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May 11 19:23

One Indian hospital saw 100 patients die after taking the covid vaccine

As many as 100 patients reportedly died at Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital in India after taking their first or second dose of a “vaccine” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

Just at this one hospital alone, these 100 patients suffered adverse events so serious that they passed not long after being injected, which once again proves the dangers of the shots.

Gujarat, the most popular Gujarati language daily newspaper in Sandesh, was the first to report on the situation. No other mainstream media outlets dare touch the story.

Around the same time that these 100 patient deaths were reported, it was also leaked that at least three doctors who had taken two doses of the vaccine died within a month or two. This was confirmed by Chandresh Zardosh, the former president of the Gujarat branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

May 11 06:40

Pakistan Welcomes Mediation on Kashmir From Saudi Arabia, India Shies Away From It - FM Qureshi

Islamabad has actively been encouraging third party mediation in resolving the decades-old Kashmir dispute with New Delhi, having raised the issue with Gulf States such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. The UAE’s envoy to the US confirmed last month that Abu Dhabi played a role in brokering a ceasefire between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that Islamabad would welcome third party mediation in Kashmir from Saudi Arabia or any other foreign power for that matter, as he accused India of always shying away from such a possibility.

"Pakistan would welcome third party facilitation for talks between India and Pakistan from Saudi Arabia or any other friend. It is India who shies away from third party mediation", Qureshi said at a press briefing in Islamabad.

May 10 11:40

Hindu-majority village in Uttar Pradesh elects Muslim 'pradhan' It was a result no one had imagined, not even the victor. Read more

Hafiz Azimuddin emerged victorious in Rajanpur village of Ayodhya district, where only one Muslim family resides

A Muslim was elected as 'pradhan' (panchayat chief) of Rajanpur village in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya district, about 150 kilometres from Lucknow. In this village, there is only one Muslim family; the rest are all Hindus.

According to reports, Hafiz Azimuddin emerged victorious after defeating as many as seven rivals, all of whom hailed from the majority Hindu community.

While the other contestants played caste and communal cards and tried to woo voters with big promises, Azimuddin kept his campaign restricted to door-to-door canvassing.

Azimuddin said he thought he did not stand a chance when he submitted his nomination for the post. ''Mine is the only Muslim family in the village... all the others hail from the Hindu community... Under such circumstances, no one gave me even an outside chance of winning the election,'' he said.

May 08 10:22

Two men in custody after caught with more than 7kg of radioactive uranium

Indian authorities arrested two men after discovering they were planning to smuggle highly radioactive uranium.

  • Two men were caught trying to illegally sell over 7kg of uranium.
  • The suspects were involved in a scheme and were searching for potential buyers for the radioactive material.
  • Uranium is “highly radioactive and dangerous to human life,” experts say.

The Indian Anti-Terror Squad(ATS) arrested two men carrying more than 7kg(16lb) of radioactive uranium. The arrest occurred after an investigator found out that Jigar Jayesh Pandya, 27, of Thane, India, was looking for a potential buyer for the dangerous material, which is usually used in making nuclear explosives, as UNILAD notes.

To detain the suspect, the ATS set up a trap. As they expected, they eventually found Pandya carrying small pieces of uranium.

May 06 13:06

India’s “COVID outbreak” & the need for scientific integrity – not sensationalism

There does indeed seem to be a major problem in parts of the country. However, we need to differentiate between the effects of COVID-19 and the impacts of other factors. We must also be very wary of sensationalist media reporting which misrepresents the situation.

For instance, in late April, the New York Post ran a story about the COVID ‘surge’ in India with the headline saying, “footage shows people dead in the streets”. Next to it was an image of a woman lying dead. But the image was actually of a woman lying on the floor from a May 2020 story about a gas leak in Andhra Pradesh.

To try to shed some light on the situation and move beyond panic and media sensationalism, I recently spoke with Yohan Tengra, a political analyst and healthcare specialist based in Mumbai.

May 06 11:14

This video tells a completely different story than what the MSM is feeding everyone

Empty New Delhi Crematorium.

May 04 19:03

A Case of Graphical Correlations: Making Sense of India’s COVID-19 Surge

By Mathew Maavak

India is currently witnessing a COVID-19 surge of unprecedented proportions, with an allegedly triple-mutant strain stretching the nation’s healthcare infrastructure to the limits. The uncertainty hanging over the nation is compounded by viral despatches of dead bodies piling up in morgues; of people dropping dead in the streets; of despondent souls jumping off their balconies; and of funeral pyres all over the country. There will be no public service-minded Big Tech censorship in this instance...

India was rather late in joining the mass vaccination bandwagon. Throughout 2020, its COVID-19 mortality figures were moderate by global standards due to the efficacy of low-cost treatment protocols. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was sanctioned for early stage treatment from March 2020 onwards; while a few months later, India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh (population 231 million) replaced HCQ with ivermectin (an anti-parasitic drug)...

May 04 08:34

Fear-mongering, Lies and Propaganda – Uncovering the Truth about India’s alleged “Covid Crisis”

The scenes being broadcast on ‘BBC News’ and displayed in newspapers such as ‘The Guardian’ across the UK on the current situation unfolding in India are horrifying. Reports of people dying in the street, images of mass “bonfires” in which they are burning the dead, constant stories about the lack of oxygen and the rush to get it from ‘A to B’ in order to save the lives of thousands of people. Sounds almost apocalyptic doesn’t it?

That is of course until you put the whole “crisis” into context. Because what you are seeing on your TV screen and reading in a newspaper on the alleged situation regarding Covid-19 in India is nothing more than propaganda and lies which are being used to maintain the level of fear that they have managed to invoke in the majority of people in the United Kingdom since March 2020. You are being deceived, and we can prove it…

May 03 07:26

Stalin to Be Sworn in as New Indian State Chief

Elections in the the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were held on 6 April, with a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led coalition returning to power in the state after a 10-year gap.

Conceding defeat, Tamil Nadu State Chief Edapaddi Palaniswami resigned on Monday morning after his party, the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) failed to secure a majority in the state assembly polls that concluded yesterday.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) won 125 seats and AIADMK only 65 in the 234-seat assembly.

May 02 13:09

A first-hand message from India: the truth about genocide and starvation

Genocide. Starvation. Corruption. This is the truth about what’s really going on in India under the guise of the COVID19 virus and the alleged pandemic.

These are not my words. These are the words of someone living in India who reached out to me to get her message out about the genocide that is taking place, right now, all under the guise of ‘strains and variants’ of COVID19. People are dying of starvation and lack of medical care. She’s witnessing and experiencing at first-hand the horrors of what is happening.

