Indian Youth Shot Dead In Washington State

It is yet to be ascertained if the latest incident is related to hate crime.

Seattle (Washington State): Yet another Indian was shot dead in the US. Vikram Jaryal, a 26-year old man who was working at a gas station in Washington State. Vikram could give a statement to the police before breathing his last. He told the police that two masked men attacked him and robbed him of cash before shooting at him.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet that her ministry is following it up with the police in the US. This is the fourth incident in which an Indian was killed for no apparent reason. Attacks have been taking place on Indians in the East and West American cities. It is yet to be ascertained if the latest incident is related to hate crime.

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ICC Champions Trophy Finals: Pakistan Beats India By 180 Runs

Pakistan has won the ICC Champions Trophy. India has failed to reach the target of 338 set by Pakistan, falling short of 180 runs.
Birmingham : Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli shakes hand with Pakistan's Shadab Khan at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. AP/PTI(AP6_5_2017_000003B)

London: Pakistan has won the ICC Champions Trophy. India has failed to reach the target of 338 set by Pakistan, falling short by 180 runs. The team could only make a total of 158 runs by the end of the last wicket in 30.3 overs.

Rohit Sharma getting duck out and with continuous fall of wickets, India couldn’t build a solid partnership against Pakistan. Virat Kohli, who was caught out by Shadab in Mohammad Amir’s bowling, tried but failed to settle on the grease. The tail-enders have played relatively well, but hardly put any fight against Pakistan.

Hardik Pandya played well and contributed some decent score to India innings. His 76 runs in 43 balls was a much-needed innings to put some opposition against Pakistan.

On the other hand, Pakistan bowling and fielding contributed to their victory.

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ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan Makes 338/4 Against India

Pakistan sets a target 339 runs for india with its powerful batting. Fakhar Zaman delivers a great innings with 114 runs with 12 fours and 3 sixes.

London: India won the toss and opted to field. Pakistan has a good start, and the runs kept coming easily for them. The opening batsman each made half-centuries, taking their partnership to 128 runs. The first break came to India, when Azhar Ali got run out at 59.

Required innings for Pakistan came from Fakhar Zaman, who scored 114 runs in 106 balls. His inning came to an end when he went for a shot and got caught by Ravindra Jadeja, running backwards from point, in Hardik Pandya’s bowling. Zaman hit 12 fours and 3 sixes. This is his third international match for him. In the two previous matches, he made a decent score against England (57) and South Africa (31).

On the Indian side, all the bowlers proved to be expensive, especially spinners. However, the spells from Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar restrained Pakistan batmen to some extent.

After Zaman, Babar Azam played a decent innings with 46 runs in 52 balls, followed by Mohammad Hafeez with 57 (37) and Imad Wasim at 25 (21).

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya took one wicket each.

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ICC Trophy: Match Fixing Allegation Against Pakistan By Ex-captain

Speaking to a Pakistani Channel, Ex-captain Aamir Sohail alleged that their team fixed matches to reach final.

Karachi: Pakistan cricket team ex-captain made some controversial, sensational allegations on his team by saying that their country’s team reached final by fixing matches in ICC trophy. He made this statement indirectly by saying some external forces helped Pakistan in the match against England and same will continue in the final too.

Aamir said that it is not because of captain Sarfraz or his team performance that made Pakistan reach final.

“Sarfraz, there is no need for you to rejoice, you have not done anything great. Behind the scene story is different and we all know. Don’t make me to go into details how you reached finals. It is not by the performance on the field, but due to the external factors” Sohail said.

After these serious allegations by Sohail, Pakistan players are kept under scanner. Previously few Pakistan players are banned after they were found guilty in match fixing allegations.

Pacer Mohd Asif, Salman Bhatt, Mohd Irfan, Mohd Amir are the ones who were banned from International matches after they were found guilty of spot-fixing. Meanwhile Sohail’s comments clearly upset the Pakistan fans who are eager to watch the clash of Titans on Sunday.

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Ind Vs Pak Dream ICC Final: Feast Awaits Cricket Fans On Sunday

Oval will witness dream final of ICC Trophy on Sunday between the traditional adversaries India and Pakistan while the former will try to retain the cup which it won in 2013.

England: It will be a feast for cricket fans with colourful, vibrant final between two countries India and Pakistan which will clash on Sunday. Match between these two countries which were limited for more than 4 years will be bring the highest audience in England.

This will be first contest between these two countries in final after they clashed in T 20 World Cup in 2007. India will be a hot favourites after they won against Pakistan in league match. But we should not forget that Pakistan bounced back well in the tournament with a solid win against the hosts England and reached semis after that defeat at the hands of India. Even Indian captain Kohli praised Pakistan team by saying that they have beaten teams that looked really strong against them.

The clash of titans on Sunday will be one more best weekend for a cricket lover. Cricket match between india and Pakistan is always more than a game with emotions rising to the sky in both the country. Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Omar Sharief is facing a barrage of criticism from right wing forces for congratulating Pakistan captain after winning in the semi-finals against England.

