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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Anti-terror forces have busted illegal phone exchanges: Govt
Anti-terror forces have busted illegal phone exchanges and detected instances of International Long Distance (ILD) calls being routed through Internet, the Lok Sabha was informed today. "Some instances of busting of illegal phone exchanges by the Anti Terrorism Squads have come to notice," Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in a written reply. Ahir said ILD calls from foreign countries are routed through VoIP bypassing the International Long Distance Gateways.

7.32 crore people users of alcohol, drugs : Govt
An estimated 7.32 crore people in India were users of alcohol and drugs, the Government informed the Lok Sabha today quoting a 2000-01 survey. In a written reply to a question, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the Social Justice and Empowerment ministry had conducted a national survey on the extent, pattern and trend of drug abuse in the years 2000-01. "About 732 lakh people in India were users of alcohol and drugs of which 87 lakh used cannabis, 20 lakh used opiates and 625 lakh were users of alcohol. Thereafter, no national survey on drug abuse has been conducted," he said.

Over 3 lakh registered refugees in India till 2014: Govt
More than three lakh refugees have been registered with various states as on December 31, 2014, the Centre said today, adding that it has no "exact data" on people seeking political asylum in the country. Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju informed the Lok Sabha that India is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Convention related to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 protocol thereon. However, he said, there was a standard operating procedure in place with effect from December 29, 2011 to deal with foreign nationals who claim to be refugees.

Centre asks states to tackle radicalisation in cyberspace
The states have been asked to formulate a framework to meet potential challenges of radicalisation in cyberspace and misuse of social media, the Centre said today. Responding to a written question, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed the Lok Sabha that meetings under the chairmanship of Home Minister and Home Secretary have been held wherein states were advised to formulate a framework to tackle radicalisation through internet and social media.

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