QBullet: Pak PM Calls PM Modi; CBI Notice Against Rajeev Kumar

1. ‘Mutual Trust Must for Peace’: PM Modi to Imran Khan

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi told Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Sunday that peace and progress in the region were linked to “trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism”.

Modi made the remarks when Khan telephoned him to congratulate him on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in the general elections and spoke of his desire for both countries to work together for the good of their people.

This was the first contact between the top leadership of the two countries after tensions sparked by the suicide attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed that killed 40 Indian troopers on February 14. India retaliated with an air strike on a JeM facility at Balakot in Pakistan and this was followed by an aerial engagement along the Line of Control during which an Indian combat jet was shot down and its pilot captured and briefly detained by Pakistan.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Terrorism & Poverty: Khan, Modi Discuss Way Forward for India-Pak

2. CBI Lookout Notice Against Ex-Kolkata Top Cop Kumar

The CBI on Sunday, 26 May, issued a look out notice for former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a notice asking immigration authorities at airports and other exit points across the country to stop former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar if he tries to leave the country, according to officers of the agency aware of the development.

The officers said the lookout notice was issued after the agency through its independent sources learnt that Kumar was planning to proceed on study leave abroad.

Later in the day, a team of four officers from the economic offences wing of CBI asked Kumar to appear before the agency at Salt Lake on Monday. The CBI team visited the official bungalow of the former Kolkata Police commissioner but the guards informed them that Kumar had vacated the house and moved into a nearby complex that also houses the office of the deputy commissioner of police (south).

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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3. 2 Days After Win, Irani’s Poll Aide Killed in Amethi, 5 Held

Two days after BJP leader Smriti Irani pulled off the biggest upset of the LS polls by unseating Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his backyard Amethi, her close aide Surendra Singh, who swung the poll for her at the grassroots, was shot dead at his residence in Baraulia village late Saturday, 25 May night.

Four gunmen stormed the house of the 58-year-old exsarpanch and pumped bullets into him, police said. He was rushed to Lucknow’s KGMU Sunday morning where he was declared brought dead. Three persons were arrested and two detained after massive raids in Amethi’s three tehsils, Gauriganj, Jais and Tiloi. While Wasim, Dharmnath Gupta and Ramchandra have been arrested, Nasim and Golu are being interrogated.

Booked for murder and criminal conspiracy, all of them were named by Surendra’s family in the complaint.

(Source: Times of India)

Also Read: Irani Vows Action Against Culprits Who Killed Her Aide in Amethi

4. Muslim Man Beaten up, Forced to Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’

A 25-year-old man, returning home from a mosque on Saturday night, said he was allegedly assaulted and his skullcap forcibly removed by a group of unidentified persons in Gurugram’s Sadar Bazar area. He alleged that the men also forced him to chant slogans of “Jai Shri Ram” and “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.

Police said they have registered a case against an unidentified person, but no arrests were made as of Sunday evening. The FIR, however, does not mention that he was forced to chant the slogans.

The victim, Mohammad Barkat Alam, who had come to the city a fortnight ago from Begusarai in Bihar, said that the incident took place around 10.15pm when he was walking to his house after offering prayers at Jama Masjid in Sadar Bazar.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Muslim Man Thrashed, Allegedly Asked to Chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’

5. Day After Rahul’s Outburst, Congress Quiet on His Quit Offer

A day after a stormy Congress Working Committee meeting where party president Rahul Gandhi offered to resign and the CWC unanimously rejected his call to quit, there was no clear communication from the Congress on where things stood on Sunday.

Several Congress leaders and workers took to social media to extend support to the Congress chief with a hashtag ‘IStandWithRahulGandhi’, lauding him for his efforts leading up the Lok Sabha elections and insisting that electoral loss should not be seen as the end of the road. “‘You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.’ We are with you in this battle,” All India Mahila Congress said on Twitter.

Party sources, however, said Rahul, who was upset with several party seniors for putting personal interests over the party even though he accepted full responsibility for Congress’s poor showing in the Lok Sabha elections, refused to meet leaders on Sunday and remained unavailable on phone to party seniors who tried to reach him, seeming determined to stand by his decision to resign.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: ‘Prioritised Sons Over Party’: Rahul Slams Top 3 Congress Leaders

6. Modi, Council of Ministers to be Sworn in on Thursday

PM Narendra Modi at the NDA Meeting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take oath of office for his second term along with his new council of ministers on 30 May, the President’s office said on Sunday, 26 May.

“President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the prime minister and other members of Union council of ministers on May 30 at 7 pm at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” a communique issued by President's press secretary Ashok Malik said.

Modi is the first BJP leader to be elected for a second term after completion of his five-year tenure, a feat achieved only by two Congress leaders, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: PM-designate Narendra Modi, Cabinet to Take Oath on 30 May at 7 pm

7. Indian Team in Paris to Probe ‘Break-In’ at its Rafale Office

Representational image of a Rafale aircraft.

India has sent a team to France to probe the “break-in” into its Rafale project management team’s office in the suburbs of Paris on May 19, in what was possibly an attempt to steal data related to the fighters being acquired by the IAF.

Defence sources said the team of forensic and other experts will examine if any documents were stolen or photocopied and whether a critical computer hard disc was “accessed” during the break-in at the IAF office, which is situated within the larger building complex of Rafale-manufacturer Dassault Aviation in the Saint-Cloud suburb of Paris.

“The French police are investigating the break-in, which saw the unidentified burglars even use crowbars to prise open some safes in Dassault’s office. It’s difficult to say whether they were interested in money or confidential documents,” said a source. As reported by TOI earlier, the technical specifications of the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISEs) or upgrades on the Rafale fighters, which are also capable of delivering nuclear weapons, are considered highly sensitive and confidential.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Documents Stolen, Hard Disk Left Behind in Rafale Break-in: Report

8. Could Only Request, Not Demand, PM for Special Category Status to Andhra: Jagan Reddy

Three days after registering a thumping victory in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi on Sunday and discussed the issue of special category status to the state.

Calling on Modi at his residence, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister-designate apprised the prime minister of the state’s financial situation, which is under a debt of Rs 2.58 lakh crore, and sought central funds, PTI reported. He also invited PM Modi to his swearing-in on May 30 in Vijayawada.

Later addressing the media at Andhra Bhawan, Reddy, said in case of a fractured mandate the party would have supported the BJP only if they had signed the Special Category Status document.

(Source: The Indian Express)

9. Jharkhand: Two Years After Facebook Beef Post, Lecturer Held

File photo of Jeetrai Hansda.

Two years after he wrote a Facebook post saying eating beef was part of Adivasi tradition, a tribal lecturer was arrested by the Jharkhand Police Saturday evening. Police claimed that he had been absconding since a case was lodged soon after his post.

In his May 2017 post, Jeet Rai Hansda, a lecturer with Government School and College for Women, Sakshi, Jamshedpur, had written that animal sacrifice and eating beef were part of tribal festival Joher Dangri Maidan, and that this was a “cultural right of adivasis”.

As per court records, he had also criticised the law against bovine slaughter and asked why tribals had to “live like Hindus”.

The Jamshedpur police had registered a case under IPC Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 295A (deliberate act intended to hurt religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), and 505 (statements conducting public mischief), stating that Hansda’s post could spread “intolerance, enmity and hatred” among communities. The complainant was Anil Kumar Singh, who was then posted as officer in-charge of Sakshi Police Station.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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