Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Indian Chief of Defence Staff aboard crashed Indian helicopter

Indian Express reports that Helicopter carrying Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat crashes in Tamil Nadu. There are no news of fatalities as yet.

The IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter was airborne from Sulur for Wellington and was carrying 14 persons on board, including CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife, and personal and security staff,

Sources said that at least three injured people from the crash have been taken to a nearby hospital, but their identities are not confirmed yet. The crash took place in the Nilgiris, shortly after the Mi-series chopper took off from the army base in Sulur.

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Australia is 2021 ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Champion

So finally the much hyped T20 ICC World Cup Cricket came to an end at Dubai. The finalists, the Kiwis and the Kangaroos, both almost neighbours were facing each other to clinch the coveted trophy tonight. 

Batting first, the Kiwis or the Black Caps gave a target of 173 to the Australians which the Kangaroos achieved in 18.5 overs and won the final match by eight wickets with seven balls remaining .

In the dressing room, the celebrations were at it peaks. Even they did not spare their shoes to drink drinks in the winning shoes. The deserved to be happy. Well played Kiwis, congratulations Kangaroos.

View the highlights of the match:

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

New Zealand storms into T20 World Cup Cricket final beating England

Today's first semi final of T20 World Cup Cricket was a big thriller between England and New Zealand. While most of the fans were almost certain that England will be playing the final match, the black caps proved their calculations wrong by defeating England by five wickets and qualifying for  final of the tournament to be played on Sunday.

New Zealand chased down 57 runs in the last four overs, the most target runs successfully chased by any team in men's T20Is at the death overs . Daryl Mitchell was declared Player of the Match for his unbeaten 72 that ensured victory for his team.

England batting first gave a target of 167 to the New Zealand, which they pursued relentlessly and defeated the English with five balls still remaining.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

New Zealand security concerns were genuine - Pakistan beat them by 5 Wickets

Recently New Zealand cricket team was in Pakistan after carrying out an elaborate security check. Yet just one hour before their first match they abandoned the tour on security concerns. That was a bad thing to do - yet they were right for Pakistan "beat them by 5 wickets" in their first match at Sharjah last night as part of the ongoing T20 World Cup Cricket tournament.

New Zealand batted first and was demolished for paltry 134 runs in 20 overs. Haris Rauf was the most successful bowler who sent for batters back to Pavilion. Coming to bat, Pakistan did have some hiccups, but attained the target in 18.4 overs and won the match by five wickets. It was Asif Ali (27* off 12 balls) and Shoaib Malik (26* off 20) who really clinched the victory from hands of New Zealanders. 

Following New Zealand's abandonment of Pakistan tour, England also followed suit and cancelled their tour to Pakistan, something for which they were much criticized by world class cricketers. Now in next part of the tournament, it leaves to be seen how the two would meet each other.

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Pakistan humiliates India in their first T20 encounter

Oh boy, what a day it was today and a what a great and superb performance by Pakistan. While everyone voted for India before the match with 65-45 win chances, Pakistan turned the tables down right from outset.  India had never lost a World Cup game, 50-overs or T20, to Pakistan. But today the invincibility was broken with much humiliation.

Winning the toss, Pakistan elected to field and sent home the Indian squad for mere 151 runs. Shaheen Afridi bagging three wickets and was declared man of the match. And when it came to bat, the openers Babar and Rizwan played a flawless aggressive game and made the home team win with ten wickets.

With 13 balls still in hand, Pakistan attained the target with much ease with Babar at 68 and Rizwan at 79. So well done Pakistan - you broke the myth of Indians. Wish you the best for remaining matches. Come back home with the T20 2021 trophy.

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Pakistan and India T20 cricket High Voltage match today

The T20 world cup cricket series will witness the most crucial match today at Dubai International cricket stadium when Pakistan and India will face each other for their first encounter in the series.

The match between Pakistan and India is always a high voltage match and draws attention of all Pakistanis and Indians living anywhere around the world. 

The match will commence at 7.00 PM PST.

The opposing teams announced for today are:
Pakistan – Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik.

India – Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami.

So glue on to your TV screen if not already in Dubai to watch the match with fingers crossed for anything could happen at the close of the play.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

North Korea fires sea launched ballistic missile

North Korea is reported to have launched a submarine launched ballistic missile into waters of Japan hours from now.

BBC reports that Pyongyang unveiled the missile in January, describing it as "the world's most powerful weapon".

South Korean media reported that this particular missile was believed to have travelled about 450km (280 miles) at a maximum height of 60km..

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Dr A Q Khan, the father of Pakistan's Nuclear Programme, dies at 85

10th October was a sad day for Pakistan on this day  lost its premier scientist and father of its nuclear programme, Dr Abdu Qadeer Khan at the age of 85.

Commonly known as Dr A Q Khan established the research laboratories for the enrichment of uranium at Kahuta near Islamabad in the late 70s on the invitation of the then prime minister of Pakistan Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto. The prgramme was later pursued vigorously by General Zia ul Haq and Pakistan had attained the capability to explode a nuclear device as early as 1983-84. 

Prompted by Indian nuclear explosions, Pakistan also went ahead and experimented its nuclear devices on 28th May 1998.

Dr Khan had been twice awarded with the highest national award Nishan e Imtiaz and was held in high esteem by the people of Pakistan. A large number of people turned up for his funeral to pay homage to the man who mad Pakistan a nuclear state.


