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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

The Indian Foreign Office can breathe easy with the new leadership of the British Labour Party deciding not to raise issues that are divisive for the South Asian community.

New Labour Party leader Keir Starmer met with Labour Friends of India and said any constitutional issues in India were a matter for the Indian Parliament. Kashmir, he added, was a bilateral issue for India and Pakistan to resolve peacefully and “we must not allow issues of the sub-continent to divide communities here”. The Labour Party’s relations with the Indian-origin community had become strained after it passed an emergency resolution under then leader Jeremy Corbyn in November last year, criticising India’s actions on Kashmir. Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

A new procurement procedure in the works and strategic manufacturing projects will be key to implementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to position India among the top defence producing nations in the world and give a boost to the economy as it battles with Covid-19.

In a review of the defence industry on Thursday evening, the PM emphasised on self-reliance and exports – twin objectives that will require the new procurement procedure that is in the final stages of implementation to give an advantage to domestic firms involved in manufacturing. Continue reading

SOURCE: TEHELKA

There are speculations within Pakistan as well as among the London-based Pakistani journalists that the country may be heading towards the proclamation of emergency amidst economic crisis and pandemic. With its prestige at its lowest ebb, the Pakistani army is not keen to impose martial law or sack a civilian prime minister, but seeks to invoke the constitutional provision to impose Emergency.

An unusual meeting of the Pakistani president, Dr. Arif Alvi, with the Prime Minister, Imran Khan, in the presence of the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, held on April 20, 2020, has snow-balled this apprehension. Continue reading

SOURCE: ASIA TIMES

It travels toward its target faster than five times the speed of sound, making course corrections nearly impossible to track, and carries a “Sea Buster” tandem charge warhead designed to attack surface warships and penetrate carrier decks. According to Jane’s, it is composed of a main warhead, which carries armour-piercing high-explosive shells and a nose fuze, and a precursor warhead that uses shaped charges.

Difficult to stop and capable of breaking through enemy air defense systems, it is a weapon that could cause havoc for the Chinese navy in the South China Sea, and the Japanese military plan to put it in use by 2026 — a “game changer,” as it’s described by ATLA, the agency developing the missile. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Even in Ramzan, the Muslim month of fasting and seeking forgiveness, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan continues its crackdown on its Pashtun population, killing Arif Wazir- the leader of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM). On the first Friday of the holy month, unidentified persons opened fire at Wazir near his house in Waza, the South Waziristan district of the country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Dawn reported.

The Pashtun leader, who had come out on bail nearly a month ago, was rushed to a nearby hospital before being shited to Islamabad for medical treatment. The deceased leader’s cousin, Muhammad Ali Wazir, in a statement said that the PTM leader, had received three bullet injuries to his body, The News International reported. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Amid growing strife in the top leadership of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Beijing is making all efforts to interfere and protect the government in Kathmandu. A Party Secretariat meeting, held today for the second time, which was attended by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and other senior leaders including Pushpa Kamal Dahal or Prachanda, Madhav Nepal, Bamdev Gautam, and others.

Amid heightened intra-party row within the NCP, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqui held a series of meetings with senior leaders in Kathmandu. The Ambassador, as per sources, met PM Oli in Baluwatar for two hours on Thursday night and then reached Khumaltar on Friday (May 1) morning and interacted with Prachanda. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

Fighter jets will perform a fly-past over Rajpath, Delhi and the national capital region (NCR), while helicopters will shower petals over several hospitals in the capital on Sunday morning, as part of an elaborate military plan to show gratitude to the country’s Covid-19 warriors, an Indian Air Force spokesperson said on Saturday.

The plan, announced by the chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat on Friday, involves several activities such as illuminating warships and band performances outside Covid-19 hospitals across the country. The fighter jets featuring in the fly-past over Delhi-NCR, or what the IAF is calling an “aerial salute,” will include the Sukhoi-30s, MiG-29s and Jaguars. The fly-past is planned between 10 am and 10.30 am. The aircraft will be flying at a height of 500 to 1,000 metre and will be visible to the residents of Delhi from their rooftops, the spokesperson said. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

A mentally disturbed person, apparently a Bangladeshi national, reportedly crossed over from Bangladesh and entered Tripura, Border Security Force (BSF) sources said. The man was found sitting outside a civilian’s house yesterday afternoon.

