Delhi Diaries: Congress' resistance to build new leadership; the Press Information Bureau pushing the BJP narrativeIn the last six years, the personality driven diplomacy skills of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, have gained much attention. However, with bitterness seeping into India s relationship with China following the killing of 20 Indian soldiers at the border, the same approach has come to haunt Modi and his government. A video from 2015 is being circulated on social media in which the PM is heard talking about his extraordinary personal relationship with the Chinese premier, Xi Jinping, while addressing the Indian diaspora in Shanghai. In the video, Modi mentions having received a phone call from President Xi in 2014 after winning the general elections. Modi claimed that he was pleasantly surprised when Xi gave him a description of his birthplace, Vadnagar. Modi said Xi told him that he had read about Vadnagar in an account by the Chinese traveller, Hiuen Tsang, and added that after returning from Vadnagar to China, Hiuen Tsang had visited Xi s birthplace, Xian. Modi said Xi even took him to the latter s birthplace for a visit. Amid applause, the PM stressed that their conversation was proof of the affinity , intimacy and brotherhood between the two premiers. The same Xi has now turned into one of the most hated figures for the saffron brigade and this old video has turned into an embarrassment for the ruling party, which is desperately trying to counter it by flooding social media with charges of a warm relationship between the Nehru Gandhi family and the Chinese establishment.
The industry faces challenge of delayed receivables that have been aggravated by the lockdownSmall traders in Bengal are unsure of the immediate effectiveness of CAIT s call to boycott goods imported from China.
THE GUARDIAN newspaper recently called Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja the coronavirus slayer for saving the state from Covid 19. The interviewer, Laura Spinney, who has written a well received book on how the Spanish Flu changed the world, referred to Shailaja as a rock star . As the story went viral across the world, Shailaja Teacher, as she is popularly known, managed to visit her home in Kannur for a day. She was meeting her husband and children for the first time in three months.Shailaja is leading thousands of women who are fighting the virus in various capacities. Kerala s Covid 19 story, which is an ideal case of humanitarian politics, is also the story of its unleashed women power. Dr B. Iqbal, who chairs the expert committee on Covid 19 that advises the state government, told THE WEEK that this is a unique aspect of Kerala s successful resistance against the virus. From our health minister to the ASHA workers (accredited social health activists) on the ground, they are the frontal warriors in this fight, he said.
The verdict of Delhi will be known today. These election results of this half state will not only decide its rulers for five years but will also leave a new imprint on the huge canvas of Indian democracy.The poisoning that took place in full view during the election campaigning must be fresh in your memory. It was campaigning for Delhi state elections but the issues were being determined as if for the entire country. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had in a way fielded the entire brigade of nationalists. In the seven decade long history of Indian democracy, it was perhaps for the first time that a party had deputed nearly 250 of its MPs for a contest over 70 assembly seats. During the campaigning, the party s former president and home minister Amit Shah used all his might. Like a common party worker, he went door to door, addressed all small and big gatherings in support of the party s candidates and tried to convey his message through rallies. Yogi Adityanath, the firebrand chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, also addressed 12 election rallies. The entire focus of these leaders was to turn the majority of voters in their favour. The BJP always tries to convey that it wants to win numbers for the majority community. Others try to win a majority for numbers.
Kent Fire and Rescue helped more than 560 obese or overweight patients, Hertfordshire recorded 118 cases while Shropshire dealt with just ten cases since the start of 2017, it is reported.
Key point: A true turning point in the war against the Nazis. January 1945 with World War II in its sixth year found the Allied armies going on the offensive after the Battle of the Bulge, but they were still west of the Rhine and six weeks behind schedule in their advance toward Germany. Closing to the Rhine was not easy. Although U.S. and French units of Lt. Gen. Jacob L. Devers Sixth Army Group had reached the western bank around Strasbourg in late 1944, the river proved too difficult to cross. Even if an assault could have been mounted, the Allied forces would have been too far away from the heart of Germany to pose any meaningful threat. The key to eventual victory lay in the central and northern Rhineland, but three factors delayed an advance: the failure of Operation Market Garden, the British American airborne invasion of Holland, the onset of an extremely wet autumn and harsh winter, and the unexpectedly rapid recovery of the German Army in the wake of recent Allied advances. A coordinated Allied campaign proved difficult to achieve. General Omar N. Bradley s U.S. 12th Army Group was licking its wounds after the almost disastrous Ardennes counteroffensive, and it was clear to Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, commander of the British 21st Army Group, that the Americans would not be ready to undertake a major offensive for some time. Despite its vast reserve of manpower, unlike the critically depleted British Army, the U.S. Army had become seriously deficient of infantry replacements. Monty made the first move. Meanwhile, on January 12, the Soviet Army launched a long awaited, massive offensive from Warsaw toward the River Oder and Berlin. This was just in time, thought Montgomery and General Dwight D. Ike Eisenhower, the