Monday, August 5, 2019

Kashmir Protests as India Revokes its Special Status


In complete defiance of the UN Resolution that declares the Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory, India in complete defiance of the UN resolutions has revoked the clause 370 of its constitution on 4th august 2019 and made the disputed territory as an integral part of India. 

Pakistan reacted sharply to this unilateral decision:
"The Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir is an internationally recognized disputed territory. No unilateral step by the Government of India can change this disputed status, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. Nor will this ever be acceptable to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan." 
This was done after India just a couple of days ago deployed over 30,000 additional troops and imposed curfew to brutally slap any reaction from the Kashmiris.



All major Kashmiris leaders have already been placed under house arrest before tabling this notorious and sinister move. This motion comes when US President Trump had reassured Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan that he was ready to mediate the Kashmir dispute.

The Indian move has been strongly condemned by Pakistan and even OIC has reacted sharply to it. "Pakistan strongly condemns and rejects the announcements made today by the Indian Government regarding the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir," said a Pakistan foreign office statement on Monday.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Pakistan Prime Minister meets Donald Trump: US Ready to Mediate on Kashmir


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan met US President Donald Trump on Monday during his 3-days official visit to USA. Welcoming the Pakistan's Prime Minister, the US President remarked: “It’s my great honour to have the very popular (and by the way great athlete, one of the greatest) Prime Minister of Pakistan.”

Trump touted Pakistan's role in fomenting progress in the US-Taliban talks in recent weeks and said he believes Pakistan "is going to help us out to extricate ourselves" from the war in Afghanistan.

At the White House meeting on Monday, Mr Trump also offered to mediate the Indian-Pakistani conflict in Kashmir. He said that he was making the offer after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested that he "mediate or arbitrate" the 70-year old territory dispute between the two nations.





It may be added that since Donald Trump took office in 2017, his administration has adopted a hard line against Pakistan, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and misleading the US over the issue - charges Islamabad denies.

However, this meeting seems to have softened US stance about Pakistan.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Intense heat wave grips Northern Europe


An intense heat wave has begun to grip Europe this week and Germany, France and Belgium have already started to experience extreme temperatures that are set to continue in the coming days. 

It is predicted that temperatures are expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in Germany on Wednesday, topping the country's previous June record of 38.2 degrees Celsius, set in Frankfurt in 1947. 





Fire fighters have been placed on alert as Forest fires are of particular concern for authorities in Germany, especially in the northeast. 

As a precautionary measure, residents were asked to keep windows and doors closed in Lieberoser Heide — southeast of Berlin

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Mohamed Morsy, ousted Egyptian president, dies in court


It has been reported by the Egyptian state media Monday today that the country's first democratically-elected leader and former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, has died.

Mohamed Morsy was in the court where he fainted and passed away.





Morsi was ousted by the army in July 2013 following mass protests a year after he took office as the country's first democratically elected leader.

Morsi's youngest son Abdullah has complained repeatedly about his father's treatment. He told AP news agency in October last year that his father was being held under constant solitary confinement and denied medical treatment for serious conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

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Pakistan shows interest in Russian Weapons

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has hinted at looking for Russian arsenal for its defence needs. The recent meeting of Pakistan's prime minister and the Russian President Putin during the recently concluded Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Kyrgyzstan.

For long Pakistan has been dependent on Western, specially the American weapons but the latest shift in interests by US compels Pakistan to start exploring other arms markets.Specially so for the reason that USA is notorious to blocks spares or even ordered bookings that have negative effects on maintainer of armies. Pakistan is in dire need of attack helicopters as its aging fleet of American Cobra helicopters is almost sighing its last.

Russia has much to offer to Pakistan. Almost all weapons systems – land or sea-based – could be used by Pakistani armed forces, but the likeliest candidates are tanks, helicopters, specially Mi-35 gunship helicopters, and air defense systems, explains military expert and retired colonel Mikhail Khodarenok..





There’s plenty of reasons why Russia may want to offer its state-of-the-art armaments to Pakistan, he stated. Pakistan is an emerging arms trade market, and its demand for Russian weapons may amount to a whopping $8-9 billion in coming years.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

French Open 2019: Frederer and Nadal to date in Semis on Friday


The heartbeats in Paris are getting stronger and faster as the ongoing French Open 2019 or the Roland Garros is reaching its crucial stage of semis. While Serena crashed out in the third round to make a history, men are doing pretty well without any major set back so far.

And in the first decided semi final Roger Federer and Nadal have a date to decide who moves into the final. The Federer-Nadal semi is being played on Friday. So who is going to march into finals is hard to tell for now, but most pin hopes on Nadal who feels more at home on the clay than Federer who is king of grass.





Rafael Nadal, the defending champion,  had an easy 6-1 6-1 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals, while Federer had a rather tough time of playing down fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in four sets.

