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Jul 21 09:51

India’s Draconian Rules for Internet Platforms Threaten User Privacy and Undermine Encryption

By Katitza Rodriguez and Kurt Opsahl

The Indian government’s new Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code (“2021 Rules”) pose huge problems for free expression and Internet users’ privacy. They include dangerous requirements for platforms to identify the origins of messages and pre-screen content, which fundamentally breaks strong encryption for messaging tools. Though WhatsApp and others are challenging the rules in court, the 2021 Rules have already gone into effect.

Jul 19 09:06

Afghan Govt Accuses Pakistan of Giving Military Support to the Taliban

On Friday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accused Pakistan of providing support to the Taliban and called on Islamabad to use its influence to push for peace.

“Intelligence estimates indicate the influx of over 10,000 jihadi fighters from Pakistan and other places in the last month, as well as, support from their affiliates and the transnational terrorist organizations,” Ghani said at a summit in Uzbekistan.

The Taliban and the Afghan government have been fighting over the Spin Boldak border crossing with Pakistan. On Thursday, Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh accused Pakistan of giving the Taliban air support in the fighting, which Pakistan denied.

Jul 14 07:58

Is China 'Re-Occupying' Key Ladakh Positions? Indian Army Rejects Report of Another Clash With PLA

India and China have held 11 rounds of military commander-level talks to end their border standoff. As part of the ongoing disengagement process, troops on both sides have retreated from one friction point on the northern bank of Lake Pangong Tso, while China has reportedly pulled back troops from forward positions in the Galwan Valley.

The Indian Army on Wednesday rejected a Business Standard report suggesting that Chinese and Indian troops clashed in the Galwan Valley on 2 May this year, amid an ongoing disengagement process in the Ladakh border standoff, which began last May.

“There have been no clashes at Galwan or any other area, as reported in the article. The intention of the reporter is malafide and not based on any truth”, the Indian Army said in a statement.

Jul 09 08:09

The Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan? India’s Limited Security Options

The Taliban’s lightning-fast takeover of Afghanistan in the wake of the US’ full military withdrawal by September 11th presents certain security concerns for India, but the South Asian state only has very limited options for ensuring its relevant interests, none of which credibly involve any conventional military involvement contrary to widespread speculation about this scenario.

Jul 06 05:40

'Will Keep Reconverting Muslims': Unease Among India's Hindu Nationalists Over RSS Chief's Remarks

India’s topmost Hindu nationalist leader, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, a prominent ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has said that “Hindus and Muslims have a common DNA”. “If a Hindu says that no Muslim should live here [in India], then that person is not a Hindu”, he said. Bhagwat's comments have stirred unease among many Hindu nationalists.

India's leading Hindu nationalist organisation - Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) - has said that it will continue with its mission of "reconverting Muslims back to Hinduism", as it reacted to the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader’s recent remarks made during an event of its Muslim wing.

Reconversion in this case is about bringing those people back into the Hindu-fold who may have been converted to Islam or Christianity against their will.

Jul 01 09:18

Pakistan Would Not Restore Ties with India Until New Delhi Reverses Its Decision on Kashmir: Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that Pakistan would not restore diplomatic ties with India until New Delhi revokes its decision of scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. India abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5, 2019 and bifurcated it into two Union territories.

“I want to make it clear that diplomatic relations will not be restored with India until it rescinds the illegal steps of 5th August 2019," Khan said while addressing the National Assembly. Khan said that “entire Pakistan stands by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters".

Jul 01 09:17

UN chief asks India to end use of pellet guns on Kashmir children

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over “grave violations” in Indian-administered Kashmir and has asked the Indian government to end the use of shotgun pellets against children.

“I call upon the government to take preventive measures to protect children, including by ending the use of pellets against children, ensuring that children are not associated in any way to security forces, and endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration and the Vancouver Principles,” he said in the UN Report on Children 2021

Jun 30 18:44

India Could Sentence WHO Chief Scientist to Death for Misleading Over Ivermectin and Killing Indians

The Indian Bar Association (IBA) sued WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan on May 25, accusing her in a 71-point brief of causing the deaths of Indian citizens by misleading them about Ivermectin. There is also an updated legal notice on June 13, 2021.

