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8 militants killed as India foils incursion bid in Uri
At least eight militants were killed when Indian soldiers fired on a group of infiltrators trying to cross over from Pakistan at the Line of Control (LoC) under the cover of Pakistani firing in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, two days after a massive terror strike killed 18 soldiers in the garrison town of Uri.
 
"It was a major infiltration bid," an army source told IANS here.
 
The source said that soldiers became apprehensive about a possible infiltration bid after Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing at forward Indian posts on Tuesday afternoon.
 
"It became clear that a cover was being provided to infiltrators from Pakistan. Indian soldiers returned the fire and kept vigil around to monitor any cross border movement. A group of armed infiltrators was immediately spotted," the source said.
 
"There were at least 15 who tried to cross over. Five of them were killed."
 
The operation was on with at least seven militants still engaged in heavy exchange of fire with Indian soldiers.
 
The source said the Pakistani fire from small and automatic arms targeting Indian posts in Lachhipora and Boniyar villages of the border area caused no damage to Indian posts. 
 
Pakistan is often accused of firing at Indian posts to give cover to infiltrators.
 
The firing violates the 2003 ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan along the international boundary and the LoC -- the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two neighbours.
 
Earlier, the army foiled two such attempts on September 11 and 16 in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Uri sectors respectively. Four terrorists were killed in each of the operations.
 
The latest infiltration bid came as New Delhi and Islamabad are locked in a bitter diplomatic war of words following the Uri terror attack, which India has blamed on militants from Pakistan.
 
Pakistan has denied the allegations even as India claimed to have clinching evidence to support its claims.
 
The Indian Army has claimed to have recovered arms, ammunition and food and medicine packets with Pakistani markings during the combing operations at the military base in Uri.
 
India also claimed that the four attackers gunned down during the two-and-a-half hours of gun fight were foreigners.
 
According to the Indian Army, infiltration attempts from across the border with Pakistan have increased this year in comparison with the past three to four years.
 
In 2016, there have been 18 infiltration bids foiled by the Indian Army.
 
Some 110 militants were killed and 31 of them were gunned down near the LoC.
 
The army said it was a "desperate attempt" by Pakistan to create "disturbance and foment unrest" in India.
 
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CBI arrests FTIL's Jignesh Shah
The CBI on Tuesday arrested Financial Technologies of India Ltd founder-owner Jignesh Shah and carried out raids at nine locations including his offices and home, an official said here.
 
The action is part of an ongoing investigation and the Central Bureau of Investigation said it has recovered incriminating documents pertaining to shares transfer by private companies, FDRs, and purchase of assets which are being scrutinized.
 
According to media reports, the move came after CBI searches at nine locations, including the premises of Shah, FTIL, MCX, senior SEBI officials --Executive Director Muralidhar Rao, DGM Rajesh Dangeti and AGM Vishakha More-- and a former Executive Director of SEBI, J N Gupta, in connection with the case registered two years ago.

In a regulatory filing, MCX says the CBI search is going on in respect of recognition granted by SEBI to Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India Ltd (formerly known as MCX Stock Exchange Ltd) for starting its stock exchange in trading in currency and other segments in respect of case no. RC 9/E/2014".
 
The CBI action comes barely two months after the Economic Offences Wing of Mumbai attached FTIL's assets worth over Rs7,000 crore on July 24.
 
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WhatsApp draws criticism for passing users' information to Facebook
As the deadline to opt out of the new WhatsApp privacy policy which allows users' information to be shared with its parent company Facebook expires on September 25, the move has come for criticism from all quarters.
 
The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv) has now threatened legal action against WhatsApp for passing on user information such as telephone numbers to Facebook.
 
"When Facebook took over WhatsApp in 2014, it pledged that the WhatsApp service would remain independent. Consumers trusted that their information would remain with WhatsApp alone and that no information would be transferred to Facebook. Their trust was broken," the consumer watchdog said in a statement on Tuesday. 
 
According to The Local.de, it has given WhatsApp until Wednesday to issue a declaration that it will not implement the changes to user terms. 
 
If it fails to do so, the vzbv will begin legal proceedings against the firm.
 
"We are extremely concerned about this insidious trend: consumers are losing step by step the ownership of their data. Their private sphere is in danger," the consumer watchdog's statement read.
 
According to WhatsApp, data-sharing is to the advantage of the user as they will see advertisements from companies they have already been in contact with rather than from ones they have never heard of, the report added.
 
The Delhi High Court has also sought a response from WhatsApp on a petition against the popular messaging app's decision to share users' data with Facebook.
 
A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal asked WhatsApp to file its response on the plea filed by Delhi-based users who raised concerns over the security of their data shared using the app. 
 
The bench asked WhatsApp to explain the facts about the issue before September 21, the next date of hearing.
 
On August 25, WhatsApp made extensive changes to its privacy policy. Under the new norm, it announced it would and could share users' personal information, including their phone numbers, with its parent company Facebook.
 
WhatsApp had given its users a 30-day period to opt out of the new privacy policy which expires on September 25.
 
"After you agree to our updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, you will have an additional 30 days to make this choice by going to Settings > Account > Share my account info in the app," WhatsApp said on its website. 
 
"If you do not want your account information shared with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences, you can uncheck the box or toggle the control," it added.
 
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