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PAKISTAN / INDIA

Sep 15 07:11

mran Khan Doesn't Rule Out Pakistan's Possible War With India Going Nuclear

When asked if Pakistan would hit India with nuclear weapons in case of a large-scale conflict, Khan first ruled out his country initiating the attack.

“Pakistan would never start a war, and I am clear: I am a pacifist. I am anti-war,” he said.

However, Khan added that when two nuclear-armed states “fight a conventional war, there is every possibility that it is going to end up in a nuclear war.”

“If say Pakistan, God forbid, we are fighting a conventional war, we are losing, and if a country is stuck between the choice: either you surrender or you fight ‘til death for your freedom – I know Pakistanis will fight to death for their freedom,” said Pakistan’s PM.

Khan has repeatedly warned in recent weeks that foreign powers, along with the UN, need to intervene in the standoff between India and Pakistan over disputed Kashmir.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that no unhinged Pakistani group, or movement, is about to "take care of direct military action" against india, in behalf of Pakistan; I very much respect Khan's performance so far as Pakistan's President, but right now, he needs to reach out to the most disaffected, and despairing of his own people, and those in Kashmir, by preaching hope, moderation, and ultimately, a political solution here.

Sep 12 12:00

Indian Military Waiting for Government Order to Retrieve Pakistan's Part of Kashmir - Army Chief

New Delhi (Sputnik): A day ahead of a big rally by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Muzaffarabad - the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir - India has made a strong statement about retrieving Kashmir from Islamabad.

With some Indian ministers underlining the need to discuss Pakistani-administered Kashmir, the Indian Army chief has said the troops always remain ready mode whenever the government wants them to go ahead and retrieve that side of Kashmir.

General Bipin Rawat’s remark came days after two key ministers including the Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, touched upon the issue of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

"The government takes action in such matters. Institutions of the country will work as per the orders of the government. The army is always ready", said General Rawat while replying to the media on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Pakistan decides to do this, SOME adult in the room, on both India's and Pakistan's side needs to get the leadership in both countries to "cage the rage, and engage;" calm moral leadership is desperately required to keep these countries from starting World War III.

Sep 09 11:10

Pakistan vows 'fullest possible response' to India over Kashmir

Pakistan will make the fullest possible response to India’s actions in disputed Kashmir and the global community would be responsible for any “catastrophic” aftermath, Imran Khan, the prime minister of the Muslim-majority nation, said on Friday.

Sep 09 11:08

India throttling Kashmir media, report says

India´s government is muzzling Kashmir´s media as part of the lockdown it imposed on the disputed region a month ago, according to a new report by two rights networks.

The study comes after Delhi revoked Occupied Kashmir´s special autonomy on August 5 and sent in tens of thousands of extra troops to reinforce the half a million already there.

Published earlier this week, the study said reporters were being subjected to surveillance, informal investigations and harassment for publishing reports considered adverse to the government or security forces.

Sep 09 11:03

Treadmill of Magic Seeds and Broken Promises: Dismantling the Myth of Bt Cotton Success in India

Political posturing aligned with commercial interests means that truth is becoming a casualty in the debate about genetically modified (GM) crops in India. The industry narrative surrounding Bt cotton is that it has been a great success. The current Modi-led administration is parroting this claim and argues its success must be replicated by adopting a range of GM food crops, amounting to what would be a full-scale entry of GM technology into Indian agriculture. Currently, Bt cotton is India’s only officially approved commercially cultivated GM crop.

Sep 09 10:58

Welcome to the Indo-Russia Maritime Silk Road

BRICS for the moment may be dead – considering the nasty cocktail of economic brutalism and social intolerance delivered by the incendiary “Captain” Bolsonaro in Brazil. Yet RIC – Russia-India-China – is alive, well and thriving.

That was more than evident after the Putin-Modi bilateral summit in Vladivostok.

Aug 26 10:00

India Facing “Unprecedented” Economic Slowdown, Extraordinary Steps Urged

By Kevin Helms

Many signs indicate that the Indian economy is under grave stress, affecting nearly all sectors. “India’s economy is in a deep mess,” due to initiatives such as demonetization and GST, some lawmakers say, as they urge the government to handle the situation “which is intensifying on a daily basis.”...

Aug 22 08:08

Strategic analysis on the construction of new energy corridor China–Pakistan–Iran–Turkey

Highlights

This paper explores the current situation of cross-border energy pipelines of China, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. Then it analysis strategic objectives of the four countries.


It is proposed to build China-Pakistan-Iran-Turkey energy corridor between China, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, which is of great significance to realize the energy strategic objectives of the countries.

Aug 22 08:03

China to build military base near Chabahar?

BEIJING: US President Donald Trump’s recent outburst on Pakistan will further boost economic and defence ties between Beijing and Islamabad, including China acquiring a Pakistani military base close to Iran’s Chabahar port, an official media report said on Friday.
Trump’s January 1 Twitter attack against Pakistan where he accused it of providing safe havens to terrorists appears to be helping boost already close ties between Pakistan and China, a report in the state-run Global Times said. It attributed Islamabad’s decision to allow Chinese currency in bilateral trade and financing transactions as China has stepped up its investments in the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Aug 20 10:05

Forces deploy 1 million to guard every inch of Kashmir valley

l forces besides Indian Air Force are guarding every inch of Kashmir Valley amid heightened tensions bet-ween India and Pakistan post the scrapping of Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir.

While majority of forces were stationed in the Valley, the Centre, over the last month has deployed over 1.75 lakh additional personnel — which is unprecedented in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.

Aug 16 09:08

Indian Government Asks Twitter to Remove Accounts “Spreading Rumours” About Kashmir

By Rezwan

On August 5, India’s BJP-led government revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution that gave special autonomy status to the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir dividing it into two union territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Fearing unrest, protests, and opposition, the authorities put hundreds of political leaders and their aides under house arrest and suspended access to mobile, landline and internet networks...

Aug 15 10:02

People Gather at Trafalgar Square in London to Protest India Revoking Kashmir's Special Status

Earlier in the month, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind signed a decree removing Article 370 of the constitution, stripping the state of Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

Hundreds of people, including members of Kashmir Student Action and the SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) India Society, have gathered at Trafalgar Square in London to protest the recent decision by the Indian authorities to divide Jammu and Kashmir into two territories.

The move comes after India scrapped Article 370, which used to grant special constitutional status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Aug 15 08:36

Palestinians denounce India’s Israeli-style tactics in Kashmir

Palestinians are calling for solidarity with Kashmir following the Indian government’s move to revoke the state’s autonomy while imposing an unprecedented lockdown.

“As Palestinians, we deeply feel the suffering of the people in Kashmir under military repression that in so many cases is similar to Israeli forms of subjugation and control,” the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) said on Tuesday.

The BNC is the steering group for the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign for Palestinian rights.

Aug 13 07:20

Pakistan Mobilizing Forces At Kashmir Base Near Line Of Control: Report

India's Business Standard is reporting a major mobilization of Pakistani military forces underway along the border with India, citing government sources which talked to Asia's ANI news agency.

