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 06:51http://shankhnaad.net/nation/public-sphere/item/478-the-encephalitis-hit-job-on-yogi-government

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. (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/Woman+doc+writes+exam+for+another/1/65922.html)
● Because of this, he was suspended by Manipal University where he was pursuing his MD in Paediatric. (https://indiankanoon.org/doc/173828417/)
● 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 (www.medispringhospital.com)
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:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/at-gorakhpur-s-brd-medical-college-more-than-3-000-children-have-died-in-six-years/story-m8yo2dmDl1mp6Xx25V2CKI.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCzGzWgMpAw (04.08.2014)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COiBTgVY8Kk (11.08.2016)
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/gorakhpur-encephalitis-deaths-brd-medical-college-hospital/1/1024551.html
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:2eW0x607ydEJ:medispringhospital.com/contact-us.php

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


Thursday, 10 August 2017

2016 Hottest Year on Record, but 2017 can break it.

2016 Hottest Year on Record, but 2017 can break it.



NASA, NOAA Data Show 2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally-Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees Celsius) warmer than the mid-20th century mean. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures.



The planet’s long-term warming trend is seen in this chart of every year’s annual temperature cycle from 1880 to the present, compared to the average temperature from 1980 to 2015. Record warm years are listed in the column on the right.
Credits: NASA/Joshua Stevens, Earth Observatory

The 2016 temperatures continue a long-term warming trend, according to analyses by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. NOAA scientists concur with the finding that 2016 was the warmest year on record based on separate, independent analyses of the data.

Because weather station locations and measurement practices change over time, there are uncertainties in the interpretation of specific year-to-year global mean temperature differences. However, even taking this into account, NASA estimates 2016 was the warmest year with greater than 95 percent certainty.

“2016 is remarkably the third record year in a row in this series,” said GISS Director Gavin Schmidt. “We don’t expect record years every year, but the ongoing long-term warming trend is clear.”

The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.

Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 16 of the 17 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. Not only was 2016 the warmest year on record, but eight of the 12 months that make up the year – from January through September, with the exception of June – were the warmest on record for those respective months. October, November, and December of 2016 were the second warmest of those months on record – in all three cases, behind records set in 2015.

Phenomena such as El Niño or La Niña, which warm or cool the upper tropical Pacific Ocean and cause corresponding variations in global wind and weather patterns, contribute to short-term variations in global average temperature. A warming El Niño event was in effect for most of 2015 and the first third of 2016. Researchers estimate the direct impact of the natural El Niño warming in the tropical Pacific increased the annual global temperature anomaly for 2016 by 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit (0.12 degrees Celsius).

Weather dynamics often affect regional temperatures, so not every region on Earth experienced record average temperatures last year. For example, both NASA and NOAA found the 2016 annual mean temperature for the contiguous 48 United States was the second warmest on record. In contrast, the Arctic experienced its warmest year ever, consistent with record low sea ice found in that region for most of the year.

NASA’s analyses incorporate surface temperature measurements from 6,300 weather stations, ship- and buoy-based observations of sea surface temperatures, and temperature measurements from Antarctic research stations. These raw measurements are analyzed using an algorithm that considers the varied spacing of temperature stations around the globe and urban heating effects that could skew the conclusions. The result of these calculations is an estimate of the global average temperature difference from a baseline period of 1951 to 1980.

NOAA scientists used much of the same raw temperature data, but with a different baseline period, and different methods to analyze Earth’s polar regions and global temperatures.

GISS is a laboratory within the Earth Sciences Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The laboratory is affiliated with Columbia University’s Earth Institute and School of Engineering and Applied Science in New York.

NASA monitors Earth's vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites, as well as airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. The agency develops new ways to observe and study Earth's interconnected natural systems with long-term data records and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing. NASA shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.

