Wednesday, 18 October 2017

When 120 Indian Jawans Killed 1300 Chinese Soldiers

Heroes of 1962 Rezang La War Recall The Day When 120 Indian Jawans Killed 1300 Chinese Soldiers

Any effort to describe the bravery of Indian soldiers always falls short of adjectives to describe their heroics in the 1962 Sino-India. While the Indian perspective always tends to give it a pass by calling it Chinese aggression or a debacle, the Chinese use it to threat India every now and then and the recent Doklam issue perfectly sums up the statement.

While the defeat in 1962 is a truth more inconvenient than any other, it’s also a fact India too had shined the multiple theatres of war where Indian army not only humbled the Chinese but also proved that it only takes fearless gallantry to break the myth of Chinese invincibility.

Ramchander and Nihal (right) 

Rezang La is one such front in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir where 120 Indian Jawans led by a fear by fearless Major Shaitan Singh killed over 1200 Chinese within a battle of six hours or even less.

Out of these 120 Jawan, 114 were martyred including the Major Shaitan Singh who later received Param Vir Chakra for unparallel bravery.

The Indian government never mentioned it and neither did the Chinese ever admit it, but the obvious signs like the ceasefire on the very next day and the topographical advantage the gallant Ahirs of Charlie Company of 13 Kumaon had provided testimony to the hell 120 Indians had unleashed on the Chinese.

IndiaTimes met the 78-year-old Honorary Captain Ramchander Yadav and Havaldar Nihar Singh, who were among the six survivors of Rezang La War and tried to relive those six hours of action during that bone-chilling night of November 17-18.
How it all began?

“We landed at Rezang La, a three-kilometre long ridge facing the Chinese side on October 23. We were told to take the position there. Therefore, we started digging and made bunkers. We made the ridge battle ready by the first week of November. We knew Chinese will come since the radio bulletin would tell us daily that how easily Chinese ran over us in NEFA today known as Arunachal Pradesh,” told Ramchander who was the wireless operator of Charlie Company accompanying Major Shaitan Singh like his shadow.

On November 15, the Brigade headquarters located roughly five kilometres down the hill had asked them to vacate the post and retreat because the Chinese attack in other theatres was too fierce. But the gallant jawans refused to vacate when Major Shaitan Singh put this question before them.

How Indians positioned themselves?

“We the 118 Ahirs led by a Rajput Major divided the Rezang La ridge into three positions and put nearly 40 soldiers each platoon and we gave them numbers 7, 8 and 9 which were stationed at the distance of a kilometre each,” added Nihal Singh who was handling Light Machine Gun (LMG) while showing scars of the wounds.


The Indians made their bunkers at steep heights which the Chinese wouldn’t reach without exposing themselves to the Indian LMGs.
And thus began the attack

While the Operational Post (OP which operates during the day) and Listening Post (LP which operates at night) of Indians were keeping a tap on Chinese movement in the area, the Indians knew that Chinese attack will take place.
The first attack

“It was roughly 3:45 am, the LP was out to listen to the Chinese movement when it gave information that 8 to 10 Chinese are doing Recce of the area near the position of Platoon 7, the LMG of Naik Hukum Singh silenced them,” recalled Ramchander who kept Major Shaitan Singh stationed at Platoon 8 informed about each development.

“This irked the Chinese and nearly 400 Chinese with artillery support at the back rushed toward platoon 7. But Naik Hukum Singh’s LMG filled the Nala or ditch between the Chinese and us with bodies of over 250 Chinese,” added Ramchander.  The first attack was repulsed.
The second attack

By then the Chinese had realised it’s not going to be easy as it had been till now. The heavy bombardment was unleashed to destroy the positions occupied and kill as many soldiers as it could without exposing the Chinese soldiers to Indian LMGs. The heavy mortars destroyed the bunker of platoon 8 but luckily no one died, since it fell in vacant place.

Ramchander with his wireless set

“The second attack came at 4:45, 8 platoon and despite heavy bombardment, no one was even injured. Chinese approached us and my LMG silenced nearly 150 Chinese,” added Nihal Singh.

Chinese encircled all three all platoons
Chinese had the advantage of numbers and if Ramchander and Nihal’s estimates are to be believed there were roughly 3 to 4 thousand Chinese taking on 120 Jawans.

“We were encircled by Chinese and knew that they will unleash the attack on all three platoon in one go. We too were ready because now there was no way out,” recalled Ramchander who maintained communication between three platoons.
Another attempt
But before unleashing an all-out attack, the Chinese once again tried to attack Platoon 7 and this time LMG didn’t let them even retreat. “I remember it as it was yesterday. It was 6:30 am and the platoon 7 LMG killed nearly 400 Chinese and the white snow carpet turned red,” added Ramchander.

Yogesh Sarkar

Till now, the Indians hadn’t seen any casualties. 

And an all-out attack that turned the tide
Heavy casualties frustrated the Chinese. They couldn’t believe their eyes when they witnessed Chinese soldier getting killed in heaps. They launched an all-out attack and they could do it because numbers for them was not an issue at all. All three platoons got engaged in one go and soon the law of averages chipped in.

Hukum Singh at platoon 7 was hit by a bullet and he died. Nihal Singh was handling LMG at Platoon 9 received bullets in both his hands. He could still do much later. “I was helpless, but still summoned my strength and dissembled the LMG and threw it parts so that enemy doesn’t use it. Suzaram too perished while Harphool was hit in the knee,” added Nihal Singh. 

Major Shaitan Singh gets hit

“At 6:30 am Major Shaitan had received a shell in his shoulder. I tied a cloth there to stop bleeding. But when Harphool got injured, Major Sahab took his position and started firing. And there he got hit in the abdomen,” recalled Ramchander who was immediately asked by Major Singh to run to Brigade headquarter because he knew that people down there would never believe that 120 jawans killed many Chinese.