Here’s her message:

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Also here’s a 5 minute video from a British Human Rights Activist explaining how they are using India as a scare tactic to scare the *entire* world into submitting into another global lockdown, the *exact* same tactics and propaganda they used with Wuhan. The same playbook. The same tactics. They are trying to genocide huge chunks of the Indian population with mass starvation.

May 02 07:43

Countries Spending the Most on War

According to a new report, total global military expenditure rose to $1.8 trillion in 2018, a 2.6% increase from the previous year.

Military spending in China rose for the 24th year in a row. While overall military spending in the U.S. is down compared to a decade prior, due largely to the conclusion and de-escalation of two of the most expensive wars in its history, but military spending in the United States increased for the first time in seven years. These two countries account for such a substantial share of total global arms expenditure that their two increases in military spending alone largely explain the global increase.

The United States and China are by no means the only world powers that spend billions each year on the military. The top 14 military spenders, after the United States, can be found on five continents, and each has its own vast web of military and political alliances. Some are allies; others bitter enemies.

May 01 00:12

India records over 400,000 Covid cases in 24 hours: official data

India recorded on Saturday over 400,000 new Covid cases in 24 hours for the first time, the first country to do so in the pandemic, official data showed.

PCR: Positive Count Rising
https://www.bitchute.com/video/xLgfRJOCmeTl/

Apr 30 07:43

State Department Warns Americans To Leave India As Deaths Surge - "It's Like A Mass Killing"

As India reports growing numbers of COVID-19 deaths every day, the US and other nations are sending critical supplies while cutting off travel links. But Washington has just taken its first steps toward an evacuation as it warns all Americans still in India that it's time to get out of Dodge.

Bloomberg reports that the US has - via the State Department and local consulates - warned any Americans in the country to start making arrangements to leave as soon as possible, while also advising anybody with travel plans "not to travel to India or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so."

Apr 30 07:30

Cracks in QUAD as US Violates Indian Sovereignty?

Through diplomatic channels, New Delhi protested to Washington on April 9 about the American warships that illegally entered the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India. The Seventh Fleet’s USS John Paul Jones frigate was en route from the Persian Gulf to the Strait of Malacca before it illegally entered India’s EEZ close to the Lakshadweep archipelago to the southwest of the Indian mainland in the Arabian Sea.

Under Indian laws and regulations, foreign ships can freely pass through Indian territorial waters. However, this only applies to civilian and commercial ships, and warships must receive approval from India to pass through. New Delhi’s position is consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which states that any warship must receive the consent of coastal states to pass through.

Apr 28 17:08

New Delhi records highest ever single-day tally of 357 “coronavirus” deaths that are most likely caused by dangerous vaccines

India’s capital New Delhi on Saturday, April 24, recorded its highest single-day tally of supposed coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths after 357 people died within 24 hours. The city of around 30 million also recorded over 24,000 new cases in the same span of time. These deaths are taking place after covid vaccinations have surged across the country.

The COVID-19 death count for New Delhi as of that day stands at nearly 14,000 with a positivity rate of 32.27 percent.

The current situation in New Delhi is vastly different from where the city was in March, when an average of only four people died each day.

Apr 28 12:19

India earthquake today | magnitude 6.4 earthquake occurred near Assam

Apr 28 06:36

In Covid’s grip, India gasps for air: ‘If there is an apocalypse, this has to be one’

Working hard to keep her composure, Lavanya Sharma tweeted a short video on April 25. “Please please please help,” the teenage girl from New Delhi’s Uttam Nagar neighborhood wrote atop her post as her mother lay gasping for breath and her oximeter blinked a dangerously low reading of 52/100.

Sharma’s frantic calls for help didn’t get an official response until the next day, when an ambulance finally arrived to take her mother to the hospital.

This harrowing tale highlights the plight of millions of Indians who are being pushed to the brink by the country’s ferocious second wave of the pandemic.

Apr 28 05:38

‘Massive jolts’ felt across northeast India as magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes Assam

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake has rocked the Indian state of Assam, with many witnesses reporting powerful tremors felt across the country’s northeast amid a series of aftershocks.

The quake struck near the towns Dhekiajuli and Tezpur at a depth of around 18 miles (29km) on Wednesday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) recorded a depth of just shy of 25 miles (40km). Aftershocks have been reported, with USGS noting one at a magnitude of 4.9 and the European agency listing a total of four, ranging between 3.6 and 4.9 on the Richter scale.

Apr 28 01:15

Biden Dumps Banned Covid-19 Vaccines on India

Alex Jones breaks down Biden's plan to dump banned vaccines on India as a health aid plan while the rest of the world begins to wake up to the ridiculous mask mandate.

Apr 28 01:10

India's Biometric ID System Has Led To Starvation For Some Poor, Advocates Say

India has 1.3 billion people, and no equivalent of the Social Security number. About 4 in 10 births go unregistered. Less than 2 percent of the population pays income tax.

Many more are eligible for welfare benefits but may never have collected them, either because they can't figure out how or a middleman stole their share.

To try to address these issues, the Indian government rolled out the biggest biometric ID system in the world. It's voluntary, but in just eight years, India has managed to collect the fingerprints, photos and iris scans of more than 1.2 billion people.

The government says this system, called Aadhaar — "foundation" in Hindi — has helped to distribute welfare to the country's neediest; streamline the civil service; purge hundreds of thousands of names from voter rolls; and allow for people to move between states without losing benefits.

Apr 25 10:40

India running out of OXYGEN!

Apr 24 13:25

Super wealthy Indians hired six private jets to fly them to London to beat 'red list' deadline - with one making it to the UK just 40 minutes before the 4am cut off

  • Private jets flew in from Ahmedabad, Dehli and Mumbai to Luton Airport
  • At least six private jets flew into the UK in the hours before the red list deadline
  • From 4am arrivals from India would have to go to a £1,750 quarantine hotel

At least six private jets flew from India to London with super wealthy families paying more than £100,000 to beat today's 4am Covid-19 red list deadline.

A fleet of jets flew from Ahmedabad, Dehli and Mumbai into London Luton airport - with one aircraft touching down just 40 minutes before the deadline was imposed.

India was added to the UK's travel red list at 4am on Friday, meaning arrivals from the country must now enter quarantine in a Government-approved hotel for 10 days.

A British Airways and a Virgin Atlantic jet touched down in Heathrow around 7am - just three hours after the deadline.

Apr 24 07:23

Pakistan bombing puts spotlight on security at China’s flagship belt and road project

A suicide bombing in southwest Pakistan may not have been aimed at China but it highlights security risks with Beijing’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative project in the region, observers said.

At least five people died and a dozen were wounded on Wednesday when a bomber attacked a hotel in Quetta where Chinese ambassador Nong Rong was staying.

Nong had been attending a meeting in another part of the city and was due to return to the hotel when the attack occurred, Pakistani officials said.
No Chinese casualties were reported.

