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Jan 21 06:39

Bill Gates, Indian Government Targeted in Lawsuit Alleging AstraZeneca Vaccine Killed 23-Year-Old

In what may be the first legal case of its kind globally, a petitioner in India is seeking to prosecute Bill Gates, Indian vaccine czar Adar Poonawalla, and Indian government and public health officials over the death of a 23-year-old man who died after receiving AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine.

Kiran Yadav late last year filed a criminal writ petition for murder, Smt. Kiran Yadav v. The State of Maharashtra & Ors. (herein referred to as Yadav v. Maharashtra), with the Bombay High Court of Judicature, on behalf of her deceased son, Shri Hitesh Kadve.

Her son was vaccinated on Sept. 29, 2021. According to the complaint, he died that same day due to side effects brought on by the vaccine.

Jan 19 07:38

Kashmir journalist arrested under PSA moved to Jammu jail

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir have arrested a journalist under a controversial law, one day after he was granted bail in a separate case of alleged criminal conspiracy.

Sajad Gul, 26, was booked on Sunday under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), which allows the detention of an individual without trial for six months, and has been moved to a distant prison where his family will have a hard time reaching him.

Gul was first arrested on January 6 for posting a video on social media about a protest at the home of a rebel killed during a gunfight with the Indian armed forces.

A statement released by the police said Gul, “under the garb of journalism”, would “spread disinformation and false narratives” on social media and “provoke” the residents to “resort to violence”.

Jan 19 07:37

Muslim girls wearing hijab barred from classes at Indian college

When 18-year-old A H Almas and two friends walked into class on a December morning, the teacher immediately shouted at them: “Get out.”

The Muslim girls were not allowed to sit in the classroom because they were wearing the hijab, or headscarf.

“When we arrived at the door of the classroom, the teacher said we cannot enter with the hijab,” Almas told Al Jazeera. “She asked us to remove it.”

Jan 19 07:06

Is The TAPI Pipeline Finally Ready To Go?

The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline has been long aborning, but its prospects recently got a shot in the arm.

The 1100-mile, $10 billion project has seen numerous delays since the pipeline consortium was announced in late 2014, though the project was first mooted in 1991. Construction started in early 2018 with a projected in-service date of 2021, but halted later that year after workers clearing the route were killed by unknown assailants. Also, the project’s $10 billion cost estimate is a decade old, and an update may cause further delay to the Asian Development Bank-funded effort that is now slated to resume work in September 2022. Turkmenistan will loan Afghanistan the funds for its share of the project, to be repaid from gas transit revenues.

Jan 08 08:05

Pakistan, India tap China, West for warplanes as aerial arms race looms between nuclear-armed rivals

Pakistan’s recent hint that all-weather ally China supplied it with advanced J-10C warplanes has signalled the beginning of an arms race with arch-rival India, as New Delhi takes delivery of a fleet of French-built fighter jets to counter the threat posed by Beijing.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed told reporters on December 29 that 25 Chinese-built J-10Cs had arrived in Pakistan and would be flown during a national day parade in Islamabad on March 23 – a move he characterised as a “jawbreaking response” to India’s recent induction of 36 French-made Dassault Rafales into its own air force.

Pakistan is rumoured to have ordered 36 J10-Cs from China in total, with deliveries reportedly taking place in parallel with the arrival of India’s Rafales. Ahmed stopped short of confirming these rumours, however. Spokesmen for Pakistan’s military declined to comment.

Jan 07 09:44

Omicron spreads in India's big cities but hospitalisations still low

Indian megacities Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, although without a corresponding rise in hospitalisations, but fears are growing about a spread to rural areas in coming days.

India reported 90,928 new daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday, up nearly four-fold since the start of the year, mostly from cities where health officials say the Omicron variant has overtaken Delta. The bulk of those infected have shown no or only mild symptoms and have recovered quickly at home, officials said.

The federal health ministry on Wednesday identified Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru as some of the main regions of concern, although state officials worry the disease will soon spread to the countryside where health facilities are weaker.

Jan 06 13:01

India Won't Add Merck's COVID-19 Pill To National Treatment Protocol, Citing Safety Concerns

India’s top health research body announced on Wednesday that it won’t be adding Merck’s COVID-19 antiviral pill molnupiravir to its national treatment protocol, citing concerns over its safety.

The state-run Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said it had become aware of “major safety concerns” that prompted the decision, despite India’s drug regulator in December approving the drug for emergency use.

It comes after France in December also canceled its order for the drug, developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, following disappointing trial data suggesting its drug was markedly less effective than previously thought.

“Molnupiravir has major safety concerns including teratogenicity, mutagenicity, muscle and bone damage. If this drug is given, contraception must be done for three months as the child may have problems,” ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava told local media on Wednesday.

Jan 06 07:54

India to fully deploy 1st regiment of S-400 missile system next month

India will likely complete the deployment of the first regiment of the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system next month, Indian military officials say, a move aimed at boosting the country’s air defense capabilities in defiance of the risk of possible US sanctions.

On Saturday, The Hindu, one of India’s leading newspapers, quoted unnamed Indian military officials as saying that the Indian Air Force was likely to complete the deployment of the first regiment of the S-400 Triumf missile system at an airbase in Punjab by February. The officials added that the process of deployment of the advanced missile system had begun and it would take at least six more weeks to complete the deployment.

“The transportation of various critical components of the missile systems as well as its peripheral equipment to the site of the deployment is going on,” one of the officials said.

Jan 06 06:55

US Plays Tibet Card as India Seeks Modus Vivendi with China

The cracking sound of ice breaking on the frozen lake of India-China relations will trigger a new wave of US-backed media campaign to instigate the hawks. Armed with satellite imageries made available from the US and peppered with random, free-wheeling remarks by garrulous Indian ex-generals and academics, the Washington Post has drawn attention to the Ladakh region.

A feature article in WaPo on Wednesday, ostensibly reporting from the construction site of the $600 million Zoji La tunnels in Kargil, Ladakh, is backed by imageries from Maxar, known to be “the indispensable mission partner” of the US Government, providing satellite imagery and expert intelligence.

Jan 05 07:45

China "Invents" Names For Territory Under India's Dominion, Expert Says

China has “standardized” the names of 15 places in Arunachal Pradesh, an Indian state on the border with Bhutan and Burma that the Chinese regime has attempted to claim and aggressively intruded upon for the past few decades. However, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that assigning invented Chinese names to locations in the state won’t alter the fact that Arunachal Pradesh is and always will be an “integral part” of India.

India has governed Arunachal Pradesh since 1954, when the area was established as the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) under the British Raj. After the Sino–Indian war of 1962, relations between the two countries deteriorated and border disputes emerged. These have escalated in recent years with the Doklam standoff in 2017 and the bloody clash in the Galwan Valley in 2020.

Dec 31 06:30

China Warns Indian MPs Against Backing 'Tibetan Independence Forces' After They Attend Dinner

In 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government asked senior ministers and officials to refrain from attending events organised by the Tibetan government-in-exile, citing "very sensitive" times in India-China bilateral ties.

The Chinese Embassy in New Delhi has warned six Indian parliamentarians, including a federal minister, against supporting "Tibetan independence forces" after they attended a dinner hosted by the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, The Indian Express reported on Friday.

Dec 29 08:14

India Constructing Nuclear-Hardened Facilities on China Border

The Indian military has begun the construction of nuclear-hardened tunnels and armament storage facilities near the country’s border with Pakistan and China.

Nuclear-hardened facilities ensure that military supplies — which take days to transport to forward posts due to the rugged slopes and terrain in the Himalayas — can be stored on the front line and protected against potential enemy attacks.

