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NYPD to allow Sikh officers to wear turbans, grow beard
29.12.16 - TEAM PT
NYPD to allow Sikh officers to wear turbans, grow beard



The New York Police Department (NYPD) has come up with new rules allowing Sikh police officers to wear turbans instead of traditional police hats, officials said. Sikh officers have until now worn turbans under their caps.
 
New York Police commissioner James O’Neill announced the measures being taken towards ensuring religious accommodation to its officers following a graduation ceremony for new police recruits yesterday.

Under the revised policy, officers from the Sikh faith will be allowed to have beards that extend up to one-half inch from the face. The NYPD has said the turbans must be navy blue and have the NYPD insignia attached.

O'Neill said the change was to encourage religious members of the community to apply "to work in the greatest police department in the nation".
 
"We changed our beard policy and our head covering policy. It is a major change in our uniform policy, so we had to go about it carefully,” he said, as quoted in a New York Post report.
 
The Commissioner said there are about 160 Sikh officers currently in the ranks and he was looking to expand those numbers. He said the religious accommodation will give people from the faith the opportunity to join the police department.

Sikh advocacy group Sikh Coalition welcomed the move, saying it will send a strong message that there should be no discrimination against members of the community, which has contributed significantly to the city and the country.




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Foreign tourists to be quizzed about their social media info when entering US
23.12.16 - TEAM PT
Foreign tourists to be quizzed about their social media info when entering US



In a move designed to spot potential terror threats, the US government quietly began requesting select foreign visitors to provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country, according to a media report. Since Tuesday, foreign travelers arriving in the United States on the visa waiver programme have been presented with an "optional” request to "enter information associated with your online presence”, a government official confirmed on Thursday.
 
Applicable only for select foreigners traveling under the visa waiver program, this new category now instructs them to dispense info about their social presence on the interwebs. The travelers need to first select one of the social networks from a drop-down menu and then fill in the corresponding username in the textbox next to them. It is optional to provide this info but has been added to keep a strict check on the security of the country.
 
The VWP is for citizens of nearly 38 countries that do not require a visa for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days when entering the US. However, they do need to get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) as a valid travel document, during which time their social media info is sought.
 
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed the changes back in July. The measure is meant to meet the requirements of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. The act was a response to calls from the American public that visitors were not being screened thoroughly enough, in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings.
 
The government has faced a barrage of criticism since it first floated the idea last summer. The Internet Association, which represents companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter, at the time joined with consumer advocates to argue the draft policy threatened free expression and posed new privacy and security risks to foreigners.
 
"There are very few rules about how that information is being collected, maintained [and] disseminated to other agencies, and there are no guidelines about limiting the government’s use of that information,” said Michael W Macleod-Ball, chief of staff for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington office.
 
"The choice to hand over this information is technically voluntary,” he said. "But the process to enter the U.S. is confusing, and it’s likely that most visitors will fill out the card completely rather than risk additional questions from intimidating, uniformed officers — the same officers who will decide which of your jokes are funny and which ones make you a security risk” said Nathan White, the senior legislative manager of Access Now.
 
DHS says it is collecting the information for vetting purposes. The move by the United States could spark similar measures by other countries, which may not follow the due process, or take sufficient measures to secure the collected information. While filling out the details are optional and voluntary, most visitors are likely to fill out the information.
 
The information is collected only from visitors who temporarily enter the United States through the Visa Waiver Program. The Visa Waiver Program allows travelers to enter the United States without a Visa for travel or business purposes, for a maximum period of 90 days. The program is only available to citizens of 38 countries, and India is not on the list.




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Pakistan plane with 47 on board crashes near Abbottabad
07.12.16 - TEAM PT
Pakistan plane with 47 on board crashes near Abbottabad



A Pakistan International Airlines plane from Chitral to Islamabad crashed near Havelian in Abbottabad district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday.
 
According to the passengers list, 47 people were on board the aircraft, including five crew members.
 
It had taken off from Chitral around 3:00 pm but reportedly communication with the control tower was broken around 4:30 pm. 
 
A statement from PIA said, "We regret to inform that PIA's ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad.
 
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A PIA aircraft has lost contact with control tower. Plz see statement.


"PIA’s emergency response center has been activated and can be accessed at following phone numbers for updates: 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394,” Statement read.

Eyewitnesses said any survivors are unlikely. Many bodies are burned beyond recognition.

There are unlikely to be any survivors. "All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered," Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official based in the Havelian region, told media.