The contested Kashmir region is on edge following India last week taking the unprecedented step of revoking Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir's (J&K) autonomous status amid a military crackdown involving deployment of tens of thousands of Indian troops to the region.

"Three C-130 transport aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force were used on Saturday to ferry equipment to their Skardu air base opposite the Union Territory of Ladakh. The Indian agencies concerned are keeping a close eye on the movement of Pakistanis along the border areas," sources told ANI.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pakistani Prime Minister Khan, I beg you not to do this.

And there are millions of reasons why, including the following reality:

Nearly one million Indians left homeless by landslides and floods

You, and your country, have an opportunity to appear magnanimous, and helpful right now.

Please, re-establish your, and your country's, relations with the Indian government.

For Pakistan to appear helpful, under these circumstances, would be a way to go down a better path to peace and understanding between India and Pakistan; I am asking you to pick the "high ground" here, right now.

And yes, I know it will take a lot of courage on your part, and on the part of your government, to walk down this path; but the alternative, a nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India, is utterly unthinkable,sir.

And I would gently and politely ask you to remember, that in the Chinese language, the ideogram for "crisis" and "opportunity" , are one in the same.

You and your government, as you and your cabinet decide what to do now, in light of these horrific natural disasters India is experiencing, can choose to do some good; please take this opportunity to show kindness to people who really need it right now; and sir, the world is waiting to see what you will do next.

And as a Christian pacifist activist, I am waiting, and watching patiently, to see what your government decides to do next.

Please tell me that it is not more death and destruction; the people of Kashmir have suffered enough, and they need to be granted the right to peaceful self-determination, a concept enshrined in the UN Charter, to which your country, India, and the US are signatories.

Aug 13 07:00

175+ killed, nearly a MILLION left homeless by landslides & floods in India (VIDEOS)

Floods and landslides across southern and western Indian states have killed nearly 200 people over the past week as the Indian Army intensifies its relief operations to help thousands stranded in desperate need of rescue.

Extreme weather conditions that have been battering the Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat since last week forced hundreds of thousands of people to seek temporary shelters. The heavy rains also impacted travel in the region, disrupting train and airport connections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this can only be characterized as horrific;' and you are most not likely to hear about this from the talking heads on corporate Presstitute channels.

If you have any charity which is special to you, please make sure that the Indian people get some help from it.

As a Methodist, I will be calling UMCOR today, which is a universal aid organisation which contributes aid where it is needed, and where I know the aid will actually do something for these people.

And Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, you need to mobilize your people to help these stricken Indians, in a very public show of support during this catastrophe; it is going to make your leadership look like something which possibly, actually, can really, work, and may just may assist you, from walking away from potential war against India, to be a stalwart and responsible, neighbor of India. This can only be seen as good, Mr. Prime Minister.

And... you are welcome, sir!!

Aug 12 08:53

Hair-Trigger Nuclear Alert Looms Over Kashmir

Two of the world’s most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed.

Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided India in 1947. India and Pakistan have fought numerous wars and conflicts over majority Muslim Kashmir. China controls a big chunk of northern Kashmir known as Aksai Chin.

In 1949, the UN mandated a referendum to determine if Kashmiris wanted to join Pakistan or India. Not surprisingly, India refused to hold the vote. But there are some Kashmiris who want an independent state, though a majority seek to join Pakistan.

Aug 12 08:45

Occupied Kashmir issue should be resolved according to UN resolutions, bilateral accords: Chinese FM

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Friday expressed serious concern over the latest situation in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) and said the issue should be resolved peacefully according to the United Nations resolutions and bilateral accords between India and Pakistan.

Aug 12 08:34

In First Footage Of Kashmir Protests Under Lockdown, Live Fire Rings Out

Despite Indian-administered Kashmir now on a complete communications blackout and security lockdown after its autonomy was revoked last Monday, videos of major protests and clashes with Indian troops in the Muslim stronghold have begun to emerge.

Aug 11 10:41

In First Footage Of Kashmir Protests Under Lockdown, Live Fire Rings Out

Despite Indian-administered Kashmir now on a complete communications blackout and security lockdown after its autonomy was revoked last Monday, videos of major protests and clashes with Indian troops in the Muslim stronghold have begun to emerge.

One video from the Jammu and Kashmir's (J&K) largest city and capital of Srinagar appears to show live gun fire used by security forces to disperse demonstrators, at the end of a protest which western media described as initially involving tens of thousands.

Amid troops dispersing tear gas, automatic fire can also be heard in some of the early videos to come out.

BBC News (World)
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The BBC witnessed tear gas being used to disperse the largest protest since a lockdown was imposed in Indian-administered Kashmir – a protest the Indian government said didn’t happen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To Prime Ministers Modi and Khan; the people of Kashmir, deserve far better than they have been given, by the Indian government, or Pakistani agitators.

An I would like to modestly, and politely, suggest to India's Modi, that the Indian government could have gotten away with this, perhaps maybe 50 years ago, but not in the life of the 21st century's 24/7 news cycle.

That the the Indian government did not understand that the optics of such an attack, would ricochet around the world, with live footage, is a puzzle to me, because many of India's citizens become holders of US work visas because of their incredible knowledge wealth, and the way in which they are educated.

Aug 10 08:50

Indian Activists Oppose Oil Refinery Project Citing Environmental Concerns, As Protests Flare up

By Vishal M

In March 2019, following large protests from farmers and environmental activists, the Indian government moved a planned $44 billion ‘green’ oil refinery project out of the ecologically sensitive Nanar region in Ratnagiri on the Konkan coast. Recently, calls from pro-refinery supporters to bring the project back to Ratnagiri have stoked fears among activists and farmers that the project will be reinstated in the area, causing damage to the environment and affecting livelihoods...

Aug 09 10:33

INDIA TELLS PAKISTAN TO ‘ACCEPT REALITY’ AND STOP INTERFERING IN OTHER COUNTRIES’ INTERNAL AFFAIRS

SOURCE: RT
Pakistan must “accept reality” and stop poking its nose in the internal matters of other nations, New Delhi has said. The rebuke comes amid growing tensions over the disputed Kashmir territory.

A spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs condemned Islamabad after it suspended the last rail line linking the two countries.

Raveesh Kumar said that Pakistan must “accept reality” and stop taking “unilateral actions.”

“This has been done without consulting us. We’ve urged them to reconsider their decision. Our sense is that whatever is being done by Pakistan is to present an alarming picture of bilateral relationship.”

On Monday, the New Delhi government revoked the special status of Indian-administered Kashmir, a move that has enraged Islamabad and led to a spike in tensions.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has insisted that the move would help stamp out “the separatism, corruption and terrorism” plaguing the disputed territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Modi has to understand the following:

Modi’s Kashmir Decision Is the Latest Step in Undoing Nehru’s Vision

To the Prime Ministers Modi and Khan and some of the "Adults in the Room" who are watching this escalation start to move out of control (and YES, Sergei Lavrov, I MEAN YOU!!)

Please: the people of Kashmir do not deserve a shooting war here; I would like to think that you all have what my late Grandfather would characterise as "Horse sense", to understand what a total calamity a war between a nuclear-armed Pakistan, and a nuclear-armed India would be.