“Micro-tunneling is the flavor of the time, ensuring hardened defenses.” Indian army engineer-in-chief Harpal Singh said, as quoted by Sputnik News. “Nuclear hardened facilities are being developed in forward areas to enhance the capabilities of boots on the ground.

In addition to storage facilities, Singh revealed that the country’s combat engineers have expedited work to provide road connectivity to forward posts. He explained that building roads and tunnels is a “force multiplier” that also helps develop communities in remote border locations.

Dec 22 06:52

On volatile border between India and China, a high-altitude military buildup is underway

Harpal Singh gave the go-ahead. The mountain was rocked by a thunderous explosion and, moments later, patriotic cheers. India was one step closer to completing a top strategic priority: a series of new tunnels and roads leading to the increasingly militarized border with China.

The tunnel will “safeguard the territorial integrity of our motherland,” said Singh, an engineer overseeing about 1,700 men racing to finish one stretch of the $600 million upgrade. Down the twisting one-lane road from their work site were parked construction machinery, heavy trucks hauling winter supplies for the army and armored vehicles under camouflage-patterned tarp, all preparing to make an arduous drive to the border that will become substantially shorter once the construction is finished.

Dec 20 09:12

Spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group found on phone of jailed Indian activist

The case against a jailed Indian activist has come under renewed scrutiny after it was revealed that the man, a critic of the government, had his phone hacked using controversial Israeli spyware, the Guardian reported.

The report published Friday said an analysis of Rona Wilson’s phone by experts from Amnesty International found that it was infected with Pegasus spyware, developed by the NSO Group, between July 2017 and March 2018, some three months before he was arrested on terror-related charges.

Amnesty’s investigation found that during that period, Wilson’s phone was targeted with 15 text messages containing links to install the Pegasus spyware and compromise the device.

Dec 17 09:21

Indian Government Urged to Set up Alternative to SWIFT Payment System Over US Misuse

The United States has repeatedly threatened a number of countries with sanctions or to block access to SWIFT over policies that it doesn't agree with.

India's joint parliamentary committee has strongly recommended introducing an alternative to the US-dominated SWIFT electronic payment network, citing possible chances of breach of privacy in the financial system.

The committee submitted its 542-page report to the parliament on Thursday after months of deliberations on the country's proposed bill on the protection of citizens' data.
"The Committee observes that data protection in the financial sector is a matter of genuine concern worldwide, particularly when through the SWIFT network, privacy has been compromised widely. Indian citizens are engaged in huge cross-border payments using the same network," the report read.

Dec 12 10:05

Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim: The photographic story of an unusual friendship that scandalized England, 1887-1901

The close relationship between Queen Victoria and her young Indian attendant, Abdul Karim, was considered controversial and reprehensible by the royal court. After the death of the queen, the family evicted Karim from the house given to him by the queen and sent him back to India.

The unusual friendship between the Queen and her Indian servant began in 1887 and lasted 14 years. Mohammad Abdul Karim was born in 1863 in a Muslim family in Lalitpur near Jhansi. He was taught Persian and Urdu privately and, as a teenager, traveled throughout northern India and Afghanistan.

He eventually secured the position of a clerk in a prison in Agra, where both his father and his soon-to-be wife's brother worked. It was there that Karim was recently chosen to serve the Empress of India, Queen Victoria of Victoria.

Dec 12 08:18

Pakistani Taliban ends ceasefire, future of peace talks uncertain

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) armed group, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, has unilaterally announced an end to a month-long ceasefire with the Pakistani government, accusing authorities of reneging on promises made in the initial stages of peace talks, a statement says.

The ceasefire came into effect on November 9, after the Pakistani government announced the start of talks with the armed group, which has been fighting Pakistan’s government since 2007 and has carried out dozens of attacks targeting civilians and security forces across the country.

Dec 09 12:40

BREAKING! Deliveries Of Russian S-400 Defence System Have Begun Despite US Pressure on India!

Dec 08 06:54

India’s chief of defense staff confirmed dead in crash

General Bipin Rawat was killed in a helicopter crash in the south of the country, which claimed the lives of 12 other people and left one survivor.

Deeply anguished by the sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other Armed Forces personnel in an extremely unfortunate helicopter accident today in Tamil Nadu. His untimely death is an irreparable loss to our Armed Forces and the country.

— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) December 8, 2021

Dec 06 07:14

Vax News India: Win Against Youtube Censorship; Gates Murder Charges Filed. Indian Bar Association

The head of the Indian Bar Association’s legal cell, Dipali Ojha, details the latest developments of her organization’s ongoing pursuit of justice and accountability related to her country’s management of covid and vaccination.

Ojha details a string of wins and talks about the her organization filing the world’s first murder charges against Bill Gates as a vaccine manufacturer. Link to case against Gates.

Dec 06 07:01

Russia, India Sign Military Cooperation Agreement for Next Decade

The agreement was signed in the presence of the Russian and Indian defence ministers, Sergei Shoigu and Rajnath Singh.

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday that Moscow and New Delhi have signed an agreement on military and technical cooperation for 2021-2030.

The deal envisages cooperation between units of the countries' armed forces, as well as the supply and development of weapons and military equipment.

The signing ceremony was attended by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh.

Dec 05 10:06

The young 14th Dalai Lama through old photographs, 1935-1959

The title Dalai Lama refers to a person who serves as the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people. In English, the Dalai Lama roughly translates as "Ocean of Wisdom". Throughout history, each Dalai Lama has been recognized as a reincarnation of the people before him.

The belief is deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhism that the soul of a person remains after the physical body dies.
The 13th Dalai Lama of Tibet died in 1933.

At that time, the Tibetan people began a search to identify their future leader, their reincarnation. In 1937, Lhamo Thondup, later renamed Tenzin Gyatso, was identified as the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Lhamo Thondup (translated as "wish-fulfilling goddess") was born on July 6, 1935, into a poor family in the city of Taksar, located in the Amdo region of northeastern Tibet.

Dec 05 07:07

Tension Grips Northeastern India as at Least 13 Civilians 'Accidentally' Killed by Security Forces

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) is a Naga nationalist separatist group operating in northeastern India. In 2015, it was designated a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after it ambushed an Indian Army convoy in Manipur and killed 18 army personnel.

Tension has gripped the Indian state of Nagaland after a group of at least 13 civilians travelling in a mini truck were killed in a firing incident in the Oting area of the state on Saturday night.

The security forces reportedly mistook the victims for National Socialist Council of Nagaland militants and ambushed them.

After the incident, the Indian Army's 3 Corps in Nagaland issued a statement saying that "based on credible intelligence of [the] likely movement of insurgents, a specific operation was planned to be conducted in the area of Tiru, Mon district, Nagaland".

Nov 30 07:01

India using cyber-volunteers to silence critical voices: Report

The group that ran the Hindutva Watch handle on Twitter – which flagged instances of violence and bigotry from Hindu nationalist groups – had long been accustomed to being abused and trolled for content critical of the Indian government.

But even they were stunned when the account, with nearly 26,000 followers, was abruptly suspended in April this year with no reason given.

Nov 30 06:59

Mob Attacks Pakistan Police, Fails to Grab Blasphemy Suspect

A Muslim mob burned a police station and four police posts overnight in northwest Pakistan after officers refused to hand over a mentally unstable man accused of desecrating Islam's holy book, the Quran, authorities said Monday.

No officers were hurt in the attacks, which forced the police to summon troops to restore order in Charsadda, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, local officer Asif Khan said.

A video posted on social media showed the police station burning.

