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al-Qaeda video: Home Ministry asks IB to verify authenticity
US media and intelligence agencies said that al-Qaeda has established a new branch to wage jihad in India, revive its caliphate and impose sharia in the Indian sub-continent
 
The Union Home Ministry on Thursday asked the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to verify authenticity of an al-Qaeda video that threatens to take the terror outfit’s campaign to India.
 
According to the ministry officials, the IB has been asked to send a report as early as possible giving details of the video, its authenticity and possible place of uploading.
 
The IB, which constantly monitors the activities of the terror outfit operating in the country and its neighbourhood, is expected to send the report within a day or two.
 
US media and intelligence agencies said that al-Qaeda has established a new branch to wage jihad in India, revive its caliphate and impose sharia in the Indian sub-continent.
 
The creation of the group called ‘Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian sub-continent’ was announced by As Sahab, al-Qaeda’s official media outlet, in a lengthy video posted on social media outlets including YouTube.
 
al-Qaeda is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the group’s leader Ayman al Zawahiri said: “Qaedat al-Jihad” would take the fight to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
 
Zawahiri said the group will defend the “vulnerable in the Indian sub-continent, in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujarat, Ahmedabad, and Kashmir...” and “your brothers in Qaedat al-Jihad did not forget you and that they are doing what they can to rescue you from injustice, oppression, persecution, and suffering”. 

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MOHAN

3 years ago

Government's first duty is to ban some of the Jihadi media of Kerala. They have political patronage.

It is a pity that Congress is still in alliance with the "dead horse" (as described by jawaharlal Nehru)

Andhra's capital to be in Vijayawada region, says Naidu
According to chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh's capital would be centrally located around Vijayawada
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has formally announced the state’s new capital around Vijayawada region, adding that this is the most centrally-located area. Naidu-led TDP has also proposed three mega cities and 14 smart cities to boost development in the region.
 
Nearly 50% of the representations received by the state government favoured the Vijayawada-Guntur region, according to an official statement. The decision was taken after a comprehensive study of prevailing conditions, potential, and economic growth strategies of each district.
 
Naidu has also promised to improve, air, rail and road connectivity for all districts to position Andhra Pradesh as a logistics hub and revive economy in the state.
 
Meanwhile, the centrally-appointed Sivaramakrishnan Committee, which had opposed the Vijayawada region as capital, also presented its report before the state Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
 
Making a statement in the Legislative Assembly amid a din caused by opposition YSR Congress, Naidu said, "The Cabinet met on 1st September and resolved to locate the capital city in a central place of the state, around Vijayawada, and go for decentralised development of the state with three mega cities and 14 smart cities.
 
"It is proposed to go for land pooling system to be worked out by a Cabinet sub-committee," he said.
 
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act 2014, which came into force on 1 March 2014, provided for the reorganization of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.
 
“Andhra Pradesh capital to be centrally located around Vijayawada. Will do justice to every city through decentralised development,” tweeted Andhra CM  Chandrababu Naidu.

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Terms of Surrender: $500 Negative Review Charge
After some bad publicity, Hudson, New York-based Union Street Guest House says its 'stated policy to punish people for negative reviews made online' was a joke
 
Welcome to the second installment of our continuing feature, Terms of Surrender, which shines a light on a sometimes dark place: a company website’s terms and conditions. 
 
Last time, we wrote about a stipulation in an e-cigarette company’s refund policy that required products to be “returned in the same condition as received.”
 
This week, we’re highlighting a Hudson, New York inn’s stated policy to punish people for negative reviews made online.
 
 
After some really bad press, it has since been removed but the Union Street Guest House policy had stated (emphasis added):
 
Please know that despite the fact that wedding couples love Hudson and our Inn, your friends and families may not. … Therefore: If you have booked the Inn for a wedding or other type of event anywhere in the region and given us a deposit of any kind for guests to stay at USGH there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review of USGH placed on any internet site by anyone in your party and/or attending your wedding or event.
 
The inn later said it was a joke.
 
“The policy regarding wedding fines was put on our site as a tongue-in-cheek response to a wedding many years ago,” Union Street Guest House reportedly told CNBC. “It was meant to be taken down long ago and certainly was never enforced.”
 
Ha, ha. Good one.
 
If you spot a befuddling terms and conditions policy during your travels online, tell us and we’ll consider featuring it next time. 
 

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