India has a formidable batting lineup and Pakistan is endowed with powerful bowlers. The Sunday final is going to be absorbing with both the teams giving their best to clinch the match.

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Srilanka Beat India At the ICC Champions Trophy

Srilanka won against India comfortably at the ICC Champions Trophy, reaching the target of 322 runs set by India in just 48.4 overs with three wickets down.

Srilanka won against India comfortably at the ICC Champions Trophy, reaching the target of 322 runs set by India in just 48.4 overs with three wickets down.

Srilankan batsmen Kusal Mendis 89(93), Danushka Guna 76(72), and skipper Angelo Mathews 52(45) have played a decent innings, taking the team toward the victory.

“It is a must-win game for all of us in the group,” said Angelo Mathews. “We came into the game and not many people expecting us to win and took a great pressure off of us.”

When asked what was the turning point of the game, the Srilankan skipper said that it was the opening partnership. He said they had set the platform for the middle order batsmen.

The bowlers have bowled well, but certainly not up to the mark. None of them could take a wicket except for Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

“They really played very well,” said Indian skipper Virat Kohli. “You can’t take any team lightly, and we don’t take any team lightly.”

Kohli said that the game is going to be competitive through out the tournament and that they don’t expect anything less.

India is scheduled to play with South Africa on Sunday, Jun 11, and that game is going to be crucial for India.

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India Makes 321/6 Against Srilanka

Shikhar Dhawan is the man of the innings with his knock of 125 runs with 15 fours and 1 six.

England: India batted first and set a target of 322 runs for Srilanka. With 6.42 run rate, India has made a good score in the first innings, keeping in view of the playing conditions.

The openers delivered well and gave a good start to India, with Shikhar Dhawan (125) and Rohit Sharma (78). Dhawan is the man of the innings with his knock of 125 runs with 15 fours and 1 six.

Virat Kohli got out for a duck after a long time. In the end, MS Dhoni gave a good finish with his knock of 63 runs. In the last 10 overs India made 103 runs.

Malinga took two wickets. Lakmal, Thisara, Asela, and Pradeep took one wicket each.

Indian bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Umesh Yadav are in form and could prove lethal to the Srilankan batsmen. The initial overs are crucial for both the teams.

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India Spurns US Offer On Indo-Pak Mediation

US administration’s over-enthusiasm on mediation between India and Pakistan has received a rebuff

New Delhi: US administration’s over-enthusiasm on mediation between India and Pakistan has received a rebuff from India today as the foreign affairs wing has directly rejected the offer saying its stated position of resolving bilateral issues bilaterally remains unchanged. ‘Try to prevail on Pak to end cross-border terrorism’ it added.

“Government’s position for bilateral redressal of all India-Pakistan issues in an environment free of terror and violence hasn’t changed,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. 

“We, of course, expect the international community and organisations to enforce international mechanisms and mandates concerning terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which continues to be the single biggest threat to peace and stability in our region and beyond,” he said.

This snub came after Nikki Haley, the US Permanent Representative to the UN, said on Monday that the US was concerned about the state of India-Pakistan relations and President Donald Trump himself might get involved in a peace process between the two South Asian antagonists.

“This administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward,” Indian-American Haley, who holds a cabinet rank in the Trump administration, said. 

But India, whose surgical strikes on Pak-administered Kashmir has raised eyebrows in US, has nixed the US offer. Infact, Sushma Swaraj, MEA, has conveyed the government’s stated position to US soon after Donald Trump assumed office.

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Heatwave Across India To Continue Till Saturday

NEW DELHI: We are only in the last week of March but we are experience the heatwave that is generally expected in May. We are touching the peak summer levels which are expected to come in May. The highest temperature this week was recorded at Bhira in Maharashtra on Tuesday. It was 46.5 degrees Celsius. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of heatwave conditions in parts of central, west and north India. IMD officials cautioned that the temperature reading in Bhira may not have been recorded accurately, but other places in Maharashtra were extraordinarily hot as well.

Akola recorded 44.1 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. Why is it getting too hot too early? IMD officials said a set of meteorological conditions had combined to cause the acute heat. “Hot conditions, including heatwaves, are likely to continue till Saturday (April 1), after which temperatures may drop by a degree or two,” said M Mohapatra, DGM of IMD’s National Weather Forecasting Centre. Heat wave warnings have been issued for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, madhya Maharashtra, south UP, south Haryana and Chandigarh.

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The World’s Happiest Country is…

Washington: How do you measure happiness? It’s hard. It could be a combination of multiple factors, such as health, mental peace, and freedom at work, wealth, and so on.

Happiness of a person could be subjective, but the factors could help us determine how happy a person is to a large extent. Using these factors and many more indicators of happiness, a landmark survey has been generating reports on global happiness since 2012.

And according to its World Happiness 2017 Report, which was launched on March 20, the World Happiness Day, Norway stood at the top of the global happiness rankings, followed by Denmark, Ireland, and Switzerland.

