February 23, 2018

Iran says shipment will boost its supply of uranium   

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TEHRAN: Iran’s nuclear chief says it will have 60 percent more stockpiled uranium than it did prior to the landmark 2015 agreement with world powers after a shipment expected later this week.

Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday as saying that Iran will receive a final batch of 149 tons of natural uranium by Tuesday, in addition to 210 tons already delivered since early 2016.

Under the nuclear accord, Iran’s import of uranium is supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Low-enriched uranium can be used for civilian applications, including power generation and medical research. Highly enriched uranium can be used in nuclear weapons.

Iran agreed to curb enrichment and place its nuclear program under international surveillance in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

BSF jawan who went missing at Kasmir's Kathua, returns home in Mizoram

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JAMMU: A BSF jawan, who was reported to have gone missing, has returned home in Mizoram.

“The missing jawan who belongs to Mizoram has reached his home today,” a senior BSF officer said here, adding further details are awaited.

“The jawan went missing from Jalandhar in the evening of February 1 when he was returning to work from his home,” the senior BSF officer said.

The jawan has been identified as Constable Malsawkima (25) of 97 battalions and was serving at BoP Pansar in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district.

A missing complaint was filed at Marheen police post on 2 February.

Rebranded JuD hold rallies across Pakistan, demands Saeed's release

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Hafiz Saeed, leader of the banned organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). (File Photo | AFP)

LAHORE: Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Falah-e-Insaniyat, recently placed under “watch-list” and against whom Pakistan government launched a crackdown, today held rallies in parts of the country under the banner of Tehreek Azadi Jammu Kashmir (TAJK).

The rallies were organised just days after the JuD’s chief and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was put under “house arrest” in Lahore under the Fourth Schedule of Anti-Terrorism Act by Pakistan government.

Saeed had indicated a week before his “house arrest” that he might launch TAJK to “expedite the freedom of Kashmir”. The Interior Ministry had also placed Saeed and 37 other JuD and FIF members on Exit Control List, barring them from leaving Pakistan.

At the rallies in several parts of Pakistan today, the participants demanded the immediate release of Saeed.

In Lahore, Yakjahtee (solidarity) Kashmir Conference was held at Nasser Bagh in which a large number of activists of JuD and FIF participated. They shouted slogans against Pakistan, Indian and the US governments for detaining Saeed, and said the Nawaz Sharif government was damaging the country’s image by maintaining friendship with the Narendra Modi government.

“Pakistani nation is united for Hafiz Saeed’s release,” said JuD central leader Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, who is also the brother-in-law of Saeed. He said unfortunately due to Saeed’s detention “our message of solidarity to Kashmiris is not that powerful and encouraging this year”.

The Sharif government, he said, should make its stance clear on Kashmir and tell the people of Pakistan that it is loyal to Kashmiris, and not India.

Makki said trade of potato and onion with India is not right. “Treacherous plot of giving India the Most Favoured Nation status will not be successful,” he said. 

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