“He knew the people down the hill would say we were caught by Chinese while sleeping. They would never believe that 120 killed so many Chinese, therefore he asked me to rush to brigade headquarters to tell the story. But I refused. Because I didn’t want to leave him alone as it would have been a disgrace if Chinese caught our injured Major alive. Therefore, I stood there,” added Ramchander. 

Sangram Singh and the hand to hand combat
Soon Chinese entered the bunkers and a hand to hand battle ensued between the troops.

“It all began with bayonet fight between us and the Chinese. But Chinese were wearing heavy clothes and bayonets wouldn’t pierce their clothing. Therefore we used the butt of the gun to hit the Chinese,” recalls Nihal Singh.

Sangram Singh, 6 feet tall soldier who was a wrestler too killed nearly 30-40 Chinese with his hands.

“He broke necks of many and smashed the heads of a few against the rock by lifting them like the sack of grain. The Chinese had to shoot him in his head. But they paid respect and put his helmet on his chest and his weapon near him show the respect for the slain soldier,” recalled Ramchander. 

Major Shaitan Singh breathed last
“It was over soon and I decided to take injured Major down. I lifted him and tried to get down the hill. After moving barely 50 feet downwards, I kept him down and watched time in his wristwatch. It was 8:15 am and suddenly the watch stopped. I knew Major was dead because his watch was pulse watch,” said Ramchander.

Ramchander left the body of Major there and made some marks and signs around it to identify the spot when he would return to collect the body later.
Nobody believed Ramchander
As speculated by Major Shaitan Singh, none believed Ramchander and his story about the last stand of Rezang La where 120 gallant soldiers killed nearly 1300 troops of the enemy.

Nevertheless, Ramchander was called for an inquiry in Army headquarters in Delhi in January. “When I narrated the story, they lambasted me, threatened me of court marshal. None believed that he could unleash a hell on Chinese,” recalled Ramchander.
But all cried when team went to Rezang La in February

Chinese had collected their bodies the very next day. But Indians waited until February despite ceasefire on November 20.

The Last Four Survivors
“When they went at Rezang La, my narration of the events came before their eyes. Major Shaitan Singh’s body was there in the same position. Every soldier had the bullet in the chest, even Dharampal Dahiya, the Nursing Assistant who was there to help the injured soldiers. He had the bullet in the chest and an injection in his hand. All started cries in one go including our commander Brigadier TN Raina. The officer who had scolded me in Delhi cried the most,” added Raina.

After the inquiry got over, the Rezang La heroes got one Param Vir Chakra, five Vir Chakras, and four Sena medals, but were they enough? 

How a dog helped Nihal escape Chinese custody
While Ramchander had managed to escape with Major Singh on his shoulder, Nihal Singh with bullet injuries was taken prisoner by Chinese. But there was a dog that became his saviour. "This dog accompanied us from base camp when we first landed here. We used to feed him with whatever we were eating which included meat at times. I was taken a prisoner and was kept hungry throughout the day. At night on November 18, he wanted to escape but had no direction to go. Then suddenly this dog appeared and I followed," said ecstatic Nihal.

"We managed to pass the Chinese soldiers standing as guards at night. Hiding behind the stones that dog and I managed to find our way through the dark night and reached our base camp after 7 hours of walk. I was lucky that Chinese didn't follow me perhaps they are apprehensive about a counter-attack which never happened."

But the Ahirs still don’t have a regiment
Ramchander and Nihal Singh tell their story with pride, yet their heart cries because despite literally turning the tide of the battle, the Ahirs don’t have any regiment for them.

“We get inducted in Kumaon and some other regiments, but unlike Rajputs and the Jats, we don’t have a regiment dedicated to us. Are we any less brave? Time and again we have raised this demand, but it has always fallen on deaf ears,” said an emotional Ramchander while Nihal Singh was lost somewhere in his own thoughts.

Published in India Times
Garima Satija 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

PM Modi: Rs 10,000 crore will be given to top 10 universities to make them world-class

PM Modi: Rs 10,000 crore will be given to top 10 universities to make them world-class - "We will provide an assistance of Rs 10,000 crore to 10 private universities and an equal number of government ones for a period of five years. All these universities have to do is to demonstrate their potential to become world class."
Oct 14, 2017

Lamenting that no Indian university figures among the top 500 globally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the government intends to unshackle these institutions and provide Rs 10,000 crore to 20 varsities to ensure that they are counted among the best in the world.

Addressing a function on the centenary celebrations of the Patna University here, he said measures like grant of central status were "a thing of the past" and his government has taken "a step forward" towards making 10 private universities and 10 government ones world class.

"My government took an important step towards unshackling the IIMs, freeing them from the clutches of restrictions and regulations set by the government.

"We intend to do the same for our universities and ensure that our centres of higher learning figure among the best 500 in the world," Modi said here.

In his speech that lasted a little over 30 minutes, the Prime Minister stressed on the need for universities to give more emphasis on "learning and innovation" and give up old teaching methods which focused on "cramming students' minds with information".

The Prime Minister also replied in his characteristic style to a fervent plea by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who in his welcome address had urged Modi "with folded hands that central status be granted to Patna University".

"I would like to say something about a demand that was raised here and met with loud cheers by the young crowd attending this ceremony. Issues like grant of central status have become a thing of the past. We are taking a step forward.

"We will provide an assistance of Rs 10,000 crore to 10 private universities and an equal number of government ones for a period of five years. All these universities have to do is to demonstrate their potential to become world class," he said.

The universities will not be selected by the prime minister or a chief minister or any other political figure, he said, adding their potential will be assessed by a professional, third party agency.

"I exhort Patna University to seize this opportunity," he said in the presence of a host of dignitaries, which included Kumar and his Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.

Hailing the role of young IT professionals in changing the global outlook towards India, Modi quipped "earlier we were seen as a land of snake charmers, exorcism and superstitions. "Long back, while on a visit to Taiwan, I told a friend that we, as a nation, have moved from snakes to the mouse," he said.

