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SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA

The central government has decided to provide ‘Z’ category security cover to Justice S Abdul Nazeer, who was part of the Supreme Court bench which pronounced the Ayodhya verdict, and his family members in view of the threat from the Popular Front of India (PFI). The Ministry of Home Affairs has directed the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and local police to provide security to Justice Nazeer and his family after agencies warned about a threat to their lives from the PFI and ‘other quarters.’

According to an official communication accessed by ANI, security forces and local police will “immediately” provide ‘Z’ category security to Justice Nazeer and his family members in Karnataka and other parts of the country “in view of the threat from PFI and other quarters, as reported by the security agencies”. Continue reading

SOURCE: FIRST POST

New Delhi’s Kashmir move dealt a massive blow to Pakistan’s sabotage-machinery-strategy, key actors, and the long-term plans. Hence, Pakistan’s decades of investments in building high-capability assets in politics, media, and militancy have hit rock bottom. It faces the most challenging policy crises on Kashmir.

It stands at the risk of losing the trust of the people of Kashmir, who, for years, were fed with convenient lies of Pakistan being a champion of their cause and Islam. Pakistan’s loss of goodwill among the people has been brewing up for some time now. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

One jawan died and two others got injured in a suspicious EID blast near LoC in Pallanwalla sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday (November 17). The Army has launched an investigation to ascertain the reason behind the blast. Sources told Zee Media that the jawan succumbed to his injuries at Command Hospital in Udhampur. The two jawans have sustained minor injuries and are currently undergoing treatment.

The deceased jawan has been identified as Havaldar Santosh Kumar, a resident of village Pura Bhadauria of Tehsil Bah in the district of Agra in Uttar Pradesh. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

A truck was set on fire by terrorists late night on Saturday in Amirabad village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral. No casualties have been reported in the incident. After the scrapping of the provisions of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists have targeted several lorry drivers and trucks ferrying essentials and other goods.

Further details are awaited. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

British deputy high commissioner Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford today said in Bengaluru at the Remembrance Day service that India’s role in both the World Wars was significant. The event was held at St Mark’s Cathedral in Bengaluru. The deputy high commissioner was invited to read a portion of the order of service to the congregation.

“India’s role in both the World Wars was significant. Over 1.3 million Indian service personnel fought in theaters across Europe, the Middle East and East Africa in the First World War. Further 2.3 million Indian servicemen fought in North Africa, Italy, Middle East, Burma and the Far East in World War II, making the Indian contribution one of the largest in the Commonwealth and the most widespread in both wars,” said Mr Pilmore-Bedford. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

If the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 was the focus of the monsoon session of Parliament, the winter session that is going to start from Monday is expected to be dominated by a discourse on the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Why now?

The list of bills to be passed during the winter session of Parliament as approved by the government clearly shows The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019, at number 16 in the list. The Bill that is a prerequisite for the BJP government before it moves any further on the nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) was shelved in the run up to the 2019 General Election, after a stiff opposition from the Northeastern states. Now, back with an even bigger mandate of 303 MPs in the Lok Sabha and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat maintaining pressure on the BJP for a nationwide NRC, the time for introduction of the CAB has come, thinks the government.What is Citizenship (Amendment) Bill? Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

Thirty five detained mainstream politicians in Jammu and Kashmir have been moved out of the Centaur hotel on the banks of Dal Lake to the MLA hostel in Srinagar on Sunday. Sources have told IANS that the reasons for shifting the leaders to a new location is due to the cold weather conditions in the Valley, and also the escalating cost of keeping them in a 4-star hotel.

A bill of Rs 3 crore was generated for keeping the leaders in the Centaur hotel. The new accommodation is a cheaper option. MLA hostel is a government building where there will be no rent charges incurred. Earlier on Friday, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was moved from a guest house in Chashme Shahi to a government building on the MA Road in Srinagar. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In 2015, the Indian Navy (IN) Projected requirement for Naval variant of AMCA and in series of meetings and discussions were held between ADA officials at Naval Head Quarters adaption and development of IAF’s 5th Generation AMCA program to be adapted for the Navy. ADA was tasked to prepare a feasibility report and soon a report was presented to the Naval Head Quarters.

idrw.org can confirm that Naval Head Quarters has accepted the feasibility report on AMCA – Navy, and ADA, in turn, will start work on AMCA – Navy and baseline configuration for a carrier deck based fighter jet soon after it which it will approach Navy to issue Draft Preliminary Services Qualitative Requirements (PSQRs) so that PSQRs can be finalized. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Amid growing military ties between India and the US, the Indian military is moving closer towards deals for procuring American defence equipment worth over $7 billion from the US, including Sea Guardian armed drones and naval spy planes. The two projects are moving ahead separately as one of them is a tri-services project while the other is being steered by the Indian Navy.

