Many in the Indian media say that some grand conspiracy is afoot between China and Pakistan in which the latter has amassed about 20,000 troops in Gilgit Baltistan and is frantically consulting with Chinese generals. Besides some in the Indian media, such a story is close to the heart of Pakistan s retired Lt General Asad Durrani.In a recent article, the former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief talked about a combined China Pakistan effort against India with the hope to solve the Kashmir issue. However, the article expressed a wish that the two countries should have collaborated before the launch of the crisis in Ladakh. But the fact of the matter is that there is no indication of any extraordinary movement by Pakistan at the Line of Control (LoC) or the northern areas. Of course, there are troops in Gilgit Baltistan in anticipation of any possible tension and to organise elections next month in August, in which the army will play its role of ensuring its favourite candidate wins, but not the kind of numbers that intelligence reports published in the Indian media present. In fact, given the tension in the area, it would be odd for Pakistan not to ramp up its security, but an aggressive intent is not visible.
Amid speculations of cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu leaving the Congress party and joining the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday said that Sidhu is very much a part of the Congress party and that he is not joining AAP.The Chief Minister said that he had confirmed this with election strategist Prashant Kishor. Amarinder Singh told NDTV, "Navjot Sidhu is very much a part of our party. As far as Prashant Kishor approaching Sidhu to join AAP is concerned, it is not true and it has been confirmed to me by Prashant himself."
The accident happened in the district of Sheikhupura in Punjab province, according to Raja Ijaz, an official at the state run emergency service. Ghazi Salahuddin, the district police chief, said the dead and injured were taken to a nearby hospital. The Sikh pilgrims were from the northwestern city of Peshawar and were returning home from a visit to the shrine of Nankana Sahib in Sheikhupura. The officials said the injured were later transported to a hospital in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, with two of the victims listed in critical condition.
LAHORE, PAKISTAN : A passenger train crashed into a bus carrying Sikh pilgrims at an unmanned railway crossing in eastern Pakistan on Friday, killing 20 people, including seven women, officials said. At least eight pilgrims were injured.The accident happened in the district of Sheikhupura in Punjab province, according to Raja Ijaz, an official at the state run emergency service. Ghazi Salahuddin, the district police chief, said the dead and injured were taken to a nearby hospital.
”Both sides emphasised the need for an expeditious, phased and step wise de escalation as a priority ” during the 12 hour marathon meeting between 14 Corps commander Lt General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District chief Major General Liu Lin at Chushul, Times of India quoted Official sources as saying on Wednesday.The meeting between the two military commanders took place on Tuesday and this was the third such meeting since June 6.
Follow all the latest updates on coronavirus pandemic hereThe suggestion came from a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan during the hearing of a PIL by an NGO which has alleged that nurses in private hospitals and nursing homes were not being provided proper personal protection equipment (PPE) kits and masks to guard against COVID 19 infection.
According to sources, Chouhan first met Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president J.P. Nadda and Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar in New Delhi Sunday evening. He was accompanied by Madhya Pradesh BJP chief V.D. Sharma and the party s organisation secretary in the state, Suhas Bhagat. On Monday morning too, another round of meeting took place between Shah and Chouhan following which they met Jyotiraditya Scindia, said a senior BJP leader.
The JSW Group is a $ 14 billion conglomerate, which has a presence in core sectors of steel, energy, cement, and infrastructure. The group imports a huge amount of machinery and maintenance equipment. Apart from the JSW Group, the local traders body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) had also said that it will further mobilise traders in India to boycott Chinese goods and lend support to indigenous products.Also Read: Coronavirus may cost India USD 150 billion this year; economic activity in these cities takes hardest hitNot only the private bodies, but the centre and the state governments have also stepped up to boycott Chinese goods. In a strong message to China, the Modi government banned 59 Chinese apps, citing them a threat to India s integrity and security. Last month, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had urged the traders to make more goods in the domestic market and refrain from importing non essential goods, such as Ganesha idols, from China. At the state level, Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray led Maharashtra government has paused three Chinese projects worth Rs 5,000 crore in June, while Yogi Adityanath s Uttar Pradesh, and Manohar Lal Khattar s Haryana have also adopted a tough stance on imports from China. Meanwhile, the Federation of Indian Exports Organisation (FIEO) said that an outright blanket ban is not in India s best interest and is not feasible at the moment.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in a Facebook post late Tuesday night said the lockdown, inspired by the #8216;Janata curfew; held on March 22, would begin from 5 am on Sunday and end at 5 am the next day.He, however, said that his government was not planning to extend the lockdown.