Modi said, "We are a nation of 800 million young people, 65 per cent of our population is below the age of 35 years. There is nothing that we cannot achieve with such a huge demographic advantage."

The PM began his speech on a humorous note, saying "the Chief Minister said in his speech that I was the first Prime Minister to visit this university. It seems my predecessors have left quite a few tasks for me".

He also paid rich tributes to the rich and glorious history of Bihar, saying "the stream of knowledge that flows through this state is as ancient as the river Ganges itself".

"The state has been devoting itself to the worship of Saraswati (Goddess of learning). But the time has come to propitiate Laxmi (Goddess of wealth and prosperity) as well and make the state a prosperous one by 2022, when we celebrate 75 years of our Independence," he said

He also remarked "there is no state in the country where one does not find a Patna University alumnus among the top five bureaucrats. I have had the opportunity to work with many such bright officers".

Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ashwini Chaubey and Upendra Kushwaha were among those present during the event.

After attending the PU function, the PM paid an unscheduled visit to the Bihar Museum, situated adjacent to the Patna High Court, which has been a pet project of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

The chief minister accompanied Modi during the museum visit.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Shell firms made huge deposits in multiple accounts post note ban

Shell firms made huge deposits in multiple accounts post note ban

  • 5,800 shell cos under govt glare over deposits post note ban
  • A few of the companies have been found to have more than 100 accounts in their names. One company had as many as 2,134 accounts

Intensifying its crackdown on black money, the government has collated information about 5,800 shell companies whose near zero-balance accounts saw nearly Rs.4,574 crore of deposits post note ban and Rs.4,552 crore withdrawal thereafter.

"Vital information has been received from 13 banks regarding the bank account operations and post-demonetisation transactions of some of the 2,09,032 suspicious companies that had been struck off the Register of Companies earlier this year," the government said in a statement today.

Last month, the government imposed restrictions on operations of bank accounts of over 2 lakh 'struck-off' companies.

Terming it as a "major breakthrough" in fight against black money and shell companies, it said the first instalment of data pertains to about 5,800 companies -- out of more than 2 lakh that were struck off -- involving 13,140 accounts.

"Few of the companies have been found to have more than 100 accounts to their names. The highest grosser among these is a company having 2,134 accounts, followed by others having accounts in the range of 900, 300 etc," it said.

The data on pre-demonetisation accounts and transactions conducted during the cash ban period is "startling", the government stated.

On 12 September, the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) issued a statement saying that it had identified 106,000 directors of companies who did not file their financial statements or annual returns for three straight years, violating provisions of the Companies Act, 2013. 

Prior to that, it struck off 200,000 firms that were suspected to be shell companies and directed banks to restrict operation of bank accounts of such companies by the directors of such companies or their authorized representatives.

Shell firms, though not defined under the Companies Act, are those that adhere to basic company laws and are used to avoid taxes and convert black money into white.

After separating the loan accounts, these companies had a meagre balance of Rs.22.05crore on November 8, 2016.

"However, from November 9, 2016 (after the announcement of demonetisation), till the date of their being struck off, these companies have altogether deposited a huge amount of Rs.4,573.87 crore in their accounts and withdrawn an equally large amount of Rs.4,552 crore," the statement said.

With loan accounts, there was a negative opening balance of Rs 80.79 crore in these accounts.

Companies had multiple accounts with minuscule or negative balance as on November 8, 2016, which have seen deposits and withdrawal running into several crores. The accounts were thereafter again left as dormant with paltry balance.

"This exercise of swindling the authorities was carried out post demonetisation till the companies were struck off. In some cases, certain companies have gone more adventurous and made deposits and withdrawals even after being struck off," it said.

Citing an example, it said that in one of the banks, 429 companies having zero balance each on November 8, 2016, deposited and withdrew over Rs 11 crore and left again with a cumulative balance of just Rs 42,000 as on the date of the freeze.

Similarly, in the case of another bank, more than 3,000 such companies -- most having multiple accounts -- have been located.

From having a cumulative balance of about Rs 13 crore as on November 8, 2016, these companies have deposited and withdrawn about Rs 3,800 crore, leaving a negative cumulative balance of almost Rs 200 crore at the time of freezing of their accounts.

"It needs to be re-emphasised that this data is only about 2.5 per cent of the total number of suspected companies that have been struck off by the government. The huge money game played by these companies may well be the tip of an iceberg of corruption, black money and black deeds of these and many more of their brethren," the statement said.

Investigative agencies have been asked to complete necessary investigation in a time-bound manner.

After being removed from the list, operations of the bank accounts of 2,09,032 suspicious companies were restricted for discharge of their liabilities only.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Over half of new cancer drugs 'show no benefits' for survival or wellbeing

Over half of new cancer drugs 'show no benefits' for survival or wellbeing

Most cancer drugs that have recently arrived on the market have come with little evidence that they boost the survival or well being of patients, research reveals.

Forty-eight cancer drugs were approved by the European Medicines Agency between 2009 and 2013 for use as treatments in 68 different situations.

But the study, which looked at the clinical trials associated with the drugs, reveals that at the time the therapies became available there was no conclusive evidence that they improved survival in almost two-thirds of the situations for which they were approved.

In only 10% of the uses did the drugs improve quality of life. Overall 57% of uses showed no benefits for either survival or quality of life.

The newspapers love a cancer research story, but many are misleading or won’t affect patients for many years. But there is plenty of progress worth reporting

The team then looked to see whether the picture improved over time.

Huseyin Naci, assistant professor of health policy at the London School of Economics, and a co-author of the study, published in the British Medical Journal, said: “We wanted to see once [the drugs] were already on the market did they actually generate some evidence to show that they improved or extended life?”

The team found that after a follow-up period of between three to eight years, 49% of approved uses were linked to no clear sign of improvement in survival or quality of life. Where survival benefits were shown, the team said these were clinically meaningless in almost half of the cases.