So please, enough"male attribute measuring" from BOTH Prime Minister Khan, and Prime Minister Modi; and yes, I mean that, with all my heart.

Peace, throughout the entire region, is what needs to be attained here.

So Chinese President Xi Jinping; and America's President Trump, you both have to weigh in here, in an intelligent, reasonable way, and stop this madness from moving forward.

You both need to have your people working the bloody phones, 24/7, until you get assurances that both the leaders of Pakistan and India, will give peace, and confidence-building measures, another chance. The world is already unstable enough as it is, without an all-out, India/Pakistani nuclear war.

Aug 09 09:48

Delhi-Lahore Bus Service Suspended Amid Kashmir Row - Pakistani Minister of Communication

Pakistan's Railway Ministry said in a statement that it will close the Thar Express train service after shutting down the Samjhauta Express rail link to India earlier this week over New Delhi's decision to strip a state in the disputed Kashmir region of its special status.

Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed has responded to India's move to strip Kashmir of its special status, saying that the bus service between the two countries has been suspended.

Aug 08 14:46

Kashmir: Why India and Pakistan fight over it

How old is this fight?

Kashmir is an ethnically diverse Himalayan region, covering around 86,000 sq miles (138 sq km), and famed for the beauty of its lakes, meadows and snow-capped mountains.

Even before India and Pakistan won their independence from Britain in August 1947, the area was hotly contested.

Under the partition plan provided by the Indian Independence Act, Kashmir was free to accede to either India or Pakistan.

The maharaja (local ruler), Hari Singh, initially wanted Kashmir to become independent - but in October 1947 chose to join India, in return for its help against an invasion of tribesmen from Pakistan.

Aug 08 11:16

Report: Pakistan Bans Indian Flights From its Airspace as War Threat Looms

Rumors are swirling that Pakistan has banned Indian flights from its airspace as Prime Minister Imran Khan warned that war between the two nuclear-armed nations is looming.

“Pakistan has shutdown its airspace for Indian flights and Pakistan Air Force and military has raised their alert level. Airspace ban to be FULLY implemented in once any flight presently flying over Pakistan is cleared,” tweeted national security expert F. Jeffery.

NEW: Pakistan has shutdown its airspace for Indian flights and Pakistan Air Force and military has raised their alert level. Airspace ban to be FULLY implemented in once any flight presently flying over Pakistan is cleared.

Aug 08 11:09

Pakistan PM Warns of War With India Over Kashmir Crackdown

India’s Monday revocation of generations of Kashmiri legal autonomy was a huge issue, and no where was it felt more immediately than in neighboring Pakistan. With Pakistan strongly identifying with the Kashmiri separatist movement, it was only natural that the crackdown led to immediate protests across Pakistan, and calls for action.

This is a risky situation, however, not only aligning India and Pakistan, two regional rivals, against one another, and Pakistani PM Imran Khan warned on Tuesday that a war could break out between the two nuclear-armed powers over the fate of Kashmiris.

Khan said that his biggest concern is that India’s move could trigger attacks by Kashmiris against Indian soldiers stationed in Kashmir, and that India was liable to blame Pakistan for any such attack.

Aug 08 10:58

PAKISTAN TO DOWNGRADE DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS, SUSPEND BILATERAL TRADE WITH INDIA

SOURCE: RT
Pakistan says it’s going to downgrade diplomatic relations with India and suspend trade with the neighbor state. The move comes after New Delhi revoked the autonomous status of the disputed Kashmir region.
The statement by the Pakistani government vowed that the country will take the Kashmir issue to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

It also said that Prime Minister, Imran Khan, told the Pakistani military to “continue vigilance.”

On Tuesday, India’s lower house of parliament has voted to downgrades the status of Kashmir from a state to a union territory, which will prevent the Muslim-majority region from making its own legislation.

Islamabad also announced that India's envoy to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, will be expelled from the country as part of the response measures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I input this, there are already reports of fiercely heavy fighting, in some areas, along the Line of Control; this situation could go from bad to worse, in less than a heartbeat, for the following reasons:

2015: India and US seal nuclear deal as Modi hosts Obama

From March of this year: China backs ‘iron brother’ Pakistan with primary weapons and complex exercises

And from May of this year: Russia's looming arms sale to Pakistan sets up a dangerous game

Unfortunately, it will not take much for a real shooting conflict to take shape between a nuclear-armed Pakistan, and a nuclear-armed India over Kashmir.

And unfortunately, India has been deaf, dumb, and blind, to an early promise by its leadership, to allow the Kashmiris to determine if they want to stay with India, join Pakistan, or become an entity unto itself.

In 2016, the following op ed appeared in the Express Tribune Blog section: When Nehru Promised Kashmir Freedom, why is India still in denial?!?

So now, what we have in this already volatile area, are US "defense assurances" to India, based on Obama's 2015 trip here, countered by Russian and Chinese defense assurances, (and practical actions by the Chinese government and military) to Pakistan.

War with Pakistan, China, and Russia, with the US supporting India against them?!?

Please, Lord, NO!!

Because unless someone sane in the Bowels of Power in governments around the world is "working the phones", and is creating as direct a communication with both countries' leadership as is humanly possibly, and right the hell now, a shooting war, courtesy of the US and India, and also courtesy of Pakistan, Russia, and China, could well be on its way to this already troubled part of the planet.

Russian President Vlad (the NON-Impaler) Putin, and Sergei Lavrov, white courtesy telephone, please!! And yes we know that you, and your weapons developers love selling Russian military gear around the world (as does the US military industrial complex, and its President, love to sell their military hardware).

And President Trump, we know that you met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last week; please, let us get both parties on this to "Contain the Rage and Engage", at a meaningful level, so that a true, shooting war does not break out here; it is the absolutely last thing this world needs right now.

President Trump, we both know, that in the Chinese language, the ideogram for "Crisis" and "Opportunity", are one in the same; please see if we can turn this into an opportunity for peaceful engagement, and a furthering of ties recommences between India and Pakistan.

But you will need to convince the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, that promises, once made by its government, need to be fulfilled, and not repudiated.

If there was ever a critical time for a Kashmiri referendum, is right now, Mr. President: and you're welcome.

Aug 08 09:32

Indian Su-30MKI Fighter Jet Crashes in Country's Northeast

Both pilots managed to eject from the plane, but sustained injuries and were taken to hospital, local media have reported.

An Indian Air Force Su-30MKI fighterjet has crashed in a field used for agriculture in the state of Assam, northeast India, a local police source has told Sputnik.

The accident took place in the vicinity of the city of Tezpur, about 75 km southwest of India's border with Bhutan, and 130 km south of the border with China, on Thursday night. The plane was reportedly flying out of Tezpur Airport.

Aug 08 08:52

Israel is playing a big role in India’s escalating conflict with Pakistan

When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a “terrorist camp” were the first words. A “command and control centre” destroyed, many “terrorists” killed. The military was retaliating for a “terrorist attack” on its troops, we were told.

An Islamist “jihadi” base had been eliminated. Then I heard the name Balakot and realised that it was neither in Gaza, nor in Syria – not even in Lebanon – but in Pakistan. Strange thing, that. How could anyone mix up Israel and India?