Khan, who was at the site of the crash, added that witnesses told him "the aircraft has crashed in a mountainous area, and before it hit the ground it was on fire". 
 
Meanwhile, military’s media wing ISPR said the Pakistan Army dispatched troops and helicopters to the crash site for rescue efforts.

The prime minister has also directed all authorities "to immediately reach the site and start rescue and relief operations”, said a statement.
 
The media quoted officials in Chitral as saying that Junaid Jamshed, a well-known musician-turned-fashion designer, and members of his family were on board the ill-fated aircraft.
 
In 2010, an Air Blue flight ED-202 from Karachi had crashed into Margalla Hills near the capital with 152 people on board.




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'Don't blame one country for terror', says Pakistan's Sartaj Aziz
04.12.16 - TEAM PT
'Don't blame one country for terror', says Pakistan's Sartaj Aziz



Hours after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani slammed Pakistan for its export of terror, Pakistan said to not "blame one country" for the terror.

"We need to have an objective and holistic view rather to blame one country", said Pakistan Prime Minister's advisor Sartaj Aziz, at the Heart of Asia Conference, according to Pakistan High Commission Abdul Basit.
 
Aziz asserted his attending the meet despite "escalation" along the LoC was testimony to Pakistan's "unflinching" commitment for lasting peace in Afghanistan and expressed unhappiness over cancellation of SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November, terming it as a setback to regional cooperation. 
 
Noting that Pakistan was aware about serious challenges being faced by Afghanistan, Aziz said, "The first and foremost in our view is continuing violence and acts of terrorism claiming scores of human lives. This needs to be addressed urgently and effectively through collective efforts. 

"The security situation in Afghanistan is very complex. It is simplistic to blame only one country for the recent upsurge in violence. We need to have an objective and holistic view." 
 
"Peaceful resolution of outstanding disputes will further improve regional cooperation and connectivity," Aziz reportedly added.
 
Ghani today took swipe Pakistan for exporting terror by saying that the $500 million promised by Islamabad for Afghan reconstruction would be better used fighting terrorism. He added that while he didn't want to indulge in a "blame game", the fact remains that some countries "provide sanctuary" to terror.
 
Meanwhile, Pakistan's defence minister Khawaja Asif has termed Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani's statement regrettable.
 
"Pres. @ashrafghani's regrettable statements at #HeartofAsia amount to placing blame for his ineffective governance at Pakistan's doorstep," Asif tweeted.




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Taliban wouldn't last a month without Pakistan's support: Afghan President
04.12.16 - TEAM PT
Taliban wouldn't last a month without Pakistan's support: Afghan President



Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday that the Taliban insurgency would not survive a month if it lost its sanctuary in neighbouring Pakistan, urging its neighbour to take on terrorist groups on its soil instead of giving Kabul financial aid.
 
In his address at the 6th annual conference of Heart of Asia, Ghani, who severely criticised Islamabad, said an Asian or international mechanism must be put in place, without "playing games”, to find out who was benefiting from terror, extremism and other illicit activities. He said time has come for concrete action against terror infrastructure and those support it, and quoted a top Taliban commander saying unless terror sanctuaries were allowed in Pakistan, the outfit will not last even a month. He said despite Afghanistan’s bilateral and multilateral ties with Pakistan, the "undeclared war” that started in winter of 2014, has intensified after the recent Brussels conference on Afghanistan’s transition.
 
Slamming Pakistan’s habit of denying cross border terror attacks, the Afghan President called for setting up of international mechanism to verify reality of such attacks which have increased in the last few months. He also sought setting up of a global fund to contain terrorism. "There should be an Asian or international regime, whatever is acceptable to Pakistan, should be put in place to verify frontier activities and terrorist operations. We do not want blame game, we want verification,” he said, without mincing words.

"We need to set up a fund to combat extremism,” Ghani said. Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz was among representatives of 30 countries who attended the conference inaugurated jointly by Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hailing India’s role in Afghanistan’s transition, he said "India’s assistance is transparent and with no strings attached”, adding "there are no hidden deals between India and Afghanistan.”
 
"I don't want a blame game, I want clarifications on what is being done to prevent the export of terror," Ghani said, calling it an undeclared war on Afghanistan.
 
"We thank Pakistan for their pledges of USD 500 million for reconstruction of Afghanistan. This fund Mr Aziz could very well be used to contain extremists because without peace any amount of assistance will not meet the needs of our people,” he said. Asserting that no amount of money can assist Afghanistan if there is support to terrorists by Pakistan, he said military operations in Pakistan have brought about selective displacement of terrorists.




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