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Jan 26 07:05

Watch New Delhi Protesters Beat Up Law Enforcement Outside Police Station

Earlier on Tuesday, police barricaded New Delhi against the protesters, who went on to knock them down at the Singhu border that divides New Delhi and the surrounding state of Haryana.

Farmers, who entered New Delhi earlier today despite police barricades, can be seen beating up law enforcement officers with sticks just 50-100 metres away from a police station.

A corresponding video has been published on Twitter.

Jan 26 06:51

Indian farmers ride caravan of tractors into capital ahead of Republic Day

Caravans of tractors clogged a key highway in northern India on Monday as tens of thousands of farmers protesting against agriculture reforms streamed into the capital ahead of Republic Day, and police said they were prepared to deal with the crowds.

India marks its founding as a republic on Tuesday with a military parade in the historic city centre, but the farmers, who are demanding a rollback of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s deregulation effort, plan their own peaceful show of strength.

Delhi’s police said protesters have been told to use three main routes for the tractor procession, which had been agreed upon after six days of discussion with farmer leaders.

Jan 25 08:57

"He Has Sold Us Out" - Mobs Of Farmers Swarm New Delhi Protesting Modi's New Ag Reforms

An angry mob of farmers, some on tractors and others marching in rank and file, are expected to enter India's capital of New Delhi to protest unfair farming legislation passed several months ago.

New Delhi Police will allow more than 12,000 farmers on tractors to enter the capital city this week to demonstrate, a senior official told Reuters.

Farmers have been outraged with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's farming law passed late last year. Many mom and pop farmers allege the law favors big corporations.

In late September, crowds of farmers were spotted across multiple cities, protesting ahead of the signing of farm legislation by the Modi administration that would end the government's programs to keep commodity prices at fixed levels, therefore allowing free markets to dictate prices.

Jan 25 07:04

India, China soldiers brawl again along disputed frontier

Indian and Chinese soldiers brawled last week along the countries’ disputed border, Indian officials said Monday, as a monthslong standoff between the nuclear-armed rivals continued.

The clash in the Naku La area of Sikkim came four days before the countries held a ninth round of talks on Sunday on ending tensions in another disputed border area in the remote Ladakh region.

The Indian army described the clash at Naku La as “a minor face off” and said it “was resolved by local commanders as per established protocols.”

An army statement did not provide any other details, but asked media “to refrain from overplaying or exaggerating” the incident.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said he did not have information to provide on the incident but urged India “not to take any unilateral action that may further complicate or exacerbate the border tension.”

Jan 23 08:22

Farmers’ Protests Reflect Existential Crisis of Indian Agriculture

Given that India is still an agrarian-based society, renowned journalist P Sainath says what is taking place can be described as a crisis of civilisation proportions and can be explained in just five words: hijack of agriculture by corporations. He notes the process by which it is being done in five words too: predatory commercialisation of the countryside. And another five words to describe the outcome: biggest displacement in our history.

In late November 2018, a charter was released by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (an umbrella group of around 250 farmers’ organisations) to coincide with the massive, well-publicised farmers’ march that was then taking place in Delhi.

Jan 22 07:21

North India Incurring $410 Mln in Daily Losses Due to Farmers' Protests, Says Industry Body

Thousands of farmers, mainly from India's agricultural states of Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri, and Ghaziabad borders for over two months against three farm laws passed by the Narendra Modi government last September.

North India is currently incurring l410 million per day in losses, "from the value chain and transport disruption because of the farmers' protests," the country’s key industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) told Sputnik.

According to Deepak Sood, the Secretary-General of ASSOCHAM, the non-government trade association and advocacy group, the ongoing farmer protest has “severely affected the inter-connected economies of the region of north-Indian states like Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh".

Jan 21 11:24

Militants target non-Kashmiris amid tensions over land laws

It seemed like any other cold December evening at the sleepy market of Sarai Bala in Jammu and Kashmir's capital, Srinagar, when Satpal Nischal was killed by militants. Most of the shopkeepers had returned home and the crowds were beginning to thin out.

