The Hindu Important Articles 02 May 2018
# AFSPA will continue in Nagaland: Rijiju
Says the peace deal in the State hasn’t been finalised yet
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said AFSPA, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, will continue in Nagaland as it is a “special case” and the “peace agreement” hasn’t been finalised there yet.
Nagaland is the only State in the northeast, apart from eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, where ASFPA continues to be imposed by the Union Home Ministry.
Nagaland, Manipur and Assam are the only three States in the northeast that continue to be under AFSPA.
Last year, the Home Ministry gave up its power and asked the Assam government to take a decision on continuing AFSPA in the State. The Act gives powers to the Army and the Central forces deployed in “disturbed areas” to kill anyone acting in contravention of law, arrest and search any premises without a warrant and provide cover to forces from prosecution and legal suits without the Centre’s sanction.
State to renew plea
Nagaland’s Deputy Chief Minister Y. Patton said the State government would reiterate its request to the Centre to revoke AFSPA.
“The discussion on the Naga political situation is on and we are expecting the Government of India to solve the problem at the earliest. We have requested to lift AFSPA but we have been asked to wait for some time. When the solution (Naga deal) comes, automatically AFSPA will go,” Mr. Patton said.
NSCN-IM signed a framework agreement with the Government of India on August 3, 2015 to find a solution to the Naga issue.
The NSCN-IM has been fighting for ‘Greater Nagaland’ or Nagalim — it wants to extend Nagaland’s borders by including Naga-dominated areas in neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, to unite 1.2 million Nagas.
Mr. Rijiju told The Hindu , “Revocation of AFSPA in Meghalaya is definitely related to improvement of the security scenario in the northeast. AFSPA is imposed both by the State and the Centre. It was withdrawn by Tripura (in 2015).
“It is a joint effort by the State government and the Centre. Security is a subject where both the Centre and the State should come together without any politics. In Assam also the situation has improved, that is why the Home Ministry withdrew it but it is imposed by the State government.”
He said he was not sure if AFSPA would be lifted from Nagaland in future.
‘Many factions involved’
“Nagaland is a special case…the peace agreement has not come about yet. There are many underground factions as well. There are issues like rivalry among different factions…I cannot say about the future policy,” Mr. Rijiju said. On April 1, the Home Ministry revoked AFSPA in Meghalaya and restricted it to eight police stations instead of 16 in Arunachal Pradesh.
# 25 killed in twin Afghan blasts
Islamic State claims responsibility for the attacks that left 10 journalists dead
At least 25 people were killed, including AFP chief photographer for Afghanistan Shah Marai and nine other journalists, when two suicide blasts ripped through Kabul on Monday.
Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said the second explosion came minutes after the first and targeted reporters at the scene. “The bomber disguised himself as a journalist and detonated himself among the crowd,” he said.
In a separate attack, 11 children were killed and 16 persons wounded, when a suicide attacker exploded his bomb-laden car near a convoy in Kandahar, the officials said.
# AIIMS says he is fit, Lalu alleges conspiracy
I am being shifted to Ranchi where there are no facilities, says former Bihar CM
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad left the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in a wheelchair on Monday afternoon after being discharged against his wishes. The AIIMS said Mr. Prasad, who has been at the hospital since March, “has improved significantly”, and that he is being referred back to the Ranchi Medical College for treatment of his chronic issues.
“He is currently stable and is fit to travel,” the hospital said in a statement.
Mr. Prasad, however, said “he was not well enough to be sent back to Ranchi.”
“This is unfair; it is a conspiracy to worsen my health. I am being shifted to a place where there are no facilities. It is a tough time, but I will face it. My health has not really improved,” said the leader, citing heart, kidney and blood sugar problems. “My back hurts and I feel dizzy… I have fallen in the bathroom several times. My blood pressure and sugar keeps shooting up,” he said.
The RJD called the move a “conspiracy to murder him.”
The former Bihar Chief Minister, who was jailed last year after being convicted in fodder scam cases, was shifted to AIIMS here from the prison in Ranchi, Jharkhand for specialised treatment. He was forced to take a 16-hour train journey from Ranchi to Delhi.
On Monday morning, Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited AIIMS to see the leader.
AIIMS, in a statement, had said, “Lalu Prasad has improved significantly and as per advice of the medical board constituted for his treatment, he is being referred back to Ranchi Medical College for management of his chronic issues. He is currently stable and is fit to travel.”
# Modi’s to tour State from today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had stayed away from Karnataka after his last rally in Davangere on February 27, is back in the State from Tuesday for extensive tours in the last and crucial phase of campaigning for the Assembly elections. Mr. Modi will visit the State for five days between May 1 and 8. He is scheduled to address 15 rallies and public meetings.
# Tight security for Modi’s visit today
Tight security arrangements are in place for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday. Mr. Modi will be addressing a public meeting at the MGM College Grounds as part of his campaign tour for the Assembly elections.
# Six BJP Ministers take oath in J&K
Six BJP legislators, including the Kathua MLA spotted in the Hindu Ekta Manch rally after the rape-and-murder of a minor girl, were sworn in as Ministers in Jammu on Monday. Two PDP MLAs too, were among those administered the oath of office by Governor N.N. Vohra.