Allied supreme commander. By the end of the month, the Russians were only 50 miles from the German capital. While the Americans were recovering, it devolved on the 21st Army Group, still supported by Lt. Gen. William H. Texas Bill Simpson s U.S. Ninth Army, to take over the battle as soon as winter loosened its grip. Monty and Ike agreed that the next stage should be to break through the Germans formidable Siegfried Line and close up to the left bank of the Rhine. The main objective was the historic city of Wesel, on the opposite side of the great river in flat country just north of the Ruhr Valley. It was here that Montgomery had originally sought to seize a bridgehead in September 1944, and common sense still favored it. Accordingly, two well knit, almost copybook offensives were planned for February 8, 1945: Operation Veritable on the left flank and Operation Grenade on the right, adjacent to the boundary with Bradley s 12th Army Group. Monty announced that the 21st Army Group s task was to destroy all enemy in the area west of the Rhine from the present forward positions south of Nijmegen (Holland) as far south as the general line Julich Dusseldorf, as a preliminary to crossing the Rhine and engaging the enemy in mobile war to the north of the Ruhr. Three armies would be involved in the offensives: the Canadian First, the British Second, and the U.S. Ninth. Commanding the Canadian force was the distinguished, 57 year old General Henry D.G. Harry Crerar, a World War I artillery veteran and a man of cool judgment and cold nerves. The ration strength of his First Army exceeded 470,000 men, and no Canadian had ever led such a large force. The British Second Army was led by the skilled, unassuming Lt. Gen. Sir Miles Bimbo Dempsey, a 48 year old World War I veteran of the Western Front and Iraq who later acquitted himself well in the Dunkirk evacuation, the Western Desert, Sicily, Italy, and Normandy. Tall, bald, Texas born General Simpson, commanding 300,000 men of the U.S. Ninth Army, had served in the Philippine Insurrection, the 1916 Mexico punitive expedition, and on the Western Front in 1918. Eisenhower said of the 56 year old officer, If Simpson ever made a mistake as an Army commander, it never came to my attention. With 11 divisions and nine independent brigades, the Canadian Army would clear the way in February 1945 up to the town of Xanten; the Ninth Army, with 10 divisions in three corps, would cross the Roer River and move northward to Dusseldorf (Operation Grenade), and the four divisions of the Second Army would attack in the center. Although he was in customary high spirits about the operation, Montgomery knew that it would be no cakewalk. I visited the Veritable area today, he warned Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, chief of the Imperial General Staff, on February 6. The ground is very wet, and roads and tracks are breaking up, and these factors are likely to make progress somewhat slow after the operation is launched. Besides expected opposition from at least 10 well entrenched Wehrmacht divisions, the Allied troops would have to face minefields, flooded rivers and terrain, a lack of roads, appalling weather, and tough going in the gloomy, tangled Reichswald and Hochwald forests. Montgomery won final approval for the great dual assault on the Rhine on February 1, and the preparations were hastily finalized under tight security. Strict blackout regulations were enforced, and a cover story was concocted to convince the enemy that the offensive would be in a northerly direction to liberate Holland, rather than an eastern thrust into Germany. Daytime gatherings of troops were forbidden unless under cover; large concentrations of vehicles, weapons, and ammunition were camouflaged or concealed in farmyards, barns, and haystacks, and rubber dummies of tanks and artillery pieces were positioned along an imaginary battle line where they might attract the attention of enemy patrols. Logistical feats were accomplished speedily as thousands of men, vehicles, and equipment were transported to the forward assembly lines. The British and Canadian soldiers worked around the clock. Sappers built and improved 100 miles of road using 20,000 tons of stones, 20,000 logs, and 30,000 pickets, and 446 freight trains hauled 250,000 tons of equipment and supplies to the railheads. It was estimated that the ammunition alone all types, stacked side by side and five feet high would line the road for 30 miles. Engineers constructed five bridges across the River Maas, using 1,880 tons of equipment. The biggest was a 1,280 foot long British designed Bailey bridge. Outside Nijmegen, an airfield was laid in five days for British and Canadian rocket firing Hawker Typhoons, which would support the offensive. Meanwhile, a formidable array of armor and specialized vehicles was assembled. It included Churchill, Cromwell, Centaur, Comet, Valentine, and Sherman heavy and medium tanks; Bren gun carriers, jeeps, half tracks, and armored cars; amphibious Weasel, Buffalo, and DUKW cargo and personnel carriers; and 11 regiments of Hobart s Funnies, Churchills and Shermans fitted with antimine flails, flamethrowers, and bridging equipment. Invented by Maj. Gen. Sir Percy Hobart, these had proved invaluable in the Normandy invasion and the clearing of the flooded Scheldt Estuary by Crerar s army. Under the command of the Canadian First Army, the Veritable offensive was to be spearheaded by the seasoned British XXX Corps led by 49 year old Lt. Gen. Sir Brian G. Horrocks. He returned from leave in England to plunge into preparations for the largest operation he had ever undertaken. A much wounded veteran of Ypres, Siberia, El Alamein, Tunisia, Normandy, and Belgium, the tall, lithe Horrocks nicknamed Jorrocks by his mentor, Montgomery was a charismatic officer who led from the front and was regarded as one of the finest corps commanders of the war. Horrocks regarded Monty s overall plan for the offensive as simplicity itself. The XXX Corps was to attack in a southerly direction from the Nijmegen area with its right on the River Maas and its left on the Rhine. Forty eight hours later, said