A young man then suddenly burst into a jewelry shop and brandished a handgun, aiming at Nischal. "I was horrified," said Aijaz Ahmad, who has run a jewelry shop right across from Nischal's store for 20 years. "It's always been peaceful here until the shooting, the gunman shot and ran off. We all hid behind our desks," Ahmad said.

"We don't know why it happened. We don't have animosity with anyone. No one ever harassed us here in 50 years, not even militants," Nischal's son Rakesh told DW. "His death has left deep emotional scars. I felt rage and anger, and so many emotions that I did not know what to do," he added.

Nischal, a 70-year-old goldsmith from the Indian state of Punjab, had lived in Kashmir for almost 50 years.

Jan 21 06:34

Massive Fire Breaks Out at Serum Institute of India, AstraZeneca's Covishield Producer

The Indian biotechnology and pharmaceuticals company, founded in 1966, is considered to be the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world.

A massive fire erupted at the Serum Institute of India in Pune, Maharashtra on Thursday. The blaze broke out at the Terminal 1 gate, according to preliminary information. The causes of the incident are currently unclear. The emergency services arrived at the site to put out the fire.

Jan 19 09:01

Tandav: Amazon drama apologises for Hindu offence

The cast and crew of Amazon Prime show Tandav have apologised after the political drama was accused of being insensitive to Hindus.

Some Hindu politicians called for the show to be removed and complaints have been filed to the police.

One member of the ruling BJP party claimed it was "deliberately mocking Hindu gods".

The show stars Bollywood A-lister Saif Ali Khan and is loosely based on hit show House of Cards.

One of the criticised scenes shows a university play in which Hindu god Shiva talks about "azadi" (freedom), which is a controversial term in India.

"Tandav is a work of fiction and any resemblance to acts and persons and events is purely coincidental," the show's director, Ali Abbas Zafar, wrote in a statement posted on Instagram and Twitter on Monday.

"The cast and crew of Tandav... unconditionally apologise if it has unintentionally hurt anybody's sentiments," he added.

Jan 15 06:12

WhatsApp's changes to personal data violate users' privacy and pose a threat to national security, according to a court filing in India, the app's biggest market

After widespread backlash from users and privacy activists alike, a petition has been filed in India against WhatsApp's new privacy policy.

The petition, filed in the Delhi High Court, calls on the Indian government to ensure WhatsApp does not share user data with third parties, Bar & Bench report.

WhatsApp informed users on Wednesday that it was updating its terms of service and privacy policies from February 8, 2021.

The messaging platform announced it would start sharing some personal data, including phone numbers and locations, with its parent company, Facebook.

If users don't agree to new terms of service, they will lose access to the app.

A WhatsApp spokesperson told Ars Technica the change was to allow businesses to store WhatsApp chats using Facebook's broader infrastructure. The company says the changes do not impact users in the UK or the EU, and do not affect the privacy of conversations with friends and family.

Jan 11 08:34

"Don't Panic": Entire Nation Of Pakistan Loses Power In Massive Blackout

Top government officials in Pakistan are urging calm after the entire country was plunged into darkness on Saturday night due to a breakdown in the national power grid.

"A countrywide blackout has been caused by a sudden plunge in the frequency in the power transmission system," Pakistan's Power Minister Omar Ayub Khan announced, according to Reuters.

The blackout is nearly unprecedented as it has impacted over 200 million people across every city, town and village. The last power grid shutdown approaching this size hasn't been seen since 2015.

Jan 06 07:50

Has a ‘fifth generation war’ started between India and Pakistan?

Earlier this month, the Brussels-based organisation EU DisinfoLab published an investigative report titled Indian Chronicles, which revealed a staggering network of misinformation and propaganda against Pakistan.

The report exposed an operation that took place over 15 years in 116 countries, featuring more than 500 fake media outlets and a dozen fake NGOs. This network endeavoured to push a pro-India and anti-Pakistan narrative in the European Union and the United Nations.