India ranked 122, and the United States dropped to 14th position from 4th rank. China ranked 79.

Norway achieves and maintains its high happiness not because of its oil wealth, but in spite of it, by choosing to produce its oil slowly and investing the proceeds for the future, the report stated.

To do this successfully requires high levels of mutual trust, shared purpose, generosity and good governance, the report stated. All these qualities put Norway on the top, as per the report.

Some of the indicators that the survey used were social support, life expectancy, and freedom to make life choices, generosity, and perceptions of corruption.

Happiness is considered to be a proper measure of social progress and the goal and public policy, the report stated.

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I Can’t Change the Color of My Skin.

Tanvi Kodali

Tanvi Kodali

The color of one’s skin does not offer grounds for questioning one’s legitimacy.

I’ve been meaning to speak up about the Kansas shooting for the past week. But, every time I try to do so, I fail to articulate my emotions — my mind just stops formulating sentences mid-way and my eyes blur out my computer screen with tears of fear.

I was born in Hyderabad, India and immigrated to America with my mom 17 years ago.

For as long as I can remember, the word “home” evoked the images of the neighborhoods I grew up in, in central New Jersey — never India. Growing up, I never saw differences in who I was in the two places. I guess this was because my family always lived in predominantly South Asian towns. I had the privilege to unapologetically be myself: speak my mother tongue, wear the types of clothes my mom grew up wearing, eat the food my parents grew up eating, and celebrate the holidays my parents looked forward to as children. But, while doing all of this, I still pledged allegiance to the American flag every day of elementary school; my passport claims that I’m an American citizen; and, if you didn’t know my name, couldn’t see the color of my skin, and only heard me speak, you would think that I was an American. In my eyes, I wasn’t the hyphen that most people place between the Indian and American when describing me. Rather, I was, and still consider myself to be an Indian American. I’m not a fusion. Everything that I am, stems from the fact that I am Indian, and embracing that fact in this country — that I adore — is exactly what makes me American. I’m an Indian American.

At least, in my eyes I am.

For a while, I didn’t think Trump supporters existed. This was pre-election, of course. I mean, I knew that they were there…somewhere, but my naiveté, if you will, kept me in my liberal bubble. But then, I began to see MAGA bumper stickers, and merchandise in my home town, and my bubble burst.

The story I’m about to tell you may seem stupid. But, please, don’t question the validity of my fears.

This past summer, my family was entertaining an old friend of my dad’s. I was all dressed up — in a kurta, with gold jhumkas, and a bindi on my forehead — when my mom asked me to pick up drinks from Shoprite. Excited to be able to drive, I hopped in the car and drove to the shopping center. I remember feeling my heart drop the second I parked. Here I was, in the parking lot of Shoprite, a store I frequented, a store I’ve shopped at wearing Indian clothes on multiple occasions prior, realizing how blatantly Indian I looked. I shook away any feeling of discomfort I had, and reassured myself that embracing my heritage is exactly what made me an American. I used to appreciate the attention my Indian clothes got me. When I noticed people’s eyes, I saw admiration, curiosity, and an appreciation for my culture. But, I remember walking towards the entrance of the store that day feeling eyes pierce through me. These eyes didn’t seem to hold any sort of admiration, curiosity, or appreciation. Rather, I felt anger, irritation, and annoyance. I remember walking through the aisles of the store fearing that someone from somewhere would pop out and yell at me to go back to my country. I began to wonder if the admiration, curiosity, and appreciation I used to see were just figments of my imagination.

Was I that naïve?

The clothes on my back and the accent through which I speak won’t change the color of my skin. While what I wear and the way I speak say American, the color of my skin seems to scream my story a little differently.

To some, I’m a hyphen. To others, I’m an outsider.

My family never feared death or racism, at least not overtly, not like they do now. This was a great privilege, because I know that this is not something many people of color can say. My mother, the symbol of tradition in my family, someone I define as fearless and confident, taught me to be the same. She taught me to unapologetically be myself. She gave me the strength to have courage in my convictions. She ensured that my sister and I would embrace our heritage, and know what it meant to be Indian. The ability to speak my language, Telugu, connects me to the country my parents and I left behind. My mother enforced strict rules when I was younger: I was to only speak to her in Telugu. If I spoke in English, she wouldn’t respond. And because of her, I can speak the language fluently.

But the same woman, who would encourage me to speak in my mother tongue, called me the other day to tell me to not speak in Indian languages in public. The same woman who raised me telling me to go out and be outspoken and confident, is now telling me to remain inside and to stay quiet. Because at the end of the day, my safety is what’s important.

When I read about the shooting, and saw that I shared a birthplace with two of the victims, I thought about my family in America.

In Kuchibhotla, I saw my father, and in his wife, Sunayana, I saw my mother. And I cried.

This past week, I spent a lot of time wondering why the South Asian community isn’t responding to the shooting in Kansas the way I’ve seen members of other marginalized groups respond to hate crimes within their own communities.

Is it that we don’t care? It can’t be. Right? We care. Right?