Point 56 states, “That your misleading tweet on May 10, 2021, against the use of Ivermectin had the effect of the State of Tamil Nadu withdrawing Ivermectin from the protocol on May 11, 2021, just a day after the Tamil Nadu government had indicated the same for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.”

If a trial in India finds WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan guilty then the WHO Scientist could be sentenced to death or life in prison. Dr Soumya Swaminathan would have be charged with the threatened criminal prosecution and be found guilty on one of the those charges.

Jun 29 06:16

Suspected Drones Spotted Near Indian Barracks Days After Air Base Attack, Sources Say

Drones have been spotted near barracks in three different locations in Jammu, days after blasts rumoured to have been caused by UAVs, hit a high-security Indian Air Force station in the region, Indian government sources told Sputnik on Tuesday, citing information the armed forces shared with police.

One of the suspected drones was seen late last night in the Kaluchak cantonment area, another one in the Ratnuchak cantonment area, and a third near the Kunjwani area of Jammu, the sources said.

The Indian Defence Ministry sources told Sputnik the explosions were of serious concern for the country, as the target was an IAF aircraft parked in a dispersal area.

Jun 29 06:15

Indians cry ‘discrimination’ as AstraZeneca’s local vaccine left off EU’s green list, but identical European-made one included

People in India have slammed a decision by the European Union not to include the Indian-made Covishield vaccine – a locally produced copy of the AstraZeneca shot – in its vaccine passport program, labeling it an “insult.”

On Monday, Adar Poonawalla, the head of the Serum Institute of India (SII) said the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had elected against including Covishield in the list of vaccines sanctioned within the EU scheme.

The program, which, from July 1, opens European borders to people who have been inoculated with approved EU vaccines, includes AstraZeneca’s vaccines produced in the EU and the UK but not the identical version made by the SII, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. The list also includes the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson shots.

Jun 28 08:16

India deploys another 50,000 troops to its disputed border with China - as tensions between the nuclear-armed sides remain high after deadly mountain battle

The two sides clashed in a high-mountain battle last year that left more than 20 soldiers dead in the bloodiest days since the Sino-Indian War of 1962.

Over the last three months, India has dispatched soldiers and fighter jets to the border, bringing its total up to 200,000 troops, an increase of 40 per cent on last year, sources told Bloomberg.

Jun 28 05:58

India Shifts 50,000 Troops to China Border in Historic Move

India has redirected at least 50,000 additional troops to its border with China in a historic shift toward an offensive military posture against the world’s second-biggest economy.

Although the two countries battled in the Himalayas in 1962, India’s strategic focus has primarily been Pakistan since the British left the subcontinent, with the long-time rivals fighting three wars over the disputed region of Kashmir. Yet since the deadliest India-China fighting in decades last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has sought to ease tensions with Islamabad and concentrate primarily on countering Beijing.

Jun 28 05:33

AstraZeneca says 92% vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant

AstraZeneca said new data from Public Health England (PHE) demonstrated COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, offers high levels of protection against the Delta variant (B.1.617.2; formerly the ‘Indian variant).

AstraZeneca vaccine is used in India as Covishield. Real world data from PHE, demonstrated two doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca are 92% effective against hospitalisation due to the Delta variant and showed no deaths among those vaccinated.

The vaccine also showed a high level of effectiveness against the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7; formerly the ‘Kent' variant) with an 86% reduction of hospitalisations and no deaths reported.

Jun 25 10:11

Navy Deploying Warships in Indian Ocean Amid Peak in Tensions with China: Indian Defence Minister

The war of words between India and China has started once again after New Delhi and Beijing accused each other of inciting border tensions in the eastern Ladakh region. Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said that close deployments in Ladakh continue due to a military build-up instigated by China, a claim countered by China's foreign ministry.

Amid the stand-off with China in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Navy had re-positioned a range of naval assets in the Indian Ocean region to send a clear message to China, revealed Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday.

"Navy's proactive forward deployment during the Galwan standoff signalled our intent that we seek peace but are ready for any eventuality," Rajnath Singh said after visiting the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) at Ernakulam wharf of the Cochin port.

