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India, China in constant communication for next round of senior commanders meeting: MEA
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India, China in constant communication for next round of senior commanders meeting: MEA

Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said that it is maintaining close communication with China through diplomatic and military channels with the objective of ensuring complete disengagement in all friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that the two sides are in constant communication through diplomatic and military channels for holding the next round of senior commanders meeting.“India and China continue to maintain close communication through diplomatic and military channels with the objective of ensuring complete disengagement in all friction points along the LAC in the western sector and for full restoration of peace and tranquillity,” he said.Srivastava said the last round of Working Mechanism for Con
Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court issues arrest warrant for JeM chief Masood Azhar
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Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court issues arrest warrant for JeM chief Masood Azhar

Just ahead of the global terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting, an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar.The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Gujranwala issued the warrant during a hearing in a terror financing case instituted by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police against some members of the JeM.“ATC Gujranwala judge Natasha Naseem Supra issued an arrest warrant for Masood Azhar and directed the CTD to arrest him and present him in the court. The CTD told the judge the JeM chief was involved in terror financing and selling jihadi literature,” an official said.He said the ATC judge issued the arrest warrant for Azhar on the request of a CTD inspector.This comes ahead of
Imran Khan govt will be finished the day Opposition lawmakers resign: Maryam Nawaz
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Imran Khan govt will be finished the day Opposition lawmakers resign: Maryam Nawaz

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz said that the Imran Khan-led government will be “finished” the day the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) lawmakers tender their resignations.She was addressing a large PDM rally in Bahawalpur when she posed the question to the audience whether the opposition parties should resign in order to mount pressure on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.“Bahawalpur has given its verdict; this government’s days are numbered. So should [we] keep sitting in these sham assemblies or resign?” she asked the crowd, who largely responded with “resign”.“Remember, this government will be finished the day PDM tenders resignations,” she added.Mocking the PTI signature slogan of ‘tabdeeli’ (change), Maryam questioned whe
NOW MYANMAR FACES CHINESE BORDER ENCROACHMENT
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NOW MYANMAR FACES CHINESE BORDER ENCROACHMENT

It is now known that Chinese authorities constructed fences during November, 2020 near the China-Myanmar border in Laukkai Township in the Kokang Self Administered Zone in northern Shan State of Myanmar. The construction was carried out by China near border post BP-125 and between posts BP-121 and BP-122.  While the Myanmar military objected to this development, the Chinese went ahead with the works on the pretext of a crackdown on illegal border crossings from Myanmar in the wake of the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases. In fact, Major General Zaw Min Tun sent a protest letter to his Chinese counterpart quoting the 1961 treaty on the China-Myanmar boundary. The treaty, as such prohibits building any structure within ten meters of the demarcation line on either side. On sensing the objection f
Ready to try Pak terrorist Omar Sheikh in Daniel Pearl case: US Acting Attorney General
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Ready to try Pak terrorist Omar Sheikh in Daniel Pearl case: US Acting Attorney General

United States Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A Rosen said that Washington is ready to take custody of terrorist Omar Sheikh to stand trial in the American journalist Daniel Pearl’s abduction and murder case.In a statement, Rosen said the judicial rulings reversing Omar Sheikh conviction and ordering his release are an “affront to terrorism victims everywhere”.His statement comes days after the Sindh High Court directed to release terrorist Sheikh, Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib, the accused in the abduction and murder case of US journalist Daniel Pearl.In 2002, Pearl, the 38-year-old journalist of The Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau, was abducted and beheaded while he was in Pakistan investigating a story of terror groups’ links to Al Qaeda.“...The separate judicial ru
Hindu temple destroyed, set on fire by mob in Pakistan
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Hindu temple destroyed, set on fire by mob in Pakistan

In a video clip which went viral on social media, a mob of over hundred people led by local Muslim clerics reportedly destroyed and set on fire a Hindu temple in Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.The video shows a violent mob destroying the walls and roof of the temple. The act against Hindu minority community is widely condemned by human rights activists based in Pakistan and other parts of the world.Shama Junejo, a London-based human rights activist tweeted, "This is new Pakistan! A Hindu Temple was destroyed today in Karak, a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, governed by PTI Govt. Police or forces didn't stop the mob because they were chanting Allah-o-Akbar. A shameful day, Beyond condemnation indeed!"Mubashir Zaidi, a journalist based in Karachi tweeted, "#BR...
China Venezuela Relations go downhill
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China Venezuela Relations go downhill

China considers Venezuela a key partner in Latin America. China is the biggest importer of oil and Venezuela has the largest amount of proven oil reserves. In fact, China Development Bank (CDB) has issued maximum loans to Venezuela. Despite these compatibilities, the China-Venezuela relationship has become a textbook case of how China blatantly misused its foreign policy of "promoting development". China gave financial and economic support to Maduro and Chavez governments that led to instability and misrule in the region. China's ZTE provided surveillance equipment to Maduro government to help curb dissent. China took advantage of the inefficiency and corruption in the Venezuelan government to exploit is petroleum resources. The strategy was a Loan for oil scheme - a tactic often used ...
Indian Army to restore India-Pak war hero’s ‘vandalised’ grave
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Indian Army to restore India-Pak war hero’s ‘vandalised’ grave

The grave of Brigadier Mohammad Usman, the highest ranking officer to die during the first India-Pakistan war in 1947-48 will be restored by the Indian Army. The white marble grave, located in south Delhi’s Batla House Qabristan, near Jamia Millia Islamia, in the cemetery’s ‘VIP section’ was allegedly damaged by miscreants in the area. The Army wrote to Jamia Millia Islamia on Tuesday seeking permission to carry out repairs on the grave. “The university wanted a letter from the Army for the record and it has been sent. We will carry out the repairs,” a senior officer said. The officer said a wreath is laid by the regiment concerned on Brigadier Usman’s grave on his death anniversary every year. “This year the wreath laying did not happen due to the coronavirus pandemic. Otherwise, it is do
Pakistan a pawn in Chinese policy, serious Indo-Sino conflict not good for China: IAF Chief
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Pakistan a pawn in Chinese policy, serious Indo-Sino conflict not good for China: IAF Chief

Pakistan has become a pawn in the Chinese policy and its military dependence on China would increase further in view of the debt trap due to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Indian Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Tuesday. In an address at a webinar on 'National Security Challenges and Air Power' organised by Vivekanand International Foundation, he said China has invested billions of dollars in the CPEC as loans to Islamabad and the already debt-ridden Pakistani administration would be under a lot of financial stress to repay even the interest as per the current fiscal situation there. Bhadauria said India's "most important" national security challenge is to understand China, its "possible game plan" and the deepening and evolving Sino-Pak relationship. "Pakistan has inc...
Post snowfall, power restored in entire Kashmir in just 6 hours
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Post snowfall, power restored in entire Kashmir in just 6 hours

It was a strenuous effort by the officials of the power development department of Jammu and Kashmir that ensured restoration of electricity in entire Kashmir division in just six hours after the region witnessed heavy snowfall.According to official data, the snowfall across the Kashmir region caused some glitches in the distribution system bringing the supply down from 1400 MW to 400 MW.In comparison to previous snowfalls, the officials said, the early preparedness was the key in restoring the supply this time. “Our men started work from 4 am; it was because of their efforts that the whole system was up by the Saturday afternoon.”Principal Secretary, Power Department, Rohit Kansal while commending the PDD employees said: “It is for the first time that our department was able to restore pow