I’ve seen the GoFundMe page that’s raised over a million dollars. So, we obviously care.

But, is money enough? By silently solving our problems internally, are we dismissing the greater issue?

Why is it that we don’t demand answers?

Is it because we care too much about reputation?

Is it because we fear that speaking up and finally having our voices heard and demanding our deserved respect could threaten all that we’ve achieved?

What is it that we as a community have achieved? The money in our pockets? The degrees on our walls?

Why don’t we define our achievements by our ability to speak up for what we believe in?

Why are we so concerned with outward perception that we constantly agree to put our heads down?

Why is it that we don’t see that we can no longer dismiss injustices and tuck things under the rug?

I understand that there is a greater pain that comes with being deprived of something we believe we deserve than of something we tell ourselves we don’t.

But, this isn’t okay, and it no longer makes things easier.

The excuse that this is not our country is outdated.

Silence is acceptance.

(The writer, Tanvi Kodali, is a student at Wellesley College, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, USA)

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బ్రిక్స్ ఏమిటి, ఎందుకు?

  • అయిదు వర్ధమాన ఆర్థికతల ఐక్య కూటమి
  • గోవాలో 8వ శిఖరాగ్ర సమ్మేళనం, భారత్ రెండవసారి ఆతిథ్యం
  • పాక్ ప్రేరేపిత ఉగ్రవాదం చర్చకు వచ్చే అవకాశం

(ప్రైమ్ పోస్ట్ బ్యూరో)

పనాజి (గోవా): గోవాలో శని, ఆదివారాలు రెండు రోజులూ ఎనిమిదవ  ‘బ్రిక్స్’ శిఖరాగ్ర సమావేశాలు జరుగుతున్నాయి. వర్ధమాన ఆర్థికతలు అయిన బ్రెజిల్, రష్యా, ఇండియా, చైనా, సౌతాఫ్రికా దేశాలు అయిదూ సభ్యులుగా ఉన్న కూటమిని ‘బ్రిక్స్’ అనే సంక్షిప్తనామంతో పిలుస్తున్నాం. 2012లో బ్రిక్స్ సమావేశాలకు ఆతిథ్యం ఇచ్చిన భారత్ ఇప్పుడు రెండవసారి ఆతిథ్యం ఇస్తోంది.

ఉరీ లోని భారత సైనిక స్థావరం మీద పాక్ ప్రేరేపిత ఉగ్రవాదులు జరిపిన దాడిలో 19 మంది మరణించడం, దానికి ప్రతీకారంగా భారత సైన్యం పాక్ ఆక్రమిత కాశ్మీర్ లో సర్జికల్ దాడులు జరిపి ఉగ్రవాదుల లాంచింగ్ ప్యాడ్ లను ధ్వంసం చేసి ఎందరినో హతమార్చడం దరిమిలా రెండు దేశాల మధ్య ఏర్పడిన ఉద్రిక్తతల మధ్య ఈ సమావేశాలు జరుగుతున్నాయి. ఈ విధంగా ఇవి భారత్ కోణంలో ప్రత్యేక ప్రాధాన్యం సంతరించుకుంటున్నాయి. పాకిస్తాన్ ఉగ్రవాద శక్తులకు ఊతమిస్తున్న సంగతిని మనదేశం లేవనెత్తి, అందుకు వ్యతిరేకంగా మిగిలిన బ్రిక్స్ దేశాల మద్దతును కూడగట్టుకోడానికి ఈ అవకాశాన్ని ఉపయోగించుకుంటుందని ప్రభుత్వవర్గాలు అంటున్నాయి.

భారత ప్రధాని నరేంద్ర మోడీ రష్యా అధినేత వ్లాదిమిర్ పుతిన్ తోనూ, చైనా అధ్యక్షుడు గ్జీ జింపింగ్ తోనూ ద్వైపాక్షిక స్థాయిలో విడిగా కూడా సమావేశమవుతారు.

బ్రిక్స్ మొదటి సమావేశం 2009లో రష్యాలో జరిగింది. అంతకుముందు 2006లో రష్యాలోని సెయింట్ పీటర్స్ బర్గ్ లో జరిగిన జి-8 దేశాల శిఖరాగ్ర సమ్మేళనం సందర్భంగా కలిసిన భారత్, రష్యా, చైనా నేతలు ఈ కూటమి ఏర్పాటుకు తొలి ఆలోచన చేశారు.

ప్రపంచ జనాభాలో 43 శాతం ఈ అయిదు దేశాలలోనూ ఉన్నారు. ప్రపంచ స్థూల జాతీయోత్పత్తిలో 30 శాతం ఈ దేశాలలో సంభవిస్తోంది. ప్రపంచ వాణిజ్యంలో 17 శాతం ఈ దేశాలనుంచే జరుగుతోంది. మొదట్లో నాలుగు దేశాలతో ఈ కూటమి ప్రారంభమయింది. అప్పుడు ‘బ్రిక్’ అని పిలిచారు. 2011లో సౌతాఫ్రికా చేరిన తర్వాత బ్రిక్స్ అయింది. బ్రిక్ అనే మాటను 2001లో గోల్డ్ మన్ సాక్స్ తన గ్లోబల్ ఎకానామిక్స్ పేపర్ లో మొదటిసారి వాడింది.