The full 2016 surface temperature data set and the complete methodology used to make the temperature calculation are available at:  http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp

The slides for the Jan. 18, news conference are available at: https://go.nasa.gov/2016climate
The World Meterological Organization (WMO) that crowned the 2016 as the warmest year now predicts 2017 will be hotter and could be the hottest year in living memory. Climate Central reported that February 2017 was the second hottest on record for the planet. 

In the Arctic, temperatures were around 4 degree Celcius above average in February and this led to a record dip in sea-ice level. David Carlson, World Climate Research Programme Director, said in a report that the world is entering an "uncharted territory". He said, "Even without a strong El Nino in 2017, we are seeing other remarkable changes across the planet that are challenging the limits of our understanding of the climate system."

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Sri Lanka addresses Indian concerns on Hambantota port built by Chinese

Sri Lanka addresses Indian concerns on Hambantota port built by Chinese


Sri Lanka's cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday, the government said, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the island nation.

The port, close to the world's busiest shipping lanes, has been mired in controversy ever since state-run China Merchants Port Holdings, which built it for $1.5 billion, signed an agreement taking an 80 percent stake.

Under the new deal, which Reuters has examined, the Sri Lankan government has sought to limit China's role to running commercial operations at the port while it has oversight of broader security. The new terms will help allay concerns of India as also in Japan and the United States, that the port won't be used for military purposes

In 2014, India was alarmed when a Chinese submarine docked in Colombo, where another Chinese firm is building a $1.4 billion port city on reclaimed land.

India has long considered Sri Lanka, just off its southern coast, as within its sphere of influence and sought to push back against China's expanding maritime presence. In May, Sri Lanka turned down a Chinese request to dock a submarine.

Chinese control of Hambantota, which is part of its modern-day "Silk Route" across Asia and beyond, as well as a plan to acquire 15,000 acres (23 square miles) to develop an industrial zone next door, had raised fears that it could also be used for Chinese naval vessels.

Sri Lankans demonstrated in the streets at the time, fearing loss of their land, while politicians said such large scale transfer of land to the Chinese impinged on the country's sovereignty.

"The cabinet approved the deal and now it needs parliament approval. We will send it for approval this week," cabinet spokesman Dayasiri Jayasekera said.

He didn't provide details. A Chinese embassy spokesman said it had no comment to make on the deal. A source close to the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said both sides had reached a compromise and that Sri Lanka's concerns had been addressed.

"They emphasised that they wanted to maintain balanced relations with other countries. But the deal is still beneficial for China in terms of revenue," the source said.

China Merchants Port Holdings will take an 85 per cent stake in Hambantota International Port Group that will run the port and its terminals, with the rest held by Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The company's capital will be $794 million.

A second firm, Hambantota International Port Group Services Co, with capital of $606 million, will be set up to oversee security operations, with the Sri Lankans holding a 50.7 per cent stake and the Chinese 49.3 per cent, according to the document.

China Merchants Port Holdings also agreed to reduce its stake in the joint venture running the commercial operations of the port to 65 per cent after 10 years, the document says.
© Thomson Reuters 2017

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Undisclosed income of Rs.71,941 cr & undisclosed assets worth Rs.2,890 cr found in 3 years

Undisclosed income of Rs.71,941 crore & undisclosed assets worth Rs.2,890 crore found in 3 years: Government to Supreme Court

Over the last three years around Rs 71,941 crore of "undisclosed income", has been found; the Centre has told the Supreme Court.

During the period of demonetisation from November 9 last year to January 10 this year, "The total undisclosed income admitted was more than Rs 5,400 crore" and the total quantity of gold seized stood at 303.367 kgs, the Finance Ministry has said in an affidavit to the apex court.

It gave the details of the unaccounted income for three years from April 1, 2014 to February 28 this year, including the demonetisation period.

The affidavit said that during the three year period, searches were undertaken by the IT department in over 2,027 groups "which led to the admission of undisclosed income of more than Rs 36,051 crore".

"This is in addition to the seizure of undisclosed assets worth Rs 2,890 crore," it said. 

