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Donald Trump to outline US strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: All eyes are on US President Donald Trump as he prepares to outline his new South Asia policy that is expected to spell out his administration’s strategy towards Pakistan and war-torn Afghanistan. This is the first review of the Afghan war strategy by the Trump administration that took office in January. Trump will “provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia” in an address delivered from a military base at Fort Myer, near Washington, on Monday, the White House said in a statement. The new policy could see more US troops deployed in Afghanistan besides increasing pressure on Pakistan to stop supporting groups like the Haqqani network and the Taliban—a move that could push Islamabad further into the orbit of China, creating

China Won’t be Clear Winner After War With India Over Doklam, Says Government Assessment

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: As the possibility of full-fledged military confrontation with China looms large following ongoing standoff in Doklam, Indian government’s assessment is that war won’t deliver any major gain for Beijing and would result in heavy casualties. The war will also dent the image of China as the preeminent Asian power and rising challenger to the United States, observed the government assessment. According to a report believes the rising tension in Doklam and at India-China border areas won’t translate into a tangible territorial or strategic advantage for Beijing. If China fails to emerge as a clear winner after a war, it will put a question mark Beijing’s claim of having one of most power full militaries, assesses the government. This will also have an impact on a crucial

Congress organises mega event on Rajiv Ghandi’s birthday

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
Banihal: The birthday of Rajiv Gandhi was today celebrated in shape of Grand rally organized by Congress workers at Banihal here today. Rajiv Gandhi’s birthday commemorate the values, attitudes and ideals of the late Prime Minister. An attempt is made to understand and uphold his passion for the progress of the nation and his pioneering of many national and international projects said by Senior Party leader and MLA Banihal Vikar Rasool Wani. While addressing the huge crowd Vikar Rasool highlighted the achievements of Congress led governments in India and said that Congress believes in the slogans of unity in diversity since the formation of this pro public party. He strongly criticized the rule of BJP and PDP in eroding the status article 370 and 35 A. He added that PDP is the formation

Steps will be taken to remove Sasikala from party: AIADMK MP

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
Chennai: Steps will be taken to remove AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala by convening the general council meeting, senior party leader and Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam said on Monday. Vaithilingam, a leader of the Palaniswami camp, addressing the merger meet at the party headquarters here, said measures will be initiated soon to remove Sasikala. By making the announcement, the Palaniswami camp has conceded a key demand of the Panneerselvam faction for the merger that took place earlier today. Vaithilingam, a former minister, was named party deputy coordinator just before he addressed the meet. Ahead of the merger, an AIADMK functionary Avadi Kumar had told reporters that it was the general council which elected Sasikala and any subsequent action in respect of her expulsion can be taken

PM chairs meeting of CMs, DyCMs of BJP-ruled states

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP chief Amit Shah today chaired a meeting of chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of BJP-ruled states. The meeting is being attended by all the 13 chief ministers and six deputy chief ministers of the party. It is being organised to take stock of the development and social welfare work being done in the party-ruled states. Senior Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj were also present in the meeting. The chief ministers are also expected to give presentations of schemes and models undertaken by their respective Governments at the meet.

Chinese media calls on Beijing to teach India a ‘bitter lesson’

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
Beijing: China must teach India “a bitter lesson” if it “incites” military conflict over the dispute in Donglong region in Sikkim sector, an influential Chinese daily said on Wednesday, adding that the Chinese “look down” on the Indian military, and India will “suffer greater losses than in 1962” in case of a conflict. In an acerbic editorial, the state-run Global Times on Wednesday did not mince words to criticise India, amid rising bilateral tensions over a military stand-off in Doklam region. Chinese experts and media have not shied away from talking about the prospect of a military conflict. The editorial, in the Communist Party-run newspaper, called on the Chinese to be united on the issue and asked “professionals” to fight against India. It said the Indian military

Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia and allies meet to decide whether to extend sanctions

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
A coalition of Arab countries are poised to announce whether to escalate or abandon sanctions against Qatar on Wednesday, a month after they severed ties with the Gulf state. Foreign ministers representing Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain met in Cairo on Wednesday, a day after the deadline expired for Qatar to respond to the group’s list of demands. Qatar faces a protracted period of isolation, and possibly expulsion, from the Gulf Co-operation Council if the Middle Eastern country’s response to the demands is deemed unsatisfactory. Last month, on June 22, Gulf States issued a 13-point list of demands to resolve the ongoing dispute and gave Qatar 10 days to respond. On Sunday, the deadline was extended by 48 hours. The standoff revolves around allegations