Britain and Brussels have each accused the other of holding up a decision on the City of London s ability to do business in EU markets from next year, prolonging the financial services state of uncertainty about the future. Both parties had agreed to complete assessments of the other s regulatory regimes for financial services by Tuesday 30 June, with the expectation that they would deemed equivalent , allowing business to continue in the new year. GuardianTesla investors are being urged to vote to remove Elon Musk, the electric vehicle company s founder and chief executive, from the board of the firm as anger mounts over his bonus deal that could pay him a record $55.8bn ( 40bn). Pirc, an influential adviser to shareholders, including the UK s local authority pension funds, on Tuesday recommended that investors voted against Tesla s executive pay deal because it unfairly enriches the chief executive . Guardian
The deal was confirmed late Monday, three months after staff were told AAP would shutter as challenges in the media sector were exacerbated by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.The investor consortium, which includes former News Corp chief Peter Tonagh, told staff in an email they shared "a common goal #8212; a desire to protect media diversity in Australia ".
J. Jayaraj, 58, and Bennicks Immanuel, 31, were arrested on June 19 and accused of keeping their store open past permitted hours in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which has reimposed a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. They died in hospital a few days later, officials said, with their family alleging in written complaints that they were severely abused by police and had suffered rectal bleeding.Two policemen involved in the alleged torture were suspended, the state #39;s Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said. He added Sunday that the case would be transferred to a federal agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, pending the approval of the Madras High Court.
In a recently conducted webinar conducted by Sujata Assomull, Founding Editor In Chief of Harper'''s Bazaar, India, stake holders in the industry came together to map out the road ahead. On the panel was Dipali Goenka (CEO amp;amp; Jt. MD, Welspun India Ltd), Punit Lalbhai (Executive Director, Arvind Limited) and Katrin Ley, Managing Director, Fashion For Good, who discussed the current scenario as an opportunity to inspire the industry to walk towards better productivity in fashion. Innovation, reduction in carbon footprints, a renewed supply chain system are some of the key points that the guests discussed. While Goenka emphasised on innovation and stressed on "green" revolution in the sector, Punit Lalbhai pointed out that the Pandemic era is the perfect time to "question the sacrosanct" Lalbhai emphasise why one should mull over what is considered the "norm" before embracing change, be it the Work from Home concept or a staggered workforce, and finally pushing sustainability to the forefront.
Newest First Oldest First 4:50 PM, 30 Jun I urge all of you to look after yourself. Wear a mask or face cover and ensure social distancing PM Modi said in his concluding remarks. 4:50 PM, 30 Jun We will further economic activities. We will become vocal for local and become self reliant, the PM also said. 4:43 PM, 30 Jun Prior to the address many had anticipated that the PM would speak about China amidst the ongoing tensions at the Line of Actual Control. However, there was no mention of the China. 4:42 PM, 30 Jun During this fight against the pandemic we have provided free food. Scores of needy families across the country have been provided for, the PM also said. 4:42 PM, 30 Jun It is a season now for fever and cold. In such a situation, I urge all to take care of themselves. Do not let your guard down, the pandemic is not yet over says PM Modi. 4:42 PM, 30 Jun PM Modi emphasises on the use of masks. Everyone must wear it as this is the way to protect the entire population of the country. No one is above the law says PM. 4:37 PM, 30 Jun The discussion between the two foreign ministers came after India and France exchanged views at the foreign secretary level on regional and global issues of mutual interest. 4:04 PM, 30 Jun Address to nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins 3:50 PM, 30 Jun An India ban on dozens of Chinese apps following a border clash between the two nations has possibly derailed a billion India expansion plan of China''s ByteDance, while also sparking an uproar from users of its popular TikTok video app. 3:38 PM, 30 Jun An editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said that "China has been adamant and will never change", and the need is to forget the past, tackle the fresh crisis and create a new future for the country. 3:29 PM, 30 Jun Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Secretary General of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Francois Delattre, via a video link on Monday discussed the COVID 19 pandemic and reviewed the progress of their multi faceted cooperation. 3:24 PM, 30 Jun Following the meeting the Ministry of External Affairs had said that both sides would continue both military and diplomatic contacts to resolve the issue. The MEA said that the talks had taken place in a cordial atmosphere. 