Similarly between April 1, 2014 to February 28 this year, the IT department conducted more than 15,000 surveys which led to "the detection of undisclosed income of more than Rs 33,000 crore".

Highlighting the achievements of the demonetisation period, the affidavit said in about two months from November 9 last year, "significantly large number of enforcement actions were undertaken by the IT Department".

"They included 1,100 searches and surveys and more than 5,100 verifications. The total seizure through these actions was of about Rs 610 crore, including cash of Rs 513 crore. The cash seizure included seizures in new currency of more than Rs 110 crore. The total undisclosed income admitted was more than Rs 5,400 crore," it said.

The Finance Ministry, which recently refused the demand to give more grace period for depositing the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, said the Ministry of Home Affairs in its July 11 communication has reported that as per intelligence agencies, there were reports of large scale misuse of the window for exchange of the demonetised currency notes.

"Seizure of cash during the month of November and December 2016 was to the tune of Rs 147.9 crore and Rs 306.897 crore and seizure of gold for the month of November and December 2016 was 69.1 kg and 234.267 kg respectively," it said.

It said that over 400 cases were referred to the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after several instances of manipulation for conversion of unaccounted cash held in specified bank notes into legal tender by various entities was detected during the investigation.

I-T dept detects Rs 19,000 crore black money in ICIJ, HSBC cases

Finance minister said investigations into information, put into public domain by the ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists), pertaining to about 700 Indians allegedly linked to offshore entities based in no tax or low tax jurisdiction, have led to detection of more than Rs 11,010 crore of credits in undisclosed foreign accounts.

"72 prosecution complaints in 31 such cases have been filed before the criminal courts."

The government constituted a multi-agency group (MAG) in April 2016 for speedy investigation in the cases of Indians allegedly having undisclosed foreign assets and whose names were reportedly included in Panama papers leak.

He further said that information on 628 Indians holding bank accounts in HSBC bank in Switzerland was received from the government of France under the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) between India and France.

"As a result of systematic investigation in these cases, undisclosed income of about Rs.8,437 crore was brought to tax till May 2017.

"Besides, concealment penalty of Rs.1,287 crore was levied in 162 cases and 199 criminal prosecution complaints were filed in 84 cases," Jaitley pointed out.

He noted, however, that the information received under the tax treaties can be used for tax purposes and its disclosure is governed by the confidentiality provisions of such treaties.

Replying to a query, whether the government has made any assessment of black money stashed by Indians in foreign countries, Jaitley said there is no official estimation of that. However, he said, the government had commissioned a study on estimation of unaccounted income and wealth inside and outside the country to be conducted by NIPFP, NIFM and NCAER.  

"The reports of these institutions and the government's response on the findings in the reports would be placed before the standing committee on finance shortly," he added.  

Saturday, 22 July 2017

'Convert To Islam Within 6 Months-Malayalam Author Receives Death Threat

'Convert To Islam Within 6 Months or his right arm and left leg would be chopped off if he didn't convert to Islam within six months.,' Malayalam Author Receives Death Threat.

The letter also warned Mr Ramanunni that he would meet the same fate as that of professor TJ Joseph, whose right arm was chopped off in 2010 by the members of a radical Muslim outfit for allegedly hurting their religious sentiments through a question paper he had set.

The 60-year-old writer, who got an anonymous letter six days ago, had written an article in a regional daily appealing to Hindu and Muslim fundamentalists to stop fighting each other in the name of religion.

Renowned Malayalam author KP Ramanunni from Kerala's Kozhikode has received a death threat and a warning that his right arm and left leg would be chopped off if he didn't convert to Islam within six months.

"You have put Hinduism and Islam at the same platform in the garb of being impartial. These kinds of writings will misguide innocent Muslims. Kafiirs, non-believers should be given six months to convert. Those who do not convert should be assassinated," the letter said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Facebook said, "We will not tolerate deaths threats and declaration of attacks on social media against people who take progressive or independent stands. Such complaints will be taken up strongly."

