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All efforts must be made to root out terrorism: Rajnath


Agencies, New Delhi, Emphasising zero tolerance against terrorism, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday underlined that counter terrorism is a priority area and all efforts must be coordinated and synergised to root out the menace. While reviewing the measures taken for counter terrorism activities, Mr Singh also discussed the strategy to curb terror financing and fake Indian currency notes, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement. During the meeting he identified capacity building of various security agencies and the state police through specialised training programmes for action. The Minister also stressed on professional investigation of incidents related to terrorism. Since the state police are the first responder in any terror-related incident, he directed that an assessment of the capabilities of state special forces may be conducted. He emphasised the need for cooperation with friendly countries for countering terrorism.

Civilian killed, 3 jawans injured in cross-LoC shelling: J&K Minister

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Revenue, Hajj and Auqaf and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri on Friday said that one civilian has been killed, while three army personnel injured in Pakistani firing in Mankote Sector in district Poonch during past 24 Hours. Responding to the concern raised by MLA Mian Altaf Ahmad and other Legislators over the loss of lives and property in recurrent incidents of cross-border shelling, the Minister informed that on Thursday at about 1620 hours, Pakistani Army started indiscriminate firing in Mankote sector manned by Indian Army’s 22 Sikh Regiment which was retaliated. He said during the firing, one lady namely Zainab Bee (45), wife Mohammad Nazir Gujjar, resident of Nar Balnoi was killed while three Army personnel namely Havaldar Lakhvinder Singh, Havaldar Balvir Singh and Lance Naik Charandeep Singh got injured. He said firing was also reported from Gulpur and Balakote sectors on Thursday, however, no loss of life or property was reported in said incidents. The Minister said that District Administration Poonch is taking all possible measures to avoid loss of life and property; alternate arrangements are also in place for boarding and lodging of the effected population.

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