Nov 28 07:18

WORLD’S FIRST VACCINE MURDER CASE AGAINST BILL GATES, ADAR POONAWALLA FILED IN INDIA’S HIGH COURT

Petitioner has sought prosecution of AstraZeneca’s (Covishield) manufacturer Bill Gates, his partner Adar Poonawalla and other Government officials and leaders involved in the murder of a 23 year old man, who lost his life because of vaccination. The deceased took the Covishield vaccine by believing in the false narrative that the vaccine is completely safe and also owing to the compliance requirement set by the Railways that only double vaccinated people would be allowed to travel.

The Government of India’s AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunisation) Committee has recently admitted that the death of Dr.SnehalLunawat,was due to side effects of the Covishield vaccine. The said report has exposed the falsity of the claim made by vaccine syndicatethat vaccines are totally safe.

Nov 20 06:37

Families bury bodies of Kashmir civilians, shutdown in protest

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have exhumed the bodies of two civilians and returned them to their families who claim Indian troops used them as human shields and executed them “in cold blood” during a gunfight earlier this week.

Police earlier said the two men – Altaf Ahmad Bhat, 48, and Mudasir Gul, 40 – died in the crossfire when government forces on Monday attacked suspected rebels at a shopping complex in Srinagar, the disputed region’s main city.

Nov 19 07:55

Indian PM Narendra Modi to repeal farm laws after year of protests

Narendra Modi has announced he will repeal three contentious farm laws that prompted a year of protests and unrest in India, in one of the most significant concessions made by his government.

In a huge victory for India’s farmers, who had fought hard for the repeal of what they called the “black laws’, the prime minister announced in an address on Friday morning that “we have taken the laws back”.

“We have decided to repeal all three farm laws. We will start the constitutional process to repeal all the three laws in the parliament session that starts at the end of this month,” said Modi, in a surprise announcement.

He added: “I appeal to all the farmers who are part of the protest … to now return to your home, to your loved ones, to your farms, and family. Let’s make a fresh start and move forward.”

Nov 19 06:09

MEDIA DECLARES ‘CLIMATE LOCKDOWNS’ A “CONSPIRACY THEORY” AS INDIA PREPARES TO IMPOSE CLIMATE LOCKDOWN

While the media declares the notion of ‘climate lockdowns’ to be a fake news “conspiracy theory,” India is preparing to impose a climate lockdown to reduce pollution.

Yes, really.

NPR reports the details of the lockdown under the headline ‘New Delhi’s air pollution is so bad, officials are calling for a citywide lockdown’.

“India’s Supreme Court is calling for a lockdown in the capital, New Delhi. It’s because of a health emergency, but it’s not about COVID-19. It’s about air pollution,” states the piece.

Authorities are set to ban all nonessential travel on roads in the national capital region while ordering tens of millions of people to work from home.

Construction sites are also closing along with schools, many of which only recently opened after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Nov 17 06:31

China sends long-range bomber to border with India

The People’s Liberation Army has deployed at least one long-range strategic H-6K bomber to its borders with India in a move meant as a warning to the Indian military not to escalate tensions over winter, analysts said.

To mark the PLA Air Force’s 72nd anniversary on November 11, state broadcaster China Central Television aired footage that included a brief shot of an H-6K flying over a mountain range, indicating the aircraft had been sent to the Himalayas.

The aircraft was armed with short-range KD-63 missiles – and not the long-range CJ-20 cruise missiles that it is also designed to carry.

A Beijing-based military source said the H-6Ks were usually based in Shaanxi province but had been stationed in Kashgar in the neighbouring western region of Xinjiang on a temporary basis since last year.

Nov 14 08:15

India may face US sanctions as it takes delivery of S-400 missile systems from Russia

Russia has begun supplying India with state-of-the-art S-400 mobile air defense missile systems under the terms of a contract signed in 2018. Moscow has already delivered the top-of-the-range weaponry to China and Turkey.

“The deliveries of the S-400 equipment for India have started, and are proceeding according to schedule,” the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Dmitry Shugayev, told RIA Novosti.

The value of the exports amounts to $5.4 billion.

The deal could potentially make India liable for penalties owing to the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law. The 2017 legislation imposed sanctions on Russia in response to alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Iran and North Korea were also targeted, for different stated reasons.

Nov 11 08:08

India sends thousands more troops to restive Kashmir

India has sent thousands more paramilitary troops into its section of Kashmir, already one of the world's most militarised zones, after a string of targeted killings by suspected rebels in recent weeks, officials said Wednesday.

New Delhi has for decades stationed at least 500,000 soldiers in the divided Himalayan territory, which is also claimed and partially controlled by arch-rival Pakistan.

"Around 2,500 troops have arrived and they were deployed all over Kashmir valley," Abhiram Pankaj, a spokesman for the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), told AFP.

More were on their way to the restive territory, he added.

Around 5,000 extra paramilitaries in all were being deployed from this week, including from India's Border Security Force (BSF), according to a police officer speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity.

Nov 10 09:32

India Wants New Threat Detection Radar on China Border

The Indian Army plans to acquire a modern lightweight low-level radar to strengthen its threat detection capabilities along the country’s border with China.

A potential part of the “Make in India” project, the new equipment would help Indian armed forces detect and identify enemy aircraft in areas where surveillance is restricted because of mountainous terrain. India’s Line of Actual Control includes terrain that provides easy entry for enemy helicopters and drones flying at low altitudes.

The army said it would procure a 3D active electronically scanned array radar with a maximum range of 50 kilometers (31 miles). The device, included on a list of weapons and systems that cannot be imported, will be produced in partnership with various defense industries in India.

Nov 10 08:05

Ultraconservative triumph puts Pakistan at risk

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan may have averted for now further violence by caving in to demands of a militant, supremacist religious group. But in doing so, Mr. Khan is allowing radical ultra-conservatism to fester, undermining social cohesion, threatening economic development, and giving militants a say in foreign policy.

The government’s surrender to Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan or ‘I am Present Pakistan’ (TLP), an outlawed far-right group, comes at a moment that Mr. Khan has taken several steps towards Islamicizing Pakistani society.

It also comes on the heels of ultra-conservatives in Pakistan feeling emboldened by the Taliban victory in Afghanistan. Further, the cave-in will do little to support Pakistan’s efforts to be removed from the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international anti-money laundering and terrorism finance watchdog.

Nov 10 07:25

China selling advanced warships to Pakistan is bad news for India – and America

As the first frigate for Islamabad’s navy was launched this week, Beijing sent a statement of intent that it has various ways and means to stop the US and its allies encircling it.

Over the past several years, India and China have increasingly become geopolitical competitors. While the Galwan Valley border clash last year was epitomized as the biggest trigger, the mutual distrust runs much deeper and wider, not least as the United States has used India as a strategic counterweight to China's growing power, as part of its ‘Indo-Pacific’ strategy.

In response, Beijing has solidified its economic, strategic and military partnership with Pakistan, India's primary adversary.

Nov 04 21:23

Heart attacks on the rise among young across India, say experts

In the past few years, deviating from the routine pattern of striking the older population and those with pre-existing heart issues, heart diseases are now prevalent among the young -- 25 per cent of those who suffered heart attacks are below 45 years of age, not just in the state but in the entire country.

In this, 30 per cent are middle-aged and youngsters with no conventional risk factors like smoking, high BP, diabetes etc.

Nov 04 06:15

India Ramps up Himalayan Border Defenses After Deadly China Clashes

On the winding road up to India’s Himalayan frontier is a postcard view of gushing streams and tranquil lakes — punctuated occasionally by the sight of artillery barrels and military bunkers.

A year after deadly high-altitude clashes with Chinese soldiers, India is ramping up its border defenses along a treacherous mountain range that has long been a flashpoint between the two countries.

Arunachal Pradesh straddles the other side of the Himalayas from Tibet and shares a common Buddhist cultural heritage with its northern neighbor.