The letter also warned Mr Ramanunni that he would meet the same fate as that of professor TJ Joseph, whose right arm was chopped off in 2010 by the members of a radical Muslim outfit for allegedly hurting their religious sentiments through a question paper he had set.

"Like TJ Joseph, your right arm will be cut off...your left leg too. You are given six months to convert to Islam. If you do not embrace Islam, we will inflict Allah's punishment on you," the letter said.

The author has filed a complaint and the police are investigating the matter.

A novelist and short story writer, Mr Ramanunni is a recipient of the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award and Vayalar Award among other literary acclaims.

A film was also made on his debut novel, 'Sufi Paranja Katha', which revolved around the love story of a Muslim man and a Hindu woman.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Ram Nath Kovind-India's 14th President





Ram Nath Kovind-India's 14th President

An emotional but poised Kovind said his election was a message to all those who were discharging their duties with honesty and integrity. Citing a Sanskrit proverb, he said he would assure every citizen of the country that he would work relentlessly to serve the country and make everyone happy.

Ram Nath Kovind obtained 65.65 percent of votes from the electoral college. His opponent, the joint Opposition candidate , lagged far behind with a mere 34.35 percent. "Kovind secured 2930 votes with a value of 7,02,044. Meira Kumar got 1,844 votes with the value of 3,67,314, and 77 votes were invalid," said Anoop Mishra, the returning officer for the Presidential election 2017.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lavished praise on Kovind. "Gladdened by the extensive support for Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji among MPs & across various states," said the PM. He also spoke of his long association with the President-elect. The PM also congratulated Opposition candidate Kumar for her "democratic values".

Kovind got the votes of 522 Members of Parliament while Kumar bagged the votes of 225 MPs. As many 771 elected MPs were eligible to cast their ballot.

BJP President Amit Shah called Kovind's win "historic". "Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji for emphatic victory in the 2017 Presidential elections. His victory is truly historic," Shah said.

The NDA candidate's victory against Kumar was a foregone conclusion because almost 40 parties, including many from outside the NDA fold, pledged to support him. Kovind was expected to win more than 60 percent of the votes.


The non-NDA parties that supported Kovind included the AIADMK, the Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party, the Biju Janata Dal, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Indian National Lok Dal. Significantly, Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (U) also supported Kovind, going against its Bihar 'grand alliance' partners, the Congress and Lalu Prasad's RJD.

The joint Opposition candidate Kumar had the support of the Congress, of course, as well as of the Nationalist Congress Party, the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samajwadi Party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the All India Trinamool Congress, the Communist parties, the DMK, and the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference, among a few others.

Voting for the Presidential election was held on Monday. Counting began Thursday at 11 am. The presidential election saw close to 100 percent polling. A total of 771 members of Parliament and 4,109 legislators were eligible to cast votes.

Both Kovind and Kumar are from the Dalit community and canvassed hard by visiting states to seek support of legislators.

A lawyer by profession, Kovind has worked extensively in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. He has been the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) Scheduled Caste Morcha chief (1998-2002) and the president of the All-India Koli Samaj. He also served as the national spokesperson of the party. Kovind was enrolled as an advocate in 1971 with the Bar Council of Delhi. He became the Advocate-on-Record of of the Supreme Court in 1978 and practised in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years till 1993.

He was appointed as the Governor of Bihar on August 8, 2015. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh during the two terms of 1994-2000 and 2000-2006. Kovind served as member of the board of management of the BR Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He also served as member of board of governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. Kovind also represented India in United Nations (New York) and addressed the UN General Assembly in October, 2002.

The former Bihar governor and two-term Rajya Sabha member thanked the people of India and elected representatives for showing their confidence in him. He also sent his good wishes to Meira Kumar, his rival in the election and the opposition's candidate.

In his first comments after his election, Kovind, 71, who will be only the second Dalit to occupy the highest constitutional position, asserted that protecting the Constitution and maintaining its dignity would be his duty. He said he never thought or aspired to be the president but his "tireless service" to his society and country had brought him to this position.