Jan 06 07:22

Centre shuts health mission gate on Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Centre has shut the gate on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a critical national health mission, and possible conflict of interest issues arising from the foundation’s “ties” with pharmaceutical companies is one of the reasons.

All financial ties of the country’s apex immunisation advisory body, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), with the Gates Foundation have been cut off.

Jan 03 06:57

India Just Had the Biggest Protest in World History

In late November, what may have been the single largest protest in human history took place in India, as tens of thousands of farmers marched to the capital to protest proposed new legislation and upward of 250 million people around the subcontinent participated in a 24-hour general strike in solidarity. This massive people’s movement has gained attention worldwide and, moreover, forced the government to come meet the protesters where they are instead of just cracking down and brutalizing them, a first in the six years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rule.

Dec 31 07:49

Tensions Between China and India May Soon Rise as Trump Approves Historic Tibet Act

US President Donald Trump signed into law on Sunday the historic Tibet bill. US Congress had passed this bill on December 21. The Tibetan Policy and Support Act (TPSA), which supports Tibet in key areas, even includes possible sanctions against Chinese authorities should they try to appoint the next Dalai Lama themselves and calls for building an international coalition to ensure such appointment is only carried out by the Tibetan Buddhist community. The bill has bipartisan support and demands Beijing allow Washington to set up a consulate in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Finally, it has safety provisions regarding the Tibetan environment calling for greater international cooperation to monitor this issue besides providing funds.

Dec 31 07:36

India, China reach no ‘meaningful result’ from talks over border conflict

ndia says no “meaningful” solution has been reached with China to a standoff over a section of their Himalayan border, despite several rounds of diplomatic and military talks that were held to de-escalate the border tensions between the nuclear armed neighbors.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that there had been “no meaningful result” from the several rounds of talks, which aimed to de-escalate tensions that prompted both sides to ramp up their military presence across the border.

The two sides moved troops, weapons, and supplies to the high-altitude desert region after a deadly clash at the Line of Actual Control killed 20 Indian soldiers back in June.

Dec 29 07:13

HOW $15M DEMOCRACY PROGRAMS FOR PAKISTAN BECAME PART OF US COVID RELIEF BILL

So how did lawmakers read 560 pages an hour before voting on the bill? The answer is simple: they didn’t. In fact, there was a great deal of confusion—in both media and Congress—on what precisely lawmakers were voting on, reported Jon Miltimore for the Foundation for Economic Education.

“No member can honestly say they know exactly what they voted for this evening,” said Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who voted against the legislation. “That is reason alone to vote no.”

Dec 28 18:49

[Video] 200,000 people camping for 30 days!!. NO Masks, No social distancing. NO Corona

A Huge human experiment is happening in India, right NOW... 200,000 farmers have been camping for last 30 days, protesting against a new law. While the politics on the new law is divided, it's interesting, that they are living normally.. eating and cooking without gloves. They have refused to wear masks and perfectly healthy. Blowing away the official Corona propaganda and main stream media narrative.

Dec 28 07:17

Pakistan rejects Modi’s claims about ‘democracy’ in Kashmir

Pakistan on Saturday rejected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s preposterous and fallacious claims about ‘democracy’ in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), following the so-called election of District Development Council.

“The RSS-BJP brand of ‘democracy’ only means the muzzling of the Kashmiri voice and will, under the bayonets of Indian army guns. The ‘new chapter’ that the RSS-BJP regime is writing in IIOJK is one marked by brutal military siege since 5 August 2019, egregious violations of human rights in the occupied territory, and untold sufferings for the Kashmiri people,” foreign office spokesperson said in a press release.

According to spokesperson the false Indian narratives could neither deceive the Kashmiri people nor mislead the international community. “Nor can they divert attention from the core issue of the Kashmiris’ inalienable right to self-determination,” it was added.

