New Delhi: As many as 160 members and sympathisers of the banned terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) have been arrested so far from different parts of the country, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said intelligence inputs on terror threats are regularly shared with the state governments and agencies concerned with the advice to take appropriate steps and sensitise their field formations to prevent any untoward incident. “The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the states police have registered cases against IS members and sympathisers and have arrested 160 accused so far all over the country,” he said replying a written question. Reddy said some instances of individuals from different states including Kerala, joining the IS have come to the notice of central and state security agencies.
Canadian stocks opened higher amid stronger than expected financial results from smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. and expectations that China will move to counter its economic slowdown.The S&P/TSX composite index moved ahead 58.84 points to 14,237.68, while the Canadian dollar fell 0.05 of a cent to 90.60.BlackBerry reported a loss of US$423 million or 80 cents per share for its latest quarter compared with a profit of $98 million or 19 cents per diluted share a year ago.However, excluding several one-time items, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) said it had an adjusted loss from continuing operations of $42 million or eight cents per share for the quarter. Analysts on average had expected a loss of 55 cents per share, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters. Its shares rose more than three per cent, or 32 cents, to $10.28 at the open.Wall Street was also positive as the Dow Jones industrials gained 61.08 points to 16,325.31, the Nasdaq rose 16.96 points to 4,168.19 and the S&P 500 index jumped 8.2 points to 1,857.16.Meanwhile, expectations have risen on whether more stimulus will be pumped into China, as that country saw its growth slowed to its weakest level since the financial crisis. In commodities, oil gained 80 cents to $102.08, while gold prices lost ground with the June contract faded $6.20 to US$1,288.80 an ounce. May copper rose 5 cents to US$3.04 a pound.