భవిష్యత్తులో ఈ దేశాలు విడివిడిగానూ, సమష్టిగానూ చాటగల ఆర్థిక పరిపుష్టిని దృష్టిలో ఉంచుకుని ఈ కూటమిని ఏర్పాటుచేశారు. వచ్చే 50 ఏళ్లలో ఈ అయిదు దేశాలూ ప్రపంచంలో అతిపెద్ద ఆర్థికతలుగా అవతరించబోవడం దీని నేపథ్యం. ఉమ్మడి ఆసక్తి ఉన్న ఆర్థిక అంశాలను చర్చించుకోవడం, ప్రపంచ బ్యాంక్, అంతర్జాతీయ ద్రవ్యనిధి(ఐ ఎం ఎఫ్) వంటి సంస్థల పునర్వ్యవస్థీకరణ అవసరాన్ని నొక్కి చెప్పడం మొదలైన ఆంశాలు లక్ష్యంగా ఈ కూటమి ఏర్పాటైంది. అయితే క్రమంగా ఉగ్రవాద వ్యతిరేక చర్యలు, ఆరోగ్యం, శాస్త్ర సాంకేతిక విజ్ఞానం, కార్మిక అంశాలతో సహా ఇతర అంశాలను కూడా ఇందులోకి తీసుకొచ్చారు. ఏడాదికి ఒకసారి బ్రిక్స్ శిఖరాగ్ర సమావేశాలు జరుగుతాయి. జి-20 సమావేశాల సమయంలో కూడా బ్రిక్స్ నాయకులు సమావేశ మవుతుంటారు. వివిధ శాఖలకు చెందిన మంత్రుల స్థాయిలో కూడా బ్రిక్స్ సమావేశాలు జరుగుతుంటాయి.

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Cornered Pakistan resorts to nuclear sabre-rattling

Primepost Bureau

Pakistan is in the habit of ratcheting up its nuclear threat whenever India pushes it to a corner. In the fast developing scenario, or deteriorating Indo-Pak relations since the Uri attack about 12 days ago, Pak leaders seem to have lost their sense of responsibility.

This could be seen in the statement made by Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, to a TV channel on Monday night. According to Indian media reports that appeared on Thursday, the minister is quoted to have told Samaa in an interview that “if our safety is threatened, we will annihilate them (India).” He further said that the tactical weapons and (nuclear) programs developed were for Pakistan’s protection; “we have not kept the devices that we have as showpieces.” Asif had gone on a similar rant in an earlier interview with another private Pak channel Geo TV.

What is to be noted in Pak defence minister’s tirade is his nuclear invocation to bring India to its knees. Surely, he must be harbouring the vision of how the US had dealt a death blow to Japan in 1945 to end the World War II with two nuclear warheads. The first ever use of nuclear weapons on Nagasaki and Hiroshima is still a grim reminder to the world how destructive the atomic armaments are. Since their first use, many countries have developed various weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems. But no country except North Korea which boasts of having a nuclear arsenal openly threatens another country with nuclear annihilation.

US and its allies call North Korea a rogue nation for charting a destructive path. Still, the reclusive leaders of that country keep issuing nuclear threats to neighbouring countries and the US. Pakistani leaders’ oft-repeated nuke threats – Asif’s is the strongest so far – make that country a deserving candidate to put in the League of Rogue Nations.

One could easily dismiss the minister’s rant as a ploy to overawe Indians and reassure Pakistanis that they have tactical nuclear weapons advantage to inflict heavy losses on their arch enemy. But the very fact that Pak military-civilian leadership raises the bogey of nuclear war when it is cornered shows how insecure it feels and its itchiness to secure a dubious distinction of being the second country in the world to use a nuclear weapon. If the major powers are concerned about non-use of weapons of mass destruction, they should act on Pakistan’s threats to nuke India.

The US had waged a war against Saddam Hussain’s Iraq claiming he was developing weapons of mass destruction which were a threat to American security interests and global peace. Here is American ally Pakistan that has gone on record — not one time but several times – that it won’t hesitate to drop nuclear bombs on India. What is the Obama administration’s response to Pakistan’s nuclear posturing now?

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అణుయుద్ధం వస్తే…?