The Dalai Lama fled through the state in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in his homeland and has lived in India ever since.

Beijing also claims ownership of Arunachal Pradesh — which it refers to as South Tibet — and briefly occupied most of the territory, three years after the Buddhist leader’s flight, in a short but bloody war.

Oct 29 05:11

Woman Collapsed And Died On Road 30 Minutes After Second Dose Of Vaccine

A 36 year old homemaker reportedly collapsed and died on the road after second dose of vaccine in Hegganahalli, under mysterious circumstances. Incident took place on Friday morning in Rajagopala Nagar in north Bengaluru.

Woman Collapsed And Died On Road 30 Minutes After Second Dose Of Vaccine
A complaint was filed by Dinesh, husband of Mangala, a resident of Laxman Nagar near Kamakshipalya, expressing suspicion over the sudden death of his wife.

Police has registered an FIR on the complaint and are investigating the death, reported Deccan Herald.

In his complaint, Dinesh said Mangala had been to the Hegganahalli govt. health centre to get the second dose of COVID vaccine.

Oct 28 06:34

US senators urge Biden to avoid India sanctions over Russian deal

Two United States senators have urged President Joe Biden to waive sanctions against India over its purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defence system, saying such a punitive measure would endanger growing cooperation.

India signed a $5.5bn deal with Russia in 2018 for five of the surface-to-air missile systems for defence against long-time adversary Pakistan and China, with which it is locked in a standoff on their disputed border.

But the proposed transfer has caused friction with the US, which passed a law in 2017 under which any country engaged with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors could face sanctions.

Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democrat Senator Mark Warner wrote a letter to Biden on Tuesday calling for a waiver on the grounds of national security and broader cooperation.

Oct 25 08:06

Pakistan: No Deal Allowing US Use of Pakistani Airspace

The US may be out of Afghanistan, but interest in keeping the war going is centering on trying to setup the ability to launch airstrikes there, and that is going through Pakistani airspace.

They tried that before, during the ground war, and it went so poorly for Pakistan that recent Pakistani governments have rejected any effort by the US to slide back in.

So it was a surprise when US officials said that Pakistan really wants a memorandum of understanding, and that the US would get access to Pakistani airspace in return for helping Pakistan fight terror.

Pakistan was quick to issue a statement denying this. They insist they’re already getting US cooperation, and that there is absolutely no understanding imminent on the airspace deal.

Oct 25 07:18

Public Health or Private Wealth? How Digital Vaccine Passports Pave Way for Unprecedented Surveillance Capitalism

By Jeremy Loffredo and Max Blumenthal

The titans of global capitalism are exploiting the Covid-19 crisis to institute social credit-style digital ID systems across the West.

The death by starvation of Etwariya Devi, a 67-year-old widow from the rural Indian state of Jharkhand, might have passed without notice had it not been part of a more widespread trend.

Like 1.3 billion of her fellow Indians, Devi had been pushed to enroll in a biometric digital ID system called Aadhaar in order to access public services, including her monthly allotment of 25kg of rice. When her fingerprint failed to register with the shoddy system, Devi was denied her food ration. Throughout the course of the following three months in 2017, she was repeatedly refused food until she succumbed to hunger, alone in her home...

Oct 25 07:15

China passes law to strengthen border security amid ongoing tensions with India and terrorism fears

China has passed a law to strengthen border security that permits the use of blockades and “police apparatus and weapons” against those who cross its borders illegally.

China has been in a protracted border stand-off with India, with both sides building up their military presence following a deadly clash in the Galwan valley in June last year.

China shares a land border with 14 countries – North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam and India – and is also worried about the risk of terrorists crossing into Xinjiang from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and of Covid-19 spilling over from its neighbours.

Oct 22 07:25

Record-breaking rains leave at least 54 dead, 5 missing in Uttarakhand, India

Heavy rains triggered by two simultaneous low-pressure systems -- one over the Arabian Sea and the other over the Bay of Bengal regions -- caused severe floods and landslides in parts of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, since Sunday, October 17, 2021. Massive damage was reported across the state.

According to updated figures released by the state government on October 20, at least 54 people have been killed and 5 remain missing. Most of the fatalities -- 28, were reported in the worst affected Nainital district.

The heaviest rains were registered in the Kumaon district where two weather stations received the heaviest rainfall for any 24-hour period since records began.

In 24 hours to Tuesday evening, October 19 (LT), IMD's weather station in Mukteshwar received record-breaking 340.8 mm (13.4 inches) while Pantnagar recorded 403.2 mm (15.8 inches) of rain, Dehradun Meteorological Centre Director Bikram Singh said.1

Oct 18 06:14

Deadly surge in Indian Kashmir violence leaves six more dead

Clashes between rebels and government forces as well as street killings left six more dead in Indian Kashmir Saturday, officials said, as the disputed Himalayan region battles a worsening wave of violence.

At least 28 people, including nine civilians, have been gunned down in the past two weeks -- the victims of a deadly resurgence in a three-decade-old insurgency in the Muslim-majority region, which is also claimed by Pakistan.

Saturday saw two militants from The Resistance Front (TRF) rebel group killed outside the main city of Srinagar, police inspector general Vijay Kumar said.

One of them was top rebel commander Umer Mushtaq Khanday, Kumar added.

Oct 18 06:05

In Kashmir, militants target minority civilians, stoking fears of a return to violent past

Militants in Kashmir have killed seven civilians, including Hindus and Sikhs, in targeted attacks this month, marking an escalation in the decades-old conflict in the Muslim-majority enclave and setting the stage for new clashes.

One of the victims, Makhan Lal Bindroo, a Hindu, spent his life running a large pharmacy in Muslim-majority Kashmir’s Srinagar city. This month, militants barged into his shop in a bustling market and shot him four times at point-blank range.

“He died before reaching the hospital,” his son, Siddharth, said.

Oct 16 06:50

Two Indian soldiers killed as Kashmir tensions escalate

Suspected rebels killed an Indian army officer and a trooper during a manhunt in Kashmir, where 22 people have died in spiralling violence in the past two weeks, officials said Friday.

The soldiers were chasing rebels in a forested area in southern Kashmir when a gun battle erupted late Thursday, Colonel Devendar Anand told AFP.

The hunt in the Mendhar region had been intensified since five soldiers were killed nearby three days earlier.

Violence in the Muslim-majority territory, also claimed by Pakistan, has escalated since last week, when armed militants staged attacks that left seven civilians dead, including three from the minority Hindu and Sikh communities.

Oct 14 06:44

China and India are locked in a clash that goes far beyond a few kilometres of disputed land; their enmity and distrust runs deep

Tensions between Beijing and New Delhi are rising once again, as part of the world’s geopolitical tussle over China orchestrated by America. Might it lead to another border war, as it did 59 years ago? The signs aren’t good.

This week, the 13th round of the India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point. Despite being a dialogue designed to reduce tensions, the event saw both sides ramp up the rhetoric, showcase military moves, and subsequently blame the other for the failure to make progress.

Hostilities between the two sides have been high since a deadly border clash in the Galwan Valley last year, which erupted after India accused China of taking part of its territory. But despite efforts to move on and stabilize the situation, at least in name only, it has only led to a “new geopolitical normal” between the two Asian giants, a stand-off which is not going to go away.

Oct 14 06:14

US, Japan, Australia, India holding Malabar joint naval exercise in Bay of Bengal

The naval forces of the United States, Japan, Australia and India have started a joint exercise, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed, in the face of China’s maritime assertiveness in the region.

The four nations, known as the “Quad”, are holding the Malabar exercise from Tuesday until Thursday in the Bay of Bengal in the northeastern Indian Ocean, according to the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.