3:14 PM, 30 Jun The Shiv Sena today said people were fed up of the war of words between the BJP and Congress over the border standoff with China, and the government should focus on handling the row with the neighbouring country and the coronavirus crisis. 3:06 PM, 30 Jun China is strongly concerned, verifying the situation: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on India banning Chinese apps 2:57 PM, 30 Jun The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country''s Han majority to have more children. 2:48 PM, 30 Jun Almost all the companies, ranging from Maruti to Hyundai to Mahindra Mahindra and Tata Motors, will be impacted and so would be two wheeler makers like Hero Moto. 2:44 PM, 30 Jun Indian and Chinese militaries on Tuesday held another round of Lt General level talks with a focus on finalising modalities for disengagement of troops from several friction points in eastern Ladakh. 2:34 PM, 30 Jun The Chinese side seems to have come prepared for the deployment as their troops deployed in the Galwan river valley bed are wearing water proof clothes which allows them to step in the icy water there. 2:24 PM, 30 Jun As the water flow has increased in the Galwan river, the Indian Security forces are now feeling the need for specialised waterproof clothing for the troops deployed there in a standoff position with China. 2:19 PM, 30 Jun The government has begun consultations at the highest level to decide on the use of 5G technology. 2:14 PM, 30 Jun The scheduled telephonic talk between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and American Defence Secretary Mark Esper not to be held today. It is being rescheduled for a later date: Defence Ministry Officials 1:59 PM, 30 Jun We want to stress that Chinese government always asks Chinese businesses to abide by international and local laws regulations. Indian government has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones: Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson 1:46 PM, 30 Jun Chinese short video making app TikTok and Helo said they are in the process of complying with the government''s order. 1:37 PM, 30 Jun Today, the talks are being held in Chushul on the Indian. The Indian side will tell the Chinese to pullback its troops from the various friction points. India would also demand the restoration of status quo ante. 1:27 PM, 30 Jun While there has been no violent clash or any skirmish since the June 15, Galwan Valley incident, tensions are high. In fact that there has been no disengagement and officials familiar with the matter in New Delhi, tell OneIndia that baby steps are being taken. 1:24 PM, 30 Jun The major talking point between the military commanders of India and China is around disengagement and physical distancing. 1:22 PM, 30 Jun The Navy has increased its surveillance missions and beefed up operational deployment in the Indian Ocean region in the wake of India''s seven week bitter border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, people familiar with the development said. 1:10 PM, 30 Jun As TikTok grew in popularity in India and other markets, the app also drew a lot of criticism, mainly from the lawmakers. Several controversies rocked the social media app in the market. In 2018, TikTok was banned in Indonesia for containing pornography, inappropriate content and blasphemy . 12:59 PM, 30 Jun The Punjab government will check on the involvement of China in an Indian firm selected to deliver smartphones to be given to youths as part of the Congress poll promise before taking a final call on whether or not to proceed with it, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said. 12:53 PM, 30 Jun The reason why TikTok is banned in India but not PUBG is because the game was developed by an arm of South Korean video game maker Bluehole. It was only after the game''s popularity that Chinese giant Tencent Holdings became its distributor. READ MORE 3:14 PM, 16 Jun The Indian Army officer killed the clash was the commanding officer of a battalion at Galwan. 3:14 PM, 16 Jun There was no firing. Apparently the two sides clashed with stones and rods. 3:14 PM, 16 Jun There are various accounts on the number of casualties on the Chinese side. Some accounts suggest 5, while the others say it is 3. However there is no official word on the same. 3:14 PM, 16 Jun The visit by Army Chief General M M Naravane to Pathankot has been cancelled. 3:14 PM, 16 Jun National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said if the Chinese can "shoot dead" three Indian soldiers during the 'de escalation process', one can imagine how serious the situation must have been in the first place. Earlier in the day, the Indian Army said an officer and two soldiers were killed in a violent confrontation with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh''s Galwan Valley on Monday. 3:15 PM, 16 Jun Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be discussing the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a short while from now. Singh has already met Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar. 3:16 PM, 16 Jun We will eventually learn about the details of what happened in Ladakh. That is our right. But right now, we must grieve with stand by the families of our martyred soldiers. And stand solidly in support of our armed forces.