Jun 23 07:30

'Tanks, Tractors, Twitter': Farmer Union Leader Warns Narendra Modi Gov't Protests May Continue

Indian farmers have been protesting against three agricultural laws, brought in in September 2020, since November last year. Talks between farming leaders and the government have reached no compromise so far.

Rakesh Tikait, the head of the farmers' Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has said that after seven months' protests, his organisation is as determined as ever to get the agricultural laws revoked.

Revealing a "Triple T - Tanks, Tractors and Twitter" formula, Tikait reminded the government on Tuesday that the farming community in India not only produces food, but also produces soldiers and informed youngsters who guard the nation and know efficient ways to raise voices for their causes on social media platforms. Therefore, the stance of farmers remains strong and demand to have the new laws revoked remains firm, Tikait said.

Jun 22 09:13

AstraZeneca Covid vaccine linked to rare neurological disorder in India, UK 

Eleven people who received the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine have developed a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome, clinicians in India and England have reported in two separate studies.

While seven cases were reported from a medical centre in Kerala, where about 1.2 million people were administered the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, known as Covishield in India, four were reported from Nottingham, UK, in an area in which approximately 700,000 (7 lakh) people received the jab. All 11 had received the Covid preventive 10-22 days earlier.

In Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), the body's immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system --the network of nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord.

The two studies, published in the journal Annals of Neurology on June 10, describe an unusual variant of GBR characterised by prominent facial weakness.

Jun 21 09:58

Pakistan PM Rules Out Hosting CIA Bases

In comments with interviewers, Pakistani Premier Imran Khan ruled out the idea of hosting CIA bases for use against Afghanistan, saying that Pakistan would absolutely not consider US bases aimed at cross-border operations.

The CIA has been very public in seeking new basing options for its war in Afghanistan. Previously operating off of US military bases in Afghanistan, they don’t have a lot of options for where to go when the US withdraws.

The CIA has floated the idea of getting new bases in Pakistan or former Soviet states in the region. Russia reportedly opposes the northern ideas, and Khan has now ruled out Pakistan as a host, meaning that the CIA may be running out of luck.

Jun 21 07:25

Pakistani cleric who led anti-blasphemy rallies condemning French cartoons of Prophet Mohammed is arrested for 'sexually assaulting male student'

A prominent Muslim cleric who led anti-blasphemy rallies in Pakistan has been charged with sexually abusing a male student at a religious school, police have said.

Jun 21 06:56

Farmers Accidentally Grow The 'World's Most Expensive Mango'

A pair of farmers accidentally grew the 'world's most expensive mangoes' and now need a special team of security to protect them.

Sankalp Singh Parihar, from India, was on a train to Chennai a few years ago when a fellow passenger asked him if he wanted a special mango sapling for Rs 2,500 ($33).

Taking a gamble, he agreed. But after a few months, he started to notice something different about them.

Speaking to Vice, he said: "I did not know what the mango breed was but I named it Damini after my mother and planted it.

Jun 15 10:25

Legal Notice for ‘Contempt of Court’ and ‘Crimes against Humanity’ served to Dr Tedros of the WHO

The Indian Bar Association has served a legal notice for contempt of court and crimes against humanity to the director general of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, and the chief scientist at the WHO, Dr Soumya Swaminathan.

The IBA, a private bar association headquartered in Mumbai, served the notice due to the WHO continuing to spread disinformation about the drug ‘Ivermectin’, despite having full knowledge of a judgement passed by the Honourable High Court of Bombay at Goa on the 29th May 2021.

Jun 14 06:02

India: Fire rips through Rohingya camp, leaving hundreds homeless

A massive fire has destroyed a Rohingya refugee camp in the Indian capital, New Delhi, leaving hundreds of people homeless.

The blaze broke out at about 11:30pm on Saturday and quickly spread through the camp, reducing 55 ramshackle shelters to ashes in the Madanpur Khadar area in the capital city’s south. No deaths or serious injuries have been reported in the fire – the second time the camp has been reduced to ashes since 2018.

