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Nov 28 08:00

India: Pakistan shelling kills 3 Indian soldiers in Kashmir

At least three Indian soldiers were killed in a barrage of mortar shelling and gunfire by Pakistani soldiers along the highly militarized frontier in Indian-controlled Kashmir, an official said Friday.

Indian army spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said two soldiers were killed on Friday when Pakistani soldiers conducted an “unprovoked” violation of a 2003 cease-fire accord between the nuclear-armed countries in southern Rajouri district.

An Indian army officer was killed in Pakistani shelling in neighboring Poonch district late Thursday, Anand said. He said the Indian troops responded “befittingly” to "the enemy fire.”

Pakistan did not comment immediately. In the past, each side has accused the other of starting border skirmishes in the Himalayan region, which both claim in its entirety.

Nov 28 08:00

Thousands of farmers march to Indian capital defying tear gas

Thousands of farmers have entered the capital New Delhi for a planned protest against new farm laws hours after the police fired several rounds of tear gas and used water cannon to stop the Dilli Chalo (Go to Delhi) march.

Protesting Indian farmers scuffled with police earlier on Friday during the march to the capital, against new laws, which will make it easier for farmers to sell their produce directly to private buyers and enter into a contract with private companies.

Nov 26 15:24

By Recognising Tibetan Govt-in-exile US Touched One-China Policy, Says CTA President Lobsang Sangay

After making attempts for a decade to walk into the White House for a meeting with officials, Tibetan leader Lobsang Sangay finally managed to break through the barriers this year. With this, he said, not only has the United States recognised the Tibetan government-in-exile, the question of its autonomy, but most importantly touched on the hugely sensitive one-China policy.

In an exclusive conversation with News18.com while in Washington DC, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Sangay said, "In the last 60 years, the White House has always said ‘allowing you to enter and inviting you inside will amount to acknowledging or recognising the Tibetan government in-exile’. Once you recognise that government, you raise the issue of status of Tibet, whether it is independent or not? It touches the one-China policy. So it was very sensitive."

Nov 25 13:11

Cyclone Nivar Nears India, Drenching Its Eastern Coast The severe storm was poi

NEW DELHI — A severe cyclone gathered speed off India’s eastern shores in the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday and was poised to make landfall around midnight local time.

Cyclone Nivar, the fourth named storm in the North Indian Ocean this year, was expected to make landfall near Puducherry, a city about 90 miles south of the manufacturing hub of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Both cities were lashed with strong wind and heavy rains. Officials had begun evacuating makeshift housing along the coast, sending residents to cyclone shelters and relief camps.

Nivar was expected to make landfall at a speed of about 75 miles an hour, equivalent to a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, bringing heavy rainfall, squalls and flooding.

Nov 25 07:45

Tropical Storm "Nivar" expected to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts on November 25, India

Tropical Storm "Nivar" formed in the Bay of Bengal on November 24, 2020, prompting the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) to issue cyclone warnings for the coast of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, and Sri Lanka. Nivar is the fourth named storm of the below-average 2020 North Indian cyclone season. It formed just 2 days after the historic explosive intensification and landfall of Tropical Cyclone "Gati" in Somalia.

Nivar is expected to cross the Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram as a very severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday, November 25.

Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall/thunderstorm activity very likely over coastal and north interior Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal from November 24 to 26 and over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema from November 25 to 26, and southeast Telangana on November 26, 2020.

Nov 20 08:33

Did China Just Test Out A Scary New 'Microwave-EMF' Weapon On Indian Soldiers?

The electromagnetic weapons which fry the human tissue of enemy troops "turned the mountain tops into a microwave oven" and made the Indian soldiers puke, international studies expert Jin Canrong told his students in Beijing.

The microwave weapons heat water molecules in the same way as the kitchen device, targeting water under the skin and producing a growing pain to the target from areas up to 0.6 miles away.

Nov 18 08:52

India dismisses claim that China used microwave weapons on its troops in Himalayan border battle as 'fake news' and says 'our soldiers are still there'

The denial comes after a Beijing professor said that Chinese troops used the weapons to force Indian soldiers to retreat by making them violently sick during the clash between the two countries earlier this year.

The electromagnetic weapons which cook the human tissue of enemy troops 'turned the mountain tops into a microwave oven' and made the Indian soldiers vomit, international studies expert Jin Canrong told his students in Beijing.

But according to Indian officials, China is seeding 'fake news' about the weapons, saying on Tuesday: 'It's pure and poor psyops from China'.

The Indian army issued a denial on Tuesday and noted that its soldiers still remain in control of the high ground in the disputed border region, where Beijing captured two key hilltops after clashes in June that saw at least 20 Indian soldiers killed.

Nov 16 07:24

8 kg gold dress, crown, diamond studded kundal offered to Sarangpur Hanuman

November 14, 2020
Sarangpur: A real gold dress of 8 kg(17.6 lbs or 282.3oz) weight was offered today to Sarangpur based Kashtabhanjan dev Hanuman in Gujarat.

A procession was organized in the morning today in Sarangpur town showcasing a new golden dress, a golden crown and a pair of real diamond studded ear rings on way to mandir.

Estimated value of golden dress is Rs. 6.25 crore($ 8,40,000). It has been prepared after hard work of over one year period. 22 designer artists and 100 traditional gold artists worked for this dress. Swaminarayan gem company played main role in executing the task. A pair of earrings studded with diamonds, offered to Hanuman murti is worth around Rs. 1 crore ($ 1,34,320).

The dress is offered to Hanuman murti by Vadtal temple chief Rakesh Prasad, Mahant Purani Vishnuprakasdasji and Hariprasaddasji.

Nov 16 07:01

Indian and Pakistani troops exchange fire, at least 15 dead

At least 10 civilians and five security personnel were killed in cross-border shelling between India and Pakistan on Friday, in one of this year’s deadliest days along the heavily militarised frontier separating the nuclear-armed rivals, officials said.

Indian officials said the barrage of mortars and other weapons along several parts of the Line of Control - the de-facto border - began after Indian troops foiled an infiltration attempt from Pakistan in northern Kashmir.

Pakistan’s military said in a statement it had responded to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing by the Indian army.

Nov 04 06:33

Security Beefed Up Outside US Embassy in Delhi Amid Vote Counting in States

The closely-watched US elections were held on 3 November. Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden took on his Republican incumbent, US President Donald Trump; 270 electoral college votes are needed to win the presidential election in US.

Delhi Police on Wednesday increased security outside the US embassy amid the counting of votes in the American states.

A senior police official told Sputnik that it has been done as a safety measure to avoid any unlawful activity around the area.

“The elections in the US are closely watched by people in India and there are chances of protests around the US embassy. To avoid any unlawful activities, we have deployed around 30-40 extra personnel around the area as precautionary measures,” the official said.

Nov 03 07:04

India, US sign key military deal, symbolising closer ties

India and the US signed a key defence deal late last month in a move seen as a last-ditch push by the Trump administration to score a foreign policy success just a week before the US elections.

Experts say the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA) deal will bring the two countries closer to each other and help them counter China.

Nov 03 06:37

Pakistani girls’ school stages mock BEHEADING as cleric vows vengeance on France for ‘insulting the Prophet’

A girls’ religious school in Islamabad staged a mock beheading in front of its young students as a cleric preached that Muslims would exact vengeance on France – and on the West in general – for “insulting” Prophet Mohammed.

A woman in full face veil uses a scimitar to behead an effigy in front of hundreds of assembled students, many holding signs sporting protest slogans, in video posted to the official Facebook account of Jamia Syeda Hafsa, a Pakistani girls’ seminary, last week.

Nov 01 07:17

ExxonMobil scraps project to build LNG terminal in Pakistan

US energy giant ExxonMobil has canceled plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Pakistan, the Express Tribune reported, citing its sources.
People familiar with the matter said the US company had exited the partnership with Energas Terminal, a consortium of companies from several industries including cement, textile, and power.