“All the three services are collating their requirement for the Sea Guardian armed drones which will give us a strong capability in terms of high altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles and also enhance our capabilities to carry out surveillance,” government sources told ANI. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

The Strike Corps of the Indian Army began exercise ‘Sindhu Sudarshan’ in Barmer on Saturday. As many as 40,000 jawans are taking part in the exercise.

A statement from the Indian Army said, “The Strike Corps of Southern Army is conducting exercise ‘Sindhu Sudarshan’ in the open deserts of Rajasthan to hone their combat skills for executing a swift, intense and deep strike in deserts and semi-developed terrain.” “Approximately 40,000 troops, 700 ‘A’ Vehicles and 300 Guns of Sudarshan Chakra Corps of Southern Command are undertaking a massive exercise in the deserts of Rajasthan showcasing their ability to undertake large scale offensive manoeuvres as part of an integrated air-land battle. The synergy of information and technology to attain battlefield transparency and situational awareness along with numerous other force multipliers are being exploited during the exercise,” the statement said. Continue reading

SOURCE: IBTIMES

Internal affairs and foreign policy are closely intertwined, and the latter is largely driven by a state’s domestic politics and serves its core national interests. International relations experts say China’s foreign policy is driven by its national interests. While it has not been explicitly spelt out, China’s core issues relate to its sovereignty: Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and lately, even the South China Sea. A 2011 White Paper interestingly listed ‘peaceful development’ and ‘reunification’ as China’s core interests. The concepts have been more frequently invoked since Xi Jinping became China’s president in 2012.

China’s has deployed economic diplomacy in pursuit of this ‘peaceful development.’ It is nothing but economic statecraft, which is the use of economic resources by a regime to fulfil its foreign policy objectives. Sanctions and favourable trade pacts are key tools in the practice of economic statecraft. For example, China slammed France in 2008 over then President Nicolas Sarkozy meeting with the Dalai Lama, saying it had seriously harmed the nation’s ties with France and Europe. The country then put off its annual summit with the European Union and postponed negotiations for purchase of 150 passenger aircraft from France’s Airbus. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Pakistanis have exposed Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s hidden agenda behind the opening of Kartarpur corridor.

While speaking on a street talk show by Naya Pakistan, a YouTube channel, people said the opening of Kartarpur corridor is a well-planned strategy to woo Sikhs to fuel anti-India sentiments. When a reporter asked an old man about how Imran Khan earned praise by former Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Navjot Singh Sidhu on their visit to Kartarpur Sahib’s opening ceremony, he replied: “Pakistan wants world peace and this is the significance of Islam.” Continue reading

SOURCE: PARLHO

It has been 3 months since Kashmir’s special status was revoked by India. Over 100 days of curfew in the land of beauty is finally sparking conversation and condemnation worldwide. British politician George Galloway is the recent influential person to speak on the human rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir.

Speaking at the international seminar on ‘Human Rights in IOK (Indian Occupied Kashmir)’ Galloway grilled the Indian government. The event was organized by CPSD (Center for Peace, Security, and Development) in Karachi. Opening the event, Dr. Arif Alvi, President of Pakistan informed speakers and audience of the violations going on in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Attending the event were prominent politicians, activists, scholars, experts including George Galloway, Lord Duncan, David Ward, and Marcus Thomlinson. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik on Sunday praised both pilots of the Navy MIG trainer for directing the aircraft away from populated areas before it crashed. The MiG-29K aircraft attached to INS Hansa base in Dabolim had crashed on a rocky plateau near Verna village on Saturday, with both pilots managing to eject safely.

“Brave work done by MiG-29k twin seater aircraft pilots Capt M Sheokhand and Lt Cdr Deepak Yadav by showing presence of mind and by pointing the aircraft away from the populated areas and ejecting safely. May God give them health and success,” Mr Naik, a Lok Sabha MP from North Goa, tweeted. Continue reading

SOURCE: GULF DAY

Altaf Hussain, the founder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) who has been charged with a terrorism offence, has requested Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for help by giving asylum and financial help to him and his companions, a media report said on Sunday.
On October 10, Hussain was charged by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Services with the terrorism offence in a case related to his incendiary speech relayed from the UK to his followers in Pakistan in 2016, Geo News said in the report.

He is due to stand trial in June 2020 and passport remains with the UK police as part of his bail conditions and he is not allowed to apply for any travel document unless permitted by the court. Continue reading