Tuesday, May 18, 2021


In 7 years, Modi govt bogged by 11,424 LoC ceasefire violations: RTI

MUMBAI: In a glaring indicator of the growing tensions in India's immediate neighbourhood, it has now emerged that there were a whopping 11,424 Ceasefire violations (CFVs) on the border under the seven years of the NDA government, compared with just 523 CFVs during the UPA's 10-year rule.

No meeting scheduled with Jaishankar in UAE: Pak FM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who is on a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has ruled out backchannel talks with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar, who is also in the Gulf country.

UAE mediating between India, Pak to restore 'functional relations'

ISLAMABAD: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is facilitating and mediating back-channel talks between India and Pakistan with an aim to turn their rivalry into a healthy and functional relationship, its envoy in Washington has confirmed.

Pak introder crosses IB in J&K, held

NEW DELHI: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday apprehended a Pakistani national who crossed the International Border (IB) near R.S. Pura sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Cautious optimism prevails in India-Pak ties

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan and India relations may have hit a small bump with the recent decision by the Imran Khan-led government to refrain from importing cotton and sugar from New Delhi and reopening the trade, a decision approved and then disapproved within 24 hours after deference by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) and the federal cabinet; experts still believe that there is a positive and cautious optimism in Islamabad that the defrosting in relations with India is still holding ground.

Pakistan and India cannot afford a war, says Pak FM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that India and Pakistan cannot afford to engage in an all-out war, as both countries are powered by nuclear weapons.

1971 war hero's memory gets further cemented in Jaipur

JAIPUR: It was an emotional scene for the family of late Colonel Hoshiar Singh, who was conferred the country's highest gallantry award, the Param Vir Chakra, for his brave and resolute leadership in the 1971 India-Pakistan War, as a grateful nation added another honour by renaming the famous Queen's Road at Vaishali Nagar after him.

China lauds Pakistan's recent positive interactions with India

ISLAMABAD: In the wake of recent developments in India-Pakistan relations which have led to some easing of tensions and highlighted hopes of forward movement in ties, China has said that "it is pleased with Pakistan's recent positive interactions with India".

Don't drag UP police in 'Bengal politics', former DGPs tell Mamata

NEW DELHI: Several police officers including four former DGPs from Uttar Pradesh have raised serious concern over Trinamool Congress's objection over deployment of UP Police in West Bengal Assembly polls.

UAE mediates secret peace roadmap between India, Pak: Report

NEW DELHI: The India-Pakistan ceasefire marked a milestone in secret talks brokered by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that began months earlier, according to a Bloomberg news report.

SC seeks Centre reply on 81-year-old mom's plea seeking sons return from Pak jail

NEW DELHI: Last 23 years have been traumatic for a mother, who is fighting an endless battle to have one sight of her son, an Indian Army man who she believes is languishing in a Pakistani jail after he had gone missing from the India-Pakistan border at the Rann of Kutchh in Gujarat.

As Pak pushes in terrorists, BSF adopts new training regime

NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing terrorist influx from Pakistan along the International Border (IB), the BSF, India's first line of control, has changed its commando training module.

I dream of India-Pakistan becoming good friends: Malala Yousafzai

NEW DELHI: The concluding day of the 14th Jaipur Literature Festival witnessed Nobel Prize recipient, author, and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai talking about a range of subjects including education, human rights, and her hopes for India-Pakistan relationship.

No need for India-Pak cricket till there's terrorism in Kashmir: Gambhir

NEW DELHI: Member of Parliament and former star cricketer Gautam Gambhir has strongly opposed the idea of resumption of cricket between India and Pakistan until Islamabad stops cross-border terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir.

Balochistan: In the Crosshairs of History

Name India-England Test series after Tendulkar and Cook: Panesar

NEW DELHI: The Test series played between India and England should be called the 'Tendulkar Cook Trophy', says former spinner Monty Panesar.
Eng v India test series should be called "Tendulkar Cook trophy " because both have highest test runs for their countries, they played a lot against each other and we know Tendulkar is the biggest legend and we don't have a series named after him. @englandcricket @BCCI #INDvENG," Panesar tweeted on Wednesday.

Farmers' future under threat from new laws: Sachin Pilot

JAIPUR: In a major show of strength, former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Tuesday addressed farmers at a massive mahapanchayat organised in the state's Bharatpur district to protest against the three farm laws

Pak intruder shot dead along J&K international border

JAMMU: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday shot down one Pakistani intruder in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district along the International Border.
In a statement, the Central Armed Police Force said that the BSF troopers observed movement by the intruder at around 9.45 a.m. as he was heading towards the security fences near border post number 64 in the Border Outpost Chak Faquira.

Ghazipur seems like India-Pak border: MPs write to LS Speaker

NEW DELHI: Atleast 12 MPs from nine opposition parties have written a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, requesting him to take steps to protect their rights and also allow a separate discussion on the farmers' issues in the Parliament, saying Delhi's Ghazipur border seems like the "border between India and Pakistan".

Rajnath to attend Veterans Day in Bengaluru on Thursday

BENGALURU: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh would attend the Veterans Day of the armed forces here on Thursday with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, an official said on Wednesday.

Military historian Amarinder remembers family ties with Army

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday remembered his father on his 108th birth anniversary by saying his contribution in unifying India post-Independence made him proud.