Apr 22 05:46

4 killed after car bomb rocks luxury hotel in Pakistan’s Balochistan hosting Chinese ambassador

An explosives-laden car detonated outside the posh Serena Hotel in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province in Pakistan, killing four, as a Chinese delegation was staying there. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast.

The explosion swept through the hotel parking lot on Wednesday. According to a preliminary investigation, the blast was caused by a bomb that was planted on a car left outside the four-star deluxe hotel.

Footage from the scene shows flames ravaging the scorched remains of several vehicles as sirens blared.

Apr 22 05:34

Iran, Pakistan open third border crossing in ‘historic achievement’

Iran and Pakistan have opened their third official border crossing with the aim of facilitating business and trade exchanges and creating new job opportunities for their border residents.

Pakistani Minister for Defense Production Zobaida Jalal and Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami traveled from their capitals to the border to open the Pishin-Mand crossing on Wednesday.

This is the second border crossing being opened between Iran and Pakistan since they threw open the Rimdan-Gabd gateway in December.

The new opening comes as Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi is visiting Tehran.

Apr 21 05:09

Indians Struggle to Find Oxygen, Remdesivir as Pharmacies Try to Cope With Shortage

It had been merely eight hours since her COVID-positive, diabetic 59-year-old mother was rushed to the hospital in Gurugram city, when doctors called up Aditi Kataria to inform that they had only six hours of oxygen left. Talking about that moment, the software engineer says she felt numb and helpless.

The hospitals in Delhi and its neighbouring cities, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Noida that collectively make for the National Capital Region (NCR) have been facing an acute shortage of oxygen and the drug Remdesivir amid the latest wave of ?oronavirus cases in the region.

Apr 19 06:48

Islamists Take Police and Rangers Hostage During Anti-French Riots

At least seven Pakistan police officers and special rangers were taken hostage Sunday by supporters of a radical Islamist party, officials said, after days of violent anti-France protests.

Rioting has rocked Pakistan for the last week since the leader of the now-banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) was detained in the second biggest city Lahore after calling for the expulsion of the French ambassador.

The protests have paralysed cities and led to the deaths of six policemen, prompting the French embassy to recommend all its nationals temporarily leave the country.

Apr 19 06:13

India’s Health Ambassador & Tamil Actor Vivek Dies One Day After Taking COVID Vaccine

Well known Indian actor and the Tamilnadu state’s ambassador for creating public health messages has passed away a day after he received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Popular Tamil actor and comedian Vivekh died this morning in the hospital hours after he was admitted after a cardiac arrest.

The 59-year-old was reportedly critical in a Chennai hospital after a cardiac arrest on Thursday morning. He was brought in unconscious at 11 am, was resuscitated, subsequently underwent coronary angiogram and then angioplasty.

Medical bulletin said he was critical on ECMO support, which pumps and oxygenates blood outside the body, but died at 4:35 am today.

On Thursday, the actor was declared as state’s ambassador for creating public health messages in the presence of Tamil Nadu’s Health Secretary to promote vaccination.

Apr 19 05:30

France tells its citizens to flee Pakistan as deadly anti-French riots intensify over Emmanuel Macron’s perceived slight on Islam

Pakistan Premier Imran Khan, struggling to stop hardliners from venting their fury, has banned a radical party and pulled the plug on social media. But he’s the one who first lit the fuse and is now paying the price.

When he first waded into the domestic affairs of France, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan probably thought he could rely on the muscle of fellow Muslim leaders, including bellicose Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, to help see off complaints about over-reach.

Apr 17 06:57

No letup in protests to force expulsion of French envoy from Pakistan

There is no letup to the protests to compel Pakistani government to expel French ambassador from the country. At the heart of current wave of angry protests, is government’s decision to shelve its five months old agreement with Tehreek Labaik Pakistan or TLP, a religious and political party to expel the French ambassador to Islamabad. The repeated incidents of publications of blasphemous cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad and official patronage by France to unending incidents of blasphemy once again triggered a mass unrest in Pakistan starting early this week.

The security forces came down hard onto protesters and managed to clear most of the highways they had occupied across Pakistan few days ago.

Paris has advised all of its citizens to immediately leave Pakistan over security concerns to their lives.

Pakistan also targeted major platform on social media networks, temporarily suspending them to contain the violence.

Apr 17 06:02

Kashmir: Indian police tighten curbs on media coverage of gun battles

Indian authorities have asked journalists to refrain from live coverage of gun battles in Indian-administered Kashmir, a move seen by critics as a measure to further suppress freedom of the press in the restive Himalayan region.

Last week, Kashmir authorities denounced live reporting as a provocation amounting to interference in police duties at "encounter sites," and issued a media advisory.

In the advisory, Kashmir police chief Vijay Kumar set out new guidelines for journalists covering the region's insurgency, in which armed rebels have targeted security forces.

Since the abrogation of the region’s semi-autonomous status in August 2019, India has deployed tens of thousands of police and soldiers to the Muslim-majority territory.

Apr 17 06:02

Pakistan police file ‘blasphemy’ case against feminist marchers

Pakistani police have registered a blasphemy case against organisers of the feminist Aurat Azadi [Women’s Freedom] March in a northwestern city, while a court in the country’s second city dismissed the same charges as having no grounds.

Police in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar registered the First Information Report (FIR) under the country’s strict blasphemy laws, which can carry a mandatory death penalty, on Thursday.

Apr 13 06:29

US: Indian Ocean Is Not India’s Ocean

The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones sailing past Lakshadweep Islands April 7 has thrown India’s Sinophobes into confusion. One leading daily noted it as a “rare falling out between the two partners in the Quad grouping.” An anti-China analyst tweeted that it’s just a “botched PR exercise” on the part of Americans.

The Ministry of External Affairs took a legalistic perspective as if it is answering a writ petition in the Delhi High Court. But, reflect seriously. Yes, this is a rare fracas within the cosy Quad family. Yet, Quad is a toddler. What all can happen when President Biden grooms it into a boisterous adolescent?

Make no mistake, what happened is the military equivalent of what the great American diplomat-scholar George Kennan once wrote about the oil reserves in Persian Gulf — they are “our resources”, he wrote, integral to America’s prosperity and, therefore, the US should take control of them. (Which it did, of course.)

Apr 13 00:34

Why did the US conduct a freedom of navigation operation against India, and what will the fallout be?

A month after their leaders were among the participants in the first-ever Quad summit, a naval operation is threatening to drive a wedge between the United States and India.

Feathers were ruffled in New Delhi after the US Navy on Wednesday sent a warship into India’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP), without seeking prior approval. The patrol came while US presidential climate envoy John Kerry was in the Indian capital on a three-day visit to push New Delhi to take stronger action on climate change.