The exercise involves two Japanese escort vessels, the US Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, an Australian frigate and an Indian destroyer, the MSDF said.

Oct 14 05:40

Kemp: Beset By Coal Shortages, India's Power Grid Struggles To Meet Demand

India has experienced persistent electricity shortages since the start of October as power generators have proved unable to meet resurgent demand as the economy rebounds from last year's coronavirus-driven recession.

The country's power crisis stems from the same mismatch between rapidly growing demand and lagging supply that is also causing electricity shortages in China and soaring gas prices across much of Europe and Asia.

Generation shortages are manifesting themselves in blackouts and rotating power cuts as well as persistent under-frequency on the country's transmission system.

The crisis has been building for some weeks, first in the form of a slide in coal stocks, then a deterioration in grid frequency, and now most obviously in blackouts hitting parts of the country.

Oct 13 08:22

India-China Border Talks Fail As Each Side Pursues Troop Build-Up Amid Threats

Talks between India and China over the disputed border region in the Himalayas have broken down, with each side blaming the other for the failed negotiations. Tensions have been high between the two powers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory.

In 2020, Chinese and Indian troops fought several skirmishes along the LAC, including one in June 2020 that turned deadly. The failed talks mean that India and China will continue to have troops forwardly deployed in Ladakh, where the skirmishes took place. China has blamed the failure on what it called "unreasonable demands" from India.

Oct 10 07:20

Hindus Fearful in Indian Kashmir After Wave of Assassinations

Small groups of militants armed with pistols have carried out a spate of targeted killings in Indian Kashmir, sowing fear among some minority communities, according to security officials and residents.

At least 28 civilians have been killed by suspected militants this year in the Muslim-majority region, which has been wracked by an armed insurrection against New Delhi since the 1990s.

Kashmir is claimed in full by both India and Pakistan but ruled in parts by the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Although most of those shot dead recently have been Muslims, the killing this week of a number of Hindus and a Sikh led police to say that religious minorities were now being targetted.

Oct 10 07:17

India, China Make Another Attempt to Defuse Border Tensions

Both India and China have made major deployments of troops to areas along their 3,488 km border. Troops from the two countries engaged in a series of skirmishes beginning in May last year that led to casualties on both sides. Since then, tensions have mounted between the two, with each side accusing the other of violating bilateral pacts.

India and China are set to hold their 13th round of talks on Sunday to address the ongoing military stand-off between the two countries.

The talks are scheduled to be held at Moldo (Chushul) on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control and are likely to focus on a resolution of the friction point at Hot Springs in the Ladakh sector.

The top-level military dialogue is being held amid reports that earlier this month, Indian soldiers engaged in a tense standoff with Chinese troops who had transgressed in Arunachal Pradesh state across the Line of Actual Control.

Oct 08 08:02

AUKUS Inadvertently Opens Diplomatic Opportunities for Russia with France & India

Ideally, Russia would like to regulate its growing competition with France in Africa (especially in the vast region of ‘Françafrique’ that Paris considers to be its exclusive ‘sphere of influence’) while encouraging India to enter into a meaningful rapprochement with China.

The Ruckus Over AUKUS

Last week’s announcement of the new trilateral Australia-UK-US (AUKUS) anti-Chinese military alliance is already backfiring on America after it unprecedentedly offended its oldest French ally and also resulted in uncomfortable racial optics of Anglo-American superiority within the Quad that strongly implied India’s “junior partner” status within that structure. These consequences are still manageable though since France won’t leave NATO in protest like some have speculated nor will India abandon the Quad.

The Diplomatic-Strategic Backdrop

Oct 07 06:23

At least 20 dead as houses collapse in Pakistan earthquake

At least 20 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded after an earthquake strikes Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, local officials say, with rescue teams attempting to clear debris and gain access to the area.

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck as most residents of the Harnai district, about 100km (60 miles) east of the provincial capital Quetta, were asleep at just past 3am local time (22:00 GMT) on Thursday, according to United States Geological Survey data.

Oct 06 06:26

China-India border: New Delhi redirects Pakistan-facing troops, tanks before 13th round of LAC talks

Military commanders from China and India are expected to hold a 13th round of talks on their border dispute by the middle of this month – but in the run-up to the dialogue, the nuclear-armed neighbours have ramped up deployments along their 3,488km (2,167 mile) shared border.

New Delhi has sent 50,000 additional troops to the Himalayan areas of the undemarcated Line of Actual Control (LAC), according to recent Indian media reports.

French-made Rafale fighter jets armed with long-range missiles will support soldiers on the ground in Ladakh, who are equipped with 105mm field guns and M777 howitzers. The M777s can be moved from one sector to another with Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.

Oct 04 06:44

India: At least 8 people killed in farmers' protest

Indian news agencies have reported that eight people lost their lives when a farmers' protest in Lakhimpur Kheri, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, took a violent turn.

According to reports, two SUVs allegedly rammed into a group of protesters during a visit by the state's Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra.

What do we know?

Citing a local police official, Indian news outlet NDTV reported that four of the eight killed were farmers, two having been run over by a vehicle in the union minister's convoy.

NDTV reported that the four other deaths were the occupants of the vehicle that had allegedly drove into the farmers.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear with differing versions of events.

Oct 03 12:36

India's Ivermectin Blackout: The Secret Revealed

Although India’s Ivermectin victory over COVID may have been lost on bent-on-vaccinating-everyone Big Pharma and Big Regulators, the message seems to have gotten through to the man on the street. If Google Trends is any indicator, interest in Ivermectin is exploding, and for good reason. We are all being systematically deceived by influential organizations in the name of profits.

A daily onslaught of media propaganda bombards us with messages attempting to steer us away from the safest and most effective treatments.

Interest in Ivermectin and India is only increasing and has now reached an all-time high.

India’s conquest of COVID-19 is concealed no longer. The secret is out.

Oct 03 07:44

Social media giants accused of ‘silencing’ Kashmir voices

A report by a Kashmiri diaspora group has accused social media giants Twitter, Facebook and Instagram of silencing Kashmiri voices in the digital spaces through the frequent suspension of the accounts of artists, academics, and journalists based in and outside the disputed region, a move termed by experts as “reprehensible”.

A 30-page report by the Stand With Kashmir (SWK), titled “How social media corporations enable silence on Kashmir”, claims that since 2017, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms have continually silenced Kashmir-related content.

Sep 28 11:48

US Preparing Docs to Sanction India Over S-400 Purchase, Claims BJP Parliamentarian

The United States has applied its Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) legislation against countries like China and Turkey for buying advanced Russian-made weapons. The Pentagon Chief had urged New Delhi to avoid purchasing S-400 weaponry from Russia if it hoped to escape American sanctions.

US will certainly impose CAATSA sanction against India as the first batch of S-400 air missile defence system is expected to be delivered in November, claims former cabinet minister and senior parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy.

"I was told by someone who knows about the American establishment that India's sanction documents have been prepared and kept in the State Department. It will be announced immediately after S-400 arrives. They did not spare Turkey; they are not going to spare us, I am told," Swamy said while taking part in a discussion on "Indo-US Relations: Recent Developments" on Sunday.

Sep 28 07:10

Widespread ivermectin use has caused a 97% drop in coronavirus cases in Delhi, India

In Delhi, health authorities began treating patients with ivermectin on April 20. At the time, the metropolitan area of 30 million people was dealing with nearly 30,000 new cases daily.

By the end of May, COVID-19 cases in the metro area were down to less than 1,000 new cases per day. This is a 97 percent reduction in new COVID-19 cases in just five weeks.

The number of deaths per day also fell from nearly 300 in April to slightly above 100 by the end of May.

Similarly, momentous drops in COVID-19 cases could also be seen in at least four other Indian states that used ivermectin for its COVID-19 patients.