Well, don’t let the idea fade away. Two thousand five hundred miles separate the Israeli ministry of defence in Tel Aviv from the Indian ministry of defence in New Delhi, but there’s a reason why the usual cliche-stricken agency dispatches sound so similar.

Aug 06 12:29

Pakistan's Army "Prepared" To Support Kashmir As PM Khan Warns "More Suicide Attacks" Coming

After yesterday's unprecedented revocation of an over 50-year old constitutional article which gave Indian-administered Kashmir special autonomous status, Pakistan's army has shot back in provocative statements saying it will "go to any extent" to support Kashmiris amid an Indian military crackdown. "Pakistan Army firmly stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end," said General Qamar Javed Bajwa after meeting with top commanders over the crisis.

"We are prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfill our obligations in this regard," he added, without specifying what form this might take. At the same time Pakistan's foreign minister informed the United Nations it is prepared to act in response to the "critical situation".

Aug 06 10:56

Scrapping of Kashmir's special status sparks massive protests across Pakistan

A series of protest rallies has been held across Pakistan after the Indian government scrapped the special autonomy status for the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, which is claimed by both countries.

In Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir about 45 kilometers from the contested frontier between the neighbors, dozens of protesters held black flags and burnt tires.

They held anti-India placards and chanted slogans against New Delhi rule over the scenic valley.

“The abolition of the special status of Kashmir will not serve its purpose,” media outlets quoted Zahid Iqbal, 35, a migrant from Indian-controlled Kashmir as saying.

“We will fight, and we will fight with more vigor,” he added.

Aug 06 10:25

Indian Rupee Plunges Most In Six Years Amid Trade War And Kashmir Chaos 

The Indian rupee (INR) plunged the most in six years amid turmoil in both global equity and currency markets to start the week.

The rupee fell to 70.74 against the US dollar, could test 71.50 level in the coming weeks.

Aug 05 10:51

Kashmir in panic after India orders tourists to leave

Authorities in the Indian-controlled Kashmir have called on tourists to immediately leave the disputed Himalayan region, raising fears of a new crackdown.

The Jammu and Kashmir government said in an unprecedented order on Friday that tourists should cut short their stay in the region and return as soon as possible because of “intelligence inputs of terror threats” against a huge Hindu pilgrimage and “the prevailing security situation.”

In a joint press conference, the Indian army and the state police said there were “confirmed intelligence reports” claiming that terrorists backed by Pakistan were trying to disrupt the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage.

Aug 05 10:45

Kashmir On Lockdown: India Strips Muslim-Majority Region Of Autonomy, Troops Move In

In a dramatic escalation following a worsening crisis, which over the weekend saw intensive shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) that separates Indian-controlled and Pakistani-controlled parts of Kashmir, New Delhi has revoked the key constitutional article which gives Indian-administered Kashmir special status.

The unprecedented move signals India is willing to take greater military action in the disputed border region, which is virtually guaranteed to not only spark severe local unrest, but put India and Pakistan on a direct collision course for war. Specifically, Article 370 is legally and historically what assured a high degree autonomy for Indian administered Muslim-majority state, enshrined in the constitution, which the majority of inhabitants there see as justifying remaining part of India.

Aug 05 10:29

India accuses Pakistan-backed militants of targeting Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir

Indian security officials said on Friday they had found evidence of attacks planned by Pakistani military-backed militants on a major Hindu pilgrimage in the disputed Muslim-dominated region of Kashmir.

Aug 05 10:14

India used banned cluster bombs amid Kashmir tensions – Pakistan

Pakistan accused India on Saturday of using illegal cluster bombs, killing two civilians and wounding 11, in the disputed Kashmir region that both countries claim.

Pakistan's military released images of what it said were bombs used by India during shelling along the de facto border in Kashmir on July 30 and 31, and photos of civilians, including a 4-year-old boy, who it said were killed and wounded by the weapons.

"Use of cluster bombs by Indian Army violating international conventions is condemnable," Major General Asif Ghafoor, chief spokesman for Pakistan's armed forces, said in a tweet.

Aug 05 10:13

India test-fires ‘quick reaction’ air defense system as tensions soar with Pakistan

India has test-fired its state-of-the-art Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM). The new air defense system has been tested amid the recent flare-up between New Delhi and Islamabad over Kashmir.

The all-weather and all-terrain missile mounted on a truck successfully hit its targets during the tests conducted on Sunday at a range in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. The Indian defense minister has shared photos and a video of the missile launch on his Twitter account.

Aug 05 08:37

INDIA CLUSTER BOMBED PAKISTAN AS LINE OF CONTROL TENSIONS FLARE UP

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

Another regional conflict could be brewing between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) that separates Kashmir. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday requested the international community to mediate the developing crisis as India continues to strengthen its military forces in Kashmir and ordered tourists and pilgrims to leave the Jammu and Kashmir state.

"President Trump offered to mediate on Kashmir. This is the time to do so as the situation deteriorates there and along the LoC with new aggressive actions being taken by Indian occupation forces. This has the potential to blow up into a regional crisis," Khan tweeted.

Khan accused India on Saturday of shelling and using cluster bombs on civilians across densely populated areas on the LoC. He asked the United Nations to monitor the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, and India did use cluster bombs on densely populated regions, this is a war crime, period, end of discussion.

I would strongly suggest that Indian President Ram Nath Kovind needs to take some confidence building steps with Pakistan, to insure no more damage, or deaths or injuries to the Kashmiri people, and come up with a political solution which will ratchet down the tensions here, and create an atmosphere where real negotiations can actually take place.

Because right now, with both nations being nuclear-armed, I am terrified of the risks for unintentional war, if reasonable negotiations are not offered, and signed on to, by all parties.

Aug 03 09:59

India Foils Infiltration Attempt by Pakistani Military Squad, Eliminates Regulars - Reports

Aug 02 10:45

Lessons For America From India's War Against Muslim Illegal Migrants

India’s 2,582 mile border with Bangladesh is even longer than America’s 1,954 mile border with Mexico.

America’s Border Patrol has less than 20,000 people. India’s Border Security Force (BSF) has 186 battalions and 257,363 people. It’s a paramilitary organization with an intelligence network, ten artillery units, air and marine wings, and canine and even camel units. And the weapons aren’t just there for show.

And now it’s turning to the problem of the millions of illegal Bangladeshi Muslim ‘infiltrators’ in India.

Last year, around the same time that the media was fulminating over remarks by President Trump, Amit Shah, the head of India’s conservative ruling BJP, was being attacked for calling illegal aliens, “termites”.

"Millions of infiltrators have entered our country and are eating the country like termites. Should we not uproot them?” Shah asked voters in West Bengal, which is threatened by illegal Bangladeshis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While I do not condone the shootings or references to illegal immigrants as "termites", India's “detect-delete-deport” program, appears to be working far better than does the US immigration policy for its citizens.