The sources said that the man was sent back to Bangladesh through river Feni by BSF as he appeared to be a Bagladeshi and added that the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) objected to that. Later, a meeting was held between the two forces. BGB refused to accept that the man is their national. BSF sources said the meeting concluded amicably. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

Over 190 Pakistani nationals stranded in India due to the Covid-19 lockdown across 10 states have been allowed to exit the country via the Attari-Wagah crossing next week, the external affairs ministry has told state police chiefs and asked them to facilitate their travel.

The Pakistani nationals have been told to reach the Attari-Wagah border by early Tuesday, May 5, when formalities for their return would begin at the immigration and border checkpoint. People familiar with the development said the Pakistan high commission had requested India to help to facilitate movement of their nationals from different parts of the country. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

In July, Lieutenant Colonel AG Rangaraj will be honoured in South Korea as the Korean War (1950-53) Hero of the month. Born in 1916 and hailing from Tamil Nadu, he was an officer of the Indian Medical Service (incorporated in the Army Medical Corps when it was raised in 1943). Upon raising of the first Indian paratrooper unit, 152 Parachute Battalion he was posted as the unit’s medical officer and became the first Indian officer to qualify as a paratrooper.

In 1950 the government decided against sending combat troops to form part of the United Nations forces fighting in Korea. Instead, 60 Parachute Field Ambulance, an integral unit of 50 (Independent) Parachute Brigade was sent to provide medical cover. In Korea they formed part of the 1st Commonwealth Division along with British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand troops. By all accounts their services were of the highest order. Continue reading

SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

The United States believes that China probably is not adhering to its nuclear testing moratorium in a manner consistent with the ‘zero-yield’ standard,”. Activities at the Chinese Lup Nur nuclear weapons test site which was captured by satellite imagery confirms China has been either upgrading its Nuclear arsenal or has been doing revamping its old arsenal with newer ones.

“Zero-yield” refers to a nuclear test where there is no explosive chain reaction of the sort caused by an atomic bomb nuclear warhead, which goes against the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which China has signed. China has denied carrying out any such tests but according to the International press, China has signed CTBT in 1996 but is yet to ratified it yet which means it is still not legally enforceable on china. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

India on Thursday targeted Pakistan at a special virtual meeting of the UN human rights agency on the Covid-19 pandemic, saying it was engaged in a “disinformation campaign” instead of tackling a rising number of Coronavirus infections. Delivering India’s statement at the virtual meeting with special procedures, first secretary Mini Kumam of India’s permanent mission to the UN in Geneva, said without naming Pakistan: “It’s sad that instead of joining the global and regional efforts in combating Covid-19, one country continues its disinformation campaign against India.

“One can only advise this country to focus its efforts in tackling the pandemic domestically and particularly the sharp rise in number of cases only in the occupied territories and addressing the discrimination meted out to its minorities even in these hard times.” Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat on Friday said it was not proper to conclude that the coronavirus is the result of a biological warfare and there was a need to wait for finding the answer about its origin. He made the comments while replying to a question on the issue at a press conference in presence of the three service chiefs.”It is not proper to conclude that the novel coronavirus outbreak is the result of a biological warfare. The whole world is trying to find out the answer,” the Chief of Defence Staff said.

US President Donald Trump had earlier said that the deadly virus originated from a virology lab in China’s Wuhan city before it spread across the world and claimed over 2,33,000 lives and shattered global economies. Continue reading

SOURCE: DAWN

A slight upward tick has been observed in casualties in militant attacks in Pakistan during April though the number of such assaults remained the same as compared to March. Militants appear to be trying to get back some territory in North Waziristan tribal district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where most of these violent activities were recorded in April. The alarming situation in North Waziristan can be gauged from the fact that 90 per cent of casualties in violent incidents during the month of April took place in this district.

A slight increase is also observed in activities of Pakistani security forces against militants. An Islamabad-based think tank, Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), has released statistics for March, which show the number of casualties in militant activities increased by 6pc but injuries decreased by 75pc, compared with March, across Pakistan. Continue reading

SOURCE: OBSERVER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives, Pakistan’s evil designs in Kashmir have got a sudden flip. As the attention of the world remains focused on defeating the coronavirus, Pakistan has sensed an opportunity to ratchet up militancy in Jammu and Kashmir with the formation of a new militant organisation, fresh crossborder infiltrations, and social media propaganda.

On 25 April 2020, the newly formed ‘The Resistance Front’ (TRF) got an endorsement from Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) amid reports of a turf war between Hizbul Mujahideen and the newly formed outfit. HM’s operational commander Riyaz Naikoo issued an audio statement denying that there is any rift between the various militant groups operating in Kashmir. The audio statement claimed that the fake videos attributed to Hizbul Mujahideen were an attempt to give a false sense of division between the groups. Continue reading