  • భారీ మూల్యం చెల్లించుకోవాలి
  • భారత్-పాక్ లకే నష్టం పరిమితం కాదు
  • అణు శీతల వాతావరణం వర్షపాతాన్నీ, వ్యవసాయాన్నీ దెబ్బతీస్తుంది

న్యూ ఢిల్లీ: భారత్-పాక్ ల మధ్య అణుయుద్ధమే వస్తే అందుకు భారీ మూల్యం చెల్లించుకోవలసి వస్తుందని రక్షణ నిపుణులు హెచ్చరిస్తున్నారు. భారత్ ఎలాంటి దుడుకు చర్యకైనా పాల్పడితే అణుయుద్ధానికి అది దారితీస్తుందని పాకిస్తాన్ ప్రభుత్వం హెచ్చరించిన నేపథ్యంలో వీరు ఈ హెచ్చరిక చేశారు. భారత్ లో కూడా యుద్ధానికి అనుకూలంగా గట్టి వాదనలు వినిపిస్తున్నాయి. చివరికి పాక్ తో భారత్ అణుయుద్ధానికి దిగాలని ఒక బీజేపీ ఎంపీ కూడా అన్నారు.

‘ఫస్ట్ పోస్ట్’ లో ప్రచురితమైన అభీత్ సింగ్ సేథీ రాసిన ప్రకారం భారత్, పాకిస్తాన్ లు 100 అణుబాంబులను బరిలోకి దింపితే (వారి ఉమ్మడి సామర్థ్యంలో ఇది సగం) అవి ఒక్కొక్కటీ 15 కిలోటన్ హీరోషిమా బాంబ్ తో సమానం అవుతాయి. వాటివల్ల ప్రత్యక్షంగా 2కోట్ల 10 లక్షల మందిచనిపోతారు. ప్రపంచాన్ని రక్షించే ఓజోన్ పొరలో సగం నాశనమవుతుంది. అణు శీతల వాతావరణం వర్షపాతాన్ని తద్వారా ప్రపంచవ్యాప్తంగా వ్యవసాయాన్ని దెబ్బతీస్తుంది.

2016 సెప్టెంబర్ 23న బీజేపీ రాజ్యసభ సభ్యుడు డా. సుబ్రమణ్యం స్వామి మాట్లాడుతూ పాక్ కనుక అణుబాంబు ప్రయోగిస్తే 10 కోట్లమంది భారతీయులు చనిపోతారని, అందుకు భారత్ ప్రతీకారం మొత్తం పాకిస్తాన్ నే తుడుచిపెడుతుందని అన్నారు. కానీ వాస్తవంగా చెల్లించుకోవలసిన మూల్యం భారత్, పాకిస్తాన్ లను దాటి ఉంటుంది. అణుబాంబు పేల్చిన మొదటివారంలోనే 2కోట్ల10 లక్షలమంది, అంటే రెండవ ప్రపంచయుద్ధంలో చనిపోయినవారి సంఖ్యలో సగం మంది మరణిస్తారు.

ఇంతవరకు పాకిస్తాన్ కు ఉన్న అణ్వస్త్ర సామర్థ్యాన్ని దృష్టిలో ఉంచుకునే అటువైపు నుంచి జరుగుతున్న ఉగ్రదాడులపై తగిన ప్రతీకారానికి ఊగిసలాడుతున్నాం. ఉరీ దాడిని పురస్కరించుకుని భారత్ నుంచి వెలువడుతున్న ప్రతీకార స్పందనలను దృష్టిలో ఉంచుకుని, “పాకిస్తాన్ భద్రతకు ముప్పు వాటిల్లే పరిస్థితే వస్తే వ్యూహాత్మక ఆయుధాన్ని (అణ్వాయుధాన్ని) ప్రయోగించడానికి వెనకాడ”మని పాక్ రక్షణ మంత్రి ఖ్వాజా ఎం. ఆసిఫ్ హెచ్చరించారు. ఇవన్నీ దృష్టిలో ఉంచుకున్న తర్వాతే తాజా సర్జికల్ ఆపరేషన్ రూపంలో భారత్ రిస్క్ తీసుకుని ఉంటుంది.

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‘One single nation’ spreading terror : Modi

Hangzhou, China: PM Narendra Modi at the concluding session of the G20 Summit on Monday delivered a strong message cracking down on terror arising from Pakistan. He took a dig at Pakistan, by telling the leaders of the world’s top economies that they all must isolate and sanction the ‘one single nation in South Asia’ that is spreading the ‘agents of terror’ in the region, not reward.

PM Modi said, “there are some nations that use terrorism as an instrument of the state policy. Indeed one single nation in South Asia is spreading the agents of terror in the countries of our region”. He further added that, “India has a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism because anything less than that is not enough.”

Without naming India’s neighbour, PM Modi said that his government will appreciate the steps to combat the financing of terrorism, which was being used by some of the nations as an instrument of the state policy. PM Modi’s remark is also seen as a message to China and its close relations with Pakistan.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi called for the elimination of “safe havens” for the economic offenders and “full commitment” from the global powers to act against the corrupt and to disrupt excessive banking services. He also said a stable financial and global economic system was imperative for the growth, he called for strengthening of the global financial safety net.

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PM Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Hangzhou, China: PM Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping today in Hangzhou amid the differences between the two countries over recent issues. A meeting was held on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit at the Hangzhou West Lake State Guesthouse. 

Officials of both countries attach importance to this meeting in view of growing differences between the two Asian giants on bilaterally sensitive issues.