BSF seized 517 kg heroin, shot 8 intruders in Punjab in 2020

CHANDIGARH: BSF personnel guarding India's international borders along Pakistan in Punjab shot dead eight drug smugglers and intruders in separate encounters in 2020 and seized 517 kg heroin and 43 weapons, as per official data released on Friday.

Northeast observes 50th anniversary of Vijay Diwas

GUWAHATI/AGARTALA:Vijay Diwas, which marks the Indian military's victory over Pakistan in the 1971 Indo-Pak war and the creation of Bangladesh, was observed across the northeastern states on Wednesday.

It was time when neighbours feared violating borders: Rahul on 1971 war

NEW DELHI: Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday paid tributes to the fallen soldiers on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 India-Pakistan War highlighting the role of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi saying there was a time when the neighbouring countries accepted the mattle of the Indian Prime Minister and were afraid of violating the border of the nation.

Modi pays tribute to soldiers on 50th anniversary of 1971 India-Pak war

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to the fallen soldiers on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 India-Pakistan war and lit up the 'Swarnim Vijay Mashaal' at the National War Memorial.

Wagah-Attari trade vital for prosperity & peaceful relations between Indian-Pak: Manpreet Singh Badal

CHANDIGARH: International Wagah-Attari trade route is not just a road between India and Pakistan, but it is vital for prosperity and peaceful relations between both the neighbouring countries. And, its reach up to Central Asia will remain crucial for the economic upliftment and social welfare of the Punjabis, described Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal, Minister for Finance, after launching a book “Unilateral Decisions Bilateral Losses” here at his official residence.

Modi in Rajasthan to celebrate Diwali with armed forces

JAIPUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reached Rajasthan's Jaisalmer border to celebrate Diwali with the Armed Forces, in continuation of his set tradition since he took over as the Prime Minister of India in 2014.

If I were PM for one day, I would ban burqa & hijab'

JAIPUR:Reshma Khan, the Programme Head at the All India Radio-Akashvani, represents the voice of progressive women in India who are fearless and intelligent, witty yet sensitive and aims at climbing the ladders of progress and promotion while following the values taught by her parents.

Historic day for Punjab; much-needed bridges in Gurdaspur, Fazilka inaugurated: Vijay Inder Singla

CHANDIGARH:It was a historic day for Punjab, when four bridges were jointly inaugurated and dedicated to the nation. It was expressed by PWD Minister Punjab Mr. Vijay Inder Singla after jointly inaugurating the bridges through a virtual inauguration ceremony presided by the Union Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh. Three bridges were in district Gurdaspur and one was in district Fazilka which were much needed with regard to security point of view and the local populace of these border districts.

Pak, China building new missile sites along western border

NEW DELHI: Pakistan is setting up surface-to-air missile sites with the help of China in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), officials with the knowledge of the matter said on condition of anonymity.

A special lecture at Defence and National Security Studies, PU

CHANDIGARH: The Department of Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh organised a special lecture on the theme “The Lasting Effect of the Great Game in the Indian Subcontinent” by Major General Amarjit Singh, V.S.M. hee today.

After furore, Pune theatre group spikes 'diktat'

PUNE(Maharashtra):After a massive outcry in theatre and creative circles, a Pune-based organisation has withdrawn its two-day old 'diktat' banning college students from depicting 'sensitive topics' at its mega competition scheduled in Feb, a top organiser said here on Friday.

Dissent within Congress brewing against Punjab CM

CHANDIGARH: A simmering dissent is brewing between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his legislators over their party's government in Punjab.

Jt. counter op centre of R&AW, IB, NIA & police in Punjab

NEW DELHI:Against the backdrop of Pakistan's concentrated effort to stoke terrorism in Punjab, India has decided to strengthen inter-agency cooperation by creating a joint counter operation centre of security agencies, including Punjab Police in the state, sources said on Tuesday.

Security at Amritsar airport beefed up after drone crash

NEW DELHI: A week after the Punjab Police found arms drop by drones along the Indo-Pakistan border in Punjab, the government has stepped up security at the Amritsar's Guru Ramdas International airport, sources said on Tuesday.

A sea of humanity in flood-ravaged Punjab

FEROZEPUR (PUNJAB): It is a sea of humanity in this part of the flood-ravaged border district and elsewhere in Punjab where several social organizations in coordination with the Indian Army, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and also local authorities have been in the forefront to provide Guru's 'langar' (free meal) and shelter to locals in flood waters.

Punjab CM gives double promotion to forgotten Kargil war hero

CHANDIGARH: As a goodwill gesture, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who had served as an Army captain during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, on Friday gave a double promotion to decorated Kargil war hero Satpal Singh, who has been managing traffic as a senior constable in the state police.

Self-obsessed Modi indulges in theatrics: Captain Amarinder Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is indulged in theatrics since he took over as Prime Minister, he's a self-obsessed man and the people of Punjab or anywhere else can never forget the incident of desecration of their holy scriptures, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said on Thursday.

Sunny Deol in search of career in politics: Punjab CM

BATALA: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Saturday that Bollywood star Sunny Deol had come from Mumbai in search of a career in politics since his acting career was virtually over.

Wave of patriotic films is worth it: John Abraham

here's a thin line that divides patriotism from jingoism. But as Bollywood is riding on a high tide of films with nationalistic themes, actor John Abraham, who plays a spy in thriller "RAW", says it's totally worth it to have a stream of movies on what people need to see in the current socio-political environment.