Aug 02 10:32

India's Chandrayaan-2 Mission to the Moon in Photos

India's second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, consists of a lander, rover and orbiter. Chandrayaan-2 launched to the moon on July 22, 2019, and is expected to arrive in lunar orbit on Sept. 6. The India Space Research Organization (ISRO) is targeting the moon's south pole as a landing spot.

Click through this gallery to see photos of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, starting with the spacecraft's assembly and liftoff.

Jul 29 11:00

India Launches First-Ever Space War Drill To Defend Satellites

In the event of war with Pakistan or China, India has determined that the first domain of warfare to defend is low Earth orbit.

Indian news reported last week that the country's first space war drill on Thursday [July 25] was focused on defending space assets in the event of a shooting conflict with China.

Jul 29 08:30

Lack of Diverse Media Ownership Leads to Censorship in Pakistan Says New Report

By Waleed Tariq

Aided by lax legal restrictions, Pakistan is a “high-risk country” in terms of media pluralism as more than half of mass media ownership is concentrated in the hands of a few — a model which has resulted in closure of businesses, a fall in journalism standards and rise in censorship, says a new research study.

These findings, coupled with the ruling party’s increasingly hostile attitude towards journalists who are critical of government institutions, have led to the deterioration of the country’s once-vibrant media environment and paved the way for continued threats to press freedom...

Jul 23 10:12

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Jul 23 06:41

‘Nuclear war is not an option’: Pakistani PM says he’d give up nukes if India did so too

In a stunning statement, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he would be willing to give up his nation’s nuclear weapons if its rival India vowed to do the same. He also urged New Delhi to come to the negotiating table.

Jul 22 18:10

India to buy Russian rocket engines for its space program

New Delhi has plans to purchase rocket engines from Moscow for its growing national space program, Russia’s deputy prime minister said. The announcement follows the successful launch of a new Indian expedition to the Moon.

Jul 22 11:15

Liftoff! India Launches Ambitious Mission to Land at the Moon's South Pole

India is on its way to the moon again — this time, to the lunar surface.

The nation's robotic Chandrayaan-2 mission launched today (July 22) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, rising off the pad atop a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) rocket at 5:13 a.m. EDT (0913 GMT; 2:43 p.m. local Indian time). The launch came after just over a weeklong delay due to a rocket glitch, and just days after NASA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Jul 22 08:53

With Chandrayaan-2 launch, India’s ISRO shoots for the Moon on a shoe-string budget

The mission’s budget is just $141 million, significantly lower than those of other countries, and less than half of the recently released blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame.” The orbiter is designed to operate for at least one year, but lander and rover are expected to operate for just a couple of weeks.

Jul 17 08:35

India Says It's Working with Russia on De-Dollarisation of Bilateral Trade

New Delhi (Sputnik): India says it is working with Russia to overcome payment issues for its strategic imports from that country. Deputy National Security Advisor of India, Ambassador Pankaj Saran said both sides are working on rupee-rouble trade to overcome a crisis caused by US financial sanctions.

Addressing the Second India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue in New Delhi on Wednesday, Ambassador Saran said this would help overcome India’s adverse balance of trade with Russia.

“As part of the trading environment, there have been talks about trade in national currencies. This again is still a work in progress and we need to see how we can operationalise and move forward on this idea, because increasingly we see many countries in the world are taking recourse to trading in their own respective currencies", said Ambassador Saran.

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One has to wonder if President Trump understands, to any possible degree, how much these sanctions are hurting - and will hurt - US businesses?!?

Jul 15 16:57

India & Russia will use their national currencies for defense deals to bypass US sanctions – report

Russia and one of the biggest importers of its weapons, India, have decided to use their national currencies to transfer payments for massive defense deals in order to skirt possible US sanctions, according to Bloomberg.

Jul 15 12:20

Shazia Ahad: India Keeping Forces Brutality in Kashmir Unreported

Shazia Ahad, Kashmiri scholar and activist, says India denies United Nations delegations to its various jails in Kashmir, and blocks foreign correspondents from reporting from Kashmir, impeding any reports on the use of excessive force and torture against Kashmiris.

Speaking with FNA in an exclusive interview, Shazia Ahad added the Indian forces use torture as a means of extracting information “… or even forced confessions from the victims… Young men have been subjected to re-victimization where they are caught into a continuous cycle of arbitrary or illegal detentions, torture and harassment for years”.

Shazia Ahad is a Kashmiri scholar and activist. She is a researcher at Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (CCS), a Srinagar-based human rights organizations reporting and documenting Kashmiris rights status.

Jul 15 11:02

Shazia Ahad: India Keeping Forces Brutality in Kashmir Unreported

Shazia Ahad, Kashmiri scholar and activist, says India denies United Nations delegations to its various jails in Kashmir, and blocks foreign correspondents from reporting from Kashmir, impeding any reports on the use of excessive force and torture against Kashmiris.

Speaking with FNA in an exclusive interview, Shazia Ahad added the Indian forces use torture as a means of extracting information “… or even forced confessions from the victims… Young men have been subjected to re-victimization where they are caught into a continuous cycle of arbitrary or illegal detentions, torture and harassment for years”.

Shazia Ahad is a Kashmiri scholar and activist. She is a researcher at Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (CCS), a Srinagar-based human rights organizations reporting and documenting Kashmiris rights status.

Jul 15 11:00

India Doubles Down on Its Military Alliance with Israel

India’s $100 million purchase of 1,000 Barak-8 medium-range surface-to-air missiles and an as-yet unknown number of anti-tank Spike missiles proves that the South Asian state is doubling down on its military alliance with “Israel” and giving its old partner Russia a run for its money.

Jul 12 09:51

Israel arms company signs $100m missile deal with India army

An Israeli arms company has signed a $100 million deal with the Indian army and air force, under which 1,000 missile kits will be transferred to the South Asian state.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems – an Israeli company which manufactures weapons for the Israeli army – signed the contract with Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Ltd. India (KRAS) for $100 million. The deal will see 1,000 Barak 8/MRSAM missile kits manufactured for the Indian army and air force, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The Israeli daily explained that the MRSAM missile system “is a land-based configuration of the long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) or Barak-8 naval air defense system”.

Jul 10 08:22

From stealth jets to killer subs: Russia pitches massive arms deals to India

Russia is offering an array of cutting-edge arms to be produced locally by India, including an advanced killer sub and a fifth-generation fighter jet. The Indian military is also about to take delivery of other weapons.

Jun 27 14:51

Trump demands India scrap ‘unacceptable’ tariffs just after Pompeo charm offensive

US President Donald Trump criticized India’s retaliatory tariffs against US goods, potentially undermining whatever progress was made in trade talks by his secretary of state during a recent visit to India.

Trump called the tariff bump – which targets 30 American products, including almonds, walnuts, apples, large motorcycles, and some metal and chemical products – “unacceptable,” and demanded its withdrawal, complaining that India has been treating the US unfavorably “for years.” He apparently intends to discuss the issue with Indian PM Narendra Modi during the upcoming G20 economic summit in Japan.

Jun 27 14:22

China luring Indian tech firms with market access & free rent

Agreements worth about $6 billion have been signed between India and China during the launch of a joint IT platform. Indian firms are thus getting access to China’s $144 billion tech market.

