Amid the Ukraine war, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in India, Shombi Sharp said that challenges can be defeated by embodying Mahatma Gandhi’s principles across cultures and borders for a peaceful future.
“We can defeat challenges by embracing Gandhi’s values and working across cultures & borders to build a better, more peaceful future for all,” Sharp said. He made the remarks as he delivered the message of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at Mahatma Gandhi’s 153rd birth anniversary celebrations in New Delhi. The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of India’s independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.Continue reading
India on Sunday condemned the vandalism at a recently unveiled park named ‘Shri Bhagavad Gita’ in Canada’s Brampton and urged the authorities to investigate and take prompt action against the perpetrators of the hate crime.
The park previously called Troyers Park was renamed as Shri Bhagavad Gita Park and unveiled on September 28. We condemn the hate crime at the Shri Bhagvad Gita Park in Brampton. We urge Canadian authorities & @PeelPolice to investigate and take prompt action on the perpetrators, the High Commission of India in Canada tweeted.Continue reading
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will induct on Monday the first batch of indigenously-developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), in a boost to its combat prowess as the multi-role platform is capable of firing a range of missiles and other weapons. The LCH, developed by state-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), has been primarily designed for deployment in high-altitude regions.
It will be inducted into the IAF inventory at a ceremony in Jodhpur in presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, officials said on Sunday. The 5.8-tonne twin-engine helicopter has already completed various weapons firing tests, they said.Continue reading
A strong US-India defence partnership rooted in shared democratic values is critical to advancing US’ interests in the Indo-Pacific, three American senators have said in a legislative amendment that urges the Biden Administration to encourage New Delhi to accelerate its transition away from Russian weapons.
Senator Mark Warner, Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus, along with Senators Jack reed and Jim Inhofe, in the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, says that India faces immediate and serious regional border threats from China, with continued military aggression by the Chinese people along the India-China border.Continue reading
India and Taiwan are threatened by “authoritarianism” and it is high time for both sides to engage in “strategic collaboration”, Taipei’s de-facto Ambassador Baushuan Ger said on Sunday while referring to China’s aggressive behaviour in the region.
In an interview to PTI, Mr Ger said Taiwan and India need to join hands to “fend off” the “expansion of autocracy” as he cited actions in the East and the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Galwan Valley to highlight reasons for tensions in the region.Continue reading
The first of IAF’s four MiG-21 “Bison” fighter squadrons at Srinagar got “number-plated” on Friday, indicating the start of the aircraft’s phased retirement. For the air defence of the crucial area, a MiG-29 squadron has assumed its post.
On February 26, 2019, the Indian Air Force launched dawn airstrikes on the Jaish-e-Mohammed facility at Balakot. The next day, the Pakistan Air Force tried to retaliate. The Srinagar-based 51 Swordarms’ Squadron of MiG-21s had played a significant part in stopping their attempt.Continue reading
Canada does not recognise the recent unofficial Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) referendum to express support for a separate Sikh nation-state, Consul General of Canada in Chandigarh Patrick Hebert remarked on Friday.
On tackling Indian-origin gangsters in Canada linked to extreme levels of violence, he told IANS in an exclusive interview here that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has a close relationship with a number of agencies in India and will continue to work with them to ensure that criminals are not able to act with impunity.Continue reading
On Wednesday, a fisherman was killed after he was hit by a shrapnel fragment on the testing range of the Defense Research and Development Organization in Chandipur, Balasore. A second fisherman was reportedly injured in the same incident.
Owner of the boat Kamalakanta Majhi has been identified as the deceased. According to sources, seven fishermen went fishing in the sea close to Chandipur. After some time, though, the boat veered into a restricted area of the DRDO testing range where the defence company was testing ammunition. After being struck by shrapnel, Majhi and his companion were taken to the Balasore DHH, where the physicians pronounced Majhi dead.Continue reading
The Government of India on Wednesday cleared the appointment of Gen Anil Chauhan as the second Chief of Defence Staff of Indian defence forces. His appointment as the new CDS came around 10 months after the death of his predecessor Gen Bipin Rawat, who died in a Mi-17 crash over Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu while moving towards the Defence Services Staff College there.
Sources in the security establishment said that the government had seen the mettle of the officer during his various stints in the Army and post-retirement too.Continue reading
The anti-Sikh riots of 1984 marks one of the “darkest” years in modern Indian history, a US senator has said, as underlined the need to remember the atrocities committed against Sikhs so that those responsible may be held accountable.
Violence erupted in Delhi and other parts of the country after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Over 3,000 Sikhs were killed across India, mostly in the national capital.Continue reading
Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra who is on an official visit to the Maldives met President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and assured him of the firm commitment to the growth of India and Maldives relationship.
“Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra called on President @ibusolih and held substantive discussions on #IndiaMaldives relations, including on progress of ongoing development projects. FS assured President Solih of India’s firm commitment to the growth of India-Maldives partnership,” tweeted Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.Continue reading
Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers Sujoy Lal Thaosen and Anish Dayal Singh have been appointed as the new Director Generals of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) respectively, a government order said Saturday.
Sujoy Lal Thaosen, a 1988-batch officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, is currently working as the director general (DG) of the border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and holding the additional charge of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.Continue reading
Militants killed a policeman and injured a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel during an attack on a search party in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district this afternoon, police said. They said unidentified militants attacked a joint naka party of CRPF and Police at Pinglana. In the attack one police personnel was killed and a CRPF man was injured, the police said and added the injured security man was shifted to hospital for treatment.
The entire area has been cordoned off and reinforcement sent to the spot to track the attackers. Further details shall follow, police added. “Terrorists fired upon joint naka party of CRPF & Police at Pinglana, Pulwama.Continue reading
A Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, police said. The terrorist was identified as Naseer Ahmad Bhat of the Nowpora area of Shopian, they said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Baskuchan area of the south Kashmir district after receiving specific input about the presence of terrorists there, a police official said.
He said as the forces were conducting searches in the area, the terrorists fired at them.Continue reading
The work done by its volunteers during the coronavirus pandemic such as performing last rites of COVID-19 victims helped the Popular Front of India (PFI) widen its presence in Maharashtra, a senior police official said.
The controversial organisation had presence only in Nanded in Marathwada region until eight years ago, but it had members in at least 22 of 35 districts of the state when it was banned last week, he said. The organisation, which originated in Kerala, was banned by the Union government under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for five years.Continue reading