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Maharashtra rolls out Deradicalisation Programme in wake of IS threat

Maharashtra Government has rolled out Deradicalisation Programme for the minority community to counter both home-grown extremism and the global Islamic State (IS) threat.

The plan has been chalked out by the State Home Department that includes a 50-point socio-economic strategy.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has approved the proposal in this regard and also has passed a government resolution on it.

Key features of Programme

  • Aims to bringing youth especially from the minority community into the mainstream and make coordinated efforts and policies in different 13 sectors for their empowerment.
  • It also seeks to create an environment of solidarity and trust among the minority community and envisages that various government schemes to reach out to them.
  • It includes opening of vyayam shalas in minority areas, making National Cadet Corps (NCC), Bharat Scouts and Guides (BSG) compulsory in minority schools.
  • It also has provisions for setting up an independent media outlet in order to deliver ‘mainstream thoughts and values’ to the minority youth.
  • Plans to teach religious texts from all sects in minority schools and teaching merits of democratic states and demerits of dictatorships as a separate chapter in the Urdu textbooks.
  • Under it, Urdu language will be taught in 300 Marathi schools. 5 minority areas will be also developed as urban smart clusters.

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UNSC unanimously adopt resolution to cut-off supply of funds to IS group

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted resolution cut off supply of revenue flows to Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Decision in this regard was taken at the first-ever meeting of finance ministers of 15 member states to support a diplomatic push to end the war in Syria.

Key facts

  • The resolution has been drafted by United States and Russia, calls on governments to ensure that they have adopted laws to make the financing of IS a serious criminal offence.
  • It also calls for enhanced actions against from closing financial system loopholes to stopping the abuse of charitable causes.
  • It stressed that already existing resolution mandating member states to ensure that financial assets are not transferred to terrorists by persons within their territory.
  • Called for increased international cooperation in sharing information and closer collaboration with the private sector to identify suspect transactions.

The UNSC also called on Member States to promote enhanced vigilance by persons within their jurisdiction to detect any diversion of explosives, raw materials and components that can be used to manufacture improvised explosive devices or unconventional weapons.

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Russia imposes economic sanctions against Turkey

Russia has imposed economic sanctions against Turkey, a NATO member over the issue of downing of a Russian Sukhoi 24 warplane on the Syrian border.

In this regard, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree adopting a series of retaliatory economic measures against Turkey with an effect from 1st January 2016.

Russian economic sanctions covers

  • Ban on imports from Turkey, work of Turkish companies in Russia and any Turkish nationals working for Russian companies.
  • End to charter flights between the countries and urges Russian tour operators to refrain from selling tourist packages to Turkey.

Background

  • NATO member Turkey on 24th November 2015 had shot down Russian Sukhoi 24  (Su-24) warplane escalating crisis in bilateral relations of both countries.
  • Turkey has claimed that the Russian jet was shot down after it had crossed into its airspace and ignored several warnings to change course.
  • However, Russia has furiously denied the claims and demanded an apology and economic compensation from Turkey.

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