“What we find very surprising is that not very many studies are looking at overall survival or quality of life as their [primary] objective,” said Naci. He said that instead most of the studies examined indirect measures, such as x-rays or laboratory tests that were assumed to offer clues as to a drug’s survival benefits.

A new study shows that some cancers hold within them the seeds of their own destruction, which could allow therapies using patients’ own immune systems

He added: “Unfortunately the expectation is that once the drugs are on the market then companies will be investing in [longer term] trials to then demonstrate overall survival benefits. But unfortunately these trials are not necessarily taken up and conducted.”

Naci said the findings did not mean patients should worry. “I think it is very important that no one is alarmed,” he said.

Carl Heneghan, professor of evidence-based medicine at University of Oxford, described the lack of drug improvement with regard to survival as disappointing, and called for a more rigorous approach to evaluating cancer drugs. “It is hard to understand why half the drugs were approved in the first place if they provide no clinically meaningful benefit,” he said.

But Winette van der Graaf, professor of personalised oncology at the Institute of Cancer Research, said that making decisions based on smaller studies looking at benefits other than overall survival, were important in making sure new treatments were swiftly made available to patients.

“In my area of research [on] rare cancers the level of evidence called for here is very hard to obtain, meaning that these patients would find it extremely difficult to gain access to new treatments,” she said, adding that large trials looking directly at survival could be expensive and lengthy.

“Ideally, studies should try also measuring early markers of treatment failure, so that health authorities can make well-balanced decisions.”

Emma Greenwood, Cancer Research UK’s director of policy, warned that the study did not necessarily reflect the situation in the UK where Nice (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) played an important role in deciding which drugs were available to patients.

“The study does highlight the importance of using real-world evidence from patients, on top of data from clinical trials, to build our understanding of how drugs work in a real-life setting. We’re already starting to see this happen through the cancer drugs fund in England, where patients can access promising new drugs while more data is collected on their effectiveness.” 
Nicola Davis

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

I too need to speak up - Rajeev Chandrasekhar's reply to Yashwant Sinha

I too need to speak up - Rajeev Chandrasekhar's reply to Yashwant Sinha’s recent article.
After three years of repair and rebuilding, the Indian economy is in a better place than it was in 2014. It is prepared to deliver longer periods of higher rates of growth.
Written by Rajeev Chandrasekhar |

Decades of crony capitalism and piggy-banking on public sector banks have come to an end.

Yashwant Sinha’s recent article (‘I need to speak up now‘, IE, September 27) about the economy concludes more in hope, than on facts, that the economy is headed for a “hard landing”. He joins some others in a desperate attempt to build a narrative of a failing economy. This is wishful thinking because nothing is further from the truth.

P. Chidambaram’s rush to embrace Sinha’s article is amusing and ironic because despite inheriting, by his own admission, a robust economy from the NDA 1 government in 2004, he presided over a spectacular destruction of the economy when UPA 2 was in office. Sinha himself has described Chidambaram as the FM who caused the GDP to decline. 

Perhaps Chidambaram too hopes, as Sushil Kumar Shinde had after the UPA’s scams: “The memory of the Indian public is short.” But those dark days of the UPA aren’t easily forgotten.

I have served with Sinha in the parliamentary committee on finance and so I wish his economic analysis was factual and not dictated by his antipathy to the government. He ignores how far the economy has come from the dark and dangerous days of 2014. 

The UPA had left behind a broken economy: Over 12 quarters of successive GDP decline, 24 quarters of rising inflation, a record Current Account Deficit of $400 billion, fiscal profligacy, declining capital formation, flight of foreign investors and scam-inspired plummeting of investor confidence, a banking system wrecked by years of politically-directed lending, a tenth of the jobs created by NDA 1, an economic model that created jobless growth, corrupt crony capitalism of the worst kind (written by Raghuram Rajan himself), a cash and high-denomination note dominant economy that was, in turn, inflating asset prices and a dysfunctional administration — this list can go on. The Indian economy in 2014 was on the brink, both qualitatively and quantitatively. The fact that the UPA was responsible for that cannot easily be erased from the public memory.

This government inherited such an economy and has steadily built it back over the last three years to one where the GDP has grown, per capita income has increased, foreign direct investments are at a historic high of almost $160 billion, foreign exchange reserves are at the record level of almost $400 billion, inflation has moderated, and government finances are following a roadmap of fiscal discipline after years of reckless profligacy. 

Decades of crony capitalism and piggy-banking on public sector banks have come to an end, a battle against corruption is underway, ease of making investments and doing business has increased and medium- to long-term investor confidence is high. 

This transformation of our economy into macro-economic solidity required calm and determined policy action. Challenges do remain in creating jobs but governments all over the world are facing disruptive changes in manufacturing – a sharp increase in automation and robotics has led to a reduction in jobs. For the economy to respond to such a deep — and permanent — transformation of the job market requires some more time and effort.

Sinha talks about “managing better” the petroleum windfall. That is vague. He should know the government has used the resources to fix the devastated balance sheets of the oil marketing companies that had been driven to the brink by the UPA, and to increase public spending in programmes, subsidies and infrastructure. Hindsight is always the best free-pass to score points. But that’s as appropriate as me saying the situation that required Sinha to ship gold (in the early 1990s) could have been “managed better”. I could say so but that would not be the right thing to do. The affliction of “I-can-do-better” is best avoided.

Stalled private investment is a big hurdle to higher growth; the problem is an inheritance from the UPA and remains unsolved in the past three years. At the heart of the problem is a broken government banking system, itself a product of reckless lending and building bad assets during the UPA with little or no oversight by the RBI as the banking regulator or the finance ministry. 

Indeed, Chidambaram first responded to NPAs when I raised the issue in Parliament in 2010. The NDA has tried to minimise taxpayer-funded bailouts of these banks. The RBI’s belated response with a flawed model of bad debt provisioning is exacerbating the NPA problem and so the problem has ballooned and the ability and the desire of the banks to lend has shrunk. When over 80 per cent of all credit is delivered by the public sector banks, this deadlock is the biggest hurdle to boosting private investment. Fixing this legacy of the UPA to the economy should be a priority for the government.