This sense of tireless service was an "Indian tradition" and his election as the president was a symbol of the greatness of Indian democracy, Kovind told reporters at his Akbar Road residence.

"It is a very emotional moment for me personally. It is raining a lot in Delhi today and it reminds me of days when I would stay in my paternal village. It was a 'kachcha' home of mud walls. The straw roof would not be able to stop water during rains. We all brothers and sisters would huddle around a wall, waiting for the rains to stop," he said.

"There would be so many Ram Nath Kovinds in the country today, getting drenched in rains, doing farm work, labour and sweating it out so that they can get their evening meals. I want to tell them that this Ram Nath Kovind of Paraunkh village is going to Rashtrapati Bhavan as their representative," the president-elect continued.

His election to a position held by distinguished personalities like Rajendra Prasad, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, A P J Abdul Kalam and Pranab Mukherjee had given him a sense of huge responsibility, he said.

BJP chief Amit Shah said the party's parliamentary board went through a long list of potential candidates before choosing Kovind, who was its MP in Rajya Sabha for two terms and headed its Dalit Morcha.

Kovind's links to the party's controversial Hindutva politics are tenuous. Sources say he was drawn more to the politics of social empowerment of Dalits and other weaker sections than the plank of religion.

Kovind, a commerce graduate who also studied law at Kanpur University, practised in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court. He was also the central government's standing counsel in the apex court from 1980-93.

His official profile on the Bihar governor's website describes him as a crusader for "rights and cause of weaker sections of society specially Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/OBC/ minority..." from his student days.

The BJP has been seeking to widen its base beyond its traditional constituencies of upper castes and trading classes and has succeeded to a large extent, as seen in the UP assembly polls.

Kovind, who headed Dalit Morcha from 1998 to 2002, also led the All-India Koli Samaj.

Elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1994 from Uttar Pradesh, he served two consecutive terms till March 2006.

He joined a stir by SC/ST employees in 1997 when Dalits and others protested against orders issued by the Central government, which were rescinded by Atal Bihari Vajpayee when the NDA came to power.

As an advocate, Kovind took the lead in providing free legal aid to weaker sections, especially the SC/ST women, and poor and needy girls under the aegis of the Free Legal Aid Society in Delhi.

Known for his work in the field of education, he served as a member on the board of management of the Dr BR Ambedkar University, Lucknow, and was a member of the board of governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

India's 14th president will take oath on July 25, when he will take over from veteran politician Pranab Mukherjee.

USA has REPLACED the term India-administered Kashmir with Jammu and Kashmir

General Vijay Kumar Singh(Retired), PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC a retired Four Star General in the Indian Army is the Minister of State of External Affairs of India



USA has REPLACED the term India-administered Kashmir with Jammu and Kashmir in its order designating Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist announced during PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Washington DC.

MoS external affairs VK Singh in reply to a question on the subject in the Lok Sabha Yesterday 19th July 2017.

“On June 26, during the visit of the Prime Minister to the US, the Department of State designated Syed Salahuddin, leader of the militant group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) as a ...Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). The media note issued by the State Department in this regard on that date had stated “Under Salahuddin’s tenure as senior HM leader, HM has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in India-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which injured 17 people,” the minister said.

He further pointed out, taking cognizance of this, the Ministry’s Spokesperson had issued a statement on June 29, 2017 reiterating the well-known position of India that the entire state of Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India.

The matter was also taken up with the US, following which Media Note has been amended by the US State Department in which the reference to ‘’India-Administered Jammu and Kashmir’’ has been replaced by ‘the state of Jammu and Kashmir’.

Diplomacy is not merely appeasement. 
Finally, under PM Modi, Indian diplomacy has got a spine.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Strategic message to China-US Navy Commander on the five-day Malabar Naval Exercise on-board INS Jalashwa.







The Malabar exercise is taking place amid the ongoing military standoff between armies of India and China in the Sikkim section and Beijing ramping up its naval presence in South China Sea.