Stung by the suddenness of the operation, India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Friday registered a mild protest by implying that the operation was unauthorised, and adding that its concerns had been conveyed to Washington “through diplomatic channels”.

Apr 10 08:14

Russia to Provide Weapons to Pakistan in Bid to Fight Terrorism

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov vowed that his country will supply the armed forces of Pakistan with a number of unspecified weapons in an effort to boost ties in countering terrorism.

He made his remarks on Wednesday during a two-day state visit to the country in a bid to strengthen diplomatic relations and increase Russia’s reputation in the region.

Aside from providing weaponry, the country said it will begin joint exercises with Pakistan to toughen its military presence at sea and in the mountains.

“We have confirmed that we stand ready to strengthen the anti-terrorist potential of Pakistan, including by supplying Pakistan with special military equipment,” Lavrov remarked, without providing details on the equipment. “This serves the interests of all states of the region.”

Apr 10 07:08

Indian police clamp curbs on media coverage of Kashmir gunbattles

Police in the Himalayan region of Kashmir have asked journalists to refrain from live coverage of gun battles with militants fighting Indian rule in the territory or protests, calling such reports a provocation amounting to interference in their duties.

India has deployed tens of thousands of police and soldiers to keep the peace in the disputed Muslim-majority region after revoking its constitutional autonomy in 2019 to weld the region more tightly to the country.

In an order this week, the police chief in the Kashmir Valley set out new guidelines for journalists covering the insurgency, in which militant attacks have targeted security forces.

“No operational content should be carried which is likely to incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order, or which promotes anti-national sentiment,” police chief Vijay Kumar said.

Mar 31 05:48

Iran Touts Russia-Iran-India 'North-South Trade Corridor' As "Alternative" & Challenge To Suez Canal

Coming after a 'successful' weekend in which sanctions-beleaguered Iran hailed its signing a major 25-year infrastructure and investment agreement with China, Iran's ambassador to Russia is also touting that a new north-south trade corridor across the region could become a prime 'alternative' to the strategic Suez Canal waterway that's been featured in global headlines due to the 'Ever Given' stuck tanker disaster that just played out.

Called the "International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC)" — a two decades in the making ambitious project — the new trade corridor, currently partially in operation, is 7,200km long, linking up Russia, Iran, and India and ultimately accelerating trade with Europe as well.

Mar 27 07:32

US Has Delhi in a ‘Dilemma’: Former Indian PM's Advisor on US Threat of Sanctions over S-400 Deal

In his first visit to India last week, the US’ new Defence Secretary Lloyd J Austin indicated that Washington could go ahead with imposing sanctions on New Delhi under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) if the Narendra Modi government went ahead with the proposed purchase of S-400 air defence missile systems.

US Defence Secretary Lloyd J. Austin made his first visit to India last week, and Washington has called upon New Delhi to scale down its relations with Russia. A particular focus during Austin’s visit was New Delhi’s proposed purchase of Russian-made, state-of-the-art S-400 ‘Triumf’ air defence missile systems, touted as the most advanced of their kind in the world.

“… we certainly urge all our allies and partners to move away from Russian equipment,” Austin said when asked by a media person in New Delhi if he had discussed the prospect of imposing sanctions on New Delhi if it goes ahead with the $5.43 billion deal to acquire five S-400s.

Mar 27 06:55

In a Shift, Pakistan Suing for Peace with India

Pakistan has unveiled a new “geo-economic vision” that offers to “bury the past” with neighboring rival India if it reciprocates with a “relaxation” on the two sides’ long-running dispute over Kashmir.

Pakistan’s olive branch announcement, made on March 18, comes after last month’s bilateral resolution to revive an 18-year-old ceasefire agreement to end Kashmir’s Line of Control (LoC) skirmishes, which have claimed thousands of lives on both sides of the divide over the years.

By de facto offering peace with India, Pakistan appeared to turn the page on its trademark militarized rhetoric by calling for a new bilateral emphasis on “infrastructure development and regional integration” for the sub-continent.

Mar 27 06:26

Indian farmers block railways, roads to mark 4 months of protests

Hundreds of farmers have blocked roads and railway tracks across India, disrupting traffic to mark four months of protests against a set of farm laws they say will leave them at the mercy of big corporations.

The farmers’ unions called for a 12-hour countrywide strike on Friday to maintain pressure to repeal the laws passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in September 2020.

Mar 27 06:25

Pakistani judge orders blasphemy probe against organisers of Women's Day march

A judge in the Pakistani city of Peshawar ordered police on Friday to open an investigation into the organisers of a march marking International Women’s Day over allegations they committed blasphemy.

Police in Islamabad had previously refused to open a case, saying the allegations were based on fake social media posts after doctored images and video from the March 8 event went viral.

Mar 26 05:47

Indian Farmers Begin 12-Hour National Shutdown as Protests Against Farm Laws Enter 5th Month

In November 2020, thousands of Indian farmers began protesting on the outskirts of Delhi to force Narendra Modi's government to withdraw new farm laws. The farmers are concerned that the laws will dilute the minimum support price (MSP) system and let market forces influence their earnings.

Farmers across India on Friday morning kickstarted a 12-hour national shutdown called "Bharat Bandh", marking exactly four months since they first started their agitation against three new farm laws on 26 November around New Delhi.

As part of the mass movement, farmers have blocked the Delhi-Ghazipur border causing traffic police to re-route commuters. Protesting farmers in the city of Ambala have blocked the historic Grand Trunk road as well as the railway track near Shahpur. In Punjab as well, farmers have blocked rail tracks and highways in a bid to draw the government's attention to their agitation.

Mar 25 05:14

US, NATO Plan to Recruit India Into Global Alliance Against China and Russia

In an opinion piece appearing in the Hindustan Times of March 22, a former State Department official, A. Wess Mitchell, called for this year’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit to invite India, one of the world’s two most populous nations, to become a NATO partner, thereby joining 40 other partners throughout the world.

Mitchell was the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under the Donald Trump administration and is currently the co-chair of the NATO 2030 Reflection Process group preparing the alliance’s upcoming summit and the new Strategic Concept to be approved by it. As such Mitchell’s recommendation is no idle or academic one.

In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 2018 he foreshadowed what has now become the US administration’s main international strategic goal: to consolidate a global coalition centered around NATO to isolate and confront Russia and China simultaneously and in unison:

Mar 24 10:53

India claims it has spotted a 'double mutant' Covid variant that spreads easier and may escape vaccines... but British scientists say there's no reason to panic

Indian experts spotted variant in samples in the western state of Maharashtra
Claim it's hybrid of two variants that merged together inside an infected person
But British scientists say there is no evidence and criticised India's 'bold claims'

Mar 23 03:51

Why the US should care about the China-India 'blackout war'

The future usually arrives before anyone is ready for it, especially in warfare. China apparently blacked out Mumbai, India recently by cyber-attack, credibly threatening that Beijing could plunge all of India into darkness through cyber warfare. Experts warn that national electric grids are a technological Achilles heel.