Sep 27 06:32

Fiery clash at UN as Pakistan, India trade extremism charges

India and Pakistan clashed Friday at the United Nations as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused the rival of a "reign of terror" on Muslims, drawing a stern rebuke.

Even for Pakistan, which routinely castigates India at the world body, Khan's speech to the annual summit was strikingly loaded as he accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a plan to "purge India of Muslims."

"The worst and most pervasive form of Islamophobia now rules India," Khan said in an address, delivered by video due to Covid precautions.

"The hate-filled Hindutva ideology, propagated by the fascist RSS-BJP regime, has unleashed a reign of fear and violence against India's 200 million-strong Muslim community," he said.

Sep 21 13:54

Indian state with 240 million people completely eradicated covid with ivermectin

How did an Indian state with more than 240 million residents beat the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19)? Simple. Its people took ivermectin.

Uttar Pradesh, located in northern India, has officially declared that all 33 of its districts are now “covid-free” thanks to a benevolent effort by the leaders there to provide everyone with “horse dewormer.”

The recovery rate for the Chinese Virus in Uttar Pradesh is a whopping 98.7 percent, which can be directly attributed to the large-scale prophylactic use of ivermectin.

Sep 21 07:47

Indian farmers remain defiant, a year after ‘black laws’ passed

It is a humid and sweaty morning. The nearby drain, overflowing with overnight monsoon rains, stinks. A few metres away, pigs rummage through the rubbish.

But the weather or stink does not dissuade Bapu Nishtar Singh, who has been protesting for nearly 10 months against a set of agricultural laws passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in September last year.

The 85-year-old from Punjab state’s Ludhiana district is among thousands of farmers from across India camping at Singhu outside capital New Delhi, the epicentre of nationwide protests that have posed the biggest challenge for Modi since he came to power seven years ago.

Last September, Modi’s right-wing government passed three laws aimed at “modernising” the country’s agricultural system. The government said the laws will benefit the farmers by increasing their income and give them additional choices to sell their produce.

Sep 20 09:51

India State of 241 Million People Declared COVID-free after Government Promotes Ivermectin

The state of Uttar Pradesh in India, which has the equivalent of two-thirds of the United States population, has been declared COVID-free, the state government announced last week.

There are no more active cases of coronavirus in the 33 districts of Uttar Pradesh, which has a population of 241 million people.

“Overall, the state has a total of 199 active cases, while the positivity rate came down to less than 0.01 per cent. The recovery rate, meanwhile, has improved to 98.7 per cent,” Hindustan Times reported.

Sep 19 07:30

AUKUS fallout: France pledges to ‘defend truly multilateral international order’ with India amid diplomatic row with Australia-US

The French and Indian foreign ministers spoke over the phone on Saturday, vowing to deepen their strategic partnership now that Paris’ ties with the US and Australia have been strained by a submarine deal debacle.

France and India will “work on a joint program of concrete actions to defend a truly multilateral international order,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, said in a statement on Saturday. Released by the French foreign ministry, it also said the two had discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific.

Sep 19 05:50

We Need to Talk about Pakistan

It was either Voltaire, or Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, one of the founding fathers of the French Revolution, who observed that the now-former nation of Prussia “is not a state that has an army, rather an army that has a state.”

In contemporary times, that description aptly applies to Pakistan.

An examination of the history of Pakistan reveals several disturbing consistencies.

In Pakistan, few ‘elected leaders’ ever complete their tenure in office. These ‘leaders’ are either executed or jailed after Pakistan's the deep state stages a coup. The more fortunate manage to bribe their way out in exchange for being ‘exiled’ to a foreign country, where they live in great luxury.

Occasionally, army generals from the deep state who led coups to become leaders themselves become victims of a coup led by other factions. If the deep state does not eliminate them, the Islamists supported by factions in the deep state conduct an assassination.

Sep 16 07:33

China Blasts U.S.' 'Cliques' Before Planned Meeting With Japan, India and Australia

Leaders from the four countries, referred to as the "Quad," will meet next week in person for talks in the interest of "promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific," the Biden administration said.

Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory, conducted military exercises Wednesday on rural roads to prepare for any possible Chinese attacks on its main airfields. The action comes as China has increased its assertiveness in the East and South China Seas, pushing Taiwan to bolster its defense and the U.S. and allies to bolster cooperation in structuring a sufficient response, the AP reported.

Sep 16 05:47

HUGE: Uttar Pradesh, India Announces State Is COVID-19 Free Proving the Effectiveness of “Deworming Drug” IVERMECTIN

The Gateway Pundit previously reported that COVID cases are plummeting in India thanks to new rules that promote Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to its massive population. The 33 districts in Uttar Pradesh, India have now become free from COVID-19 government informed on Friday. The recovery rate has increased up to 98.7% proving the effectiveness of IVERMECTIN as part of the “Uttar Pradesh Covid Control Model.” Of course, the media won’t mention that Ivermectin is being used for the treatment of COVID-19.

Sep 15 10:14

India Making COVID Kits with Ivermectin Available to All for Only $2.65 per person

Ziverdo Kit Contains Zinc Acetate 50 mg, Doxycycline 100 mg & Ivermectin 12 mg Dispersible Tablets. Ziverdo Kit should be taken in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor.

Sep 14 05:33

Indian study finds big drop in COVID antibodies within four months of vaccination

A study here of 614 fully vaccinated health workers in India found a "significant" drop in their COVID-fighting antibodies within four months of the first shot.

The findings could help the Indian government decide whether to provide booster doses as some Western countries reuters.com/world/uk/uk-pm-johnson-set-out-covid-19-booster-strategy-under-winter-plan-2021-09-13 have done.

Waning antibodies do not necessarily mean that immunised people lose their ability to counter the disease, as the body’s memory cells may still kick in to offer substantial protection, said the director of a state-run institute that did the study.

“After six months, we should be able to tell you more clearly whether and when a booster would be needed,” Sanghamitra Pati of the Regional Medical Research Centre, based in the eastern city of Bhubaneswar, told Reuters on Tuesday.

Sep 11 07:48

Ford Is Officially Leaving India After Accumulating $2 Billion In Losses Over 10 Years

Ford has called it quits in India.

The automaker is expected to stop making cars in the densely populated country and take a $2 billion charge due to its inability to see a "path to profitability" manufacturing there, according to Reuters.

Ford first entered the Indian market 25 years ago but still only has less than 2% of its market. On Thursday of this week, the company said it had accumulated operating losses of more than $2 billion in the 10 years it had been in the country.

Ford and India's Mahindra & Mahindra failed it put into place a JV that would have allowed Ford to make vehicles at a lower cost.

Sep 04 07:00

‘Mystery Fever’ That Killed Dozens in India’s Uttar Pradesh State Identified as Dengue, Says Report

Uttar Pradesh's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced a campaign to clean up the state after massive rainfall in many districts. The end of the monsoon season is associated with an annual outbreak of dengue fever across many parts of India.

The 'mysterious' illness that has claimed at least 60 lives in India’s Uttar Pradesh state over the fortnight has been identified as a serious form of dengue, according to officials at the Indian health ministry cited by English language news website NDTV.

Official sources also told the Indian news website that around 50 percent of the 200 samples collected from one of the worst-affected districts, Firozabad, tested positive for dengue - a tropical, vector-borne disease caused by the Aedes mosquito.

Sep 03 07:48

Kashmir still under lockdown after anti-India leader's death

Indian authorities enforced a security lockdown and a near-total communications blackout for a second straight day in disputed Kashmir on Friday after the death of Syed Ali Geelani, a top resistance leader who became the emblem of the region’s defiance against New Delhi.