Dec 22 08:07

Pakistan warns India against ‘false flag’ attacks in Kashmir

Pakistan’s military was on high alert in Kashmir on Monday as its prime minister warned India against carrying out any “false flag” operations in the disputed region after a U.N. vehicle in the Pakistan-held part came under attack.

Pakistan blamed Friday’s attack on India, implying it was aimed at embarrassing Islamabad and harming relations with the international community. India has denied the allegations. The two U.N. observers in the vehicle escaped unharmed.

“I am making absolutely clear to the (international) community that if India was to be reckless enough to conduct a false flag operation against Pakistan, it would confront a strong national Pakistani resolve & be given a befitting response at all levels of the threat. Make no mistake,” Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted Sunday.

Dec 19 11:08

India will supply coronavirus vaccines to the world — will its people benefit?

As scientists edge closer to creating a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, Indian pharmaceutical companies are front and centre in the race to supply the world with an effective product. But researchers worry that, even with India’s experience as a vaccine manufacturer, its companies will struggle to produce enough doses sufficiently fast to bring its own huge outbreak under control. On top of that, it will be an immense logistical challenge to distribute the doses to people in rural and remote regions.

Indian drug companies are major manufacturers of vaccines distributed worldwide, particularly those for low-income countries, supplying more than 60% of vaccines supplied to the developing world. Because of this, they are likely to gain early access to any COVID-19 vaccine that works, says Sahil Deo, co-founder of India’s CPC Analytics in Pune, which is studying vaccine distribution in the country.

Dec 16 06:34

2 Pakistani troops killed at Kashmir border: Military

Two Pakistani army soldiers were killed in a clash with Indian border troops along the Kashmir border, the military said on Tuesday.

The latest in a slew of border skirmishes, the fresh clash took place along the Line of Control (LoC) -- a de facto border that splits the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir between the two nuclear neighbors.

"Indian troops initiated cease-fire violation in Bagsar Sector along LOC. During intense exchange of fire, two soldiers, Naik Shahjahan, age 35 years and Sepoy Hameed, age 21 years, while fighting valiantly embraced shahadat (martyrdom)," said a statement from the Pakistan Army.

Pakistani troops responded befittingly, causing "heavy losses to Indian troops in men and material," it added.

Dec 15 05:47

Indian hospital warns of rare & potentially DEADLY FUNGUS in some recovered Covid-19 patients

Doctors at New Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital have reported that more than a dozen recovered Covid-19 patients have been afflicted with a serious fungal infection that has already claimed five lives.

The mucormycosis fungus, which usually takes 15-30 days to spread, was registered growing in former coronavirus patients within just 2-3 days, the doctors warned.

The fungus can lead to various gruesome outcomes, depending on where it might spread in the body. In some cases, the infection could necessitate the removal of the nose and jawbone and can also cause permanent loss of eyesight. The mortality rate for patients in which the fungus spreads to the brain is a startling 50 percent.

Dec 14 07:39

23 injured by roadside bomb blast in Rawalpindi, Pakistan: police

A roadside bomb exploded near a police station in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi on Sunday, wounding at least 23 people, police said.

Initially police said a hand grenade was thrown near a water filtration plant across the road from the police station, but a senior Rawalpindi police officer Ahsan Younas later confirmed the blast was from a device planted on the side of the road.

Police said three of the casualties received deep wounds, while others were given medical care and discharged from the hospital.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Dec 14 03:48

Facebook reportedly hasn't banned a violent religious extremist group in India because it fears for its business prospects and staff's safety

  • Facebook's safety team determined earlier this year that Bajrang Dal, a religious extremist group in India, was likely a "dangerous organization" that should be banned from the platform under its rules, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
  • But, The Journal reported, Facebook became concerned about banning the group after its security team warned that doing so could lead to attacks against Facebook's staff.
  • Facebook's inconsistency in enforcing its rules in India has also been motivated by fears that backlash from India's nationalist ruling party could hurt business, The Wall Street Journal previously reported.
  • The social media company has increasingly come under fire over its struggle to effectively and consistently police its platform — especially outside of the US, where users have leveraged its platform to facilitate ethnic violence, undermine democratic processes, and crack down on free speech.
Dec 13 21:04

COVID-19 runs unchecked in Pakistan's overcrowded prisons

ISLAMABAD -- A human rights report released Monday harshly criticized Pakistan’s response to the coronavirus threat faced by tens of thousands of inmates stuck in overcrowded and often unsanitary prisons.