Demonetisation and GST have, expectedly, caused short-term disruptions. Introducing GST so soon after demonetisation has, perhaps, compounded the tax regime’s short-term impact. But the timing of GST was determined more by successive parliamentary sessions, where it was blocked.

The rush to come to a judgement about demonetisation ignores that an elaborate trail of deposits has been created to expose illegal deposits and networks. The criticism of GST is laughable given that its design was arrived at after a consensus with the Opposition in Parliament, state legislatures and in the GST council.

There is increased compliance with GST, both upstream with suppliers to companies and downstream in sales to consumers. If this holds true in the coming months when the dust settles, the GST slabs could be revised and simplified. GST can and will be an industry and consumer-friendly indirect taxation regime as was envisioned but give it time to evolve into that. The initial issues with GST have to do with the transition to a complex indirect taxation regime and to a tax administration system based on technology — both challenges in themselves. Dealing with these challenges in a compressed time-frame has caused predictable pain in the export sector, MSMEs and traders.

So, admittedly there has been moderation of the GDP in recent quarters. There is a legitimate request for intervention to support those impacted — during the transition. This must not be a knee-jerk response like the one by the UPA in 2008, which even Raghuram Rajan was critical of in later years because it caused inflation and fiscal challenges. This transition support could be about focussing on bank capitalisation, credit for housing, credit for MSMEs, exporters, stabilising GST and creating a permanent roadmap for public sector banks.

In 2014, Sinha had famously charged Chidambaram of committing fraud with his budgets. Politics, in this case, has created the unlikeliest of combines, where two people are bound only by their personal/political dislike of the present government. 

The truth is in stark variance from the picture the duo are trying to paint. Challenges remain but the current state of economy is a far cry from 2014. After three years of repair and rebuilding, the Indian economy is in a better place and is better prepared to deliver longer periods of higher rates of growth. There is space for honest discussion on the economy, about further reforms and transformation to make sure every citizen benefits but not political fake-point scoring.

Sinha is right that economies are destroyed much more easily than they are built. The UPA did that to what was left by the NDA 1 government, combining profligacy and corruption. 

With respect to him, Sinha is off the mark in his assessment of where we are today — perhaps a case of personal dislikes overcoming facts and reality. To Chidambaram, thank you for asking me to speak up, and yes, truth does prevail. 

The writer is Member of Parliament, member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, and vice chairman, NDA Kerala.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Rs 8,900crore of Rs.1000 notes still not back into the system-RBI figures on demonetization

Congis r dumb but can be this dumb. Where did they expect the notes to go? Either they will get returned through benami channels so that the owners try a chance for reclaiming later or they get destroyed for not being able to do the former. Now, Rs.8,900crore worth of Rs.1000 notes are still not back into the system, which means they are most likely destroyed or abandoned. For the notes that are returned, the tax man has got a tab on them that has already created problems for many. The printed notes worth Rs.21,000 crores are in the system and are going to be used for their life time. So, what exactly is the problem of this cost. It is standard cost of printing new notes. The problem seems to be that they are stuck without their usual money supply. The first attempt in India has been made to clean up the system and there should be many more to follow.

Rs.8,900crore of Rs.1000 notes still not back into the system. While some anti-national sickularists are belittling this figure, in addition to the above figure
  • Lets not forget that a significant portion of deposits into the Jan Dhan accounts post-demonitization has been from dubious sources.
  • Lets also not forget that now Rs.15.28Lakh Crore of the Rs.1,000 notes deposited so far is "Accounted Cash" from here on.
  • Lets also not forget that over Rs 3,185 crore of un-disclosed income has been detected while Rs 86 crore worth new notes have been seized by the Income Tax department as part of its country-wide operations against black money hoarders post the demonetisation of two high value currencies by the government. The taxman carried out a total of 677 search, survey and enquiry operations under the provisions of the Income Tax Act since the note ban was declared on 8 November, even as the department has issued over 3,100 notices to various entities on charges of tax evasion and hawala-like dealings.
  • Digital payments (meaning payments that can be accounted) grew 55 per cent in volume and 24.2 per cent in value in 2016-17 over 2015-16.In the financial year of 2016-17, there were a total of 865.9 crore digital transactions across all banking platforms. This is a significant rise from the 2013-14 number of 254.5 crore digital transactions. Within a period of 3 years, the amount of digital transactions has more than tripled
  • The government added 9.1 million new taxpayers in 2016-17, an 80% increase over the typical yearly rise, highlighting the impact of India’s November demonetisation of high-value currencies.

30th August 2017
The Reserve Bank of India today revealed in its annual report that Rs 15.28 lakh crore, or 99 per cent of the Rs 15.44-lakh-crore scrapped currency notes, had come back to the central bank between the government’s demonetisation decision and June 30, 2017.

However, in what came as a surprise to many, the RBI report said that about 89 million units of the demonetised Rs 1,000 notes, worth Rs 8,900 crore, had not come back into the system.

The share of the newly introduced Rs 2,000 notes in the total value of banknotes in circulation as at March-end was a little more than 50 per cent, the RBI annual report added.

Mentioning that the central bank spent Rs 7,965 crore on printing new currency notes in 2016-17, it said the overall currency in circulation into the system had come down by 20.2 per cent on a year-on-year basis as at the end of March.

In the biggest-ever demonetisation exercise India had seen, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 November 2016 announced high-value currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 would cease to be public tender. The move, to stem the circulation of black money and fake currency, and to choke terror funding and corruption, was to take effect within hours of the announcement.