Jun 14 00:00

Chamoli disaster: 'It hit the valley floor like 15 atomic bombs'

So it was with the Chamoli disaster (Link:https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-55975743) back in February, when the flank of a Himalayan mountain failed and fell into the valley below.

It set in train a cascade of debris that claimed over 200 lives and destroyed hydro-electric infrastructure worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

You may have caught some of the mobile phone footage that was shared at the time. A horrifying wall of slurry racing downslope, sweeping away everything in its path.

An international group of more than 50 researchers has now published a detailed assessment of what happened. It's based on multiple data sources, from satellite imagery to field observations.

It's a sombre read that reports numbers that, to be honest, are almost beyond comprehension.

The disaster was initiated close to the top of the 6km-high Ronti Peak in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Jun 11 13:37

Silicon Valley Thought India Was Its Future. Now Everything Has Changed.

On June 3, Google had to apologize to the Indian state of Karnataka for search results that prominently listed the state’s primary tongue, Kannada, as the “ugliest language in India.” As the search engine moved to fix the issue, the state’s minister for forest, Kannada, and culture, Arvind Limbavali, threatened legal action. Later that very week, Limbavali demanded that Amazon’s Canada outpost apologize after it listed a bikini for sale that featured Karnataka’s flag. When Amazon did not respond, Limbavali stated he’d take legal action against the e-commerce platform as well.

These incidents occurred at a terrible time for Google and Amazon. Throughout this year, India’s ultraconservative government has consistently threatened major Big Tech at a level it hadn’t dared before.

Jun 10 07:41

Young girl found beheaded with hands and legs cut off was 'sacrificed by witch doctors'

A four-year-old girl is feared to have been sacrificed by witch doctors who were trying to locate a neighbour's missing mobile phone.

The body of little Sunu Godba was found on Monday with her head cut off and hands and legs removed in a jungle near her home.

She has been reported missing on October 24 from a village in upper Assam in northeast India which is infamous for witchcraft practices.

But police are now hunting two witch doctors who were employed by Sunu's neighbour Hanuman Bhumi to find his daughter's mobile phone - considered a luxury in the region.

It is suspected they snatched and brutally killed Sunu as part of their ritual that went wrong.

Jun 08 10:15

Video: Indian Bar Association Charges WHO Chief Scientist with Crimes Connected to Suppressing Ivermectin

Dipali Ojha, head of the Indian Bar Association’s team that crafted the Legal Notice, details the alleged criminal acts in which the World Health Organization’s chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan engaged, some of which carry penalties up to life imprisonment or death.

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Jun 08 07:31

Uttar Pradesh: Village refuses Covid vaccine, power supply goes off

Over 100 families of Chhibramau village in Kannauj district are living in darkness for the last three days because they didn’t want to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

“A team from the health department had visited our village on Wednesday morning. They wanted the entire village to be vaccinated. However, around 40 per cent of the villagers refused to take the vaccine because they believed that their immunity level would go down for a few days and they might fall sick,” a villager, who didn’t want to be named, told reporters on Friday.

The medical team called the sub-divisional magistrate and informed him about the resistance.

“The SDM arrived in the village and tried to convince us to get vaccinated. When we kept refusing, he suddenly got furious and called the electricity department officials. They disconnected the power supply in our houses on the order of the officer,” the villager added.

Jun 07 07:45

Donald Trump News – Remember Donald Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine? Study in India backs it as Covid-19 cure

Donald Trump News – Remember Donald Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine? Study in India backs it as Covid-19 cure
Hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug touted as a magical Covid-19 cure by former US President Donald Trump last year, has been found effective in a prophylactic study published in the Journal of The Association of Physicians of India (JAPI) last week.

The study showed that hydroxychloroquine, popularly known as HCQ, could prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection in varying degrees depending on its dosing regimen. The highest prevention rate of 72 per cent was found among those given hydroxychloroquine over six weeks or a longer duration.

The study said, “[W]hen adjusted for other risk factors, HCQ dose as per government recommendations, 2-3, 4-5, 6 or more weeks reduced the probability of Covid positivity by 34 per cent, 48 per cent and 72 per cent.”