95 aircraft, 16 ships and 2 submarines from 3 countries are taking part in Malabar exercise

On-board INS Jalashwa: The three-nation Malabar Naval Exercise involving India, Japan and the United States maritime forces which began today, is setting a great example to the world, a top US official has said.

"I would like to say this is a strategic message to China. It (the message) would also be the same to Canada or to Republic of Korea or to Australia or to any other maritime force," US Navy Commander, Rear Admiral William D Byrne Jr told reporters after the inauguration of the five-day Malabar Naval Exercise on-board INS Jalashwa.

The US, Japanese and Indian maritime forces began the Malabar Naval Exercise-2017 aimed at "achieving deeper military ties between the three nations."

"Operating together and practising together is a good thing. It is because -- we are better together and we learn from each other. We know who we are and what is our capability. That is the strategic message to the entire world. I think, we are setting a great example here in Malabar (exercise) 2017", he said.

The Malabar exercise is taking place amid the ongoing military standoff between armies of India and China in the Sikkim section and Beijing ramping up its naval presence in South China Sea. Responding to a query about it, Flag Officer, Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, HCS Bisht said, "it has nothing to do with Malabar Exercise."

"The Process of Malabar exercise starts a year before (its scheduled beginning) and the initial planning takes place six months in advance. The stand-off you are talking about has got nothing to do with the Malabar exercise. Through this exercise we learn from each other," he said.

Flag Officer Bisht reiterated that the joint Naval exercise would focus on the "mutual learning," "sharing of best practices" and enhancing the "inter-operability" among the three countries.

To a query on the conduct of Malabar exercise vis-a-vis the situation prevailing around North Korea, US Commander Byrne said, "There are certainly global threats. Malabar is not focused on any specified threat. It is directed towards three countries India, Japan and United States. It is not directed towards any specific country or threat."

As many as 95 aircraft, 16 ships and two submarines from the three countries are taking part in the Naval exercise.

Taking part in the trilateral naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal would be US Ship Nimitz (CVN68), guided missile cruise USS Princeton (CG59), guided missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG83), USS Shoup (DDG86) and USS Kidd (DDG100), a Poseidon P-8A aircraft as well as a Los Angeles fast-attack submarine.

Besides, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force ships JS Izumo (DDH 183), JS Sazanami (DD1 13) along with Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa and INS Vikramaditya would participate in the joint Naval exercise, an official press release said.

The 21st edition of the exercise, conducted ashore and at-sea, would include professional exchanges on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare.

Medical operations, damage control, explosive ordinance disposal, helicopter operations and anti-submarine warfare would also take place.

The at-sea exercise includes events such as submarine familiarisation, air defence exercises, medical evacuation drills, surface ware fare exercises, communication exercise and search and rescue operations.

Indian, Japanese and the US maritime forces have an understanding and knowledge of shared working environment at the sea.
The joint naval exercise is a demonstration of a commitment of all three nations to address common maritime challenges across the spectrum of operations and will go a long way in enhancing maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region for the benefit of the global maritime community.

This year’s Malabar exercise is notable on several fronts. First, it’s the first naval exercise between the three countries to involve carriers from each navy.

The Indian Navy has dispatched INS Vikramaditya, its modified Russian-made Kiev-class carrier that was commissioned in 2013. The United States has sent the USS Nimitzsupercarrier to the exercises. Meanwhile, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force sent JS Izumo, which left Japan earlier this spring for a multiple-month-long deployment to Southeast Asia before arriving in the Indian Ocean for Malabar 2017.

The Izumo is one of two Japanese warships that are among the largest the country has operated since the end of the Second World War. Japan describes the Izumo-class vessels as “helicopter destroyers” and not aircraft carriers; the warships are not equipped to launch fighter aircraft, but could likely be retrofitted for short-take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variants of the F-35B. The Izumo is joined at Malabar 2017 by JS Sazanami; both vessels recently joined U.S. Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan for bilateral exercises in the South China Sea.