China has also been concerned over the close ties of India with US, especially in defence, as the two countries have signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) which will give the militaries of both the countries access to each other’s facilities for repairs and supplies.

India is pushing China to rethink its opposition on NSG membership, and officials say some progress has been made with China agreeing to a first of its kind disarmament dialogue at the Director Generals of Arms Control level, according to the reports.

After the meeting, both the leaders will attend the BRICS leaders meeting ahead of the G20 summit to finalize their strategy.

Besides the G20 Summit, Modi will have bilateral meetings with Malcolm Turnbull – Australian PM. He will take part in the second and concluding session of the G20, holding bilateral meetings with Mohammad Bin Salman – Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Theresa May – UK PM and Mauricio Macri – Argentinian President, before flying out of China on Monday evening.

Meeting between PM Modi and US President Barack Obama, is, however, not on cards during this trip, said officials.

PM Modi is attending the two days G20 summit under the theme of “Strengthening Policy coordination and Breaking a new path for growth”.

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Historic move by India, US

– Logistic Treaty Signed.
– Become Partners against China.

India is only one step away from getting into the US embrace, from becoming as close an ally as a NATO partner. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had on Monday visited Pentagon and signed a logistic treaty with the US. He was given an unprecedented welcome. The treaty signed by Parrikar and US Defence Secretary Ash Carter allows both the countries to use each other’s land, air and naval bases for repairs and refuelling. This milestone pact would further reinforce the special defence relationship between the largest and the mightiest democracies.

Parrikar said the US had agreed to elevate the defence and technology sharing with India to a level commensurate with its closest allies and partners.

Both the Minister and the Secretary of Defence said while making cooperation between the two countries easier this pact does not envisage the US troops to be based in India or vice versa.

‘Freedom of navigation and overflight and unimpeded commerce in the Indo-Pacific region is the desired goal India would be pursuing’, said Parrikar.
This kind of treaty was unthinkable during the Cold War or during the tenures of Jawaharlal Nehru or Indira Gandhi.

The international scenario and the deteriorating relationship between India and Pakistan and the solid backing it has from China had left no other option for India. The bold move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day message, to speak about Balochis’ struggle against Pakistan had marked a clear departure from the traditional Indian foreign policy even after the Cold War ended in 1989. No Indian Prime Minister before Modi extended public support to the freedom fighters in Balochistan although there has been covert cooperation with the rebels. It has become inevitable after Pakistan started a fresh campaign against India raising human rights bogey on international fora taking advantage of the bad situation in Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistan has unstinted support from China in this regard. India has to mobilise international support to withstand China-Pak onslaught. The US has been looking up to India to be a partner in its pursuit to counter the aggressive posture China had adopted of late on South China Sea after the judgement of the International Court. It suits the needs of both India and the US to join hands and form a formidable alliance with Japan and South Korea to counter the belligerent China. The emerging situation would demand that Russia should take a stand. There were meetings recently between the top leaders of China and Russia. When Soviet Union was a Super Power, China was a developing country. Now China is almost a Super Power next only to the US. It has matching wealth and power. One has to wait and see what role would Russia play in the changing international relations. One thing is certain: This would not be the same for long- for better or worse.

– Sanjaya

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“Against Peace,” says China on BrahMos deployment

China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday that it hoped India could put more efforts into regional peace and stability rather than the opposite, in response to Indian plans to put advanced cruise missiles along the disputed border with China.

Leaders of Asia’s two giants pledged last year to cool a festering border dispute, which dates back to a brief border war in 1962, though the disagreement remains unresolved.

China lays claim to more than 90,000 sq km (35,000 sq miles) ruled by New Delhi in the eastern sector of the Himalayas. India says China occupies 38,000 sq km (14,600 sq miles) of its territory on the Aksai Chin plateau in the west.

India is also suspicious of China’s support for its arch-rival, Pakistan.

Modi’s government has ordered BrahMos Aerospace, which produces the missiles, to accelerate sales to a list of five countries topped by Vietnam, according to a government note viewed by Reuters and previously unreported.

Modi visits Vietnam, which is embroiled in a dispute over the South China Sea with Beijing, before arriving in China.

Prime Minister  Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping when he visits China next month to attend the G20 summit.

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Kashmir issue: No more takers for Pak claims

S.Madhusudhana Rao

The United Nations General Assembly becomes a battleground for India and Pakistan when it meets for the annual session. This year is no exception. Though the Prime Ministers of both countries had stayed in the same hotel in New York, they had not even shaken hands for courtesy sake. They had only a brief eye contact when Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif waved at each other, perfunctorily.

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S.Madhusudhana Rao

Since their meeting was not expected, it was not scheduled, ostensibly because of Modi’s busy schedule in the US, though the real reason was the simmering border tensions and cross-border terrorism. Even their chance-meeting would have had vicious backlash back in India and Pakistan. However, the two rival leaders’ US visit at the same time has turned out to be a study in contrast for Indo-Pak observers.