While there were several estimates and statements, the official numbers were not revealed until the RBI released its annual report on August 30.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

POULTRY INJECTED WITH SEX CHANGE HORMONES breeds Homosexuals-post from Capt.Ajit Vadakayil

The below content is copied from this absolutely unique 1000% Indian Nationalist blog of Capt. Ajith Vadakayil. Since the content is put as part of another title, I thought I will put it up so that more people can popularize this particular section as it is relevant to all of India, specially the future children of India. Anyone wishing to learn the real History and Heritage of India (Bharatham) should also read every article posted by this incredible Captain -

Here is the content-He mentions Kerala as it is his home state. However, it applies to all of India.



Some of these chemicals alter the DNA -- chlortetrachyline, procaine penicillin, oxytetracycline, tylosin, bacitracin, neomycin sulphate, streptomycin, erythromycin, linomycin, oleandomycin, virginamycin and bambermycin.


Many transgender men and women seek hormone therapy as part of the transition process. Exogenous testosterone is used in transgender men to induce virilization and suppress feminizing characteristics. In transgender women, exogenous estrogen is used to help feminize patients, and anti-androgens are used as adjuncts to help suppress masculinizing features.

Testosterone therapy is used to suppress female secondary sex characteristics and masculinize transgender men.

Hormone therapy for transgender women is intended to feminize patients by changing fat distribution, inducing breast formation, and reducing male pattern hair growth

Within three months of initiating testosterone therapy, the following can be expected: cessation of menses (amenorrhea), increased facial and body hair, skin changes and increased acne, changes in fat distribution and increases in muscle mass, and increased libido . Later effects include deepening of the voice, atrophy of the vaginal epithelium, and increased clitoral size



Sexual differentiation in birds is a mix of direct genetic and hormonal mechanisms. Perturbation of either of these components may lead to sex reversal.

Sexual differentiation in birds is controlled genetically-- Males have a ZZ sex chromosome constitution, while females are ZW.

Gene(s) on the sex chromosomes must initiate gonadal sex differentiation during embryonic life, inducing paired testes in ZZ individuals and unilateral ovaries in ZW individuals.


the sex chromosomes of birds are unrelated to those of mammals. Birds have a ZZ male:ZW female sex chromosome system, and a homologue to the mammalian testis-determining gene, SRY, is lacking

Sexually dimorphic feathering IN FEMALE POULTRY is attributed to sex steroid hormones-- female feathering is induced by oestrogens, and male plumage is the default pattern in the absence of significant oestrogen.

Sex steroid hormones also play well established roles in sexual differentiation of the avian brain..

In the chicken embryo, oestrogen synthesis by the gonad is female-specific

Hormones are injected directly into the animals or added to their feed to enhance the amount of eggs

Eating foods with natural or synthetic insulin-like growth factor-1, IGF-1, may be linked to an increase in certain cancers including prostate, breast and colon cancers. Foods with this hormone such as meat, fats and oils, raise the level of IGF-1 in the blood and may increase the risk of several diseases including diabetes.







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Thursday, 17 August 2017

US designation of Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terror outfit is going to be a big diplomatic victory for Modi government.

US designation of Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terror outfit is a big diplomatic victory for Modi government.

The US State Department notification clearly identifies Hizbul as "one of the largest and oldest militant groups" operating in Kashmir since 1989. It is helmed by Mohammad Yusuf Shah aka Syed Salahuddin, whom the Donald Trump administration had branded a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' last June, just ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden meeting with the US president in Washington.

As part of a global effort to fight terrorism, the move will affect Hizbul's ability to raise funds. Salahuddin had recently boasted in an interview to a Pakistani TV channel that "Kashmiris" all across the world are funding terrorism in India and he can procure any weapon from the international market at the right price.

Will this initiative choke Salahuddin's access to funds? The notification stresses that the outfit's "property and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the group."

The tag on Hizbul closely follows US announcement of a new two-by-two ministerial dialogue mechanism with India, which is expected to put defence and strategic consultations at the front and centre of bilateral ties.

A White House statement following Trump's congratulatory phone call to Modi on 15 August read: "The leaders resolved to enhance peace and stability across the India-Pacific region by establishing a new two-by-two ministerial dialogue that will elevate their strategic consultations." The move was reportedly also discussed during external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj's telephonic conversation with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

Though the word 'China' wasn't mentioned anywhere in the statement, and Washington did not elaborate on the specifics, it is a message to China.

The existing mechanism, which the two-by-two ministerial dialogue is expected to replace, had been started by the Barack Obama administration to bolster bilateral commercial ties. The adoption of defence and strategic consultations in the mechanism suggests that the Trump administration places greater stress on India as a strategic partner. Consider that the India-US move is being initiated at a time when China has irked both nations through its policies and actions.

Trump has flatly blamed China for not doing enough to contain North Korea's nuclear warhead and intercontinental missile programs and had recently ordered a probe into Beijing's unfair trade practices and "theft of intellectual property", triggering a stinging response from China.

Concurrently, India and China have been locked in a tense standoff in the Sikkim sector with no resolution in sight. New Delhi accuses Beijing of violating existing boundary mechanisms and agreements in trying to build a motorable road in a sensitive tri-junction area also involving Bhutan, while China has blamed India for violating its "sovereignty" and has repeatedly threatened war.

The US hasn't said much (chiefly because India doesn't want this to be highlighted) but has asked "both parties to have a direct dialogue to reduce tension" – a direct endorsement of India's stand. China has refused to talk unless Indian troops are "unilaterally withdrawn" from the tri-junction area, a condition that is unacceptable to New Delhi.

In this context, the fact that Trump administration is clamping down on terrorist outfits and their leaders inimical to India and elevating the bilateral relationship by adding a strong defence and strategic component to already existing operational and strategic underpinnings are clear indications of a South Asia strategy, that looks and sounds awfully like Obama's Pivot to Asia. US action against Pakistan-backed terrorist outfits operating on Indian soil is also a moral indictment of China's position which has repeatedly vetoed all Indian attempts to blacklist these terrorists at United Nations.

"I believe that the US is ready to help India modernise its military. India has been designated a major defence partner of the US. This is a strategic declaration that's unique to India and the US. It places India on the same level that we have many of our treaty allies," Commander of the US Pacific Command or PACOM Admiral Harry Harris recently told PTI.