20-times Grand Slam winner Federer is playing at Roland Garros for the first time in four years, having missed the 2016 event with a back injury and skipped the past two clay-court swings to preserve his body.

Nadal is playing his 12th semi-final at Roland Garros and has won the tournament on all of the 11 previous occasions he has reached this stage.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

British Airways resumes flight operations to Pakistan - After a Decade


3rd June was a great day for Pakistan as British Airways resumed its flight operations to Pakistan after almost 11 years of suspension.

A British Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 240 passengers on board, landed at Islamabad International Airport on 3rd June morning. The flight came nonstop from Heathrow, London.





The British flag carrier will operate thrice a week flights between Heathrow and Islamabad.

It may be added that soon Air France will also begin its operations to Pakistan

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

French Open 2019: Serena Williams loses to unseeded Sofia Kenin in third round


Oh boy what a terrible upset - Serena Williams who was eye to equal the Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles was forced to abdicate in the very third round by unseeded Sofia Kenin.

Williams, seeded 10th, lost 6-2 7-5 to her 20-year-old compatriot..





Williams' defeat followed the shock exit by world number one Naomi Osaka a few hours earlier and leaves only three top-10 players in the women's draw.

It may be added that Kenin, who received a walkover in the second round after Bianca Andreescu withdrew, was fired up from the outset and has now won 11 of her last 13 matches against compatriots.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Qualcomm, Intel, Xilinx, Broadcom break trade ties with Huawei


Following suit of Google, few other major American companies like American chip makers Qualcomm, Broadcom, Xilinx, and Intel have announced that they will cede to the executive order by the U.S. government and limit supplies to Huawei. 

This addition of US major manufacturers will now add more problems to the Chinese smartphone maker, which is heavily dependent on U.S. semiconductor products.





If no solution is found sooner than before, Huawei may soon be in real trouble.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Churches in Sri Lanka Bombed - Over 150 reported dead


A very sad day indeed in the history of Sri Lanka when a series of explosions rocked hotels and churches of Sri Lanka, jam packed with tourists. The incident happened when the Christian community was celebrating the Easter on Sunday.

Two more bomb explosions struck Colombo, the capital city hours after the country was struck by a series of six bombings on churches and hotels that killed at least 156 people and wounded about 400. 

Most of the victims were killed in three churches where worshipers were attending Easter Sunday services. 





The seventh explosions occurred at a hotel near the national zoo in the capital, killing at least two more people, police said, while an eighth blast hit the suburb of Orugodawatta in the north of Colombo.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Barbaric Dutch Police Kicks Woman


In a video that has gone viral on the social media, a Dutch policeman is seen kicking a woman, wearing Eastern dress and probably a Muslim.

The woman was trying to save another woman who was already been beaten by the same policeman.





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Monday, April 15, 2019

Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris on fire


The famous cathedral of Paris, the Notre Dame, catches fire as reported by France 24 today. Details are pouring in.

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Known as the Lady of Paris, the cathedral is a landmark of Paris and a favourite tourist attraction. The cathedral is also famous for the epic movie Hunchback of Notre Dame which featured superb performance by late Anthony Quinn.





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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Ecuador crumbles to US Pressure to Evict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange


In a dramatic move on Thursday, 11 April 2019, the Ecuadorean embassy in London evicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who had been hiding there for the past seven years.

A bedraggled and shackled Mr. Assange, 47, was dragged out of the embassy. At a court hearing, a judge swiftly found him guilty of jumping bail, and he was detained partly in connection with an American extradition warrant.

The Ecuadorean government suspended the citizenship of Julian Assange it had granted to him and evicted him on Thursday, clearing the way for his arrest.





Julian Assange is now likely to face charges in the USA for conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer network in 2010.

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Israeli moon landing ambition crashes


It has been reported that Israel's spacecraft heading for a moon landing has crashed just before the final landing due to engine failure and has  apparently crashed onto the lunar surface.

"We didn't make it, but we definitely tried," project originator and major backer Morris Kahn said in a live video-cast from mission control near Tel Aviv.





It may be added that just before the landing attempt, the Israeli PM Netanyahu had boasted that he was thinking about initiating a national space project.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Major EU Countries Denounce Trump Decision on Golan Heights


In a fierce reactive mode, five major European countries that sit on the UN Security Council on Tuesday denounced US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the Golan as Israeli territory and voiced concern the move could have broad consequences.

These countries included Belgium, Britain, France, Germany and Poland. The countries reiterated that the European position had not changed and that the Golan remained Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, in line with international law enshrined in UN resolutions.






“We do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, including the Golan Heights, and we do not consider them to be part of the territory of the state of Israel,” Belgian Ambassador Marc Pesteen de Buytswerve told reporters.

It may be recalled that Three UN Security Council resolutions call on Israel to withdraw from the Golan, which it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed in 1981, in a move that was never recognised internationally.

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