Geelani's death at age 91 on late Wednesday and the ensuing crackdown on public movement and communications by Indian authorities highlighted the turmoil seething just below the surface in the Himalayan region of achingly stunning beauty.

Wearing flak jackets and riot gear, armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled streets in Srinagar, the region’s main city, and ordered residents to stay indoors.

Razor wire, steel barricades and perpendicularly parked armored vehicles blocked some streets and roads in the city as officials anticipated anti-India protests after weekly congregational Friday prayers.

Sep 03 04:53

EXPLAINER: Resistance Leader’s Death Deepens Kashmir Strife

The death of a top separatist leader in disputed Kashmir and the ensuing crackdown on public movement and communications by Indian authorities have highlighted the turmoil seething just below the surface in the region.

Here's a closer look at what Syed Ali Geelani meant to Kashmir and why problems still roil the region two years after India revoked its semi-autonomy and declared it a federal territory.

WHY HAS THIS DEATH STRUCK A RAW NERVE?

For many in the region, Geelani was the face of Kashmiri resistance against India. To his detractors, he was a hard-liner responsible for stoking tensions in the region, a charge he had denied.

Sep 01 06:00

Exodus: Biblical scene as thousands flee Taliban-held Afghanistan walking miles through the desert across the Pakistani border and into Iran

Remarkable footage shows the truly epic scale of the exodus of Afghans fleeing their country to head west.

The almost-biblical scenes of the mass migration across the desert where the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran all meet shows an endless river of people flowing between the mountains.

And for British politicians concerned about an influx of migrants to Europe, these images will confirm their worst fears.

Sep 01 05:56

For the US, India is little more than a pawn to be deployed against China – not a nation to be respected on its own terms

The US is desperate to recruit allies in its hybrid war against China, and highly covets New Delhi - which has its own issues with Beijing - as a useful partner. So why is Washington so unhelpful and discourteous to its ally?
Friends with benefits

It is often said that the US has no permanent allies – only permanent interests. Allies come and allies go, but US national interest (i.e. global hegemony) remains paramount. All relationships are transactional – an ally is only as good as the geopolitical benefits they bring. The US regime makes friends and enemies based on strategic concerns alone, and with little concern for morality.

Sep 01 04:44

View of Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Crossing as Afghans Trying to Flee After Taliban Takeover

In July, the Taliban* claimed they captured a crossing connecting the Spin Boldak district to the Chaman sector in Pakistan, a strategically important link in cross-border trade with its neighbour.

Sputnik is live from the Chaman border crossing, as people have gathered near checkpoints in order to leave Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in the country. Along with the Tokham crossing near Peshawar, Chaman is one of the main trade routes between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistan has reportedly ramped up security at the site, making the process of crossing the border more stringent.

Follow Sputnik's live feed to find out more!

Aug 31 05:14

Taliban Victory May Strengthen Pakistan in Dispute for Kashmir

In recent weeks, several debates have been held about Afghanistan. The security crisis, the rise of the Taliban and the defeat of the US are issues that have caught the attention of experts. However, some aspects have been ignored, such as the effects of the Afghan crisis in other parts of the Asian continent. In New Delhi, the government has been increasingly concerned about the possibility of escalating violence and tensions in the Kashmir region, considering that the Taliban and Pakistan could act together against Indian interests in the disputed territories.

Aug 30 08:13

Pakistani Military Opens Fire on Afghan Refugees at Border, Kills 6

Pakistani troops opened fire on a group of Afghan civilians attempting to cross into Pakistan from Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least six people, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

The incident reportedly occurred at the Torkham border crossing, a major trade and travel corridor linking Afghanistan and Pakistan. Torkham is the name of the Pakistani city on the eastern side of the border crossing, while the western side of the port pertains to the Afghan province of Nangarhar.

An unknown number of Pakistani soldiers “opened fire” on an unknown number of Afghan civilians at Torkham on August 27 “when they rushed towards the crossing gate and wanted to enter [the] Pakistani side,” according to Pajhwok Afghan News.

Aug 30 05:58

Thousands of PLA Soldiers Conduct Live Fire Exercise in Tibet Region Bordering India

Media reports suggested that the disengagement has not changed the deployment of troops in the vicinity of Gogra Post, where two countries reached an agreement on 4-5 August. Satellite images show continued infrastructure build up by the two sides in the western sector of the 3488 km long Line of Actual Control.

Around 10,000 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers have joined a round-the-clock live-fire exercise code-named “Snowland Mission 2021” on the Tibet plateau at an elevation of 4,500m, China’s defence ministry said on Friday.

The ministry said that more than 10 brigades and regiments assigned to the PLA Tibet Military Command have deployed to verify the overall operational effectiveness of the combat units and weapons.

Aug 30 05:57

'Brutal' Police Crackdown on Protesting Farmers in India's Haryana Sparks Outrage

Since November 2020, tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting against three controversial farm laws brought in by the Narendra Modi government.

Dramatic footage of Haryana police beating up farmers for blocking the national highway amid the ongoing protests against the trio of agricultural laws has sparked an uproar social media.

At least ten people were injured in the police crackdown during the rally at Haryana's Karnal highway on Saturday.

Protesting against the farm laws passed by the Narendra Modi government last year, farmers tried to block the highway and stop the convoy of state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief OP Dhankar, who was on his way to attend a state-level meeting chaired by Haryana State Chief Manohar Lal Khattar.

Aug 28 06:23

‘Please Go On’ with new conflicts: Washington war hawk John Bolton calls for pressure on Pakistan amid Afghanistan disaster

Ex-National Security Advisor John Bolton is eyeing up Pakistan, viewing the end of war with Afghanistan as a chance to start another, this time with its nuclear-armed neighbor – a “dramatic change” to “wake people up,” he hinted.

Invited onto the Washington Post’s ‘Please Go On’ podcast on Friday to expand on his proposed “solutions” to the “problem” of Afghan withdrawal as set out in an op-ed for the paper earlier this week, Bolton began by sneeringly dismissing the idea that the US could ever truly leave Afghanistan in the first place.

“All of Central Asia is like a big pile of pickup sticks,” he told the interviewer, “and they say, ‘Hey, we’re going to take that American stick out of Afghanistan and nothing else will happen anywhere else.’ Completely wrong, and we’re seeing the consequences of it now.”

“I think there are things that are going to happen that we can’t even foresee at the moment that aren’t going to be good,” the mustachioed warmonger continued threateningly.

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Aug 27 05:59

INDIAN MILITARY VAXX TROOPS AT A BASE AND MANY DROP DEAD ON THE SPOT - THIS IS NOT A DRILL

Aug 24 05:54

Indian Bar Association Charges WHO Chief Scientist for Mass Murder

As I posted this morning, Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis pulled the rug out from under the lying scum that constitutes the American medical establishment by establishing throughout Florida medical centers that cure Covid instead of spreading it with vaccination. Now it has happened again. This time in faraway India.

The Indian Bar Association is charging WHO chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan with the mass murder of Indians. Dr. Swaminathan spoke against the use of Ivermectin in the Tamil Nadu province with the consequence that Ivermectin’s use was blocked and Covid cases skyrocketed with deaths increasing ten-fold.

In the provinces where Ivermectin was used—Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Goa— Covid cases declined sharply by 98%, 97%, 94%, and 86%. This success, which cleared large areas of India from Covid, was kept from you by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, AMA, Biden, Schumer, Pelosi, and the rest of the criminals who control the narrative.

Aug 21 06:52

Londoners Hold 'Free Afghanistan, Sanction Pakistan' Rally

The rally comes almost a week after the Taliban* took control of Kabul and almost all other provinces of Afghanistan and declared the end of the 20-year-long war in the country.