Instead of following through on promises to ease prison overcrowding made when the pandemic first hit, Pakistan's government has actually increased its inmate population by over 6,000 between April and August, from 73,242 to 79,603. Some of the few who were freed were later rearrested.

The joint report by London-based Amnesty International and Justice Project Pakistan said inmates face a growing risk of infection, and called for renewed efforts to free certain prisoners, particularly the elderly, women and “prisoners of conscience.

Dec 13 06:42

iPhone manufacturer promised ‘protection’ by govt after angry workers TRASHED factory in India over salary dispute (VIDEOS)

Indian officials promised to restore order and conduct a “fair” investigation after a labor riot broke out at an Apple product plant not far from Bangalore.

Police have been ordered to provide “necessary protection” for Taiwan-based gadget manufacturer Wistron, whose assembly plant was hit by a riot on Saturday morning, Karnataka State Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar said. He condemned the violence as “unfortunate and unacceptable” and promised “a full and fair investigation” into the incident.

At the same time, state officials said they were committed to protecting workers’ rights, but stressed that labor disputes must be resolved through legal means.

Dec 08 09:04

Mystery illness puts 450 in hospital in Indian state of Andhra Pradesh

One person has died and more than 450 have been admitted to hospital with a mystery illness in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Over the weekend hundreds of people in Eluru, a town in the southern state, collapsed and experienced seizures and nausea, and some reportedly foamed at the mouth.

A 45-year-old man admitted to hospital with the symptoms had a heart attack and died.

Dolla Joshi Roy, a district surveillance officer, said 455 people had been taken to hospital and 200 had since been discharged. On Monday the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jaganmohan Reddy, visited patients in hospital.

The mystery outbreak has increased the burden on the healthcare system in Andhra Pradesh, one of the states worst affected by coronavirus with over 800,000 cases.

Dec 08 07:32

Mt Everest grows by nearly a metre to new height

The world's highest mountain Mount Everest is 0.86m higher than had been previously officially calculated, Nepal and China have jointly announced.

Until now the countries differed over whether to add the snow cap on top. The new height is 8,848.86m (29,032 ft).

China's previous official measurement of 8,844.43m had put the mountain four metres lower than Nepal's.

Everest stands on the border between China and Nepal and mountaineers climb it from both sides.

Dec 08 07:12

Experts baffled by mystery illness in India

NEW DELHI -- Health officials and experts are still baffled by a mysterious illness that has left over 500 people hospitalized and one person dead in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The illness was first detected Saturday evening in Eluru, an ancient city famous for its hand-woven products. People started convulsing without any warning, said Geeta Prasadini, the director of public health.

Since then, symptoms ranging from nausea and anxiety to loss of consciousness have been reported in 546 patients admitted to hospitals. Many have recovered and returned home, while 148 are still being treated, said Dasari Nagarjuna, a government spokesperson.

Teams of experts have arrived at the city from India's top scientific institutes. Different theories have been suggested and are being tested. The most recent hypothesis is contamination of food by pesticides.

“But nobody knows," Prasadini admitted.

Dec 06 07:32

India police stop interfaith marriage citing ‘love jihad’ law

Indian police stopped an interfaith marriage in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday despite the consent of both families, saying they would have to seek permission of officials as part of a new anti-conversion law passed last week.

The wedding of Raina Gupta, 22, and Mohammad Asif, 24, was supposed to take place on Wednesday in the Para area of the state capital, Lucknow. The preparations were under way but before the ceremonies could begin, a police team intervened and stopped the wedding, following a complaint by a local Hindu right-wing leader, local media reported.

