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11 MAY 2018

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GS II: INTERNATIONAL – ASIA

Mahathir stages a surprise comeback

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GS III: SECURITY

Centre changes tack in restive Valley

GS II: INTERNATIONAL – ASIA

Mahathir stages a surprise comeback

  • Ninety-two-year-old Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as the world’s oldest elected leader on 10 May 2018 after a stunning election win that swept Malaysia’s establishment from power after more than six decades.
  • In a huge upset, former strongman Mr. Mahathir’s Opposition alliance broke the grip on power of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which had governed Malaysia uninterrupted since its birth as an independent country in 1957.
  • It capped a dramatic political comeback for Mr. Mahathir, who previously ruled the country with an iron fist for 22 years and came out of retirement to take on Prime Minister Najib Razak after he became embroiled in a massive corruption scandal.
  • Official results showed that Mr. Mahathir’s coalition won 121 seats, comfortably more than the 112 required to rule.
  • In a ceremony at the national palace steeped in centuries-old Muslim Malay tradition, Mr. Mahathir was sworn in as Prime Minister by King Sultan Muhammad V.

GS III: SECURITY

Centre changes tack in restive Valley

  • The Centre is set to roll out a calibrated policy for Jammu and Kashmir, with security forces asked to “arrest” newly recruited members and go after the hardened militants.
  • The police, the Army and the CRPF are being asked to ensure that militants surrender during encounters.
  • A senior government official said that according to an assessment by the Central agencies, the emotional upsurge at funerals of militants killed in encounters was aiding recruitment by terror outfits.
  • He said there was consensus that the killings and encounters were not yielding the desired results.
  • Notching up a record, 64 terrorists were killed till May 6 this year in various operations — the highest in a decade for the period.
  • In the same period, as many as 42 men had joined the terrorist ranks.
  • For whole of 2017, recruitments to various terror groups stood at 147.
  • There has been a surge in local Kashmiri youth joining terror groups after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.
  • There were deliberations in the government if Mohammad Rafi Bhat, an assistant professor at Kashmir University, who was killed in less than 40 hrs after he joined the Hizbul Mujahideen, could have been arrested.
  • Bhat was killed on May 6, 2018 along with Hizb commander Saddam Padder, who has been active since September 2014.
  • “The young militants are barely trained and don’t last more than a couple of hours when cornered by the security forces. It has been decided that efforts will be made to either arrest or convince them to surrender,” said the official.

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