ExxonMobil’s main objective for joining the consortium was to supply LNG to Pakistan. The Pakistani government had allowed five companies, including Exxon, to establish LNG terminals in the country, but said it would not give any guarantees and the companies would have to set up the terminals at their own risk.

Oct 29 06:30

Kashmiris decry ‘land grab’ as India enacts new laws

India has enacted a series of new laws – and amended some – allowing any of its nationals to buy land in the disputed Indian-administered Kashmir, a move that has been condemned by the residents.

Kashmiris fear the new laws, notified on Tuesday, are aimed at a “land grab” to dilute the Muslim-majority character of the region, whose partial autonomy was scrapped in August 2019, bringing it under New Delhi’s direct control.

Oct 29 06:28

Fighting erupts in Kashmir as 'land grab' law kicks in

Jammu and Kashmir, the only Muslim-majority region in India, has been thrown into turmoil after the government ended decades of prohibition on outsiders buying land there.

Shopkeepers shut their doors in anticipation of violent clashes after the government on Tuesday repealed laws that acted to preserve the unique religious make-up of the border state, which has lain at the heart of India's conflict with neighbouring Pakistan since partition in 1947.

On Wednesday two suspected rebels were killed during a gunfight that erupted shortly after scores of counter-insurgency police and soldiers launched an operation based on a tip about the presence of rebels on the outskirts of Srinagar, police said.

Oct 29 05:39

Joe Biden not good for India as he could be soft on China, says Donald Trump Jr

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is not good for India as he could be soft on China, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son said at an event to celebrate the “success” of his book that talks about graft allegations against the Bidens.

Forty-two-year-old Donald Trump Jr is leading the re-election campaign of his 74-year-old father. The presidential elections in the U.S. are slated to be held on November 3.

“We have to understand the threat of China and no one knows that probably better than Indian-Americans,” Trump Jr, told a select group of supporters from the community at the event in Long Island, New York.

Oct 29 05:10

Indo-US Defence Pact Potentially Gives Washington Control Over Delhi's Military Ops, Analysts Say

India and the United States have signed a key defence pact, which would give New Delhi access to real-time US geospatial data that would enhance the accuracy of automated systems and weapons like missiles and armed drones. The US has also said it would “stand with the people of India to confront threats to their sovereignty and to their liberty.”

Defence and security experts say India’s proximity to the United States could have an impact on the geopolitics of Asia, especially India’s long-term strategic partner Russia, while some others believe it could make China uncompromising on the contentious border dispute with India.

“This will have a very deep impact on the regional geopolitics. It is not Russia alone; Pakistan, China and our entire neighbourhood. This is a huge thing that happened on Tuesday. Let’s not undervalue the importance of this agreement,” says Pravin Sawhney, Editor of FORCE, a magazine which covers defence and security issues.

Oct 28 09:53

Does poor hygiene lead to better immunity against Covid-19? CSIR study answers

New Delhi
October 28, 2020 UPDATED: October 28, 2020 15:12 IST
Does low hygiene lead to better immunity against Covid-19?

A pre-print paper by the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has reiterated what US President Donald Trump has said about India and its hygiene standards.

The study by CSIR shows evidence to suggest that the country's less than desirable hygiene levels have helped Indians fight Covid-19 better than other nations.

The study published in Medrxiv postulates that exposure to pathogens early in life protects people from allergic diseases later in their lives - the theory has been derived from "hygiene hypothesis".

The study wished to explore if epidemiological data support the correlation between autoimmune diseases' prevalence, sanitation parameters and how much of the variation in death per million due to Covid-19 is explained by the same.

Oct 28 07:36

India will get access to U.S. satellite data that can make military missiles more precise Published Tue, Oct 27 202010:29 PM EDT

The United States and India reaffirmed their defense and security partnership on Tuesday and signed an agreement allowing New Delhi to access U.S. satellite data crucial for targeting missiles and other military assets.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh announced the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) in New Delhi between the two countries.

The U.S.-India partnership is more important than ever for regional security and stability, according to Esper. “We stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific for all, particularly in light of increasing aggression and destabilizing activities by China,” he said in remarks shared by the State Department.

Oct 26 06:13

Pakistan PM Imran Khan Orders France’s Macron to Stop ‘Hurting’ Muslim Feelings

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan added his voice Sunday to the growing Muslim chorus condemning France’s President Emmanuel Macron for criticizing Islam and “hurting the feelings” of its “peaceful followers.”

“Hallmark of a leader is he unites human beings, as Mandela did, rather than dividing them. This is a time when President Macron could have put healing touch and denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation and marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalization,” he said, as reported by the Islamic Republic News Agency.

Khan claimed it is unfortunate Macron “encouraged Islamophobia” by attacking Islam for the actions of a few from the religion of peace and co-prosperity.

“Sadly, President Macron has chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims, including his own citizens through encouraging the display of blasphemous cartoons targeting Islam and our Prophet PBUH,” said PM Imran.

Oct 26 05:55

Pakistan's PM takes aim at Macron; asks Facebook to ban Islamophobic content

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called on Facebook to ban Islamophobic content on its platform, warning of a spike in radicalisation amongst Muslims, hours after he hit out at the French president for “attacking Islam”.

Pakistan summoned the French ambassador in Islamabad as anger spread on Monday over President Emmanuel Macron’s reaction to the murder last week of a French teacher by an Islamist.

Khan, in an open letter posted on Twitter on Sunday, said “growing Islamophobia” was encouraging extremism and violence worldwide, especially through social media platforms such as Facebook.

Oct 25 06:05

Pakistan to remain on global terror financing ‘grey’ list

Pakistan will remain on a terrorism financing watch list until it completely implements a set of preventive guidelines, a global watchdog said, urging Islamabad to improve financial controls.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body, praised Pakistan for progress on 21 of 27 recommendations but said the rest must also be implemented.

Oct 20 06:08

Indian Army Captures Chinese Soldier Who 'Strayed' Across Ladakh Border

A Chinese PLA soldier has been apprehended by the Indian Army in the western Himalayan border region of Ladakh on Monday, where both sides have been locked in a fierce border dispute which over the summer broke into hand-to-hand clashes that left at least 20 Indian troops killed.

While the Chinese side has kept quiet about it, Indian military officials say the lone Chinese soldier appears to have strayed across the contested border line where thousands on each side have been based amid a military build-up. Indian media is so far widely reporting the soldier is expected to be returned based on official statements.

Oct 19 07:06

CRPF Personnel, Civilian Injured In Grenade Attack By Militants In J&K's Pulwama

An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the CRPF and a civilian were injured in a grenade explosion in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Sunday, police said.

Militants hurled the grenade at security forces near the Tral Sumo stand in the south Kashmir district, a police official said.

He said the explosion caused minor injuries to ASI Asim Ali of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a civilian, Mehraj-ud-Din Sheikh.

Both the injured men were rushed to a nearby hospital for the treatment of their injuries, the official said.

The police have lodged a case and a probe is in progress, he added.

Oct 19 06:06

Why opposition protests are a turning point in Pakistani politics

The Friday rally openly targeted the military, with former PM Sharif accusing incumbent army chief Bajwa of interfering in politics. Such direct criticism against the powerful generals was unthinkable a few years ago.

Oct 17 08:28

Afghanistan-Bound Convoy Attacked In Northwest Pakistan, NATO Armored Vehicles Torched

Pakistani officials say several armed men have attacked a convoy transporting four armored vehicles for the NATO forces in Afghanistan and set them alight.

The October 16 attack happened on the outskirts of the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, police official Zaheer Afridi told RFE/RL.

Afridi said the attackers opened fire at the convoy to stop it, ordered the drivers to step away, and doused gasoline on the military vehicles.

The four armored vehicles were destroyed while the two trailers on which they were transported were also damaged, he added.