The Mumbai blackout could be one of those “Monitor v. Merrimack” moments in military history when a revolutionary new way of warfare suddenly becomes recognizable, even to the dullest. New military technologies that can change everything are often laughingly dismissed by establishments that are too busy planning for “business as usual.”

From machine guns at the Somme (1916), panzer divisions in France (1940) and (Japanese) carrier aviation at Pearl Harbor (1941), nations have learned the hard way. Obsolete thinking prevails until someone gets hammered, usually by an aggressor.

Mar 22 07:20

Pentagon Chief Says India Should Forgo Buying Russia's S-400s to Avoid US Sanctions

During his first two day stay in New Delhi, Lloyd J. Austin, the US Secretary of Defence, met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and his counterpart Rajnath Singh.

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin III has urged Indian leaders to avoid buying Russian defence equipment, including S-400s, if the country wants to avoid the risk of sanctions under Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

He made the comments while talking to reporters in New Delhi on Saturday after concluding bilateral talks with Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Mar 21 08:41

Pakistan army chief says ‘it is time to bury the past’ with India

Pakistan’s powerful army chief has called on arch rivals India and Pakistan to “bury the past” and move towards cooperation, an overture towards New Delhi that follows an unexpected joint ceasefire announcement last month between the two countries’ militaries.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa stressed however that the burden was on India to create a “conducive environment” and said the United States had a role to play in ending regional conflicts.

Mar 21 08:38

More than 1,000 Myanmar refugees seeking shelter in India's Mizoram state: lawmaker

More than 1,000 people fleeing violence in Myanmar have crossed into neighbouring India’s Mizoram state since late February, an Indian lawmaker told Reuters on Friday.

With that number likely to rise further, authorities in the small northeastern state are pushing federal authorities to help build designated refugee camps near the border, the member of parliament from Mizoram, K. Vanlalvena, said.

“Otherwise, all the refugees will be scattered everywhere in India,” he said.

Mar 04 07:14

Age Factors, Unknown Reasons: India Witnesses Deaths of Healthcare Workers Post-COVID Vaccination

In recent days, India has ramped up its vaccination drive against the coronavirus. On 1 March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi got himself vaccinated, kick-starting the second phase of the drive directed majorly at Indian citizens aged above 60. The first phase of the vaccination began earlier and focused on healthcare workers.

Sukhdev Kirdat, who worked as a driver for an eye specialist in the Bhiwandi region of Maharashtra state died on 2 March after getting a second vaccine shot against coronavirus. The 45-year-old father of two was first vaccinated as a health care worker in January.

Many people like Kirdat are opting for a second COVID vaccine shot because several experts have told the media that a strong immunity against the virus develops 14 days after the second jab, which is recommended to be taken at least 28 days after the first shot.

The cause of Kirdat’s death remains unknown as of now.

Feb 27 12:12

Indian man killed by his own rooster during cockfight

A rooster that had been fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight has killed its owner in southern India.

The bird's owner was impaled in the groin by the knife as the animal tried to escape. The man died on the way to hospital from a loss of blood.

Police are now searching for 15 more people involved in the event, which took place in the village of Lothunur in Telangana state earlier this week.

The animal was held at a police station before being transferred to a farm.

Feb 26 07:16

India, Pakistan militaries agree to stop cross-border firing in rare joint statement

The militaries of India and Pakistan said in a rare joint statement on Thursday that they had agreed to observe a ceasefire along the disputed border in Kashmir, having exchanged fire hundreds of times in recent months.

The nuclear-armed neighbours signed a ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region in 2003, but the truce has frayed in recent years, and there have been mounting casualties among villagers living close to the de facto border.

“Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight 24/25 Feb 2021,” the joint statement said.

Feb 23 07:55

Pakistani female aid workers shot dead by assailants

At least four female development workers have been killed in a targeted attack in the northwestern Pakistani district of North Waziristan, police say, the latest attack in an escalation of violence in an area that was once the headquarters of the Pakistani Taliban.

The attack took place at 9:30am (04:30 GMT) on Monday near the village of Ippi, a few kilometres east of the town of Mir Ali, senior police official Shafiullah Gandapur told Al Jazeera by telephone.

Feb 22 09:40

Did nuclear-powered CIA spying device lost in the Himalayas in 1965 trigger India's glacier flood? Locals blame Cold war device for disaster which killed 200 this month

Locals hit by the glacier flood disaster in India this month which killed up to 200 people believe a nuclear device placed in the Himalayas by US Cold War spies caused the deluge.

Part of a glacier and a large chunk of rock face broke off in the mountains of Uttarakhand, jamming a river before the mass of backed-up water broke through, causing mass devastation.

The deluge of water, rocks and soil hurtled down a V-shaped valley, sweeping away homes, roads and bridges as well as around 200 people, many of whom have still not been found almost two weeks on.

Feb 21 07:42

Rohingya Refugees facing new onslaught in India

In this Rohingya refugee camp in the outskirts of New Delhi there is an utter panic and the residents are fearful even going out to buy the essentials.

They say many are been chased, intimidated and usually police and other agencies visit their camps to monitor their movements. Ali Johar a young Rohingya refugee says several have been arrested in the recent months and put into jails for illegally entering India saying the whole community is in utter despair.

Fearful of possible arrest and expulsion, scores of refugees have gone into hiding across the Indian subcontinent while others have entered Bangladesh amid a mounting hate campaign against the community in India. The destitute community who has escaped what the UN described genocide is struggling for existence amid international silence about their plight. An estimated 40 thousand are living in India.

Feb 21 07:06

Newsweek 'Fact Check' Claims India Vaccine Ban "Mostly False" While Admitting De Facto Ban

Newsweek published a “fact check” which labeled claims that India had banned the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as “mostly false” despite admitting in the article that India has in fact temporarily banned the vaccine.

Last week, discussion around the issue intensified after it was revealed that Indian health authorities had refused to give permission for the vaccine to be distributed.

“On February 3, 2021, India’s Subject Expert Committee (SEC), a panel that advises the nation’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), a national regulatory body focused on pharmaceuticals and devices, ruled that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should not be recommended for an EUA in the country “at this stage,” reports Newsweek.

Feb 18 08:19

THE WEF AGENDA BEHIND MODI FARM REFORM

In September 2021 the UN will hold a Food Systems Summit. The aim will be to reshape world agriculture and food production in the context of the Malthusian UN Agenda 2030 “sustainable agriculture” goals. The recent radical farm laws from the government of Narenda Modi in India are part of the same global agenda, and it’s all not good.