Excluding the three carriers from each nation, at least fourteen other warships and submarines from the three nations are participating in this year’s exercise. Additionally, the Indian Navy has sent P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft to this exercise, underlining the anti-submarine warfare focus this year. The United States has also sent a P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the exercise.

Notably, Australia, a former Malabar participant, is not participating in Malabar 2017, despite interest from Canberra earlier this year. India and Australia held a separate bilateral naval exercise in June and the United States and Australia just concluded the latest iteration of their major bilateral exercise, Talisman Saber 2017. Australia had joined India, the United States, Japan, and Singapore for the 2007 iteration of the Malabar exercise, drawing a sharp reaction from China, which perceived the multilateral drill that year as a threatening signal of oncoming containment of its ambitions by like-minded democracies.

Malabar 2017 consists of both ashore and at-sea activities. The activities ashore, which are being held in Chennai, “include subject matter expert and professional exchanges on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, medical operations, damage control, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), helicopter operations, and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations,” according to a statement by the U.S. Navy.

The at-sea activities include “liaison officer professional exchanges and embarks; a photo exercise; submarine familiarization; high-value unit defense; air defense exercises; medical evacuation drills; surface warfare exercises; communications exercises; search and rescue exercises; helicopter cross-deck evolutions; underway replenishments; gunnery exercises; VBSS exercises; and anti-submarine warfare.”

The anti-submarine warfare focus of this year’s Malabar also carries subtext given the ever-increasing and regular operation of Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy submarines in the Indian Ocean. Since 2015, at least, Chinese Shang-class and Song-class submarines have been deployed in the Indian Ocean, raising concerns for India. China has, in the meantime, also broken ground on its first overseas naval base in Djibouti.




Sunday, 9 July 2017

When Indian Army Defeated Chinese Badly in 1967, The Heroic Story of Nathu La And Cho La

When Indian Army Defeated Chinese Badly in 1967, The Heroic Story of Nathu La And Cho La


Source-http://defencelover.in/india-china-clashes-1967-war-nathu-la/

Time and again, we have heard about the unfortunate 1962 India-China war which India lost but most of us have no clue about the Indo-Sino war in 1967.

China has used deception always to cheat India, they used the Hindi-Chini bhai bhai slogan to hit from the behind and took a lot of our land in 1962. In 1967, true to their deceptive nature, they tried again to forcefully occupy Nathu La and Cho La passes.

After the defeat of India in 1962, the Indian army size doubled by 1967. The international border was not indicated. The Indians are on the South end of Nathu La(14,200 ft) and North end of Nathu La is with the Chinese. In August, 1967, the Chinese tried to intervene in the Indian side of Nathu La by digging trenches. The Indian army was keeping a close check on the Chinese movements and it was conveyed to the Chinese commander that there was a clear indication of China advancing further.It’s chilling at Nathu La but our soldiers fought at this place to secure our land, all we can do is Salute the brave souls.

On the warning of the Indian army, China delayed and went back. Again after a month in September, the Chinese dug trenches and left some loudspeakers. The Indians build a barbed wire at Nathu La which was objected by the Chinese. The Chinese troops guarded at the border armed with weapons. Due to the barbed wire, the Chinese and Indian forces had a scuffle among themselves which led few Chinese soldiers face extreme injuries.

As the things progressed, India on his part never showed any aggression to China but China was reluctant and created war-like conditions.

The Indian jawans were laying the barbed wire to lay the right international border. It led to a fight and the Chinese commander ordered for a firing towards the Indian army. The Indian army was caught off guard as the Jawans were busy laying the barbed wire, and due to the lack of cover, they suffered huge casualties at first. After some time, the Indian and Chinese army were fighting against each other, with machine guns, MMGs, mortars and artillery. The clash and the firing lasted for three days.

