After Kerala, there are reports that terror organisation IS is spreading its tentacles in Karnataka. NewsX has accessed an audio clip of a muslim wahabi leader from Mangaluru who is seen speaking about jihad training given to youths from Karnataka’s Mangaluru. Ismail Shafi is a wahabi leader from Mangaluru and can be heard expressing concern for Muslim youth being targetted in Mangaluru. He is reportedly saying that Mangaluru has a new training camp constructed for training of youth and that the new target of IS is muslim youth of Dakshina Kannada district. These muslim youth don’t go to schools or colleges and as part of their training avoid talking to people of other religions. The intelligence agencies have accessed this audio clip.
It has been isolated on a global stage, it’s ugly tactics exposed several times, but Pakistan has so far refused to stop providing safe haven to terrorists. Now, Islamabad has been put on notice, and by none other than the Trump Administration. US Defence Secretary James Mattis has clearly spelled out the country’s stand, stating that Pakistan’s support to terror groups is threatening its relations with the US. He added, that the US will try one more time to work with Pakistan but if the efforts fail, it may revoke Pakistan’s status as a non-NATO ally. This warning, coming on the same day when Pakistan’s Foreign Minister arrived in US for his three-day visit as part of efforts to rebuild bilateral ties and his scheduled to meet the country’s national security advisor.
Silencing his critics on the state of the economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged that the country’s growth rate had come down during the April-June quarter but insisted that his government is committed to reverse the slide. Reiterating his praise for demonetisation, the Prime Minister said the cash to GDP ratio has come down to 9% after demonetisation and that it was 12% before November 9, 2016. Allaying fears of dwindling economic growth, PM Modi asserted that fundamentals of Indian economy are strong and that the reform process will continue.
Bengaluru continues to battle with the pothole menace in the city. Potholes have yet again claimed lives in Bengaluru. A couple who was rushing their ill grandchild to a nearby medical centre lost their lives trying to veer left to avoid a huge pothole on Mysuru Road near KR Market. This at a time when CM Siddaramaiah in his zeal to come back to power, claimed that he has fulfilled the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi while kicking off the Nava Karnataka poll campaign. The family of the victims has spoken to NewsX. They said they are completely shattered and no amount of compensation will bring their family members back.