The fire was later put out by firefighters.

Oct 14 05:51

India Opens New Bridges Near China Border, Heightening Tensions

India opened dozens of new bridges -- many of them providing all-weather access along its disputed border with China -- in a move that could provoke a fresh round of tensions.

Oct 12 07:12

Test Launch of India’s Subsonic 'Nirbhay' Cruise Missile Aborted in Eight Minutes: Here’s Why

India has been fast-tracking development and deployment of modern weapons amid the ongoing border tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. A total of 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a brutal face-off with Chinese soldiers in mid-June.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test fired the “Nirbhay” missile at 10:30 AM (IST) into the Bay of Bengal on Monday from a test facility in the Indian state of Odisha. However, just eight minutes later, the trial was aborted.

This is the fourth time since 2013 that a trial launch of Nirbhay cruise missile has been stopped mid-way.

Oct 11 14:25

Why are FPIs (Foreign Portfolio Investors) betting on India and China?

In fact, they have preferred Indian and Chinese equity during the pandemic, even as they withdrew from many other emerging markets.

The destiny of Indian and Chinese stock markets had been closely entwined in the first decade of the millennium as foreign investors turned gung-ho about the two economies that were growing at a scorching pace.

The OECD projections for 2021 however show that while the recovery in most nations is expected to be tepid, under 5 per cent, India and China are expected to outperform. While China is projected to grow 8 per cent, India is expected to grow faster — at 10.7 per cent — in 2021. This is far above the projected growth of 5 per cent for the world and 5.7 per cent for G-20 nations. It is quite possible that the speedier recovery in China and India is attracting foreign investors.

Oct 10 11:42

After Moscow meeting, China and India agree to disengage troops on contested border

China and India said they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore “peace and tranquillity” following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow.

Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on Thursday and reached a five-point consensus, including agreements the current border situation is not in their interests and that troops from both sides should quickly disengage and ease tensions, the two countries said in a joint statement.

The consensus, struck on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting, came after a clash in the border area in the western Himalayas earlier this week.

Oct 08 06:40

How rivals Turkey, Israel and Pakistan ended up siding with Azerbaijan

Having clashed once again over decades-old claims in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan are on the brink of war.

The South Caucasus region had previously experienced flare-ups of violence in 2014 and 2016, with the last having been in July this year.

Various countries are embroiled in the latest escalation, with Russia, Iran and India more inclined towards Armenia, while Turkey, Israel and Pakistan are siding with Azerbaijan.

Announcing support for Baku as soon as hostilities broke out, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to continue the struggle until the end of the Karabakh occupation, declaring that "Turkey stands with and will continue to stand with friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan with all our means and all our heart."

Oct 08 06:09

US Pushes Afghanistan to Make Side Deal With Pakistan

US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad spoke at a forum on Wednesday, calling on the Afghan government to attempt to make a side deal with Pakistan on the Taliban war, saying he believes such a deal would be important to an internal peace in Afghanistan.

The Afghan government has long had a big problem with the Pakistani government, and the US regularly blamed Pakistan for times that the Afghan War went poorly, which was most of the past 19 years.

Khalilzad, however, credited the Pakistani government and military leadership, saying they’d been “helpful” in recent Afghan diplomacy. Indeed so, as Pakistan has facilitated Taliban negotiators time and again, including lead negotiator Mullah Baradar, who was held at US behest by Pakistani forces, and released to participate in talks.

Oct 05 05:50

Secret burials in Kashmir

The killing of top pro-independence commander Burhan Wani in 2016 shook the entire administration in Indian-administered Kashmir, after tens of thousands of people participated in his last burial rites.

This killing reignited the sentiments of independence among people of Kashmir and mobilized many youths. Following his killing, Muslim-majority Kashmir observed a protest shutdown for 6 consecutive months.

Later, the massive participation of the general public in the funerals of pro-independence fighters became a norm in Muslim-majority Kashmir. And these large funerals for fighters became a matter of concern for authorities in Kashmir.

Oct 04 10:21

India Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Hypersonic Missile As Border Tensions Rise 

For decades, India has feared a multi-front war with China and Pakistan. By modernizing its military, along with investments in nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles, New Delhi could be on a pathway to deter or manage conflict with either one of its nuclear-armed neighbors.

In what appears to be the second hypersonic missile test in weeks, India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable hypersonic missile dubbed “Shaurya,” defense sources told Hindustan Times.

Oct 01 06:10

Tensions Escalate as 2 Indian Soldiers Killed, 4 Wounded in Cross-Border Fire by Pakistan in Kashmir

The Indian Defence Ministry informed parliament that Pakistan has breached ceasefire agreements 3,428 times this year, leaving 10 security personnel dead and dozens injured. Countering the charges, the Pakistani Army accused India of committing 2,158 ceasefire violations that have resulted in the deaths of 17 civilians.

Two Indian soldiers were killed and four injured on Thursday when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Kashmir's Kupwara district, said the Indian Army.

Oct 01 05:05

A second woman is gang-raped and killed within a week in India after teenager's brutal murder shocked the country

A 22-year-old was raped on Tuesday and died while being taken to hospital
Two men were arrested on charges of gang-rape and murder, police say
Another woman, 19, from the Dalit community was raped and killed in the state
Her death at the hands of a high-caste group of men caused outrage in India

Sep 30 06:48

China accuses India of ‘illegal’ move to change Ladakh’s status as border stand-off continues

China on Tuesday described India’s designation of the region along their disputed border as a union territory an illegal move, and voiced new objections to infrastructure construction that seems to strengthen India’s position in the area.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin also said reports of new Chinese military bases and other facilities being built on its side were “totally untrue and have ulterior motives”.

Senior commanders agreed earlier this month not to add more troops along their fast-militarising disputed border in the mountainous Ladakh region, but appear to have made no progress in disengaging their forces from the ongoing stand-off despite previous commitments to do so.

Sep 28 05:53

The Weaponization of Human Rights

China’s Communist “Dictatorship” Lifts 700 Million Chinese Citizens Out Of Poverty: Yet India is Adored by Western Pundits, While China is Demonized and Sanctioned

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“The first human right is the right to life.” Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and State Counselor of the People’s Republic of China

Twelve years ago United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Jomo Kwame Sunderam presented the 2008 “Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific,” at a press briefing, disclosing, on page 124 the staggering fact that:

“With limited resources, farmers depend on borrowed money to purchase seeds and other inputs to farm their land. A drop in their farm income could lead to indebtedness. In India, for example, the distress in rural areas is reflected in the high number of suicides by farmers: 86,922 during 2001-2005 (Government of India, 2007).”

Sep 25 05:15

US President Donald Trump offers help on India-China border tensions — again

His new comments come on the heels of India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, calling the five-month-long stand-off at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China “unprecedented.”

Speaking at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Development Impact Summit, Jaishankar said the border tensions were only one part of a much bigger picture.

Sep 20 05:18

Britain, France, and Germany Spurn US Plan for Iran Sanctions

Trump Administration officials have been saying this for weeks, but on Friday reiterated their intentions to try to enforce a UN Security Council resolution that includes broad sanctions against Iran. Officials say they expect every nation to comply.

The glaring problem with this is that the resolution doesn’t exist, at least not as an active resolution the US wants. The P5+1 nuclear deal gave the US the authority to reimpose sanctions on Iran, but the US had withdrawn from that pact years ago. Though the Trump Administration argued that didn’t matter, the UN has virtually unanimously rejected their interpretation, and rejected the UN Security Council resolution. The US believes the resolution becomes active Sunday, but the reality is it just doesn’t exist legally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These actions spell desperation on the cusp of madness, and the world is not following suit; so, what is next here, an invasion of Iran?!?

Considering just how "brilliantly" the other US occupations around the world are going, you might imagine it might just be time for a "re-think" on this; but of course, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu will not allow that to happen; he wants the US waging war against Iran, so Israel will not have to.