Trump denounces China trade with North Korea, casts doubt on cooperation

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
President Donald Trump says something to reporters as he departs for travel to Poland and the upcoming G-20 summit in Germany, from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, July 5, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump denounced China’s trade with North Korea on Wednesday and cast doubt on whether Beijing is working with Washington to counter the North Korean nuclear threat. “Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40 pct in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!” Trump said in a Twitter post shortly before taking off for a G20 summit in Europe. Donald Trump Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!

Modi in Israel: PM meets ‘Baby Moshe’ in Jerusalem, invites him to visit India

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child who survived the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, in Jerusalem on Wednesday. His grandfather had earlier said that the now 11-year-old was “excited and emotional” ahead of his meeting with the Prime Minister. Inviting him to India, PM Modi told Moshe: “Anytime you can come to India, anytime you can go. We will give you and your family a long-term visa.” ‘Baby Moshe’ — as he is referred to by millions of Indians who were moved by his story — was a toddler when the attacks happened. “Dear Mr Modi, I love you and your people in India,” Moshe told PM Modi upon meeting him in Jerusalem on Wednesday. “Moshe will grow up to be a Rabbi and return to India to head Mumbai’s

Internet Services Suspended, Section 144 Imposed in Basirhat After Violent Clashes Over FB Post

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
The violent clashes in Baduria and Basirhat areas of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas over a Facebook post, Section 144 was imposed in Basirhat on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sought a detailed report from the Mamata Banerjee-led Government. Communal violence broke out in North 24 Parganas district on Monday over a controversial Facebook post, following which several shops were torched and houses ransacked in Baduria, Tentulia and Golabari. On Monday night, the Baduria Police Station was attacked and set ablaze. The Centre has rushed 400 paramilitary personnel to Baduria that is hit by communal violence, which started over an objectionable post on Facebook about a holy site. As a precautionary measure, the government has suspended Internet services

At least 91 killed in mudslides, floods due to heavy rains in Sri lanka

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s government said the death toll from floods and mudslides that have lashed the island in the last 24 hours has risen to 91. Nearly 8,000 people were driven out of their homes in the southwestern region of Kalutara, one of the worst affected, according to the DMC. Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardana told reporters Friday that the adverse weather conditions in southern and western parts of the island could still worsen in the next 72 hours. The rains were the most destructive this year. The National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) alerted the public to be vigilant on possible landslides in mountainous areas in Galle, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Matara and Hambanthota districts, Colombo Page reported. Heavy rains have lashed several parts of the country

Saharanpur violence: BJP’s politics of ‘Shamshan and Kabristaan’ responsible for the clash, Akhilesh Yadav to Yogi Govt

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
Slamming Yogi Adityanath government over the Saharanpur communal clashes that led to 2 deaths and dozen others injured, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday cited Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pitch of ‘Diwali and Ramzaan’ during the assembly elections as the root cause of the outbreak of violence in the state. Speaking to the media people, Akhilesh said that BJP during their recently concluded poll campaign in UP played the politics of dividing communities over the festivals of Diwali and Ramzaan; Shamshan and Kabristaan. “What else can you expect from BJP? What we can expect from the one who had divided the Indian festivals Diwali and Ramzaan over electricity, Shamshan and Kabristaan during their election campaign in the state,” said Akhilesh. Samajwadi Party

After skipping Sonia’s meet, Nitish to attend lunch hosted by Modi tomorrow

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to attend a lunch to be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is scheduled to be to held on Saturday in the national capital, in the honour of Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth. Interestingly, Nitish on Friday missed the lunch organised by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, which was attended by JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth will pay a two-day visit to India beginning today. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the Mauritius Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi. This would be Jugnauth’s first abroad visit after taking over as the Prime Minister from his father, Anerood Jugnauth in January. Shortly after landing, the Mauritius Prime Minister

Advani, Uma Bharti & M M Joshi Asked To Appear In Court In Babri Masjid Case On May 30

