repeal Obamacare.USA Today previously reported the $1,200 trip to Manhattan was one of several Cruz paid for out of his Senate budget, and a spokeswoman for Cruz told Politico at the time the sit-down was a \\\"friendly chat\\\" scheduled during Cruz\\\'s \\\"down time\\\" while in the city; Cruz also appeared on Fox News at the time.But the Daily Beast, citing an unnamed source, reports Cruz asked Trump for cash for Cruz\\\'s leadership PAC, which would allow him to use the money to pay for travel expenses or to support like-minded candidates in other races.
Federal Election Commission filings for the political action committee showed Trump made the maximum legal contribution of $5,000, The Hill reported.
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Trump later explained the donation wasn\\\'t anything more than a gift to \\\"a nice guy\\\" with whom he got \\\"along with,\\\" according to Politico.But the Daily Beast reports Trump made the donation as he himself was putting together his 2016 plans for a presidential campaign and was aimed at \\\"counter-balancing\\\" his donations to liberal candidates.