In Modi’s India, farmers have been in massive protest since three new farm laws were rushed through Parliament last September. The Modi reforms were motivated by a well-organized effort of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its New Vision for Agriculture, part of Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset, the corporate side of the UN Agenda 2030.

Modi Shock Therapy

Feb 17 08:34

WATCH Russian warships take part in Pakistan-hosted naval AMAN-2021 maneuvers alongside NATO members

The two-day naval phase of the AMAN-2021 drill off the coast of Pakistan has finished. The event brings together 45 nations, including three with the largest navies, the US, China, and Russia.

During this week’s maneuvers, fleets trained to work together during anti-piracy actions, performed on-the-go supply missions, and conducted traditional naval exercises like gun practice and formation sailing, the Russian military reported.

Feb 16 13:36

Why did COVID fail to take off in India and has now collapsed? Mystery plunge in coronavirus baffles experts

Scientists are trying to work out why coronavirus cases in India are falling when at one point it looked like the country might overtake the US as the worst-hit nation.

In September the country was reporting some 100,00 new cases per day, but that went into decline in October and is now sitting at around 10,000 per day - leaving experts struggling to explain why.

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Feb 16 07:24

Delhi Police Probing 'Greta Thunberg Toolkit' Case Reportedly Ask Zoom for IP Addresses

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has found herself at the centre of controversy after she tweeted a protest “toolkit” about the ongoing farmers demonstrations in India last week. According to police, the toolkit outlined a plan to spread social disharmony in India.

As part of an investigation into the protest "toolkit," Delhi Police have reached out to the video-conferencing app Zoom requesting IP addresses of the computers that were used for a virtual meeting on 11 January, reportedly organised by a "pro-Khalistani" group Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF).

The police have also asked Zoom for the email addresses of the attendees, Indian news agency Press Trust of India reported citing sources on Tuesday.

Feb 16 06:49

Naval exercise starts off Karachi at the AMAN-2021 multinational drills, attended by Russia & several NATO countries (VIDEO)

The naval phase of the AMAN-2021 drills has started in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Pakistan. The multinational exercise brings together over 40 countries, including Russia, China and several NATO nations.

The two-day maritime maneuvers began on Monday. Apart from the Pakistani Navy, combat vessels of the Russian Navy and the ships of some six other nations are taking part in the maritime module of the drills.

The stated goal of the drills is to strengthen cooperation between the navies of different nations, as well as to exchange experience in combating maritime piracy in waterways with busy traffic.

Feb 15 09:42

Indian police arrest climate activist for supporting farmers

An Indian climate activist has been arrested for circulating a document on social media that allegedly incited protesting farmers to turn violent last month, leaving one protester dead and about 400 police officers injured during clashes in the Indian capital, police said Sunday.

Disha Ravi, 22, was arrested in the southern city of Bengaluru and appeared in a New Delhi court on Sunday, New Delhi police said in a statement.

The court sent her to police custody for five days to help in an investigation "into the criminal conspiracy related to the Toolkit document” that allegedly incited the farmers on Jan. 26, India’s Republic Day, police said.

Thousands of farmers stormed New Delhi’s historic Red Fort complex that day, posing a major challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government. Farmers demanding the repeal of new agricultural laws briefly took over the 17th century fort and hoisted a Sikh religious flag.

Feb 15 08:21

Sedition Cases Rife as Activists Arrested in India Amid Farmers' Protests

Over the past 5 years, 233 people have been slapped with charges of sedition, including cartoonists, activists, and students under the Narendra Modi-led government in India.

A numbet of sedition cases have recently been filed against Indian parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor, senior journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Mrinal Pande and others for sharing "unverified" news during the farmers’ tractor rally in the Indian capital city of Delhi on 26 January that turned violent after a group of protesters breached the iconic Red Fort.

The farmers' protests have received much attention around the world over the past few weeks, with Rihanna and Greta Thunberg tweeting in support of the agitation.

Feb 14 08:10

Modi Government Bashed Online After Petrol Prices Rise For Sixth Day in a Row

Fuel prices in India have been rising since last year. Petrol and diesel prices in India are high compared to other South Asian countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

India's state-run oil marketing companies increased petrol and diesel prices on Sunday for the sixth day in a row. The price of petrol has increased by INR 0.29, while diesel went up by INR 0.32.

Petrol prices crossed the $1.36 (INR 99) a litre mark in the western Indian state of Rajasthan and $1.31 (INR 95) in Mumbai. Changes in the rates differ from state to state, depending on the incidence of value-added taxes (VAT) that make up nearly two-thirds of the retail sale price.

Feb 14 07:26

Pakistan demos called off after govt. vows to meet protesters demands

Massive inflation and unprecedented price hikes triggered violent protests in Pakistan's capital Islamabad. The security forces used teargas to prevent opposition-backed protesters from besieging the country’s parliament.

Feb 13 07:34

'Biggest Challenge to Big Tech': Netizens Cheer as India's Space Agency Announces Google Maps Rival

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's calls to make India "self-reliant" have picked up pace in the tech sphere. Over the past ten days, local alternatives to Twitter and WhatsApp, dubbed Koo and Sandes respectively, have debuted in the country.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has partnered with MapmyIndia, an Indian technology company that builds digital map data, to create a local alternative to Google Maps.

Details like the name and tentative date of release of the upcoming app have not yet been revealed to the public.

In an official statement, ISRO said that the "collaboration will enable them to jointly identify and build holistic geospatial solutions utilising earth observation datasets" as well as other Indian-made geoportals.

Feb 12 12:16

Pfizer bails out of India after country demands safety testing for COVID vaccine

The country’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation formed a Subject Expert Committee that met on Feb. 3 to discuss Pfizer’s proposal for the emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 experimental vaccine.

“The committee noted that incidents of palsy, anaphylaxis and other SAE’s have been reported during post marketing and the causality of the events with the vaccine is being investigated,” the committee reported.

“Further, the firm [Pfizer] has not proposed any plan to generate safety and immunogenicity data in Indian population. After detailed deliberation, the committee has not recommended for grant of permission for emergency use in the country at this stage,” the committee added.

Pfizer in turn withdrew its application.

Feb 11 08:32

Tanks, Troops Returning to Permanent Bases as Disengagment Between India, China Begins - Video

India and China have reached an agreement on disengagement in the north and south bank of Pangong Lake after nine rounds of military commander-level talks. As per the agreement, both sides will cease their forward deployments in a phased, coordinated, and verified manner.

The Indian Army has released the first visuals of disengagement that started after reaching an agreement between the military commanders of India and China on Wednesday. A 75-second video starts with a host of military leaders from the Indian Army and People's Liberation Army (PLA) meeting and shaking hands in the Chusul Sector of the eastern Ladakh region. The clip later shows a PLA Type-99 tank move back from its forward deployment towards its permanent base as per the aforementioned agreement. After that, an Indian Army Russian-origin T-72 tank scales down from the Chushul heights.