India’s IT industry’s trade group NASSCOM on Sunday established a Sino-Indian Digital Collaborative Opportunities Plaza (SIDCOP) in the tech hub of Guiyang in southwest China.

“In this way, we will be marrying the requirements of Chinese companies with the capabilities of Indian IT service providers,” said India's ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale. He told the Times of India: “We visualize that these initiatives will give a big impetus to cooperation between India and China in the IT-enabled services sector.”

Jun 23 09:33

India "Risks Triggering Sanctions" Over Russian S-400 Deal, US Warns

Just ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to India next week, the State Department reiterated US frustration with New Delhi over its deal to purchase S-400 antiaircraft missile system from Russia.

India already appeared to blow off last week's US urging it not to go through with the purchase, which comes at a delicate time of severe strain with Turkey over precisely the same issue. A State Dept. briefing hinted at the Turkey issue alongside ally India seeking to procure the advanced Russian system:

"With respect to the S-400, we're urging all of our allies and partners, India included, to forgo transactions with Russia that risk triggering the CAATSA sanctions," an official said during a background briefing Friday.

Jun 23 08:38

Not you too! US warns India against Russian S-400 ahead of Pompeo’s visit

Although Washington already has its plate full trying to dissuade Turkey from buying S-400 air defenses, it is also “urging” India against buying the Russian missile system just ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit.

Jun 21 08:57

US Urges India Not to Buy Russian S-400 Systems Ahead of Pompeo's Visit

The US is already engaged in a row over the purchase of Russian S-400 air defence systems with a key NATO ally - Turkey.

The US has warned India against buying Russian S-400 systems, proposing the Asian nation to consider another armament of that type, a senior US Department of State official said during a conference call on Friday.

"With respect to the S-400, we're urging all of our allies and partners, India included, to forgo transactions with Russia that risk triggering the CAATSA [Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act] sanctions... This is a time we will be encouraging India to look at alternatives," the official said ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming visit to India.

Jun 20 12:54

India Deploys Warships, Jets to Persian Gulf Amid Rising Iran-US Tension

The Indian Navy named the deployment “Operation Sankalp (resolution)", claiming that it only serves to re-assure Indian flagged vessels travelling through the area following the recent maritime incidents there.

New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian Navy has deployed warships and aircraft to the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake maritime security operations amid rising tensions between the US and Iran.

The announcement came from the Indian Navy on a day when Iranian paramilitary forces claimed that a US spy drone had been shot down after entering Iran's airspace.

Jun 15 10:46

India to slap tariffs on 28 US products on Sunday – statement

India said it will on Sunday impose higher tariffs on 28 US products, including almonds, apples and walnuts, in response to Washington’s withdrawal of key trade privileges for New Delhi.

The US goods affected by the Indian tariffs include iron and steel products, flat-rolled stainless steel, boric acid, tube and pipe fittings, screws, bolts and rivets. The hikes also target food products such as walnuts, chickpeas, lentils, apples, pears and artemia shrimps.

The new tariffs would allow India to receive around $217 million additional revenue from US imports, a source told the Times of India earlier.

Jun 06 10:49

‘Action should be taken’: Indian MP lashes out at praying Muslim groups blocking roads

Muslim worshipers in India should pray in mosques while those who block public streets while offering Namaz should be dealt with, an Indian lawmaker has said, as the country’s Islamic community celebrates Eid-al-Fitr.

Some religious practices of local Muslims cause inconveniences to residents of Indian cities, Bhola Singh, who was recently re-elected to the Indian parliament, said on Wednesday. The lawmaker from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) is urging Muslims to restrict their prayers to specialized places of worship.

A place has been designated for expressing your devotion. Roads should not be blocked. If it happens, it is wrong. Action should be taken.

Jun 05 07:18

US approved transfer of nuclear expertise to Riyadh after Khashoggi murder - Approvals allow US companies to discuss and work on nuclear-related projects in the Gulf kingdom

The Donald Trump administration issued two authorisations for the transfer of technical "nuclear expertise" to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi late last year, US Senator Tim Kaine has revealed.

Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, where Khashoggi resided, called the decision "shocking" - as it came amid global outrage over the Saudi journalist's gruesome murder on 2 October.

The two approvals were issued on 18 October - only 16 days after Khashoggi was killed - and on 18 February, respectively.

Known as "Part 810 authorisations", they allow US companies to discuss and work on nuclear-related projects in the Gulf kingdom.

"I have serious questions about whether any decisions on nuclear transfers were made based on the Trump family's financial ties rather than the interests of the American people," Kaine said in a statement on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; since this permission came down just two weeks after the Kashoggi assassination, did President Trump know this was going down before it happened?!?

I am sorry to suggest, but have to state, that this... is the "opening of Pandora's Box", by the US government; and I suspect that it will rue the day when it happened, and Saudi Arabia has an impressive nuclear arsenal.

Against what country in the region Saudi Arabia will first attempt to use these weapons?!? Color Iran as the most likely recipient of the brutal damage from a nuclear bombing.

So what will Iran ultimately do, faced with this predicament?!? Develop nuclear bombs of their own, and I would likely suggest, this could happen very quickly, if they approached Pakistan for their nuclear technology.

Jun 04 06:17

India may retaliate against US after Trump yanks country’s preferential trade status

Indian authorities are mulling reciprocal measures to counter Washington’s unfriendly move to deprive the country of preferential trade status with the US, according to the chairman of India’s trade body.

On Saturday, US President Donald Trump ordered that India be excluded from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, starting June 5. Under the terms of the program, the country is able to export around $5.6 billion worth of its goods to the US duty-free.

“India might counter the US decision to withdraw GSP on its exports by imposing retaliatory tariffs from the coming month,” said the chairman of the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) Mohit Singla.

May 31 12:15

FBI Failed To Brief in Aug 2016 Then-Candidate Trump About Investigations Into His Staff

A mid-August 2016 counterintelligence briefing for the Trump campaign did not specifically warn officials about Russian outreach to the Trump team, nor did it warn that two campaign aides, Mike Flynn and George Papadopoulos, were already under FBI investigation, Fox News has learned.

The new details about the so-called “defensive briefing” have emerged from congressional letters, text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, and sources familiar with the matter. Such briefings are designed to warn the candidate and his team about national security threats.

“There was a defensive briefing of candidate Trump on Aug. 17 of 2016,” Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Thursday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “And I can tell you what he wasn’t told: He wasn’t warned about a Russia investigation that Peter Strzok had opened 18 days earlier.”

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.!

May 25 10:25

This Might Be Where The Very First Total Nuclear War Starts

Undoubtedly, for nearly two decades the most dangerous place on Earth has been the Indian-Pakistani border in Kashmir. It’s possible that a small spark from artillery and rocket exchanges across that border might? - ?given the known military doctrines of the two nuclear-armed neighbors? - ?lead inexorably to an all-out nuclear conflagration. In that case the result would be catastrophic. Besides causing the deaths of millions of Indians and Pakistanis, such a war might bring on “nuclear winter” on a planetary scale, leading to levels of suffering and death that would be beyond our comprehension.

