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Pulwama Terror Attack: A Tragic Reminder

The Pulwama attack, which took place on February 14, 2019, was one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in recent years in the Jammu and Kashmir region of India. The attack was carried out by a member of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), who drove a car filled with explosives into a convoy of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, resulting in the deaths of 40 soldiers.

The Pulwama attack was a shocking and tragic event that sparked widespread outrage in India and raised concerns about the ongoing threat of terrorism in the region. JeM claimed responsibility for the attack, and India accused Pakistan of supporting and sheltering the group.

In response to the attack, India launched airstrikes against JeM targets in Pakistan, escalating tensions between the two countries. Pakistan condemned the violence and denied involvement in the attack, but India maintained that Pakistan was responsible for supporting terrorist groups.

The Pulwama attack also highlighted the role of social media in spreading extremist ideologies and facilitating the recruitment of terrorists. The attacker reportedly had been radicalized through online content, underscoring the need for greater vigilance and regulation of online platforms.

The attack led to calls for greater cooperation and coordination among international and regional actors to address the threat of terrorism. It also highlighted the importance of sustained efforts to prevent and combat terrorism, as well as the need for unity and shared commitment to peace and security in the face of such threats.

The Pulwama attack was a tragic event that had a significant impact on India and the region. It underscored the ongoing threat of terrorism and the need for sustained efforts to prevent and combat it. The attack also highlighted the role of social media in facilitating extremist ideologies and recruitment. It is imperative that international and regional actors work together to address this threat and ensure the safety and security of all people in the region.

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Tamil Nadu Cabinet approves ordinance to ban online gambling in the state

The development comes after the Supreme Court of India issued notice on 10 September on a petition filed by the Tamil Nadu government challenging the Madras High Court’s judgment that had struck down the state’s ban on online gambling such as rummy and poker on cyberspace with stakes.

Earlier, The Government of Tamil Nadu had moved the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court’s order that struck down the Tamil Nadu Gaming and Police Laws (Amendment) Act of 2021 that banned the playing of games such as rummy and poker on cyberspace with stakes. However, the HC had said that there was nothing to prevent the State from enacting a new law to regulate these games.

The Supreme Court Bench led by Justice Aniruddha Bose had sought a response from gaming firms such as Junglee Games, Play Games24x7, and the Head Digital Works and industry body All India Gaming Federation on the Tamil Nadu government’s appeal seeking restoration of the ban.

On 10 June 2022 Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu announced that a committee will be formed to analyze the after-effects of Online Gambling games.

On 27 June 2022, A Committee formed led by Retired Chief Justice Chandru.

Committe investigated and received feedbacks from public

On 29 August 2022, Committe submitted proposed law

On 26 September 2022, Tamil Nadu Government passed ordinance

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India’s first Dugong conservation reserve notified in Tamil Nadu

The Government of Tamil Nadu on 3rd September 2021 made an announcement on the floor of the Assembly that in order to protect the endangered Dugong species and its marine habitats in Tamil Nadu, a “Dugong Conservation Reserve” will be established in Palk Bay. Accordingly, the Government had issued orders in G.O.(Ms).No.165, Environment,
Climate Change and Forest (FR.5) Department, dated 21.09.2022 to notify ‘Dugong Conservation Reserve’ in Palk Bay covering the coastal waters of Thanjavur and Pudukkottai Districts with an area of 448 sq. kilometers.

Dugongs are the largest herbivorous marine mammals in the world thriving primarily on seagrass beds, a major carbon sink of the oceans. Conserving dugongs will help to protect and improve seagrass beds and sequester more atmospheric carbon. Seagrass beds are also the breeding and feeding grounds for many commercially valuable fishes and
marine fauna.

Hence, thousands of fisher families directly depend on dugong habitats for their income. The coastal communities along Palk Bay understand the need to conserve dugongs and they have been cooperating with the forest department in the conservation efforts ever since.

Dugongs are protected under Schedule 1 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.

However, their population is on the decline due to habitat loss. There are only about 240 individuals estimated to be present in the country and the majority are found on the Tamil Nadu coast (Palk Bay). Hence, there is an imminent need to protect Dugongs and their habitat from degradation.

To realize these objectives the Government of Tamil Nadu notified the “Dugong Conservation Reserve” in Palk Bay, after holding extensive consultations with coastal communities, especially with the local fishermen. Notification of a Conservation Reserve will not cause any new restrictions or regulations to the communities, rather it focuses on their participation and cooperation in the conservation efforts.

The notification of India’s first ‘Dugong Conservation Reserve’ in Palk Bay is a proud moment for Tamil Nadu and conservationists across the globe. It is a great milestone in the marine conservation history of the country.

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Delhi MLA Amanatullah Khans aide arrested after ACB finds Rs 12 lakh cash, gun during raid

The Delhi Police has arrested Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khans close aide Hamid Ali after a raid by the Anti-Corruption Branch, officials said on Saturday. The ACB had on Friday conducted raids at four premises in connection with alleged irregularities in the recruitment to the Delhi Waqf Board and arrested Khan, also its chairman.

Alis property was also among those locations the ACB had raided. According to officials, they recovered one unlicensed weapon, Rs 12 lakh in cash, and some cartridges from his premises. Ali, a resident of Jamia Nagar, has been arrested by the southeast district police under the Arms Act. On Friday, police said three FIRs were registered after the ACB raid. One of them was against Ali (54) after an unlicensed weapon and some cartridges were recovered from him. He has been arrested in this case, a senior police officer said.

The second case was registered against Kaushar Imam Siddique, a resident of Jogabai Extension, in the Arms Act. A country-made pistol and three live rounds were recovered from his premises, the officer said, adding that he is evading arrest.
In all, the ACB seized Rs 24 lakh in cash and two unlicensed weapons during the raids.
Earlier, the ACB had summoned Khan in a case pertaining to alleged financial misappropriation and other irregularities in the functioning of the Delhi Waqf Board.

An FIR in connection with the alleged wrongdoing in the board had previously been registered. According to this FIR, Khan illegally recruited 32 people violating all norms and government guidelines, and engaged in corruption and favouritism. The previous CEO of the Waqf Board had given a statement against him and and also issued a memorandum against the illegal recruitment, the ACB statement on Friday said.

As the ACB team had reached Khans residence to arrest him, it was allegedly attacked by his relatives and other people known to the MLA, the ACB said. The third case has been registered for obstructing the ACB officials in discharging their duty. Those involved are being identified, police said.

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