Sep 17 10:55

Chinese and Indian Troops Exchanged Gunfire Last Week

Indian and Chinese border troops exchanged gunfire last week, Indian officials said on Wednesday. The incident occurred just days before the foreign ministers from both countries met in Moscow to discuss tensions over the vague Line of Actual Control, the disputed border in the western Himalayas.

There have been three incidents of gunfire, mostly warning shots, since late August with no reported casualties. Since the two countries have had a long-standing agreement not to use firearms in the area, these incidents marked the first time in 45 years that India and China exchanged shots at the border.

Military sources told The South China Morning Post that Chinese border troops increased their combat readiness to the second-highest level after last week’s gunfire. The alert was lowered after the foreign ministers from India and China met in Moscow last week and agreed to reduce tensions.

Sep 17 10:35

China & India In Major Himalayan Border Troop Build-Up Expected To "Extend To Winter"

After a summer of high level military to military talks appear to have unraveled — though they've prevented another major border breach like the June 15 brutal hand-to-hand combat clash which saw 20 Indian troops killed — multiple reports confirm a new build-up of thousands of Indian and Chinese troops on either side of the Ladakh region.

"Thousands of Indian and Chinese troops are still locked in an impasse across the mountain passes of the Himalayan region of Ladakh and the banks of the glacial lake Pangong Tso, with neither side backing down despite their foreign ministers having agreed five days ago to improve mutual trust and de-escalate tensions," South China Morning Post reported Tuesday.

And amid the blame game for the renewed mobilization of forces and the potential for more high altitude fighting, China's state-run Global Times says to expect Sino-Indian border tensions to likely "extend to winter".

Sep 17 10:33

Pakistani minister threatens India with nuclear attack in ‘the bloody last war’ and says only Muslims will survive

A PAKISTANI minister has threatened India with a nuclear attack in "the bloody last war" and says only Muslims will survive.

Sheikh Rashid made the threat of nuclear war, claiming that Pakistan has very precise weapons which are “small and perfect” and are able to target specific regions.

Sep 14 05:50

Pakistan: Anti-Shia protests shake Karachi as fears of sectarian violence grips country

Thousands of people flooded the streets of Karachi on Friday in a massive anti Shia demonstration which has sparked fears of sectarian violence in Pakistan. After the massive protests, the hashtag #ShiaGenocide began trending on Pakistani social media.

Sea of protestors were seen chanting Shias are Kaffir" (disbelievers) and holding banners of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, a terrorist organisation, linked to the killing of Shias over the years.

This comes after some major Shia leaders in the country allegedly made disparaging remarks against Islam in a televised broadcast of an Ashura procession last month, according to media reports.

Sep 10 03:51

Indian and Chinese troops man remote Himalayan outposts just hundreds of meters apart

Indian and Chinese troops were facing off on Wednesday, barely a few hundred meters apart, in a remote Himalayan region where shots were fired for the first time in decades, Indian officials said.

The nuclear-armed neighbors have accused each other of firing in the air during a fresh flare-up in the Ladakh region on Monday, violating long-standing protocols to avoid using firearms along their undemarcated borders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish I could say, with a straight face, that this issue will resolve itself without massive destruction; injury; or deaths. I cannot.

Unfortunately, each country has so much "face" invested in this no man's land border area, that neither feels that they can back down now, so as not to "lose face" in the region.

Sep 10 03:47

China-India border dispute: PLA bombers pictured close to troubled region

Images released by Central Theatre Command show at least three Xian H-6 bombers at base thought to be in Tibet.

Western Theatre Command says its troops took part in a live-fire air-defence exercise in a ‘northwestern desert’, believed to be in Xinjiang.

China appears to have deployed strategic bombers close to its border with India amid ongoing skirmishes between the two countries.
In photographs published on Tuesday on an official social media account of the People’s Liberation Army’s Central Theatre Command, at least three Xian H-6 bombers and a Xian Y-20 airlifter were shown at an airfield thought to be in the Tibet autonomous region.

The captions accompanying the images on Weibo – China’s Twitter-like platform – said ground crews had been stationed at a “high-altitude” base on a “plateau” – a description normally associated with Tibet.
They had been tasked with maintaining and refuelling the aircraft, the captions said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You generally don't put jet fighter pilots or soldiers on such a level of high alert, unless you mean to deploy them, and quickly.

Sep 09 07:10

Outrage in India after an 86-year-old woman is brutally raped and beaten by attacker, 33, as she begged him to stop and said she was 'like his grandmother'

The woman was waiting outside her Delhi home for the milkman on Monday
A man, 33, approached and told her he would take her to the shop for milk
But he instead took her to a nearby farm and brutally raped her in the field
He has been arrested and campaigners are calling for the death penalty

Sep 09 06:58

Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty is arrested following the suicide of her fellow Indian movie star boyfriend

Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty was arrested on Tuesday
She is accused of buying drugs for her former boyfriend, Sushant Singh Rajput
Rajput was found dead in his apartment, with police saying he took his own life

Sep 09 02:07

China, India Exchange Fire for First Time in 45 YearsBoth sides trade blame for latest clash

Tensions between China and India are reaching a multi-decade worst today, as troops on both sides exchanged fire along the disputed border at Kashmir. Both sides are blaming the other for provocations, and said they fired “warning shots.”

There was fighting along the border back in mid-June, with troops on both sides using metal bats to beat one another to death, and officials proudly assuring that there was no gunfire. Today’s gunfire is the first confirmed shots fired since 1975.

Both nations massed troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) back in June, and seemingly were waiting for an excuse to start fighting. Both sides are saying the other started this, with Chinese officials saying Indian troops “blatantly fired” on the border patrol, and India saying Chinese troops fired first to intimidate them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this could get nasty in a heartbeat, if sane international efforts are not made toward reducing the tensions here, and getting both sides back to the negotiating tables; both countries are nuclear-armed.

Sep 03 05:49

Indian special forces member killed in China border skirmish

A soldier of Tibetan origin with India's special forces has reportedly been killed in the latest border confrontation between India and China on their contested Himalayan border, fuelling concerns of a wider military confrontation between the two regional powers.

The death is the first reported from two incidents occurring within 48 hours on the border, two months after a battle that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.

India and China, which fought a border war in 1962, have each accused the other of trying to cross their unofficial frontier in the Ladakh region in an attempt to gain territory.

The Indian government has not commented on the reports of the death, but Namgyal Dolkar Lhagyari, a member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile, told AFP news agency on Tuesday that the Tibetan-origin soldier was "martyred during the clash" on Saturday night. She did not identify the soldier by name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless an Adult in the Room of geopolitics with some shred of professional integrity left, starts working the phones between Beijing and New Dehli, we have the potential for a military knock-down, drag-out between two nuclear armed countries.

Sep 01 10:42

Indian couple are forced to 'sell' their newborn to hospital because they could not afford medical bills

Shiv Charan and his wife Babita could not afford to pay for a caesarian section
They say the hospital 'bought' the child from them for 100,000 rupees (£1,000)
The hospital's manager claims the child was legitimately 'given up' for adoption

Aug 31 05:59

Fresh Clash Erupts Between Indian-Chinese Troops in Pangong Tso

India and China have been in a border stand-off along the 4,057 km Line of Actual Control since the last week of April. The violent face-off between the troops of the neighbouring countries in Pangong Tso on 15 June left 20 Indian army soldiers dead, resulting in a series of disengagement talks at the diplomatic and military level.

The Indian Army has revealed that fresh clashes erupted between the troops of China and India during the night, on 29-30 August, when the People's Liberation Army carried out "provocative military movements" in the eastern Ladakh region.

"On the night of 29/30 August, People's Liberation Army troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during an ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo," said Colonel Aman Anand, PRO, Army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PLEASE, will some "adult in the room" of geopolitics with some shred of professional credibility left, start working the phones between Beijing and New Dehli?!?