May 24 09:29

Modi Wins Another Term for the Anti-Muslim, Right-Wing Hindu Nationalists

Vijay Prashad analyzes the Indian election result, which has returned right-wing Narendra Modi to power. Money, mass media abdication of its watchdog function, and institutional collapse enabled Modi triumph

May 23 12:42

India has ended Iranian oil imports: envoy

India has ended all imports of oil from Iran, its ambassador in Washington said Wednesday, becoming the latest country to grudgingly comply with threatened US sanctions.

India had already sharply decreased its imports from Iran and bought one million tonnes of crude in April, the last month before Washington stepped up its pressure campaign against Tehran and ended all exemptions to sanctions, Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla said.

"That's it. After that we haven't imported any," Shringla told reporters during a briefing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election victory.

May 21 11:07

Indian general warns Pakistan ‘dare not try’ any cross-border military actions near Kashmir

Islamabad will inevitably face a “befitting reply” from New Delhi should Pakistani forces engage in any kind of ‘misadventure’ in the disputed Kashmir territory, a high-ranked Indian general said on Monday.

A tough message to the arch-rival came from Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, commander of Northern Indian Army as he was talking to the media in Kashmir. The official made it clear that any cross-border activity on behalf of the Pakistani military would be regarded as an affront on the Indian side.

May 20 10:50

Panic Grips Pakistan After Children's Doctor Infected Over 500 With HIV

A horrific story has sent shock and panic through Pakistan, further entering global headlines at the end of this week: Pakistani police are holding a doctor on suspicions that he intentionally infected over 500 people, including 400 children, with the HIV virus.

The investigation began after an HIV epidemic was uncovered in an urban district of Pakistan's south starting in February, and after over ten families accused a local doctor of treating their children with used syringes.

May 16 10:10

After India province, Islamic State proclaims a new province in Pakistan

The group calling itself the Islamic State has announced the establishment of a new overseas province in Pakistan, just days after proclaiming another new overseas province in northern India. Until recently, the Islamic State’s operations in Asia were conducted under the banner of the Islamic State – Khorasan Province, or IS-KP. The shadowy group was founded in early 2015 and was led by former Taliban warlords who pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the spiritual leader and self-proclaimed emir of the Islamic State. Since that time, at least two of IS-KP’s leaders have been killed by United States forces, while the group has been engaged in a war against rival militant groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, notably the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

India has been inviting this world of hurt upon themselves, for not giving a fair and free referendum on Kashmir to those who live here.

And Pakistan?!? With as much free-falling corruption as this broken country endures, continually re-infecting its government, it is just as complicit in creating an atmosphere where this could happen.

May 08 11:35

IAF Plans to Buy Israeli Bunker Buster Version of Spice-2000 Bombs – Report

The Indian Air Force reportedly conducted the Balakot strike in Pakistan using Mirage 2000 fighters armed with Spice-2000 penetrator bombs. Because the target was visually obscured by clouds, strike pilots were unable to use the electro-optical seeker in the Spice kits.

May 03 10:17

Pepsi to drop cases against Indian farmers accused of infringing potato patent

PepsiCo has vowed to withdraw its lawsuit against Indian potato farmers who the multinational giant accused of infringing its patent. The lawsuit was earlier slammed by advocacy groups.

“After discussions with the government, the company has agreed to withdraw the cases against the farmers,” PepsiCo India spokesman said on Thursday, as cited by Reuters.

The statement added that the firm remains “deeply committed to the thousands of farmers” it works with in India and wants to ensure best farming practices.

Apr 30 14:23

A New Mega Cartel Is Emerging In Oil Markets

china and India—two of the world’s largest oil importers and the biggest demand growth centers globally—are close to setting up an oil buyers’ club to have a say in the pricing and sourcing of crude oil amid OPEC’s cuts and U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, Indian outlet livemint reports, citing three officials with knowledge of the talks.

This is not the first time that the two major oil importers are working to create such an oil club.

India and China have discussed creating an ‘oil buyers’ club’ to be able to negotiate better prices with oil exporting countries and will be looking to import more U.S. crude oil in order to reduce OPEC’s sway, both over the global oil market and over prices, India’s Petroleum Ministry said in June 2018.

Apr 30 10:51

‘We will not bow to the giant’: Indian farmers sued by PepsiCo reject any settlement

Farmers in India, who were sued by PepsiCo for planting patented potatoes, have rejected an out-of-court settlement. Supported by officials and fellow farmers, they have the national law on their side, activists say.

The food giant targeted nine farmers in the western Indian state of Gujarat with lawsuits demanding they pay damages for using a variety of potatoes protected by copyright. The court action, PepsiCo said, is meant to protect other farmers, who buy the seeds directly from the company and sell the produce back at a price determined by the company. One of the lawsuits filed by the multinational against four farmers was heard in the city of Ahmedabad on Friday.

Apr 29 10:29

Big pharma war: India slams US for crusading against cheap generics

Washington’s push for intellectual property rights in the pharma industry is an attack on India’s generic drug trade, New Delhi says as a US government report accuses India of distributing counterfeit drugs worldwide.

Authorities in New Delhi were appalled as the “Special 301 report” published by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Saturday pinpointed India – alongside China – as the leading global sources of counterfeit medicines. The document, which reviews the state of intellectual property protection around the world, also alleges that up to 20 percent of drugs sold on the Indian market are fake and represent a danger to public health and safety.

Apr 28 06:30

Fear and mourning as Sri Lanka marks week since attacks

Catholics observe mass at home via TV broadcast as churches across the island nation shut over fears of more attacks.

Apr 27 07:40

Fifteen dead as Sri Lanka forces raid suspects' hideout

Bodies of 15 people, including six children, discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle in an eastern town.

The bodies of 15 people, including six children, have been discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka.

A police spokesman on Saturday said three suspected suicide bombers were among the 15 dead in the shoot-out, which came six days after the killing of 253 people on an Easter Sunday.

The three men set off explosives, also killing three women and six children, inside what was believed to a safe house near the eastern town of Kalmunai on Friday night.

>>> One child caught in the crossfire was admitted to hospital.

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Apr 26 08:25

Law is same for all, raid my house if I am wrong: PM Modi hits out at Opposition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that "Income Tax raids should be carried out at his home too if he does anything wrong." He was speaking at a rally in Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi after filing his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha election from Varanasi.
PM Modi's statements come amid the outrage by the Opposition after raids were carried out at the homes of several politicians.

Apr 24 08:04

Narendra Modi became the fourteenth Prime Minister of India in 2014

Narendra Modi became the fourteenth Prime Minister of India in 2014 after the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) landslide victory in the Lok Sabha election. The BJP's victory in the election was much to the credit of the 'Modi wave' that had gained momentum as the party’s campaign in the run-up to the polls grew.

Apr 24 04:00

Some People Did Something Again and now Sri Lanka Muslims fear backlash

'Not your enemies': Sri Lanka Muslims fear backlash after blasts
Members of the community say they feel vulnerable in the wake of the church and hotel attacks that left 359 people dead.

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On Tuesday, the country's state minister of defence said the bombings were in retaliation for a recent attack on mosques in New Zealand.