Hyderabad: Chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday said the reforms introduced by former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao with regard to land rights, education and economic policies have shaped the country ''s future.
When Article 370 was revoked last August, a strict lockdown and communication blackout was imposed all over Jammu and Kashmir to prevent any backlash against the move. Operations against militants were also suspended. In contrast, after lockdown was imposed early this year to tackle the Covid 19 pandemic, 59 militants were gunned down by security forces. Those killed include senior commanders of the Hizbul Mujahideen like Riyaz Naikoo and Junaid Sherri, Lashkar e Taiba commander Haider, Jaish e Muhammad commander Qari Yasir and Burhan Koka, commander of Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind (AGH), an Al Qaeda affiliate in Kashmir.Such has been the pace of anti militancy operations during the lockdown that 23 militants were killed in the first 24 days of April. Meanwhile, 15 civilians and 20 security personnel lost their lives in encounters, targeted killings by militants and shelling by Pakistan this year till June 15. Since February, a new militant group called The Resistance Front (TRF) has been quite active in Kashmir. Security forces say TRF is LeT in disguise and has been formed to mislead the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which has threatened to blacklist Pakistan for supporting terrorism. According to Kashmir inspector general of police Vijay Kumar, TRF has members from the LeT and the Hizbul Mujahideen. He said the hunt for Naikoo, who was Hizb s chief operations commander, was intensified after security forces suffered setbacks in north Kashmir.
Trump scoffed at a New York Times report that U.S. intelligence officials had concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and covert operations in Europe aimed at destabilizing the West, had carried out the mission in Afghanistan last year and that he had been briefed about it in late March. On Twitter, he said, Nobody briefed or told me, Vice President Mike Pence or White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about the so called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an anonymous source by the Fake News @nytimes. Everybody is denying it amp; there have not been many attacks on us.
NEW DELHI: India is seeking the extradition of a top Pakistan militant suspected to have planned the 2008 Mumbai attacks after the United States said last week he was living freely in Pakistan, government officials said on Sunday. India and the United States have both indicted Sajid Mir of the Pakistan based Lashkar e Taiba group for the three day attacks on hotels, a train station and a Jewish center in which 166 people were killed including six Americans. While Pakistan took action against the Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed last year, it continued to provide safe harbor to other top militant leaders, the US State Department s 2019 country report on terrorism said. One of them was Sajid, the project manager of the Mumbai attack, believed to remain free in Pakistan, the US report said. An Indian official said the government has repeatedly asked Pakistan to hand over Sajid who is charged with serving as chief planner of the attacks, directing preparations and reconnaissance and was also named as one of the Pakistan based controllers during the attacks. We have asked before, and are demanding again, he needs to be handed over, the official dealing with regional security issues said. Pakistan s foreign office did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Pakistan has repeatedly rejected US allegations that it is a safe haven for militants and said it has prosecuted the leadership of several proscribed groups. Another Indian official said the lack of action against Sajid was in conflict with Pakistan s assurances to international organizations including the Financial Action Task Force, the global watchdog on terrorism financing. Pakistan is trying to get off the FATF grey list of offending nations. The FBI has posted a reward of $5 million for information leading to the capture of Sajid who is also wanted for a 2008 2009 plot against Denmark s Jyllands Posten newspaper to avenge its publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that enraged many Muslims. LONDON: Police in the UK are investigating whether the head of a campaign group broke terrorism laws when he gave a speech praising Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
In the US, billionaires have become richer to the tune of $565 billion since March 18, according to a report published earlier this month by the Washington DC based think tank Institute for Policy Studies and Clearwater, Florida based advocacy group Americans For Fair Taxation. The total wealth for billionaires stood at $3.5 trillion, up 19 per cent from the low point near the beginning of the pandemic, the report said. Amazon chief Jeff Bezos alone is worth $36.2 billion more than he was on March 18. This during a phase when nearly 43 million Americans filed for initial unemployment benefits.What explains the trend?