This cannot be allowed to escalate, and is one of the many flashpoints which could, conceivably, trigger World War III.

Aug 31 04:40

Police fire pellet guns on Kashmir Muharram procession: Witnesses

Government forces have fired shotgun pellets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of mainly Shia Muslims participating in a Muharram procession in Indian-administered Kashmir, injuring dozens, witnesses have said.

The violence came as the disputed Himalayan region - where nearly 97 percent of residents are Muslims - observed Ashoura on Saturday, the 10th day of the Muharram month in the Islamic lunar calendar.

Jafar Ali, a witness, told AFP news agency the procession started in the Bemina area on the outskirts of the main city of Srinagar and that government forces were present in heavy numbers.

Ali and other people who saw the clashes said security forces fired pellets and tear gas to break up the gathering. Police said mourners violated prohibitory orders that restrict all religious processions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people organising this religious demonstration decided to break the law, in order to make Indian authorities look bad and wrong; the Indian authorities are using any excuse to suppress other than Hindu worship, and the organisers had to know this. Neither can escape the responsibility for the injuries which happened here.

Aug 25 06:29

China Arms Pakistan With 'Advanced Warships' As Threats Of Nuclear War With India Escalate

When the Trump administration withheld billions of dollars in security aid to Pakistan in 2018, the logic then was that the Pakistani military would be forced to form greater ties with the US and surrounding allies to reclaim lost aid.

Fast forward today, the new reality, Pakistan abandoned the West and its allies for China.

Pakistan quickly bolstered ties with China via billions of dollars in Belt and Road projects over the last two years. China has also provided the Pakistani military with aircraft, weaponry, and other advanced hardware. The cooperation between both countries has taken another giant leap as China just delivered the first of four "most advanced" warships to the Pakistani Navy, a move that will clearly upset India and the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There was no "logic" to this decision to withhold aid; only immense stupidity and hubris, in not realizing that China would rush to fill the void with its own weapons; and in the immoral words of the American comedian Ron White: "You can't fix stupid!!"

Aug 25 06:17

Deaf and mute girl, 14, is gang-raped and murdered at her own school by attackers who battered her face with rocks in latest shocking sex attack in India

A 14-year-old, deaf and mute girl was gang-raped and murdered with bricks
Balbadda police have detained four people for questioning about the rape
Local government has called for the perpetrators to get the harshest punishment

Aug 20 06:18

PM Khan: Pakistan can’t recognize Israel until Palestine gets its rights, state

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says his country will never recognize Israel until the issue of Palestine is resolved days after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached a normalization deal with Israel.

In an interview with the private Dunya News television network on Tuesday, Khan said Islamabad will not follow suit in recognizing Israel, in a reference to Abu Dhabi, which has reached a highly controversial deal with Tel Aviv to establish full diplomatic ties.

“Our stance is very clear from day one and Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had said Pakistan can never accept Israel until the people of Palestine get rights and state,” Khan said.

The Pakistani prime minister further noted that recognition of Israel equals to abandoning Pakistan’s stance on the Muslim-majority Kashmir region.

Aug 20 04:37

Afghan Army Tells Personnel to Be Ready to Return Fire Against Pakistan

Constant tensions along the ill-defined Afghan-Pakistan border look to be coming to a head again, with the Afghan Army issuing a statement in which they instruct personnel to prepare for retaliatory fire against the Pakistani military in case they cross the border.

This comes after an overnight incident in Kandahar, in which Pakistani artillery fired across the border, killing nine civilians and wounding scores of others in a residential area. Details on this attack are still not entirely clear.

The incidents are not clear, but not unusual, as the Durand Line border tends to be contested by both sides, and cross-border fire happens, often without a solid explanation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would this continue to be happening, had the US not invaded Afghanistan all those years ago?!? I would suspect, most probably not.

Aug 18 10:42

UAE recognition of Israel: Whither the Arab and the Muslim world?

James Dorsey says parochial interests and rivalry between the Arabian peninsula's rulers lie behind the United Arab Emirates’ decision to recognise Israel and Saudi Arabia’s turning its back on Jammu and Kashmir.>>

Aug 13 05:47

Why India’s new ban on military imports will see it become a major manufacturer - and supplier - of weapons

India has long been one of the world’s biggest military spenders, investing $71.1 billion annually. But a new ban on some imports means it will now be building – and selling – more equipment of its own.

India’s Ministry of Defence has released a list of 101 items, including various military platforms, weapons and sensors, that will be progressively banned for import between 2020 and 2024, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to make the country self-reliant or ‘Atmanirbhar’.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated that this was a big step towards self-reliance in defence, highlighting that the aim of the ban was “to apprise the Indian defence industry of the anticipated requirements of the armed forces so that they are better prepared to realise the goal of indigenisation.”

Aug 08 07:50

India and China: Behind the Conflict: The two most populous countries in the world are battling over a border, but it’s really about energy and water.

Chinese and Indian forces have pulled back from their confrontation in the Himalayas, but the tensions that set off the deadly encounter this past June – the first on the China/India border since 1975 – are not going away. Indeed, a poisonous combination of local disputes, regional antagonisms, and colonial history could pose a serious danger to peace in South Asia.

In part, the problem is Britain’s colonial legacy. The “border” in dispute is an arbitrary line drawn across terrain that doesn’t lend itself to clear boundaries. The architect, Henry McMahon, drew it to maximize British control of a region that was in play during the nineteenth-century “Great Game” between England and Russia for control of Central Asia. Local concerns were irrelevant.

The treaty was signed between Tibet and Britain in 1914. Although India accepts the 550-mile McMahon Line as the border between Indian and China, the Chinese have never recognized the boundary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that some "Adults in the Room" of geopolitics can get tensions ratcheted down, before something truly even more ugly than what has happened this year, happens again, and from which there will be no backing down by either side.

And there is a companion story, also at antiwar.com, with the following headline:

The Standoff with Chine will be Long, warns a pulled Indian statement.

Aug 06 08:00

Pakistan’s Khan slams ‘oppressor’ India over Kashmir

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says India’s move last year to revoke Kashmir’s autonomous status was a “crime against humanity,” describing New Delhi as an “oppressor and aggressor.”

Khan said in a statement on Wednesday that New Delhi “stands exposed before the world, yet again, as an oppressor and aggressor.”

“Its so-called secular and democratic credentials stand fully discredited,” he added.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government announced in August last year that it was removing the Muslim majority region’s special status. India also announced the division of the state into two territories to be directly ruled from New Delhi.

Khan made the remarks as anti-India protests were planned across Pakistan to mark the first anniversary of New Delhi’s abolition of Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status.

Aug 06 07:59

Indian PM takes part in controversial Hindu ceremony at site of destroyed mosque

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken part in a controversial ceremony for the laying of the foundation of a Hindu temple at the site of a destroyed mosque.

The new temple, in Ayodhya in northern India, will be built on the ruins of the historic Babri Masjid, which was attacked and destroyed by a large group of Hindu zealots in 1992.

The destruction of the mosque triggered a wave of violence that left around 2,000 people dead across India.

The construction of the temple has been a long-standing promise of Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A court ruling in November last year cleared the way for the construction of the temple and marked a victory for the BJP.

Aug 06 07:58

Indian-Kashmir under curfew on first anniv. of special status abrogation

Horror scenes from the previous year revisits Kashmir after India imposed curfew on the first anniversary of the abrogation of Kashmir special status.

The two-day curfew came amid reports of looming protests in Kashmir where locals had called for the anniversary to be marked as a "black day".

Barbed wires stretched across roads, government forces announcing curfew and asking people to stay indoors and streets guarded are by more than usual paramilitaries. Officials say fearing protest against New Delhi’s last year’s decision on Kashmir such measures were taken to safeguard law and order.