Horrocks, our old friends, General Simpson s U.S. Ninth Army, were to cross the River Roer and advance north to meet us. The German forces would thus be caught in a vise and be faced with the alternatives, either to fight it out west of the Rhine or to withdraw over the Rhine and then be prepared to launch counterattacks when we ourselves subsequently attempted to cross . In theory, this looked like a comparatively simple operation, but all battles have their problems, and in this case the initial assault would have to smash through a bottleneck well suited to defense and consisting in part of the famous Siegfried Line. Horrocks decided to use the maximum force possible and open Operation Veritable with five divisions, from right to left, in line: the 51st Highland, 53rd Welsh, 15th Scottish, and the 2nd and 3rd Canadian, followed by the 43rd Wessex and Maj. Gen. Sir Alan Adair s proud Guards Armored Division. On the morning of February 4, Horrocks briefed his commanders in the packed cinema in the southern Dutch town of Tilburg. Clad in brown corduroy trousers and a battlefield jacket, the unpretentious general drew a warm response as he crisply outlined the offensive, radiated confidence, and moved from group to group with a friendly and humorous word. Like Montgomery, he made a practice of keeping all ranks informed about operations. 1 2 3 4 Next View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
It's Bollywood's megastar Amitabh Bachchan's 77th birthday, and wishes have already started pouring in for the icon. If fans have been sending love to the superstar on social media, Bollywood brigade is not far behind. The actor, who has been a part of the film industry for five decades now, has been an inspiration to generations.The 77 year old filmmaker has worked with almost every actor in the last few decades. Known for his love for his craft, Big B has gained many admirers in the showbiz industry.
Liverpool fans were besides themselves with glee, and the rest of the anti Manchester City brigade were almost equally delighted, when the Blues lost John Stones to injury.With Aymeric Laporte already missing to a long term injury, it seemed that they had been dealt a crippling blow.
London Fire Brigade insist Tottenham apos;s Premier League clash with Southampton will be unaffected by a huge blaze being tackled by firefighters on White Hart Lane.
An explosion occurred at the Indonesian police evidence warehouse on September 13. The warehouse was containing munitions dating from World War II which resulted in injuring an officer. The police said the blast prompted an evacuation of nearby residents. The warehouse is situated in the Mobile Police Brigade Headquarters in Srondol within close proximity to the city of Semarang in Central Java province. The explosion occurred at 7 am (0000 GMT), city police chief A. Dahniel told a local news agency. He added that the nearby residents found the explosives which were stored in the warehouse. The reason for the explosion was being investigated by the police and firefighters had been deployed to tackle the situation. The provincial police barricaded the site of explosion for further investigation of the matter.READ: Indonesia Volcano: Moment Of Mount Tangkuban Perahu Erupting Caught On Camera In Explosive Video
NEW DELHI: A massive fire, which broke out near the emergency ward of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Saturday, was contained after nearly six hours of firefighting by Delhi fire brigade and NDRF officialsNews agency ANI quoted Delhi Fire Services and AIIMS Fire Division as saying that the massive fire has been put off completely.
Delhi: A fire has broken out on first and second floor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Fire brigade present at the spot pic.twitter.com KRd3oBpO4dAccording to media reports, fire was caused due to a short circuit. There are no reports of any casualty so far. The fire broke out at the teaching block of the AIIMS, destroying samples and medical reports and forcing evacuation of some patients, though no one was injured.
Those who do not give way to an ambulance or fire brigade may soon have to face a hefty fine of as much as 10,000 or and imprisonment up to six months.Their driving licence could be suspended in case they are caught speeding, racing, or driving under the influence of alcohol, among others. Road safety and reducing the number of accidents are key priorities of the government and imposing stiffer penalties can bring more discipline and force people to adhere to the traffic rules.
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When the police arrived on the spot, the youth allegedly chased the officers with a sharp weapon. On Monday, the police arrested the youth with the help of fire brigade personnel. According to sources, the youth identified as Indranil Roy lived at Keota Shibtala with his parents and 80 year old grandmother Arati Roy. The family went to a picnic with their relatives on Sunday and returned late in the night and soon retired to bed.
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea on Thursday fired at least one unidentified projectile from the country;s western area, South Korea;s military said, the North;s second weapons launch in the last five days and a warning that nuclear disarmament talks with Washington could be in danger.The South 's Joint Chiefs of Staff did not immediately release details about what type of projectile the North fired and said it was still analyzing the launch. The projectile was launched from the Sino ri area of North Pyongan Province, known to host one of North Korea 's oldest missile bases, where a brigade operates midrange Rodong missiles.
The fire on April 15 destroyed Notre Dame 's roof and caused its spire to collapse. Credit: Geoffrey Van Der Hasselt Getty ImagesAdvertisement The world watched helplessly this week as Paris 's treasured Notre Dame cathedral went up in flames. Although fire brigades managed to save parts of the building, such as the bell towers, the blaze destroyed the roof and spire mdash;along with countless artifacts.
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