Feb 09 08:08

India's Modi urges farmers to end protests over agriculture laws

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged farmers to end their over two-month long protest against agricultural reforms, assuring them that a mechanism of floor prices for key crops would remain in place.

Demanding the repeal of three new farm laws that they say will hurt them to the benefit of large corporations and allow the government to discontinue buying food grains at a minimum support price (MSP), tens of thousands of farmers have been camped on the outskirts of Delhi since late 2020.

Feb 09 07:32

GRETA THUNBERG TRIGGERS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IN INDIA AFTER TWITTER DEBACLE

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg sparked a criminal police investigation in India after she accidentally tweeted - and quickly deleted - a cheat-sheet of "Suggested Posts" regarding the ongoing violent farmers' revolt, according to the NY Post, while the list was archived by Breaking 911.

The "toolkit" of suggested content gave a series of tips on what to post, and asks the 18-year-old Thunberg to repost and tag celebrities - including pop star Rihanna.

Feb 08 15:43

Something Weird Is Happening With India's COVID Cases

(NEWSER) – The US logged 125,735 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, according to the CDC's tracker. India, a country whose population is more than four times bigger than our own, logged ... 11,000. Their current case-per-capita rate is about 9 in 1 million, one of the lowest on the planet, reports Business Insider. Why is one big mystery, reports NPR, which notes that as recently as September, India was seeing nearly 100,000 cases a day and was gunning to surpass the US' caseload count. What in the world changed? That's what scientists are trying to figure out. Jishnu Das, a health economist at Georgetown University, says the drop isn't due to a decrease in testing or reporting, and the drop began before any vaccines were approved. NPR looks at possible factors at play. One is age. As of 2016, 15.2% of Americans were over age 65; the corresponding figure in India is 6%. That younger population could mean that more people who get COVID aren't showing symptoms.

Feb 08 07:42

Indian farmers launch nationwide highway blockade

Tens of thousands of protesting Indian farmers have blockaded highways across the country as the United Nations called on authorities and protesters to exercise “maximum restraint”.

The farmers held a three-hour “chakka jam”, or road blockade, on Saturday at about noon local time (06:30 GMT) across the nation except in the capital New Delhi and a couple of neighbouring states.

Feb 05 08:03

Criminal Conspiracy Probe Launched After Greta Thunberg Accidentally Posts Her Marching Orders

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Environmental extremist Greta Thunberg sparked a criminal conspiracy probe after sharing the wrong document with her nearly 5 million Twitter followers.

The investigation began after the 18-year-old Thunberg accidentally tweeted apparent orders advising her on what to post and say about sensitive world issues.

The Wednesday post was quickly deleted, but not before being saved and shared by multiple accounts. Pictures of Thunberg’s document reveal one of the suggested posts included a manufactured response in support of Indian farmers violently protesting their government.

Screenshots of the tweet show the document was accidentally posted by Thunberg as she offered her supporters a “toolkit” to help support the protests.

After deleting her post, Thunberg tried to spin the marching orders as an “outdated” document in a follow-up.

Feb 04 00:17

Greta Thunberg exposed: Leaked toolkit for protests sparks row in India

The leaked document is adding fuel to the view that there is an international conspiracy afoot to defame India and the Modi government over the farmer protests.

By IBT News Desk February 4, 2021 04:16 IST

Swedish youth activist Greta Thunberg shared a toolkit on social media for the farmer protests in India which indicates that a widespread campaign may have been on much before January 26.

Twitter erupted in India after the toolkit surfaced which included a document on details of January 26 protests and online and street protests. The document was restricted thereafter and the tweet was deleted, as per reports.

This document is adding fuel to the view that there is an international conspiracy afoot to defame India and the Modi government over the farmer protests.

The document details how and where the protests should be done outside Indian missions abroad, media houses, government buildings and even Adani-Ambani offices.

Feb 03 09:04

India Restricts Internet, Twitter Complies With Blockage Request As Farmers Protest Grows

Parts of India are facing extended government-ordered internet blackouts as the Indian farmers protest movement has grown. The farmers allege Prime Minister Narendra Modi's farming law, which ends the government's programs to keep commodity prices at fixed levels, therefore allowing free markets to dictate prices, favors large corporations over smaller mom and pop farmers.

"Internet access remained blocked Monday in several districts of a state bordering India's capital following violent weekend clashes between police and farmers protesting controversial agricultural reforms," CNN reports at the start of a fresh week of clashes.

"Online access would be suspended in at least 14 of 22 districts in Haryana state near New Delhi, until 5 p.m. Monday, according to the Department of Information and Public Relations of Haryana on Sunday," CNN continues.

Feb 03 08:17

Pakistan orders man acquitted in Pearl murder off death row and into safe house

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Pakistani-British man acquitted of the 2002 gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl off death row and moved to a so-called government “safe house.”

Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who has been on death row for 18 years, will be under guard and will not be allowed to leave the safe house, but he will be able to have his wife and children visit him.
“It is not complete freedom. It is a step toward freedom,” said Sheikh’s father, Ahmad Saeed Sheikh, who attended the hearing.

Feb 03 08:17

Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over LoC ceasefire violations

Pakistan summoned a senior Indian diplomat on Tuesday to lodge a protest over ceasefire violations by Indian military along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region, the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said.

A statement from the foreign ministry said four civilians including three women were injured due to the "indiscriminate and unprovoked firing" by the Indian forces in Hotspring and Jandrot sectors of the LoC on Tuesday.

The Indian forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary have been continuously "targeting civilian populated areas" with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons, the statement said.

In 2021, the Indian forces have carried out 175 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in serious injuries to eight civilians, according to the statement.

Pakistan and India had declared a ceasefire along the LoC in 2003. But both sides have routinely exchanged fire and accused each other of ceasefire violations.

Feb 03 07:34

Delhi Police Announce Rewards for Information on People Involved in Red Fort Violence

On 26 January, India's national capital Delhi witnessed violence at the iconic Red Fort on the occasion of the country's 72nd Republic Day. During the farmers’ tractor rally, police and protesting farmers clashed at different places in the city, leading to around 400 law enforcement personnel being injured.

Delhi Police on Wednesday announced a cash reward of INR 100,000 ($1,350) to anyone who shares information about the whereabouts of actor Deep Sidhu, involved in hoisting flags at the Red Fort on Republic Day.

Speaking to Sputnik, a senior police official said that Sidhu has been named as a main accused in the violence that unfolded after farmers held a tractor rally in different parts of Delhi.