When the ceasefire happened after 3 days, a lot had happened. The casualties at Chinese side as estimated by Indian authorities was 400-500 and the Indian casualties were 88. The company commander Capt. PS Dagar laid his life and was honoured with Vir Chakra posthumously.
Vir Chakra, Capt Prithvi Singh Dagar(VC)

The Chinese yet again did some fight and a clash at Cho La Pass just after a month of fight at Nathu La, they were again badly defeated and repulsed in their border by three kilometers. Chinese were taught a lesson that the Indian army was developing at a fast pace and they had gone past the days of 1962. China is again to it’s old way and trying to create a situation of a possible war in the coming future. We hope China has not forgotten 1967 in order to justify another war that they might like to fight against India.Nathu La Memorial, source – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathu_La#/media/File:Indian_War_Memorial_at_Nathu_La.jpg

A memorial was instilled at the place where the brave soldiers of 2 Grenadiers fought bravely to protect our motherland. We salute the soldiers who sacrificed their everything so we can live safely today.

This is just not the only fight that Indian army fought against China, the story of brave soldiers of Rezang La will move you to the core. We are indebted to our soldiers and that shall remain forever. A small video dedicated to the exemplary courage 13 Kumaon depicted.

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDefenceLover/videos/1884307501895477/

Friday, 7 July 2017

RBI notifications on Customer Liability in Online Banking Fraud 

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday 6th July 2017 directed banks to credit the amount involved in the unauthorised electronic transaction within 10 working days to the account holder.

"With the increased thrust on financial inclusion and customer protection and considering the recent surge in customer grievances relating to unauthorised transactions resulting in debits to their accounts/cards, the criteria for determining the customer liability in these circumstances have been reviewed," RBI said in a notification in Mumbai.

In cases of zero and limited liability of the customer "on being notified by the customer, the bank shall credit the amount involved in the unauthorised electronic transaction to the customer's account within 10 working days from the date of such notification by the customer (without waiting for settlement of insurance claim, if any)", it said.

Banks may also at their discretion decide to waive off any customer liability in case of unauthorised electronic banking transactions even in cases of customer negligence, the notification said.

RBI also said that banks need to ask their customers to mandatorily register for SMS alerts and email alerts for electronic banking transactions.

"The SMS alerts shall mandatorily be sent to the customers, while email alerts may be sent, wherever registered. The customers must be advised to notify their bank of any unauthorised electronic banking transaction at the earliest after the occurrence of such transaction, and informed that the longer the time taken to notify the bank, the higher will be the risk of loss to the bank/customer," it said.

Further, banks shall ensure that the resolution of a customer complaint does not exceed 90 days from the date of receipt of the complaint, and the customer is compensated as per provisions.

"In case of debit card/bank account, the customer does not suffer loss of interest, and in case of credit card, the customer does not bear any additional burden of interest," it said.

RBI also noted that the customer should not delay in reporting of the fraud beyond seven days. "If the delay in reporting is beyond seven working days, the customer liability shall be determined as per the bank's Board approved policy."

Zero liability of a customer
:
A customer's entitlement to zero liability shall arise where the unauthorised transaction occurs due to negligence/deficiency on the part of the bank (irrespective of whether or not the transaction is reported by the customer).

Third party breach where the deficiency lies neither with the bank nor with the customer but lies elsewhere in the system, and the customer notifies the bank within three working days of receiving the communication from the bank regarding the unauthorised transaction.

Limited liability of a customer:

A customer shall be liable for the loss occurring due to unauthorised transactions in cases where the loss is due to negligence by a customer, such as where he has shared the payment credentials, the customer will bear the entire loss until he reports the unauthorised transaction to the bank.

"Any loss occurring after the reporting of the unauthorised transaction shall be borne by the bank.

"In cases where the responsibility for the unauthorised electronic banking transaction lies neither with the bank nor with the customer, but lies elsewhere in the system and when there is a delay (of four to seven working days after receiving the communication from the bank) on the part of the customer in notifying the bank of such a transaction, the per transaction liability of the customer shall be limited to the transaction value or the amount mentioned, whichever is lower," it said.