Dec 05 08:22

Turkey is preparing Syrian mercenaries to fight in Kashmir: report

Turkey, which has previously sent Syrian mercenaries to Libya and Azerbaijan, is preparing to send fighters to Kashmir to fight against India.

According to ANF News, which quoted local sources in northern Syria, Abu Emsha, the head of the Turkish-backed Suleyman Shah Brigades terrorist organization that is a part of the so-called Syrian National Army, informed his members five days ago that Ankara wanted to reinforce Kashmir.

The head of the terrorist groups, Abu Emsha, said that Turkish officers would later ask the commanders of other terrorist groups to list the names of those who want to go to Kashmir.

Abu Emsha stated that those who will go from his terrorist group will be registered in a list and they will receive $2000 in funding. Abu Emsha told the militant fighters he met that Kashmir is a mountainous region like Artsakh.

Dec 05 08:08

Why India’s farmers are in revolt in the middle of a pandemic

The blockade stretches as far as the eye can see, hundreds of bulky tractors and trailers parked on a highway leading into India's capital carrying a distinct message for the nation's government.

Thousands of farmers block roads into New Delhi over new agriculture laws
For more than a week, thousands of farmers have cut off major entrances into Delhi in massive protests against new laws that deregulate the buying and selling of agricultural goods.

While the government says the sweeping changes will spur investment, the farmers camped out in Delhi consider them an existential threat.

Dec 05 07:34

Our Fight Won't Stop Despite Death of ‘Sons of Soil’: Farmers Keep Protesting in India - Videos

Protesting against the recently passed farming-related laws introduced by the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, thousands of farmers have blocked many important roads connecting Haryana and Uttar Pradesh with the capital Delhi for more than a week.

Unfazed by the death of six of their group, thousands of farmers from India’s agricultural states continue to camp on Delhi's borders so that the federal government can understand how furious they are. But they're in no mood to quit their fight against the new farming laws, even at the cost of more lives.

Dec 03 03:30

India may reportedly block Wikipedia if the site doesn't delete the map showing Aksai Chin as a part of China

A map on Wikipedia showing Aksai Chin as a part of China has caught the eye of the Indian government.
The country’s IT Secretary has reportedly written to the company asking them to take down the map else it could lead to the online encyclopedia being blocked in India under Section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act.
The map can be found on Wikipedia’s page outlining Bhutan-India relations.
After Twitter, the Indian government has now trained its guns on Wikipedia for how its territory is represented on maps. It has asked the online encyclopedia to take down a map that shows the disputed territory of Aksai Chin as a part of China.

Dec 02 02:53

California Judge Strikes Down Trump Administration Rules That Would Limit Visas To Skilled Workers

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White struck down two Trump administration rules Tuesday that would have reduced the number of visas issued to skilled foreign workers each year.

The Trump administration announced new changes to the H-1B visa program in October, which included new salary requirements on companies that hire foreign skilled workers and limited speciality occupations, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella said the changes were necessary as the economy recovers from the pandemic, according to the AP.

“With millions of Americans looking for work, as the economy continues its recovery, immediate action is needed to guard against the risk lower-cost foreign labor can pose to the well-being of U.S. workers,” he said.

Dec 01 11:13

Philips files patent infringement case against Xiaomi in India

Philips has filed a patent infringement case against popular mobile-maker Xiaomi (wildly popular mobile brand in India) in India.

In the Delhi High Court, Dutch consumer electronics major has asked for restraining Xiaomi from assembling, selling of phones through any of the online e-commerce platforms and retail chains in the subcontinent.

Also, it has sought Delhi HC to direct the Central Board of Excise and Customs department at every international entry point including airports and coastal ports across India to prevent imported Xiaomi mobiles from entering the country for sale purposes.

Apparently, Xiaomi devices use Philips' patented Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service (UMTS) enhancement technology such as High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA), HSPA+, and LTE. So, it sought royalty for the use of its technology, but Xiaomi has been nonresponsive.

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.

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