Watch a live broadcast from London, UK, where citizens are gathering on Saturday, 21 August, to express their support to the people of Afghanistan.

The rally is being held under the slogan "Free Afghanistan, Sanction Pakistan", referring to the alleged support Islamabad has been providing to the Taliban, which has established control over Afghanistan.

Last Sunday, the Taliban* took control of the capital Kabul and nearly all other provinces of the country. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled to the United Arab Emirates, while the Taliban declared the 20-year war was over and announced its plans to establish the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Aug 19 05:56

Taliban halts Afghanistan’s trade with India through Pakistan – reports

The Taliban has blocked Indian-Afghan transit trade through Pakistan and shut down two crucial trading terminals on the border after seizing power in Afghanistan on Sunday.
“Taliban have sealed the land-border trade route and stopped the movement of cargo on the transit route with Pakistan,” the Economic Times reported on Thursday, citing Ajay Sahai, the director general of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).

Aug 13 07:43

Pakistani Forces Clash With Afghan Protesters at Border Crossing Shut by Taliban

Pakistani forces clashed on Thursday with hundreds of Afghans stranded on Pakistan's side of a commercially vital border crossing with Afghanistan after its closure by Taliban insurgents, Pakistani security officials said.

Aug 12 11:11

Indian rocket fails to launch earth observation satellite

An Indian rocket carrying a powerful earth observation satellite failed to fire fully on Thursday, the state-run space agency said, in a setback for the country’s space programme.

The satellite, meant for quick monitoring of natural disasters such as cyclones, cloudbursts and thunderstorms, was launched on a geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) at 0013 GMT, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in southern India.

But while the liftoff was smooth, the rocket failed in its final phase, the Indian Space Research Organisation said.

Aug 05 06:24

US Demands Pakistan Keeps Its Borders Open for Afghan Refugees to Implement New Resettlement Plan

On 2 August Washington announced the expansion of its resettlement programme for Afghans who aided US troops in the country amid the growing Taliban threat.

Despite the reluctance of Pakistan's government, the United States has told Islamabad to keep its "borders open" so that Afghan refugees can enter the country.

According to experts, the move is likely to strain already tense relations between the two nations.

Pakistani newspaper The Dawn reported that a senior US State Department official, while briefing journalists on the new US refugee admission programme for Afghan nationals, said, "In a place like Pakistan, it'll be important that their borders remain open."

"Obviously, if people go north or if they go via Iran to Turkey, they have an opportunity both to enter the country as well as register with either the government or with UNHCR," the official was quoted as saying.

Aug 04 07:23

Evidence points to secret Indian navy base on Mauritian island

Satellite imagery, financial data and on-the-ground evidence obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit point to India building a naval facility on the remote Mauritian island of Agaléga.

Military experts who have analysed Al Jazeera’s evidence say an airstrip under construction will almost certainly be used for maritime patrol missions by India’s navy.

Aug 04 05:50

India to Deploy Four Warships to the South China Sea

India is deploying a naval task force of four warships this month that will transit the South China Sea and participate in naval exercises with the US, Japan, and Australia in the western Pacific. The four countries make up the group known as the Quad, which is viewed as a potential foundation for an anti-China military alliance in Asia.

During the two-month deployment, the Indian warships will also hold drills with countries located in the South China Sea, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. The region has turned into a potential flashpoint between the US and China, with Washington rallying allies to challenge Beijing’s claims to the waters.

Aug 03 10:14

US Empire Finds a Friend in India

On his trip to New Delhi this past week, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his band of rabble-rousing State Department officials met with India’s Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. The two diplomats spoke fondly of the blossoming US-India partnership and reiterated their shared commitment about how "no military solution" can fix the conflict in Afghanistan.

"I think it’s also accurate to say that there is largely agreement among most countries… and certainly a rejection of the proposition that military force is the way to define the future of the country," Blinken said in his remarks to the press after the closed-door meeting. "There’s only one path" to international recognition and legitimacy, the secretary noted — "and that’s at the negotiating table." "Taking over the country by force and abusing the rights of its people is not the path to achieve those objectives."

Aug 03 09:12

Why seven people died in clash between two northeast India states

Bullets, tear gas canisters and grenades were fired on July 26 at a contentious border point between the states of Assam and Mizoram in India’s northeast.

Six police officers and a civilian from Assam were killed and more than 60 people wounded in the rare incident at the village of Vairengte in Mizoram’s Kolasib district.

Aug 02 07:05

Pakistan reopens Afghanistan border crossing held by Taliban

Pakistan on Monday reopened a major southwestern border crossing with Afghanistan that is currently under Taliban control on the Afghan side, Pakistani customs officials said, allowing over 100 trucks carrying goods to cross into Afghanistan.

The Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing, a key port for landlocked Afghanistan, had been closed by Pakistan for commercial traffic since fierce fighting for control of the crossing erupted between Taliban insurgents and Afghan security forces earlier this month.

Jul 29 05:28

US, India Agree to Expand Multilateral Security Partnership

The top diplomats of India and the United States pledged Wednesday to expand their multilateral security partnership, underscoring the deepening of ties between two countries concerned over China’s growing influence in the region.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met in New Delhi and sought to strengthen a regional front against Beijing’s assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific and their cooperation in Afghanistan.

They also lauded each country's help in fighting the coronavirus and said their vaccine partnership is an effort to end the pandemic. Blinken also announced a $25 million fund to support India’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

Jul 29 05:28

Concerns as India builds rail network in remote state near China

India’s ambitious railway project to connect a small northeastern Indian state along its border with China to the rest of the country is raising concerns among local forest dwellers and environmentalists.

The 45km (28-mile) project, work on which began in 2009, connects Sevoke in eastern state of West Bengal to Rangpo in the Himalayan state of Sikkim, with five stations between them, one of them underground.

Jul 28 05:39

India’s Assam to deploy 4,000 commandos after border killings

India’s Assam state said on Tuesday it will deploy 4,000 commandos to guard its border with a rival state after six police officers were killed in a gun battle between the feuding neighbours.

More than 60 others were injured in the rare showdown on Monday on Assam’s border with Mizoram. The two have been wrangling over their border for decades.

Jul 26 10:07

Russia Races Ahead of South Korea, Israel as India Set to Obtain Lightweight Tanks for China Border

Defence sources in New Delhi have confirmed that the Indian army will watch a trial of Russian-made Sprut-SDM1 light tanks in the near future. The cannon fire guided missiles, dart ammunition APFSDS and HEAT among others things. Russia offered a glimpse of the tank last year while Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh was visiting Moscow.

The Indian Army has agreed to buy about 350 lightweight tanks from a global manufacturer as it tries to stand up to China - which has been using its new lightweight tanks, the Type 15, in Ladakh since last year. The two Asian rivals have been filling the Himalayan region with troops and weapons as negotiations for disengagement in eastern Ladakh lost momentum.

Jul 26 06:49

FLASHBACK - Oral polio vaccine causing paralysis in kids: Study

At least 400 children in India would have developed polio after receiving the oral polio vaccine (OPV) over the past five years, a top Indian paediatrician has revealed in a just published scientific paper that questions the ethics of the continued use of OPV.

T Jacob John, who has earlier advised the World Health Organisation and the Indian government on polio eradication policies, has described the continued use of OPV as an “ethical anomaly” that is causing avoidable polio to children.

India has been free from wild polio virus since 2011, but the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has never released data on vaccine associated polio paralysis (VAPP), a rare adverse effect of OPV that causes infantile paralysis.

All children under 6 in the country have been receiving multiple doses of OPV — that contain live polio viruses — since 1994, through pulse polio programme while the government also launched injectible polio virus schedule for children in 2015.

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