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Legs and arms protruding from the snow, Europeans and Hindustanis half-buried, horses and camels all dead,” Subedar Sita Ram chronicled the annihilation of the imperial British garrison which began to march out of Kabul in the high winter of 1842. Perched in the hills, Sita Ram recorded, Afghan tribesmen shot at the British forces, leaving them “as helpless as a handcuffed prisoner”. “The men fought like gods, not like men”, he concluded. “But, alas!, alas!, who can withstand fate”?

Five thousand soldiers, and some 15,000 camp-followers —many women and children — had marched out of Kabul. Pop history holds just one, surgeon William Brydon, survived; the real number was a few hundred.  For fifteen months, Sita Ram served as a slave, sold in the bazaar for Rs 240; the wives and children of other soldiers never saw their homeland again. Continue reading

SOURCE: Times Now

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday asserted that if any talks with Pakistan are held in future, they will be on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) only. He also talked about the importance of National Register of Citizens (NRC) saying every country has the right to know the number of legal citizens and illegal immigrants living in it, and that that there is no harm in implementing the NRC across the country. Talking about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA, Rajnath Singh said that the law will not hurt sentiments of any religion but if anyone tries to bother the government, they will not be spared.

While speaking in Karnataka’s Mangaluru, Rajnath Singh iterated that the CAA is not a law to hurt sentiments of any religion but to provide relief to victims of religious persecution. However, he went on to assert that the government will not touch anyone but if someone bothers the government, they won’t be able to live in peace. Continue reading

SOURCE: Times Now

A day after New Delhi condemned the European Union (EU) Parliament’s decision to move a resolution against India over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and Kashmir, it has been established that one of the resolutions was moved by Pakistan-origin EU Member of Parliament Shaffaq Mohammed. The resolution will be tabled on January 29.

While moving the resolution, Mohammed said that he and certain groups from within the European Parliament were concerned about the protests in India against the CAA.”We, Renew Europe, along with our colleagues in EPP, S&D, ECR, GUE/ NGL and the Greens have all had input into this motion I hold before you and we are deeply concerned about the violence that has occurred in many cities in India, the loss of life and the injuries. We, as critical friends of India, want to send a clear message from this Parliament that actually we are deeply concerned about the discriminatory nature of the Act itself and would like the government to make amendments so actually it welcomes all refugees and those being persecuted from neighbouring countries just as we do here in Europe. I look forward to a very constructive debate,” he had said. Continue reading

SOURCE: FIRST POST

Months after the Chandrayaan 2 Vikram moon lander failed to make its intended soft-landing, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has reportedly begun work on a second attempt, with India’s third moon mission, Chandrayaan 3. Top officials at the agency have said that the mission is scheduled for launch as soon as 2021.

On 1 January 2020, the ISRO Chairman Sivan told media at a press conference that the government had approved a spacecraft and rover to land on the Moon’s south pole latest by early 2021. “We have started working on our third lunar mission to land an unmanned spacecraft near the Moon’s south pole. The project work has gained momentum to launch the lander and rover by early 2021,” Sivan said at a space event in Bengaluru. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

The Defence Expo 2020 in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow city is going to be by far the biggest expo as a high number of companies have registered this year. The number of international companies confirming their presence at the expo has also gone up as compared to previous expos.

Ministry of Defence (MoD) in its release said, ‘The number of companies registered for participating in the 11th edition of the biennial mega defence exhibition, DefExpo 2020, to be held at Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow between February 5-9, 2020; has reached 1,000. In the DefExpo 2018, held in Chennai, 702 companies had participated. Thus, it has become by far the biggest ever DefExpo to be held in India.’ Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Donald Trump rushes in where angels fear to tread, which, in this case, is the devil infested vale of Kashmir. The compulsive interventionist and disruptionist pokes his Pinocchio nose into every situation ignoring the odour and the stench. Subject of liberal ridicule at home, he is taking his Big Brother role a tad seriously. Facing an impeachment at home, the US President is tilting at the windmills of world peace with the panache of a panacea pundit. He is escalating his battle for a second term by attempting to win hearts abroad rather than seeking votes at home.

While his predecessor Barrack Obama won the Nobel peace prize before he even moved into Pennsylvania Avenue, Trump is still struggling to broker peace treaties in regions where US is directly or indirectly involved. America factors in conflicts in West Asia and Kashmir into its algorithm of global diplomacy. Continue reading

SOURCE: ECO-BUSINESS

The dynamics between key players in the palm oil industry will fundamentally shift unless a diplomatic spat between India and Malaysia can be resolved amicably, experts warn. India – the world’s largest importer of palm oil and a major market for Malaysia – has started a trade war after taking strong exception to comments by the Malaysian prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad.