Back in 2019 august 5, India imposed an overnight curfew in Indian controlled Kashmir, snapped all the means of communications and imposed a massive security crackdown on the people. Caught unaware people of the region were caged for months together after India unilaterally stripped Kashmir of its special status and bifurcated the region into two parts.

Aug 06 07:50

5 August 2019: The Kashmir Conflict and the Aksai Chin Border Clash, A Dark Day for India-China Relations

5 August marks a full year since India’s de-facto annexation of the UNSC-recognized disputed region of Jammu & Kashmir. As the author analyzed at the time, “India’s Doing Everything That Israel Wishes It Could Do, But Few Seems To Care“. Not only did India blatantly violate international law, but it would have gotten away with it scot-free had China not taken notice of this unprecedented threat along its western border and responded accordingly. The People’s Republic took the issue to the UNSC, and while it wasn’t successful in reaching a resolution demanding that New Delhi reverse its decision, Beijing nevertheless made its views known to the rest of the world that it regarded this move as completely unacceptable.

Aug 06 07:49

At least 30 injured in grenade attack in Pakistan at Kashmir rally

At least 30 people were injured in a grenade attack on a rally in Karachi on Wednesday, as Pakistan marked the first anniversary of India's revocation of Kashmir's semi-autonomy.

Aug 05 08:05

Pakistan unveils new map, claims all of Kashmir

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday unveiled a new map of the country which showed the entire disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir as its territory.

The move came a day ahead of the first anniversary of India's unilateral decision to scrap Kashmir's special status which guaranteed it partial autonomy.

The new map marks the Himalayan region as "Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir", unlike its former status as "disputed territory".

In an address to the nation, Khan said: "Today is a historic day for Pakistan as the Cabinet, opposition and Kashmiri leadership endorsed the new map."

"Kashmir will become part of Pakistan and this map is the first step toward it," Khan added.

Jul 31 06:52

China warns India against 'forced decoupling' of their economies

China warned on Thursday that a “forced decoupling” of its economy with India, following a Himalayan border clash last month that killed 20 Indian soldiers, would hurt both countries.

The Chinese ambassador said China was not a strategic threat to India and that the “general structure that we can’t live without each other remains unchanged”.

The statement came after New Delhi’s recent moves to ban or sideline Chinese business interests in one of the world’s biggest markets, even as the border remains tense with many more troops on the ground than usual.

Jul 31 06:42

Man shot dead for 'blasphemy' in Pakistan courtroom

A man accused of blasphemy for claiming that he was a prophet has been shot dead in a courtroom in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, police officials say, the latest violence associated with Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws.

Tahir Ahmad Naseem was shot six times during a hearing in his case at a district court on Wednesday, police official Ijaz Ahmed told Al Jazeera.

Jul 30 07:40

Lord Ram's images to be displayed in Times Square to celebrate 'bhoomi pujan' of Ram temple on August 5

Prominent community leader and President of the American India Public Affairs Committee Jagdish Sewhani on Wednesday said that arrangements are being made to celebrate the historic moment in New York on August 5, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Jul 27 08:13

The India-China Border Issue

Deep-Seated Racism and Happy-Smiley Hypocrites

In Delhi, people of the northeastern part of India, who have mongoloid features, are derogatorily called “chinky.”

It is not unusual for men in Delhi to stop their cars to proposition a random girl from the northeast for a sexual encounter, assuming her to be “loose.”

Indians’ ignorance about the geography of their own country, their irrationality, superstitions and bigotry have been fertile ground in these days of Covid-19. People from the northeast have faced massive problems based on the assumption that they are carriers of the virus. They have been refused services at shops and have been thrown out by landlords.

Jul 09 08:33

Pictures of toddler lying on the body of his dead grandfather spark outrage in India's Kashmir

A civilian was shot dead after an encounter between paramilitary police and militants in Indian-administered Kashmir. Pictures of the grandson sitting on the dead man's body sparked outrage in India's Kashmir.

Jul 08 08:27

US military to stand with India in conflict with China, says White House official

The US military "will continue to stand strong" in relation to a conflict between India and China or anywhere else, a top White House official said on Monday, after the US Navy deployed two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea to boost its presence in the region.

"The message is clear. We're not going to stand by and let China or anyone else take the reins in terms of being the most powerful, dominant force, whether it's in that region or over here," White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Fox News.

"And the message is clear. Our military might stands strong and will continue to stand strong, whether it's in relationship to a conflict between India and China or anywhere else," Meadows said in response to a question.

Jul 07 07:30

China Pulls Back From One Disputed Border, Makes New Claims on Another

China and India began pulling back troops from the site of a deadly border clash, as Beijing opened another front in the region’s territorial disputes with a new claim in nearby Bhutan.

Chinese and Indian troops both started to withdraw from some friction points in disputed areas along the two countries’ Himalayan border, Indian security officials said Monday, following talks between senior diplomats and military commanders to calm tensions.

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Jul 07 06:57

China & India pull troops away, set up ‘buffer zone’ in Himalayas weeks after bloody border clash – reports

China and India have moved their soldiers away from the site of a deadly June skirmish along the disputed border in the Himalayas, reports say. The news comes a day after senior officials agreed to expedite mutual disengagement.

Chinese soldiers have moved their tents and other structures away from the site of the bloody melee in the Galwan River valley that took place last month, Indian media reported, citing official sources. Indian troops are said to have pulled back as well, and a buffer zone was set up between the soldiers from both sides.

Indian military sources told AFP that that the disengagement of the Chinese troops began in accordance with the agreement reached during talks between high-ranking army officials from both countries.

Jul 01 06:29

India-Japan naval exercises: a message for China?

Joint exercises by the Indian and Japanese navies in the Indian Ocean at the weekend suggest the two countries are drawing closer to face what they perceive as a common threat from China, analysts say.

While joint military exercises involving the two countries are not uncommon, the latest activity comes amid tensions both are experiencing with Beijing.
Indian and Chinese troops remain locked in a face-off along the disputed Himalayan border where 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a recent clash with their Chinese counterparts, while Japan and China are locked in a war of words over a Japanese move to change the administrative status of the Senkaku Islands, which China claims and refers to as the Diaoyu Islands.

Jun 30 08:26

India Deploys 'Quick Reaction' Anti-Air Missiles To Border While China Warns Of "Prolonged Standoff"

The India-China row in the disputed Ladakh border region isn't over, despite military leaders on both sides last week announcing a cooling and deescalation after the June 15 Galwan Valley clash which left 20 Indian troops dead and an untold number of PLA casualties.

Both sides continue military build-up in the area, despite delegations planning to meet for a third time on Tuesday to attempt a diplomatic way forward and reestablish escalation avoidance mechanisms.

China reportedly has tank and heavy artillery units there, based on satellite images which grabbed headlines days ago, while by the weekend India reportedly deployed quick reaction surface-to-air missile defense systems known as the Akash anti-air system into the northern Himalayan region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I see such a surge toward war on this planet, that it is almost overwhelming to contemplate; to the readers of this blog, and the listeners to Mike's radio show, at the risk of sounding like Mrs. Chicken Little of Indiana, PLEASE, make sure you are prepared to keep yourselves and your families as safe as possible, during these very disturbing times.

Jun 30 08:06

Muslims in Kashmir fear demographic shift amid Indian ambitions

Social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in Kashmir are filled with angry posts from people who got their newly issued domicile resident certificates.

Many in the Muslim-majority Kashmir believe India has a larger scheme to change the demography of the region.

Up to 25,000 people have been granted domicile certificates in Indian-controlled Kashmir since May.

The certificate is equal to citizenship. It entitles a person to residency and jobs in the region, which until last year was only reserved for the local population.

In August 2019, India revoked the semi-autonomous status of the region. It also scrapped the local special citizenship law. Observers now believe this is the beginning of a new struggle for Kashmir.