Jun 02 05:51

Ivermectin obliterates 97 percent of Delhi cases

A 97% decline in Delhi cases with Ivermectin is decisive - period. It represents the last word in an epic struggle to save lives and preserve human rights. This graph symbolizes the victory of reason over corruption, good over evil, and right over wrong. It is as significant as David’s victory over Goliath. It is an absolute vindication of Ivermectin and early outpatient treatment. It is a clear refutation of the WHO, FDA, NIH, and CDC's policies of "wait at home until you turn blue" before you get treatment.

Dr. Pierre Kory told the world on December 8, 2020, that Ivermectin "obliterates" this virus. Obliterate means to decimate, demolish, or annihilate. It means to eliminate or destroy all trace, indication, or significance.

Jun 01 06:32

Number of COVID cases in Delhi crashes after mass distribution of ivermectin

India has been suffering horrendously from COVID of late, and the complete death toll may never be known. But in the capital city of Delhi, mass distribution of ivermectin began and the results have been stunning.

Stephen McIntyre of Climate Audit posted a Twitter thread that includes this remarkable graph:

This result is consistent with the results of mass distribution of Ivermectin in Mexico City, as reported by James V. DeLong on these pages on May 21, 2021:

May 31 10:27

‘Arrest Bill Gates’ Trends on Twitter For Allegedly Killing Tribal Girls In India [REPORT]

More disturbing reports about Bill Gates have emerged, following news of his divorce and illicit affairs.

The Microsoft founder has reportedly funded a non-profit organization in India to perform unauthorized clinical trials of a vaccine of tribal girls.

"Arrest Bill Gates" immediately started to trend on Twitter, with social media users demanding authorities to take legal action against the fourth richest person in the world.

Disturbing Details of Bill Gates' Killing Tribal Girls
GreatGameIndia, a quarterly journal based in India, revealed that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded an NGO named PATH, a Program for Appropriate Technology in Health that is based in Seattle, to do trials for HPV vaccine on 14,000 tribal girls back in 2009 in a state of Southern India called Telangan's and its fourth-largest city, Khammam.

According to the report, the two types of vaccines used were Gardasil by Merck, and Cervarix by GlaxoSmithKline.

May 29 06:15

200 Indian Villagers Jump Into Saryu River To Avoid Forceful COVID-19 Vaccination

When the Health Department team arrived at the Sisoda village in Uttar Pradesh to vaccinate them, the villagers ran to the shore. When the team surrounded them at the shore almost 200 villagers jumped into the river Saryu to escape forceful COVID-19 vaccination.

Sisauda is a village with a population of 1500 people located in the Terai, 70 km from the district headquarters of Barabanki.

There is so much awareness about the adverse events from vaccine and post-vaccination deaths in this village that when the Health Department team arrived here for vaccination, about 200 villagers ran away and reached the shore of river Saryu.

When the Health Department team got information that the villagers were out of the village towards the river, they went to convince them.

Seeing the team coming towards them, the villagers could not find a way to escape and jumped into the Saryu river to avoid getting vaccinated forcefully.

May 28 13:59

Twitter says it’s concerned with India intimidation, requests 3 more months to comply with new IT rules

Twitter called the recent visit by police to its Indian offices a form of intimidation and said it was concerned by some of the requirements in New Delhi’s new IT rules.

Speaking for the first time since a special squad of Delhi police made a surprise visit to two of its offices on Monday, Twitter said it is “concerned by recent events regarding our employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people we serve.”

The company also said that it joins many organizations in India and around the world that have “concerns with regards to the use of intimidation tactics by the police in response to enforcement of our global Terms of Service, as well as with core elements of the new IT Rules.”

May 28 13:56

NJ woman trapped in India by Covid-restrictions while husband dies in US

Kiran Shukla of New Jersey is only one of hundreds of U.S. visa holders stranded in their native India after traveling there to attend to a dying parent in this time of COVID-19.

But she may be the only one who then has been kept from attending to a spouse back home who became critically ill and died in her forced absence. She had to watch a YouTube livestream from 7,300 miles away as her American-born 19-year-old son, Samyak Shukla, participated in funeral and cremation rites for her 49-year-old husband, Jitendra Shukla.