The bigger implication of this synergy is an increasing belief in the US that India — through its recent actions — is expressing a willingness to act as Asia's security guarantor. Make no mistake, Washington has noted India's decision not to join the Belt and Road initiative and interprets the Doka La standoff as India's statement of intent in not letting Asia become unipolar.

As Richard M Rossow of at the Center for Strategic and International Studies writes in The Diplomat, the US "just received a loud, clear signal that India is ready to take important steps to contribute to the global order, and it should strengthen our resolve to further deepen our emerging security partnership."

It has been said ad infinitum that a strong India is better for global, rules-based order. The US is indicating that it believes India's time has come.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Independence Day 2017: PM Narendra Modi's speech highlights from Red Fort

Independence Day 2017: PM Narendra Modi's speech highlights from Red Fort

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 71st Independence

Day of the Country. PM Modi started his speech by recalling the victims of recent Gorakhpur tragedy in which over 60 children affected by encephalitis allegedly died due to oxygen supply cut. He also recalled the victims of floods in several states of the country, saying the country stands “shoulder to shoulder with them.

* Today we are celebrating both Independence Day and Janmasthami

* I bow to all those who have sacrificed for the independence of the nation

* People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters and the tragedy in Gorakhpur

* Natural calamities have become a big challenge. Good rains contribute to prosperity of the country, but climate change creates problems

* No one is small or big in India. We can bring change with our collective effort and create a new India where all will get equal opportunity.

* This is a special year as it is the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement, the 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha, and the 125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav

* Our armed forces always proved their mettle in handling both extremism and during war. Even the world acknowledged our power after the surgical strikes.

* National security is our priority. We are capable of defending our country in all spheres - land, sea or the cyber space

* Must leave this 'Chalta Hai' nature. We have to now think of 'Badal Sakta Hai'- it will help us progress as a nation

* January 1 2018 will not be an ordinary day, those born in this century will start turning 18, 'Bhagya Vidhatas' of our country

* GST is a great success. The world is in awe seeing how we implemented the new tax system in such a short notice

* GST has shown the spirit of cooperative federalism. The nation has come together to support GST & the role of technology has also helped

* Many countries now helping India in fight against terror.

* Have asked terrorists to join the mainstream but there will be no leniency towards terrorism

* Development of J&K is the responsibility of both the state and Center. Na gaali se samasya sulajhne wali hai, na goli se, samasya suljhegi har Kashmiri ko gale lagane se (Kashmir probem cannot be resolved by either bullets or by abuses. It can be resolved by embracing all Kashmiris)

*A handful of separatists trying new tactics to create problems in the state.

* Today I am happy to announce the launch of a dedicated portal for the winners of gallantry awards.

* Today India is using technology to root out corruption and the world is now acknowledging our achievements in this regard.

* India is capable of sending Mangalyaan in just nine months and we are now focusing on speedy implementations of projects.

* States have very important role in the development of country

* Violence has no place in free India. The country will not accept violence in the name of faith.

* The poison of castesim and communalism can never be beneficial for our nation. This is the country of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi.

* I want to mention those women who have to suffer due to 'Tripe Talaq'- I admire their courage. We are with them in their struggles

* We are devoting significant attention to eastern India- Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Northeast. These parts have to grow further.

* This year 56 lakh people paid taxes. 3 lakh shell companies have been found of which licenses of 1.75 companies have been cancelled.

* Tax filing has more than doubled from April 1 to August 5. Unearthed black money worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore in 3 years

* In future digital currency will take the place of paper notes and hence we are determined to carry on with less cash economy

* If we will be successful in Swach Bharat, it will rein in inflation and help the poor save money

* Demonetisation helped banks lower interest rates

* GST boosting goods-transport efficiency by 30%. Will see increase in transparency with GST implementation

* There will be no space to loot in the country... Our fight against corruption and black money will go on

* Aim at lowering medical costs for poor, middle class

* Want to double farmer income by 2022

* Aim to provide home, water, power to all poor people.

* Aim to create a terror, communal, caste-free nation

* Together we will create a new India which will be clean, healthy and will fulfil our dreams of Swaraj

Fake media's automated anti-Yogi, anti-Modi Agenda using Gorakhpur tragedy.

Fake media's automated anti-Yogi, anti-Modi Agenda using Gorakhpur tragedy.

Rajeev Misra, Chief of Baba Raghav Das Medical College was suspended, yet fake media talks only about Kafeel Ahmad Khan and even made him out to be a rare hero.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was at the hospital on August 9th and even enquired personally about encephalitis preparedness. Yet, most media have been loudly proclaiming negative captions on Yogi Adityanath. How many CMs are there in India who go to hospitals in advance to check and enquire personally on their preparedness?

As many as 587 deaths were recorded in the paediatric wing of the college in the same month last year, taking the average to 20 deaths a day. In 2015 and 2014, the average deaths in a day in August were 22 and 19 respectively. Yet, fake media screams as though it is the first time in the history of India that so many children died in UP and the cause for that is Yogi Adityanath.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said he was at the hospital on August 9, but no one informed him of the situation. "I was here on the 9th and I categorically asked about encephalitis but no one informed me. We made payment on August 7. Why didn't the hospital administration make the payment?" he said. "For the last two to three days, the news that has been pouring in, PM Modi has been concerned. He called me to offer all sorts of support," Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said. Cautioning the media against "fake reporting" he asked reporters to "go inside the wards" and report the situation first-hand.

Kafeel Ahmad Khanwas in charge of the paediatrics ward for a few months and the oxygen shortage on Thursday night took place under his watch. On Sunday, government sources said he failed to take action on a letter that was written on Thursday by those in charge of oxygen supply, asking for emergency measures to get oxygen.