Modi, shunned by the American administration as long as he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat over his alleged complicity in 2002 riots, was embraced by the US for a second time this year. From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, corporate honchos and IT giants chanted NaMo and the prosperous Indian-American community, for a change, saw in him a leader who treats the superpower as an equal and a partner in India’s growth story. Sharif’s visit, on the other hand, was summed up in a tweet: “While he (Pak PM) was meeting grocers from his homeland, Indian PM was interacting with Who’s Who of America.” Of course, Sharif also made news both in Pakistan and India for his UN speech in which he raked up the Kashmir issue.

Deploring the world body’s ‘inaction’, Sharif proposed a four-point peace initiative which included “demilitarization” of Kashmir. Hitting back, India called Pakistan “a prime sponsor of terrorism” and asserted that “de-militarizing Kashmir was not the answer for achieving peace but de-terrorizing Pakistan as it uses terror as legitimate instrument of statecraft.” India also called for early vacation of Pak-occupied Kashmir.

India’s response to Sharif’s statement was the strongest so far in the ongoing battle of words which was followed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj a day later in the UN Assembly. She said India was ready for a dialogue with Pakistan provided it gave up terror. She also urged the 193-member UN Assembly to make countries aiding, arming and protecting terrorists pay a heavy price.

Stung by India’s response, Pakistan has re-asserted that Jammu and Kashmir remains the core issue and will always be on top of the agenda of peace talks. Alleging that India is using ‘terrorism bogey’ to stall a dialogue and unleashing terror in Balochistan, Pakistan said it gave a dossier to UN chief on India’s terrorist acts on its territory.

What the tit-for-tat wordy duel shows is Pakistan’s unabated attempts to internationalize the J&K issue and India’s bid to expose that country as a terrorist haven. The world body has been hearing both countries repeating the same allegations and statements year after year for decades. The member-countries must have got tired of listening to the same charges. For most of them, K is a bilateral issue and they are now seized of more pressing and threatening issues like Islamic State’s expansion, Syrian conflict and the global refugee crisis.

Pakistan’s repeated attempts to raise the Kashmir issue at international forums prove the theory of diminished returns. Even its Islamic friends, faced with internal problems and militancy, have left Pakistan to fend for itself. If Islamabad continues to fight for a lost cause, its obvious motive is to keep the J&K pot boiling. If the issue is resolved, nothing will be left for Pakistan to cross swords with India and its existence will be at stake. More importantly, military will lose its say in civilian government.

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  1. m. r. dua says:

    great, unputdownable, piece.
    thanks, madhu,
    well done indeed.
    thanks, enjoyed a
    matter-of-fact piece.

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India and Pakistan skip Wagah border ritual on ramzan

Lata Jain
The Indo-Pakistani border runs from the Line of Control to the Wagha Line, and was drafted and created in 1947. It is closed daily with much pomp and ceremony, to the point that it has become a type of attraction and entertainment for people in the area.
Hostile relations between India and Pakistan with the recent incidents of ceasefire violations were obvious as the two countries skipping their traditional exchange of sweets on the occasion of Ramzan , across the border.
Mr.Farooqui, Deputy Inspector General of the Border Security Force speaking to Prime Post accepted that ,this time we missed the yearly ritual of exchanging sweets, as the relations are hostile. We did try peace talks, but there was no response from the Pakistani counterpart. We left it at that.
Despite the strained relations India and Pakistan never missed this ritual for the past 60 years, says Mr.Farooqi. Six decades we have been following this ritual religiously.
With the recent issue, India has blamed Pakistan for ceasefire violations across the border in Jammu, and Islamabad. Security forces across the border claimed to have shot down an Indian drone, which, the office of the defense ministry, New Delhi says is of Chinese design and commercially available.
Both countries also have raised issues of not issuing Visas to their officials and diplomats, which has further strained the relation between the two countries.
Last year in October also the ritual was broken and this is the second time in the history of independent India that the two countries did not share the traditional sweets.

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Petrol, diesel prices cut again

HYDERABAD: The Centre cut the price of petrol by Rs. 2.42 a litre and diesel by Rs. 2.25. The revised prices will come into effect from Tuesday midnight.

This is the tenth time since August 2014 that the price of petrol has been reduced and the sixth time that rate of diesel have been since its deregulation by the NDA Government in October in the wake of declining global prices.

It was as recently as on January 16 that petrol and diesel were reduced by a similar margin but the consumer did not benefit much as the Government of India increased the excise duty on both the products by Rs. 2 a litre.

As a result of the latest revision, the price of petrol in New Delhi will be Rs.56.49 a litre, down from Rs. 58.91 earlier. Diesel will cost Rs. 46.01 a litre compared to Rs. 48.26 now.

In Hyderabad, the price of petrol before the cut is Rs. 66.38 a litre and diesel Rs. 54.57.

It remains to be seen whether the Centre and the State Governments pass on the benefit to consumers or choose to impose fresh excise duty or VAT, as the case may be. The Centre has hiked excise duty four times since November last.

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