Late last year, the Malaysian leader condemned the Indian federal government’s move to revoke constitutional provisions that conferred special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim majority state. He subsequently criticised India’s new citizenship law as discriminatory to Muslims. The Indian government views these as internal matters. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

Former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig on Sunday said that there can never be a referendum in Jammu and Kashmir and that “Pakistan and the United States (US) have also accepted the fact that J&K is an integral part of India.”

“There can never be any referendum in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump are advocating for autonomy to J&K. It means they’ve accepted that J&K is an integral part of India. We demand that J&K should be given what Constitution guarantees us,” Baig said after unfurling Tricolour at the headquarters of Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in Jammu on Sunday. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Dharmapuri, a sleepy little village some 14 kilometres from Theni, is one of those hinterland hamlets known for its rustic charm. However, coursing beneath its arcadian appearance is a strong martial spirit that is the pride of the villagers. For generations, it has sent hundreds of brave men and women to the country’s military and paramilitary forces; tales of their brave deeds inspiring the next generation to serve the nation. Even as we speak, 400 jawans from this village ensure that we are safe.

Boys and girls in the village start training from a young age itself, not unlike the ancient Spartans, whose valour colours the history. The village ground is the arena where they toughen their mind and body. Youth dedicate their evenings not to binge-watching but to blood, sweat and tears; their focus an impenetrable fortress. Overseeing their training are village elders — retired military personnel determined to get the best out them. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday questioned the objectivity of members of European Union (EU) Parliament who have backed resolutions against the CAA, asking if they ever raised their voices over “victimisation” of minority Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan.

His assertion came after close to 600 lawmakers in the 751-member parliament moved six resolutions against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying the enactment of the law marked a dangerous shift in India’s citizenship regime. “The government of India has already explained that it (the CAA) is our internal matter. We believe in engagement. Lots of Left Parties there have sought this resolution and our External Affairs Minister will engage with them and explain our position,” Prasad told a press conference at the Delhi BJP office. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Times Now

A Made in China drone was found lying near border out post in Jammu and Kashmir’s Arnia sector. The BSF spotted it and brought this drone to the headquarters on Sunday. A probe is underway. According to reports, there was no hidden camera in the drone but a light was blinking. The BSF personnel are trying to ascertain the motive behind the act. The drone was found near the international border and a Pakistani post is located just two kilometers away. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

A sinister game has come to light where messages containing fake information are used as a tool to woo people to Shaheen Bagh and turn them into a crowd. From a supposed visit by a United Nations team to claiming a Guinness world record or even an imaginary police crackdown on protesters, these messages have been weaponised by the organisers to boost the headcount at the site of anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh.

On at least three instances when the numbers of protesters at the site began to thin out fake messages like these were used to attract more visitors. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

A top leader of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) has apparently been killed by a local gang in Pakistan over financial disputes stemming from drug smuggling, according to security officials who did not want to be named. Harmeet Singh, who was also allegedly involved in the murders of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders in Punjab in 2016-2017, was believed to have been killed at the Dera Chahal gurdwara near Lahore on Monday afternoon.

He was wanted in India in several cases, and involved in the smuggling of weapons and drugs from Pakistan. Officials said he was believed to have assumed the role of KLF chief after the outfit’s head, Harminder Mintoo, was held by Punjab Police from Thailand in 2014. Mintoo, who later escaped from the Nabha jail with a group of gangsters but was detained again, died of cardiac arrest in jail in April 2018. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

The Union home ministry has asked eight Left-wing extremism (LWE)-hit states to purchase indigenously built instead of foreign made weapons for their police forces involved in anti-Maoist operations, officials aware of the matter said.

The issue was discussed at a meeting of top officers from the eight states on police modernisation on Friday. The ministry’s additional secretary (police modernisation), Vivek Bhardwaj, chaired the meeting. Several Ordinance factories such as in Jabalpur and Rae Bareli in India have been manufacturing weapons, which can be used both by the security personnel and military. Special director general, RK Vij, who is in charge of police modernisation in Chhattisgarh, said the ministry’s representatives at the meeting emphasised on the need for using locally made automatic rifles. “These rifles include Trichy Assault Rifles and AK-203 automatic rifles, which are better than self-loading rifles [SLRs] and AK-47s,” Vij said. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

The Ministry of Defence’s January 22 nomination of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and the state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL), to build six conventional submarines has pitted the two Indian submarine builders in an exciting contest. The six Project 75I submarines will be built by one of the two chosen firms in collaboration with a foreign technology partner for around Rs 45,000 crore. L&T and MDL are the only two in-country submarine builders, which is why the MoD ejected newbies Adani Group and Reliance Defence.

L&T has fabricated hulls for India’s fleet of four 6,000-tonne Arihant class submarines, one of which is in service. MDL is building six 1,800-tonne Scorpene class submarines, two of which are in service. Continue reading

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