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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Pakistan asks world to be "Realistic" about Taliban

Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmud Qureshi has asked the global community to be realistic about the Afghan Taliban and show patience and give time to them to settle down to take stock of the war torn country.

He was of the opinion that the world is rather too impatient to expect much more in just two over a month since withdrawal of NATO forces, leaving behind a shattered and tattered economy and basic infrastructure..

In an interview with the Associated Press, Qureshi asked the world to "Be realistic. Show patience. Engage. And above all, do not isolate. Those are the pillars of an approach emerging in Pakistan to deal with a fledgling Taliban government that is once again running Afghanistan next door.".

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Misconceptions about Afghan Crisis by the West

The seemingly endless war by NATO to beat Talibans  has ended  with hurried withdrawal of US and allied troops from Afghanistan. The Taliban now control almost the entire Afghanistan and have even announced their interim government. But despite the victory of Taliban, the West has unleashed a massive media campaign about future of Afghanistan and casting doubts over Taliban's ability to handle the affairs. 

Ahmad M Siddiqi of Al Jazeerah has highlighted four misconceptions of the West about Taliban. All of these seemingly look rather premature and a move to downplay the Taliban who contested the NATO troops for tow decades and finally made them run.

Here are the four misconceptions that West is seemingly worried about as per Siddiqi:
  • Al Qadea coming back?
  • Taliban are fragmented
  • The Taliban triumphed due to foreign support
  • The US withdrawal too soon.
Please read the full report for details of these misconceptions

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Last of US Troops leave Afghanistan - Taliban Rejoice their long awaited victory

Finally the day comes when after 20 years of humiliation, with no tangible gains, the last of the US troops left Kabul air port as the dead line of 31 August for their Afghan abandonment reached. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen breaks the news on Twitter:

The Taliban leaders symbolically walked on the Kabul air port which buzzing with military aircrafts coming and going, lifting troops and civilians, to various destinations. In view of the time compression, most of the last US troops were dropped at Islamabad airport, Pakistan to complete the withdrawal  in time.

The deserted Kabul airport now begins a new era under the Taliban. World awaits for peace after two decades of an endless and clueless war that killed thousands of Afghan civilians, specially women and children.

Watch a video by CBS News on completion of US withdrawal from Afghanistan:

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Taliban Take Kabul

What a day for the footslogging Taliban of Afghanistan who after almost 20 years of struggle ousted the mightiest army of the world from its territory and entered Kabul without even a shot being fired. Taliban representatives are seen in the Presidential palace in the photo above.

The puppet president Ashraf Ghani flee the country as Taliban entered the presidential capital. The days ahead are very crucial as big powers like Russia and China are all set to recognize the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan. 

The Kabul air port was a scene of chaos and confusion as countless Afghanis stormed the airport in a bid  to catch any plane leaving Kabul to flee the country. One person who clung to an aircraft was seen falling from the sky in a video that went viral on social media.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Israel and Hamas agree Gaza ceasefire

Finally after 11 days of intense hostilities that cost 232 Palestinians in Gaza and 12 lives in Israel, there is an announcement of  a ceasefire by Israel and Hamas, as reported by Al Jazeera on 21 May 2021

Israel’s security cabinet on Thursday said it voted unanimously in favour of a “mutual and unconditional” Gaza truce proposed by mediator Egypt, but added that the hour of implementation had yet to be agreed upon.

The truce is likely to bring an end some of the fiercest fighting since 2014, which has caused widespread destruction in Gaza and halted much of daily life in Israel.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

No respite in Israel-Palestine Conflict in Gaza

There is no respite for the Palestinians in the Gaza strip as the Israeli military launched another series of air raids on the Gaza Strip early on Monday, hours after its caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the attacks on the Palestinian enclave would rage on, reports Al Jazeera

Explosions rocked Gaza City from north to south in a bombardment that was heavier, wider and lasted longer than the air raids that killed at least 42 Palestinians and wounded dozens more on Sunday.

At least 212 people, including 61 children, have been killed in Gaza since the latest violence began a week ago. Some 1,500 Palestinians were also wounded.


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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Youngest Pakistani Shehroze Kashif scales Mt. Everest at age of 19

It was a great day for 19 years old Shehroze Kashif from Pakistan to scale the highest mountain Mt Everest at a young age of 19 years. By doing so he also becomes the youngest Pakistan to do so. Many Congratulations. He reached the summit early morning of Tuesday 11 May 2021.

Despite hailing from the plains of Punjab and city of Lahore, this feat is one of the such kind as mostly previous Everest climbers from Pakistan were sons and daughter of Northern Areas of Pakistan. 

In an update on Facebook, Nepalese mountaineer and the expedition manager of Seven Summit Treks, Chhang Dawa Sherpa, congratulated Kashif for becoming the youngest Pakistani to climb Mount Everest. “This morning Kashif successfully climbed the Mt. Everest as a part of Seven Summit Treks — Everest Expedition 2021,” he wrote.

Kashif is also the youngest Pakistani to have climbed Broad Peak (8,047m) at the age of 17. He used supplemental oxygen on his climbs to Broad Peak and Everest.

Earlier, Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman on Everest, was also the youngest Pakistani, at the age of 23, to reach the summit of the tallest eight thousander. 

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