The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday removed Khan as the nodal officer of the Department of Paediatrics at the BRD Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur after reports of the shortage of oxygen cylinders came to light. It is alleged that the insufficient amount of cylinders in the hospital was because he was secretly transporting some of them to his private clinic.

Dr Rajiv Mishra, who was sacked as the principal of BRD Medical College hospital on Saturday, was also reportedly involved in the crime with Khan. Advertisement posters for Khan's private clinic are still pasted on the walls of the hospital: "Doctor is available from 9am-9pm."
Media reports suggest that Khan was a member of the supplies department of the hospital besides being the nodal officer of the Department of Paediatrics at BRD Medical College Hospital. The Supplies Department is concerned with the stock and storage of medical equipment.

Khan was one of the doctors who assisted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's review when he visited the hospital on August 9. However, India Today quoted the staff as saying that Khan did not inform the CM about the erratic supply of oxygen cylinders nor about the hospital defaulting on payments.

When the situation got worse on the night of August 11, Khan allegedly sent three cylinders from his clinic to the hospital while claiming that he had "borrowed" those oxygen cylinders from a friend's hospital.

Khan and Mishra allegedly received a commission on every purchase made by the hospital and also took care of the deals with Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd, the hospital's supplier of oxygen cylinders.

Nationalist minded people should rise up, be vigilent, enquire and put forth the truth all over social media to counter and demolish the false propaganda of communists and sickulars.  They have manipulated India for 67 years and are now desperate because its a do or die situation for them now.

Yogi Adithyanath will be a chief target because they can not tolerate a strong Hindu Leader emerging in UP, let alone functioning tirelessly.

The website shankhnaad has done an excellent job giving the overall picture.

Sunday, 13 August 2017 06:51

The Encephalitis Hit-Job on Yogi Government

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Encephalitis has been a menace since 4 decades in Uttar Pradesh. Yogi Adityanath has been one of the most vociferous campaigners against this dreaded disease that is found mostly in places that are are characterized by poor sanitation and hygiene.
The current Witch-Hunt Campaigns and demands for his Chief Ministerial Post looks almost like a Perfect Media Hit-Job. MainStream Media has used this to vitiate Yogi’s Track Records and Bring down his Credibility.
Encephalitis Holocaust : 
  • Encephalitis has claimed over 30,000 lives in Gorakhpur in the last 4 decades
  • 25000 were children & 5000 were adults
  • B.R.D Medical College Has Seen More Than 3,000 Child Deaths in Six Years

In fact, 2017 has seen the Lowest number of Encephalitis Deaths. Credit Goes to Yogi’s Staunch Fight against this dreaded disease.
What is Encephalitis?
Encephalitis is a potentially life-threatening but rare disease causing “acute inflammation” of the brain. The term “acute”, in medicine, is used when a disease appears abruptly and grows at a fast pace. The mortality rate in this disease is 30%. But many who survive are often left with disability.
Yogi Adityanath’s Fight against Encephalitis: 
  • Ever since Yogi Adityanath became MP in 1998, he has taken up the issue by handing memorandums to the ministers, organizing dharna and raising the issue on the floor of Lok Sabha.
  • As soon as Yogi took charge as CM, he announced Encephalitis vaccination drive in UP. He launched vaccination campaigns in 72 districts of the state to combat Encephalitis
  • Construction of 6 New AIIMS & 25 Medical Colleges with free Wi-Fi & e-learning facilities has already commenced in UP. One such AIIMS to be set up in Gorakhpur
  • With the help of central govt, Yogi Adityanath is setting up a Research centre for identifying the viral diseases and its cure in Gorakhpur.
Info on Latest Deaths in BRD Medical College (UP CM Press Conference on 13/08/17)
  • What caused the death of children is under investigation. Do not believe in premature reports.
  • BRD Medical College's principal had requested for funds on 4th August 2017
  • Funds for oxygen were sanctioned by UP govt on 5th August & money was deposited in Principle's account on 7th August 2017
  • Media has been cautioned against 'Fake Reporting'
  • Role of Oxygen Supplier to the Hospital will be probed
  • BRD Medical College's principal Rajeev Misra ahs been suspended
Dr. Kafeel Ahmad Khan - Children's Villain, Media's Hero
While the nation is mourning the death of children in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, media is busy in showcasing the doctor as Hero, saying he saved lives of many children. But today's era is Internet Era. Nothing is hidden in today's world.
When we searched a bit about Dr. Kafeel Ahmad Khan, we found some shocking info about him-
Dr. Kafeel Ahmad Khan is HOD Paediatric & Encephalitis Ward at Govt run hospital BRD Medical College.
While working at a govt hospital, Dr. Kafeel Ahmad Khan runs his own hospital Medispring Hospital & Resarch Centre. This is illegal.
In 2015, Dr. Kafeel Ahmad Khan is also accused of raping a woman on the pretext of giving job. (FIR No.67/2015, Criminal Misc, PS Mahilathana, Gorakhpur)
● Even Allahabad High Court had intervened in the matter (Case-17534/2015, Cr. Misc. Writ)
● In 2009, He was arrested by Delhi Police for impersonating in an examination for others. (
● Because of this, he was suspended by Manipal University where he was pursuing his MD in Paediatric. (
● On twitter, it was found that Dr. Kafeel ahmed Khan is staunch hater of Narendra Modi & Yogi Adityanath.
● After the social media expose, he has closed his website and made his Twitter profile 'Private'. You can still see his website using Google Cache (
What do expect when such a fraud doctors work at govt hospital? Some even allege that Dr. Kafeel Khan used to use the Oxygen cylinders of hospital for his own clinic.
UP govt has today (13/08/2017) removed him from his job. But his role must be investigated.
Any Media Controversy is only a Distraction from the Reality.  There is not even an Iota of Doubt in our National Collective Consciousness that the Entire Controversy is yet another Media Hit-Job by Perception Management Companies.
Ref: (04.08.2014) (11.08.2016)

 The address of Clinic mentioned here is same as that of Medispring Hospital.