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: A special CBI court today directed BJP stalwarts L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti to appear before it on May 30 for charges against the Babri Masjid demolition case. The apex court had on April 19 directed that Advani (89), Joshi (83), Bharti (58) and other accused in the case would be prosecuted for serious offence of criminal conspiracy | Source: PTI In light of the Supreme Court’s order to restore the serious offence of criminal conspiracy against them, special CBI judge S K Yadav also asked three other BJP leaders — Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia to present themselves before the court in person on that day. He said no application for adjournment or exemption shall be entertained. The court which is hearing two separate cases, has already

President Mukherjee presents the Dr. Ambedkar National Awards

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: President  presented the Dr. Ambedkar National Awards for outstanding contribution to the promotion of social understanding and for the upliftment of weaker sections of the society for the years 2011, 2012 and 2014 on Friday in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated the winners of Dr. Ambedkar National Awards. He said that we deeply appreciate and value the works done by Professor S K Thorat, a well known scholar, ‘Samta Sainik Dal’ a non-political organization founded by Dr. Ambedkar, ‘Amar Sewa Sangam’ an institution working in the field of empowering differently abled persons and Babu Lal Nirmal, a social activist from Rajasthan. All of them have done tremendous work in furthering the vision of Bharat Ratna, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, which was to create

PM Modi condoles demise of KPS Gill

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: KPS Gill will be remembered for his service to our nation in the fields of policing and security. Pained by his demise. My condolences, the Prime Minister said. Former Punjab DGP KPSGill pased away on Friday. He was 82. According to reports, he died at a hospital in Delhi. In his career, the top cop had served twice as the DGP of Punjab. He was credited with having brought the Punjab insurgency under control. Gill retired from the Indian Police Service in 1995. Gill had served as consultant on counter-terrorism, president of the Institute for Conflict Management and president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). He received a Padma Shri award, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in 1989 for his work in the civil service.

More trouble for Lalu; IT raids 22 locations in Delhi, Gurugram over Rs 1,000-cr land deals

Written by | May 16, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: It’s a huge embarrassment for Nitish Kumar government in Bihar! Income Tax on Tuesday launched raids at multiple companies linked to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav, according to a report. The I-T today launched searches at 22 locations in Delhi and Gurugram on companies and people associated with Lalu Yadav, in connection with charges of benami land deals worth 1,000 crore. The raids come after the BJP accused the RJD chief, his MP-daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons, both Bihar government ministers, of being involved in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad last week alleged that Lalu’s official residence was the address of the owners of the firms allegedly floated by his family members. He urged the Election

Prime Minister Modi meets Palestine President

Written by | May 16, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas being received by the President Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the Ceremonial Reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on May 16, 2017. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas here ahead of India-Palestine delegation-level talks. “A relationship marked by solidarity & friendship. PM @narendramodi meets President Mahmoud Abbas at Hyderabad House in New Delhi,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted. Earlier in the day, Abbas was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here following which he paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the visiting dignitary and discussed

Manmohan govt was a ‘cash and carry’ regime: BJP

Written by | May 16, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said it time for the Congress Party to ‘own up’ to these omissions and commissions, adding that they cannot get away by giving political replies. ” Karti had been under scanner for a very long time. Because when his father was the Union finance minister, a large number of cases involving money laundering, involving some kind of favoritism and consideration received for FIPB clearances, these all were available, it shows that Manmohan Singh’s government in which Mr. Chidambaram was the finance minister was a ‘cash and carry’ government. Where money was looted in every possible manner,” Rao said. He further said if there is anyone who has ever misused the CBI it was Chidambaram and his Congress government. “Chidambaram

China is well aware of corruption in CPEC: Asif Ali Zardari

Written by | May 16, 2017 | 0
Peshawar: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari has said China is well aware of the level of corruption in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. “We have no hopes from this government, it is incompetent,” Geo News quoted Zardari, as saying. Taking a jibe at PTI chief Imran Khan, Zardari said he is afraid of going to jail and addresses rallies from his drawing room. He said that the PPP’s efforts in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas has enabled everyone to carry out political activities in the region. Zardari said his party wants a merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa so that it does not become a slave to a governor or the president. Zardari said he has many projects in mind for the region and promised to make