Jun 30 06:38

Muslims in Kashmir fear demographic shift amid Indian ambitions

Social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in Kashmir are filled with angry posts from people who got their newly issued domicile resident certificates.

Many in the Muslim-majority Kashmir believe India has a larger scheme to change the demography of the region.

Up to 25,000 people have been granted domicile certificates in Indian-controlled Kashmir since May.

The certificate is equal to citizenship. It entitles a person to residency and jobs in the region, which until last year was only reserved for the local population.

In August 2019, India revoked the semi-autonomous status of the region. It also scrapped the local special citizenship law. Observers now believe this is the beginning of a new struggle for Kashmir.

Jun 29 09:28

China sent martial artists to India border before deadly clash: state media

China reinforced its troops near the Indian border with mountain climbers and martial arts fighters shortly before a deadly clash this month, state media reported.

Jun 29 06:47

Kashmir Muslims fear demographic shift as thousands get residency

Up to 25,000 people have been granted domicile certificates in Indian-administered Kashmir since May 18, raising fears of the beginning of demographic changes in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.

The certificate, a sort of citizenship right, entitles a person to residency and government jobs in the region, which till last year was reserved only for the local population.

Last year on August 5, when India revoked the semi-autonomous status of the region, it also scrapped the local special citizenship law, guaranteed under Article 35 (A) of the Indian constitution. The move has drawn parallel with the occupied West Bank.

On Friday, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden said, "India should take all necessary steps to restore the rights of all the people of Kashmir."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, the government of India wanted to create a huge demographic shift, this would be the way to do it.

Jun 25 08:58

India and China reach out to common friend Russia as deadly border conflict still raw

Days after India and China engaged in a bloody border confrontation, Russia, a common strategic partner to each, is this week playing host to the two sides. Can Moscow influence the outcome of their dispute?

The Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral foreign ministers’ virtual meeting yesterday, hosted by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, was the first time that India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had spoken face-to-face since the recent military confrontation – now in the process of disengaging – along the Line of Actual Control, the de facto India-China boundary.

Reportedly, Jaishankar and Wang had an angry phone exchange just days ago over the border clashes, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

Jun 25 08:42

China, India Open New Front of Escalation With Deployment of Heavy Vehicles, Troops in Depsang

New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian Army on Tuesday announced that it had reached a consensus with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) to disengage from the Galwan Valley and Pangong Tso. Army sources said that the disengagement process started on Wednesday evening.

China has moved thousands of troops, artillery units, and armoured vehicles to a new area of northern Ladakh. Confirming the Chinese deployment, government sources claimed that in addition to troops they have attack helicopters and armoured vehicles to counter any eventuality in the region.

The sources added that for the past two weeks, deployment by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has increased in the region, which is 21 km from an Indian Army post in Depsang and southeast of Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO). Daulat Beg Oldie is very close to the Karakoram Pass separating China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region from Ladakh.

Jun 24 09:54

China & India Agree To "Cooling" & Disengagement Along Contested Border

China has dismissed widespread Indian media claims that its side suffered 40 casualties during the June 15 night border clash which left 20 Indian soldiers dead as "fake news". It has further condemned New Delhi giving its troops "freedom of action" to respond with deadly fire if under attack by PLA troops.

But despite the soaring tensions which many feared could see war break out along the disputed Ladakh border region, the two nuclear armed neighbors have agreed to deescalation and disengagement at the border.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian confirmed at a news briefing on Tuesday that talks between the two sides' top regional commanders resulted in a positive breakthrough. They "agreed to take necessary measures to promote a cooling of the situation," Zhao said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed that this is going to work, and these countries will truly move back from the brink here.

Jun 24 06:21

India suffers record 16,000 new coronavirus cases as army is called in to manage new treatment centres with thousands of extra beds in New Delhi

India reported 15,968 new coronavirus cases Wednesday - a single-day record
The country also logged 465 new deaths - the second-highest total on record
Spike comes as states ease out of lockdown which was imposed in March
Army has been sent to capital New Delhi to run new 20,000-bed COVID ward

Jun 24 04:09

India, China Continue Military Build-Up in Contested Ladakh Despite Agreement to Disengage

New Delhi (Sputnik): India and China have been engaged in an unprecedented border face-off at the Line of Control in the Ladakh region over the last two months. Despite around a dozen high-level talks, the agreed upon disengagement is yet to take place at Pangong Tso and the Galwan Valley.

Despite a "mutual consensus" to de-escalate tensions on the Indo-China border, satellite images purportedly show the Chinese People’s Liberation Army allegedly continuing a military build-up in the Ladakh region, along with India increasing motor boat patrolling in Pangong Tso.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this potentially is about to get very ugly very quickly.

I hope that SOME "adult in the room of geopolitics" with a shred of integrity left, is working the phones between New Dehli and Beijing, in an attempt to get this de-escalated, and quickly.

Jun 24 03:58

Prime Minister Modi Can’t Put the Genie of Indian Jingoism Back in the Bottle

Jun 22 09:41

Videos of Intense Face-off Between Indian and Chinese Troops Go Viral Days After Deadly Clashes

New Delhi (Sputnik): Over the last few days, the two Asian giants - India and China - have been involved in diplomatic talks as the situation on the border is tense following the face-off between troops from the two countries on 15 June that left 20 Indian soldiers killed and many others injured. China hasn't confirmed any casualties so far.

Undated videos showing Indian soldiers engaged in a fierce stand-off with Chinese troops supposedly at a border area in Sikkim Sector are going viral on social media.

In one such video, a group of Indian soldiers can be seen jostling and pushing back Chinese troops. They can also be heard asking the People's Liberation Army to go back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Will somebody out there with a shred of geopolitical integrity left, please get this deescalated, and quickly; we do not have much time before someone does something stupidly irreparable, and we are off and running into WW3 before the world barely knows what hit it.

Jun 22 08:46

World holds breath as India shoots down drone over Kashmir - Pakistan plans response: INDIA has shot down a Pakistani drone over the contested territory of Jammu and Kashmir, military sources have confirmed.

India and Pakistan have already fought two wars since independence that were partially or completely over the sovereignty of the territory. The unmanned drone, which was reportedly carrying weaponry, was shot down by India’s Border Security Force (BSF) in Kathua district near the Pansar border outpost.

In a statement the BSF said: “Alert troops of BSF shot down a Pakistani Hexa copter drone carrying 01 M4 carbine machine (US Made), 02 filled magazines (60 Rds), 07 Chinese grenades.”

According to the Press Trust of India the drone was spotted by an Indian patrol at 12.40am BST.

It was allegedly then shot down 250 meters inside the Indian side of the border.

The BSF has launched an investigation to find out who the arms being carried by the drone were intended for.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the world is in the convulsive grasp of a frenzied war fever, which is escalating way out of control.

Pakistan and China are diplomatically, and militarily very close; the US, under President Obama, signed a military logistics agreement with India in 2016 U.S., India sign military logistics agreement

The article mentioning this states the following: " The United States and India signed an agreement on Monday governing the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defense ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China."

Pakistan is not mentioned; but if India and Pakistan go to war, and China is militarily supporting Pakistan, while the US is militarily supporting India, this means that we may well be looking at a proxy war against China, through supporting India against Pakistan.

DANG! We need some "adults in the room" of geopolitics to get these tensions ratcheted down, and quickly, before something irretrievably stupid happens here., with things already on a hair's trigger.

Jun 22 08:02

Indian Troops Given 'Fire At Will' Orders Against Chinese Troops If Threatened, Enraging Beijing

Beijing is enraged over current widespread Indian media reports that the Indian Army has been given orders to shoot or use "complete freedom of action" in hostile engagements with Chinese PLA forces along the disputed Ladakh border region.

The reports come following last week's major border incident with China that resulted in 20 Indian Army troops killed, and an undisclosed number of Chinese PLA casualties in the disputed Galwan Valley area of East Ladakh.