“That was my first time with any kind of funeral or cremations or any religious dealing with a body,” Samyak told The Daily Beast. “I just did what I was told.”

Back on April 5 when Samyak and his father drove Kiran to Newark Airport, she had not imagined that she was seeing her husband for the very last time.

“She had no clue,” Samyak recalled. “Other than saying goodbye through hugs, there was nothing else that was said.”

May 27 18:33

US Maritime Bullying Targets “Ally” India

By Joseph Thomas

Tensions temporarily spiked between Washington and New Delhi when US warships conducted a “freedom of navigation operation” (FONOP) inside India’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in early April...

May 24 07:54

Man arrested in India for Facebook appeal to hoist Palestine flag

Police in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh have arrested a Muslim man who had appealed on social media to hoist the Palestinian flag on homes and vehicles in a show of solidarity against the Israeli offensive on Gaza.

Azamgarh district’s senior superintendent of police Sudhir Kumar Singh told Al Jazeera that they have arrested the man, identified as Yasir Akhtar, after he posted a message on his Facebook page, calling residents in his Saraimeer village to display the flag after the congregational prayers on Friday.

May 24 06:11

Black fungus: India reports nearly 9,000 cases of rare infection

India has reported more than 8,800 cases of deadly "black fungus" in a growing epidemic of the disease.

The normally rare infection, called mucormycosis, has a mortality rate of 50%, with some only saved by removing an eye.

But in recent months, India saw thousands of cases affecting recovered and recovering Covid-19 patients.

Doctors say there is a link with the steroids used to treat Covid. Diabetics are at particular risk.

Doctors have told the BBC it seems to strike 12 to 18 days after recovery from Covid.

May 22 05:29

Pakistan delivers JF-17 fighters to Nigerian Air Force

Nigeria’s Air Force officially took delivery of three JF-17 fighter aircraft Friday during a ceremony at a base in Makudri amid celebrations marking the 57th anniversary of the service.

The fighters were handed over by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, which constructed the aircraft and was responsible for their delivery. This marks the latest development in the Pakistan Air Force’s involvement in the Nigerian Air Force’s modernization program.

A Pakistan Air Force news release stated the ceremony was attended by high-ranking officers from both forces.

The chief guest, Nigerian Defence Minister Bashir Magashi, thanked Pakistan and its Air Force for their role in modernizing the local service and helping Nigeria meet its security challenges.

“We are happy and excited on the addition of JF-17 fighter aircraft from Pakistan,” he said.

May 20 13:13

Pakistani MP Calls for Nuking Jewish State

Foreign adversaries around the world are wading into the conflict in Gaza to denounce Israel's right to self-defense, with some openly calling for the use of nuclear weapons against the Jewish state.

Pakistan accused Israel of "war crimes" in a United Nations Security Council statement, but some officials are urging direct aggression. Pakistani member of parliament Maulana Chitrali advocated in a Tuesday televised speech for full-blown jihad against Israel, even urging the use of nuclear weapons to assist the terror group.

"Did we make atomic bombs to show them in a museum? We don't need missiles, atomic bombs or a huge army if they can't be used to liberate Palestine," Chitrali said.

May 12 16:15

Indian State Will Offer Ivermectin To Entire Adult Population — Even As WHO Warns Against Its Use As Covid-19 Treatment

The World Health Organisation warned against the use of the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin in treating Covid-19 on Tuesday after the Indian state of Goa announced it would give the drug to all its adult residents based on an unproven claim that it may help reduce the severity of Covid-19 infections.
Coronavirus - demand for ivermectin in Bolivia

KEY FACTS

  • The state health minister of Goa, Vishwajit Rane, said Monday that people will be given 12 mg of Ivermectin for a period of five days as prophylaxis to protect against Covid-19.
  • Rane claimed that the state government’s decision was based on studies by expert panels from the UK, Italy, Spain and Japan which found a statistically significant reduction in mortality and recovery time in patients with Covid-19, without offering any specifics.

May 12 09:15

[Video] India: "They Are Not Dying, They Are Being Killed"

Disturbing scenes.

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.

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