Ruwan Wijewardene made the comment to politicians in parliament without providing evidence or explaining where the information came from about the worst attacks since the country's civil war ended in 2009.
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Muslims have been at the receiving end of sporadic violence and hate attacks since the civil war ended in 2009.

Hardline Buddhist monks have led campaigns against the community and in 2013 and 2018, Muslim businesses came under attack.

Rumours were even spread that Sinhalese could become sterile if they wore underwear bought from Muslim shops, and that food sold by Muslims would cause infertility.

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(*at this point we have a rock solid Official Story , "without providing evidence or explaining where the information came from"!)

Apr 23 04:05

The Sri Lanka attacks: New front, old wounds

The attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday for many brought back memories of the long ethnic war, which came to a bloody conclusion 10 years ago in May. Although the Sri Lankan authorities are yet to identify the perpetrators, it appears the attacks are of a different nature, one fuelled by global dynamics, rather than a response to local communal grievances. Despite this, the violence is bound to exacerbate already-deep ethnic and religious fault lines, increasing existing tensions and possibly fuelling further violence.

After 1948, newly independent Sri Lanka embedded a virulent form of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in the formation of the state. This ethos, in simple terms, holds that the entire island is home to Sinhala Theravada Buddhism and that minorities are invaders, who will be tolerated if they accept Sinhala hegemony. Any threats (perceived or real) to the Sinhala identity of the country are attacked resolutely.

This revealed itself in racially and linguistically discriminatory policies as constitutions were written, making non-Sinhala communities second-class citizens>>>

Apr 22 11:27

Modi Delivers Ironic “Peace Day” Message Netanyahu Borrowed from Hitler

As India’s election season drags on and nears its conclusion, current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has continued to use speeches on the campaign trail to threaten using nuclear bombs against neighboring Pakistan in an attempt to portray himself as tough on “terrorism.”

In a speech delivered last Wednesday that was widely overlooked by international media, Modi used extreme rhetoric that threatens to raise already heightened tensions between India and Pakistan — both of which are nuclear powers that nearly went to war in late February. Modi stated:

Earlier, terrorists from Pakistan would come here and go back after conducting an attack. Pakistan would threaten us, saying it has the nuclear bomb and will press the button [if India retaliated]. We have the mother of nuclear bombs. I decided to tell them, do whatever you want to do but we will retaliate.”

Apr 22 08:04

PM Narendra Modi biopic: EC submits sealed report to SC

The Supreme Court on Monday received in a sealed envelope the Election Commission`s report on "PM Narendra Modi", a biopic, after the movie`s producers cried foul that the poll panel barred the film`s release without even watching it.
The movie on Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s journey right from his childhood to him becoming the Prime Minister, has been waiting for clearance to be released after the EC issued an order barring the screening of political films during the Lok Sabha elections.

Apr 22 05:17

Local Militants Had International Help in Carrying out Attacks in Sri Lanka

An international network helped to perpetrate the bloody Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, the nation’s health minister announced after the series of coordinated bombings killed 290 people and left hundreds injured.
“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne said on Monday, RT reported.

He stated that there was “an international network”, without which the attacks “could not have succeeded”.

Suicide bombers set off explosives in several hotels and Catholic churches in different parts of Sri Lanka. An apartment complex was also targeted, and a bomb found near Colombo International Airport was defused.

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Apr 22 05:06

Blast Hits Sri Lanka Again, Police Find 87 Bomb Detonators at Colombo's Main Bus Station

A new bomb went off near a church in Sri Lanka when officials were trying to defuse it, after the nation was hit with coordinated bombings on Easter Sunday, which killed at least 290 people and injured hundreds.

A van blew up when a police unit tried to defuse the explosive, according to Reuters. Local reports suggested that there were no casualties.

Local media, however, reported that it was controlled explosion near an unnamed church in Colombo, and that the police cordoned off the area before detonating the device.

Sri Lankan police have also found 87 bomb detonators at the main bus station in the capital, Colombo, on Monday>>>

Apr 21 08:49

Have we kept our bombs for Diwali: PM Narendra Modi on nuclear threats from Pakistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India is no longer worried about threats of Pakistan using its nuclear bombs against the country and said that the armed forces are fully equipped and prepared to meet any eventuality.
''India has stopped the policy of getting scared of Pakistan's threats. Every other day they used to say 'we have a nuclear button, we have a nuclear button'.....What do we have then? Have we kept it for Diwali?'' the PM asked while addressing a huge gathering of supporters in Rajasthan's Barmer.

Apr 21 05:24

On Trump’s Shameful Decision for Yemen

The database tracker from the Armed Conflict and Location Event Data Project has issued a new data on Yemen, showing more than 70,000 have been killed in the US-backed, Saudi-led war just since January 2016.

This is a huge amount of deaths, and if there is some decrease in fighting in Hodeida because of UN talks, it’s not like the war is slowing much. At least 10,000 people were killed just in the past five months.
It begs the question: When will the warmongers stop bombing Yemen? US President Donald Trump answered that earlier this week when he vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end war in Yemen. This is not what the United Nations and the long-suffering people of the poorest country in the Arab world would like to see.

The war-torn nation has been suffering for more than four years because no one shows any trust to stop glorifying the violence>>>

Apr 21 04:48

Trump offers condolences to Sri Lanka over ‘horrible terrorist attacks’

US president erroneously says 138 million people were killed in bombings, then deletes tweet

US President Donald Trump on Sunday offers “heartfelt condolences” to the people of Sri Lanka after a series of deadly explosions at churches and hotels in the island nation killed more than 160 people.

“Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels,” he tweets. “We stand ready to help!”

The US leader erroneously writes that “138 million people” were killed in the attacks. He later appears to have deleted the tweet.

Netanyahu condemns ‘murderous rampages’ in Sri Lanka, offers help

(*I'll bet he was Up All Night waiting for that rabbit express basket delivery while his extension of himself in the west was counting eggs that never hatched)

Apr 21 04:17

At least 156 dead, including 35 foreigners, as bombings hit churches and hotels in Sri Lanka: police

Two new blasts hit capital Colombo, hours after near-simultaneous explosions kill 156 people and wound over 400.

Sri Lanka's capital Colombo has been hit by at least two new blasts, hours after the country was struck by a series of six bombings on churches and hotels that killed at least 156 people and wounded about 400.

The seventh explosion occurred at a hotel near the national zoo in the capital, killing at least two more people, police said, while an eighth blast hit the suburb of Orugodawatta in the north of Colombo.

There were no further details on what was targeted, police said.

Most of the victims were killed in three churches where worshippers were attending Easter Sunday services.>>>

(*oy vey!)

In Pictures: Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings

Apr 20 08:13

US-Japan 2+2 dialogue: Focus on increasing ties with India, Australia, South Korea

As part of a shared vision for Indo-Pacific, US and Japan have agreed to grow ties with India, along with countries like Australia, South Korea.
Speaking at the US-Japan 2+2 dialogue in Washington, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said, "The United States and Japan will continue to advance trilateral and multilateral cooperation with other regional partners, notably the Republic of Korea, Australia, India, and Southeast Asian countries."

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