Chinese state-media Global Times editor Hu Xijin called out the reports, saying that if the new 'rules of engagement' are true, it's a serious violation of prior treaties implemented for deescalation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, this marks a serious escalation on India's behalf, and I would encourage its leadership to be taking the polar opposite tack vis-a-vis China, and right the heck now.

Jun 22 07:50

India Seeks Rapid Purchase Of 33 Russian Fighter Jets In Response To Chinese Border Fight

India is reportedly seeking to beef up military purchases from Russia following last week's major border incident with China that resulted in 20 Indian Army troops killed, and an undisclosed number of Chinese PLA casualties in the disputed Galwan Valley area of East Ladakh.

Indian government sources were cited in New Delhi-based ANI News Agency as saying "the Indian Air Force (IAF) has pushed a proposal to the government for acquiring 33 new fighter aircraft, including 21 MiG-29s and 12 Su-30MKIs from Russia."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Two nuclear-armed neighbors, at each others' throats, does not augur well for peace, either in the region, or in the world; I am hoping - and praying - that SOMEONE, hopefully, an "adult in the room" with some geopolitical integrity left (that sure as HELL leaves out President Trump), is working the phones intensely between New Dehli and Beijing, to ratchet the tensions down here, and encouraging the leadership of both countries to enact some confidence-building measures here.

Jun 20 05:24

China lays claim to the entire Galwan Valley on Himalayan border where Chinese and Indian troops fought deadly midnight brawl with spiked clubs and rocks

China has laid claim to the entire Galwan Valley on the Himalayan border at the center of Sino-Indian dispute
Satellite images appear to show China bringing in machinery and damming a river at the disputed border
Indian troops recently built a new 200ft bridge over the river on their side of the Line of Actual Control
India says 20 soldiers were killed when troops fought with clubs and fists at 14,000 feet in the Himalayas

Jun 19 08:21

China is accused of using bulldozers to redirect Himalayan river at centre of deadly border brawl with India as satellite images show China 'constructing roads and bringing in machinery'

The images appear to show China bringing in machinery and damming a river
One expert said China appeared to be building roads in the Himalayan valley
India says 20 soldiers were killed in Monday's clash near the disputed border
Soldiers fought with clubs and fists at 14,000 feet in the western Himalayas

Jun 19 07:00

China Conducts Military 'Show Of Force' Drills With Tanks Near Indian Border

Both China and India have signaled they are seeking to deescalate soaring tensions along the disputed and loosely demarcated Line of Actual Control (LAC) which separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory along Ladakh and the Chinese Tibet Autonomous Region.

This after on Monday night the deadliest border clash in a half-century erupted, after which the Indian Army confirmed 20 of its troops killed after being critically wounded followed by being “exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain.” Though the Chinese side has yet to give details of PLA casualties, Indian media has widely reported that over 40 "enemy" soldiers were killed.

Though political leaders on both sides have said they don't want to stoke tensions possibly leading to outbreak of war, Chinese state media CCTV announced military drills designed as a 'show of force'. RT Arabic subsequently republished video of the undated exercises near the Line of Actual Control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is absolutely a very clear demonstrations of actions being louder than words; I would like to continue to hope that SOMEONE, one of the "adults in the room" in world geopolitics, with some real credibility in morally tough conflict resolution, is going to step up to the plate, and will work the phones between Beijing and New Dehli, and convince leadership to start a meaningful show of de-escalation here.

Unfortunately, that definitely leaves out President Trump, who has succeeded in creating a ginormous moral vacuum in US foreign policy, courtesy of an absolute tsunami of bad decision making, on the part of himself, and his administration.

There is a companion piece, also in zerohedge.com this morning, with the following headline: More Details Are Emerging About The India-China Border Clash The article goes on to state:

"uthored by Christophe Barraud

More details are emerging about the violent clash on Monday night along a disputed border between India and China high in the Himalayas, which has led to renewed tensions between the two countries. The incident came despite India and China have started to pull back their forces along the border after talks between senior military officials, according to India’s Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane on June 13.

According to Bloomberg, “in near sub-zero temperatures in the thin air of 15,000 feet, Chinese and Indian soldiers attacked each other with stones, iron rods and bamboo poles wrapped in barbed wire laced with nails. It is not clear what started the clashes, but by the time they were finished 20 Indian soldiers were dead, along with an unknown number of Chinese casualties.” CNN also confirmed that “they fought with fists, stones, and nail-studded bamboo poles.”

Jun 18 10:00

India says its soldiers were mutilated after being beaten to death by Chinese troops in brutal Himalayan border battle - and reveals the nail-embedded sticks used in brawl

India has said its soldiers were mutilated after being beaten to death by Chinese troops and revealed the nail-studded clubs used at the disputed Himalayan border.

Twenty Indians were killed in the clash on Monday night, the first deadly conflict between the two nuclear-armed countries since 1975.

China said it suffered 43 casualties, but did not specify whether any of its men had been killed in the grisly hand-to-hand combat in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh.

Jun 17 06:21

Protesters burn Chinese flag & Xi effigy in Uttar Pradesh after border standoff leaves at least 20 Indian troops dead (PHOTOS)

A group of Indian demonstrators set fire to a Chinese flag and burned an effigy of Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The event, organized by a local NGO, comes after the first fatal clash between China and India since 1975.

In a series of photos, posted by ANI, a group of demonstrators is seen torching an effigy which has a printed image of Chinese President Xi Jinping pinned to its ‘head.’ Another photo shows a man setting fire to a Chinese flag. Some of the demonstrators can be seen playing drums while others hold signs.

The protest was reportedly organized by Vishal Bharat Sansthan, a local NGO based in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Jun 17 06:17

Indian PM Orders to Stock Up War Reserves, Deployment of Assets After Violent Face-Off With China

New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid simmering tensions along the Line of Actual Control, unprecedented border clashes erupted between India and China in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night. The face-off led to casualties and injuries on both the sides.

In a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last night, the nation's armed forces have been given additional power to stock up war reserves. A green light has also been given to the Indian Navy to deploy its assets in the Strait of Malacca region where it can counter Chinese warships. The Strait of Malacca is one of the world's major maritime choke-points and a primary shipping route for Chinese vessels.

Jun 16 05:55

Chinese Forces Kill 3 Indian Troops During First Deadly Border Clash In Nearly 50 Years

Following days of escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, Indian Army officials confirmed that three troops - an officer and two soldiers, to be more precise - had been gunned down by Chinese forces during a "violent faceoff" in Galwan Valley in the Ladakh region, which rests along the country's border with China on Monday night.

A statement from the Indian Army says both sides were meeting to diffuse tensions building up on the border in the last several weeks. Other reports indicate the soldiers weren't shot but had been killed during a rock-throwing melee reminiscent of another border incident back in May, where both sides reported injuries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Will a couple of "adults in the room" with some geopolitical integrity left, please start working the phones between New Dehli and Beijing, and get the leadership of these two countries to "cool it"?!?

Two nuclear armed neighbors on the cusp of war is double-plus ungood for the whole world-right now, and China has a defense/trade pact with Pakistan China's Belt and Road plan in Pakistan takes a Distinctly Military Turnwhich could mean if things here go "mammary glands vertical", we have China and Pakistan fighting against India, which is under treaty with the US *(from the Obama Administration) to have access to 99% of US defense technology. India will have access to 99% US defense technology, says Obama Official

This is utterly NOT headed in a good direction, and unfortunately, this Administration has completely bungled its relations with almost every country in the world, save Israel.

Jun 08 07:42

India and China Agree to Resolve Border Standoff

India and China agreed to resolve a current border standoff peacefully in line with various bilateral agreements and will keep each other engaged as talks remains deadlocked.

“The two sides will continue military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation and to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas,” India’s ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is hopeful.

And whichever world leaders who have been working the phones behind the scenes to encourage a racheting down of tensions... THANK YOU!!!

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