Feb 03 07:34

Defence Minister Says India Prepared to Counter Misadventure as China Reportedly Deploys Tanks

Despite some "positive" developments during military commander level talks between India and China, the two sides failed to diffuse tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Since President Ram Nath Kovind confirmed the Indian Army's deployment, a video has surfaced allegedly showing the PLA building up military assets close to the LAC.

Calling it "unfortunate attempts", Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has accused China of employing force to change the status quo along the nations' unresolved borders. The minister, however, emphasised that the government will defend the country's border at any cost.

"India is vigilant and prepared to counter and defeat any misadventure to defend our people and territorial integrity at all costs", Rajnath Singh said while inaugurating the AeroIndia 2021 exhibition in Bengaluru.

Feb 03 07:31

India accuses foreign ‘vested interest groups’ of smear campaign over farmer protests

India’s Foreign Ministry has lashed out at “foreign individuals and entities,” accusing them of attempting to tarnish the country’s image with “irresponsible” comments about recent violent protests by Indian farmers.

Indian diplomats slammed foreign supporters of the country’s protesting farmers on Wednesday, accusing them of trying to meddle into the nation’s domestic affairs.

“It is unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, and derail them,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, accusing those groups of trying “to mobilize international support against India.”

Only a “very small section of farmers” have been partaking in the protests, the ministry claimed, urging foreign commenters to abstain from sharing their opinions on the unrest.

Feb 03 06:37

India farmer protests: 'War-like fortification' to protect Delhi

Iron nails, rods, barbed wire, boulders and makeshift walls are being used to barricade Delhi's borders against thousands of protesting farmers.

The beefed-up security - called "war-like" by some farmers - comes amid a tense standoff with the government over new agricultural laws.

The protest, now in its third month, presents the biggest challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced.

His government offered to suspend the laws but farmers want them repealed.

Feb 02 09:20

India’s Modi breaks silence on months-long farm law protests

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the protesters that stormed New Delhi’s Red Fort last week caused “insult” to the country and that his government will push on with sweeping agriculture reform, his first public comments on a months-long farmers’ agitation.

“The country was saddened by the insult to the Tricolour [Indian flag] on the 26th of January in Delhi,” Modi said in a radio address on Sunday.

Feb 02 09:09

'These Aren't Scenes From India-China or Pakistan Border': Security on Delhi Borders Stuns Netizens

Since 26 November 2020, farmers from the states of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting on the outskirts of India's capital city, mainly demanding the repeal of three new farm laws passed by parliament last September to liberalise the market for farm produce.

From the heavy deployment of security personnel armed with weapons to cemented barricades with barbed wire and roads layered with spikes and nails, visuals from the protest sites at Delhi's Ghazipur, Tikri, and Singhu borders have spread like wildfire on Indian social media, leaving netizens shocked.

Security has been tightened on Delhi's borders to stop farmers and tractors from entering the national capital days after clashes between protesting farmers and the police occurred during a tractor rally on India's 72nd Republic Day at the iconic Red Fort.

Feb 01 08:17

India's Modi lashes out at protesting farmers

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has slammed farmers protesting his government's agriculture reforms. This week's demonstrations turned violent after farmers broke into the historic Red Fort and clashed with police.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Sunday radio address criticized protesters that stormed Delhi's historic Red Fort on the country's Republic Day.

Tens of thousands of farmers have camped on the outskirts of the capital Delhi for more than two months, demanding a repeal of new agricultural laws that they say benefit private corporations.

"The country was saddened by the insult to the Tricolor (Indian flag) on the 26th of January in Delhi," Modi said in his first public comments on a monthslong farmers' agitation.

"The government is committed to modernizing agriculture and is also taking many steps in that direction," he added.

Feb 01 08:16

India cuts Internet near Delhi as hundreds of farmers begin hunger strike

India blocked mobile internet services in several areas around New Delhi on Saturday as protesting farmers began a one-day hunger strike after a week of clashes with authorities that left one dead and hundreds injured.

Angry at new agricultural laws that they say benefit large private food buyers at the expense of producers, tens of thousands of farmers have been camped at protest sites on the outskirts of the capital for more than two months.

At the main protest site near the village of Singhu on the northern outskirts of the city, there was a heightened police presence on Saturday as hundreds of tractors arrived from Haryana, one of two states at the centre of the protests.

“Many farmers’ groups have joined the protest site since last night,” said Mahesh Singh, a 65-year-old farmer from Haryana. “They have come to show their support and more farmers are expected to come in the next two days.”

Jan 30 08:26

‘Unknown, unheard of’ group claims responsibility for blast near Israeli mission in India, police attempt to verify claims – media

A previously unknown terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the explosion near the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi. Police are not jumping to conclusions as an investigation is still being carried out, a report says.

A screenshot circulating on social media purportedly shows a group called ‘Jaish ul Hind’ claiming responsibility on Telegram for the bombing.

“The soldiers of Jaish ul Hind were able to infiltrate a high security area in New Delhi and carry out an IED attack,” the message said, promising more attacks in “major Indian cities.” The group also accused the Indian state of unspecified “atrocities.”

Jan 30 08:18

Indian farmer protesters begin hunger strike against police violence

India’s months-long protests against the government’s agricultural reforms have entered a new phase as the farmers began a one-day hunger strike to spread the values of truth and peace, after a week of clashes with authorities that left one dead and hundreds injured.

Farm leaders said on Saturday that the hunger strike would show Indians that the protesters were overwhelmingly peaceful.

“The farmers’ movement was peaceful and will be peaceful,” said Darshan Pal, a leader of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha group of farm unions organizing the protests.

The government on Saturday blocked mobile internet services in several areas surrounding the capital New Delhi.

Jan 29 07:40

As Post-Republic Day Chaos Settles, Protesting Farmers Unrelentingly Stay Put in Delhi

On Tuesday, the law and order situation in the Indian capital spiralled out of control as protesting farmers barged into Delhi, breaking police barricades at the border. The farmers’ leaders have vowed to continue their protests against three farm laws that aim to reform the agricultural sector.

It's been several days since the Indian capital witnessed a massive clash between police and protesting farmers, and the camps of the agitated agriculturalists protesting on the outskirts of Delhi look deserted. Since 26 November, thousands of farmers, stationed in semi-makeshift camps, have blocked the roads in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana which lead to Delhi.

A Sputnik team visited the protest sites on Wednesday and Thursday to find out that most of the protesters were disheartened after the Republic Day clash.

Jan 26 07:58

Irate farmers storm Delhi on tractors as tear gas deployed and internet cut off in scramble to defend Indian capital

Tens of thousands of farmers descended on the Indian capital and stormed the city’s iconic Red Fort complex in protest at new agricultural reforms which could imperil the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of citizens.

Farmers mounted on horseback or driving tractors waved flags and brandished tools and swords as they breached police barricades and made their way to the heart of New Delhi.

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