20th January, 2018
- Pakistani forces
continue heavy mortar shelling along the International Border in Jammu and
Kashmir; An army jawan martyred and two civilians killed.
- India urges UN
Security Council to focus on eliminating terrorist safe havens in Pakistan.
- Government says,
no plans of bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his
Pakistani counterpart at Davos.
- US government shuts down for the first time in five
years after lawmakers failed to agree on a spending bill.
- President Ram Nath Kovind to felicitate exceptional
women achievers at Rashtrapati Bhawan today.
- Telecom regulator TRAI recommends allowing mobile
services during air travel.
- And in Blind
Cricket World Cup, final match between India and Pakistan underway at Sharjah.
In Jammu and
Kashmir, an Army jawan was martyred and two civilians including a minor boy
were killed as Pakistani forces continued heavy mortar shelling along the
International Border and Line of Control in Jammu region for the third
consecutive day today. Over a dozen persons including two security personnel
were injured in the firing. Heavy exchange of mortar shelling is still
continuing along the entire international border in Jammu district. Quoting
sources, our correspondent reports that BSF troops have been giving befitting
reply to the shelling from across the border.
Sepoy Mandeep Singh succumbed to his injuries after he was hit by a sniper shot
in Poonch sector and a boy and another person were killed in RS Pura sector.
Two security forces jawans were martyred while as many civilians were killed
and 35 injured in mortar shelling by Pakistani troops on civilian areas and
BoPs in all the five bordering districts of Jammu region yesterday. A major
chunk of the border population has been shifted to safer places in relief camps
etc. Yogesh Sharma, AIR NEWS,
India has urged
the UN Security Council to focus on eliminating terrorist safe havens in
Pakistan and accused Islamabad of differentiating between good and bad
terrorists. Indian Ambassador to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin was addressing the UN
Security Council during a special ministerial meeting on Afghanistan. He said,
support for voices of peace in Afghanistan alone is not enough, the United
Nations must focus on addressing the challenges posed by cross border terrorism
emanating from safe havens and sanctuaries to our region and especially to
and externally-induced instability pose the gravest threat to Afghanistan's
peace, stability and prosperity. And, the growing arch of terrorist violence
endangers our entire region. We must focus on addressing the challenges posed
by cross-border terrorism emanating from safe havens and sanctuaries to our
region and especially to Afghanistan."
said, it is India's vision that Afghanistan regain its place and New Delhi
remain committed to work closely with its regional and international partners
to bring peace, security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.
said, it is with this in mind that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his
visit to Afghanistan on December 24, 2015 to inaugurate the Parliament
building, stopped over in Lahore, Pakistan. He said that unfortunately, these
visits were followed by a heinous and barbaric terrorist attack on the Pathankot
airbase on January 1, 2016, perpetrated by the very same mindsets which attack
the spirit of Afghanistan every day.
The External Affairs Ministry has said, there is no
plan of a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his
Pakistani counterpart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on the sidelines of the World
Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos next week. Secretary (Economic Relations) in the
Ministry Vijay Gokhale was responding to a query on whether Mr Modi would be
meeting his Pakistani counterpart as Mr Abbasi would also be at the WEF on the
same day. Mr Modi will address the plenary session of the World Economic Forum
on the 23rd during his visit. Mr Gokhale said, the focus will be on the Prime
Minister's vision about India's economy at the domestic as well as global
Finance Minister, Minister for Commerce and Industry, and also Minister for
Petroleum and Natural Gas will be a part of it. This interactive session is
meant to understand current market developments and policy priorities for
India, provide views and perspectives, identify opportunities for PPP."
government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a
new budget. The bill to fund the government until 16 February did not receive
the required 60 votes in the Senate, despite last minute bipartisan meetings.
The House of Representatives voted 230-197 on Thursday night to extend funding
until next month, but the measure failed to pass the Senate. Here is a desk
shutdown comes exactly a year after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th
President of the country. Democratic leaders demanded that the measure include
protections for about 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation who
arrived in US as children. However, the White House said in a statement that administration
will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants. The effect of the
shutdown would be felt most from Monday when the federal government employees
would not be able to join for their work and be forced to stay at home without
pay. But, essential services like national security, post, air traffic control,
inpatient and emergency outpatient medical services, disaster assistance etc.
will continue. Tripti Srivastava, news
Narendra Modi today thanked Australia and other members of the Australia Group
for export control and supporting India's entry in it. In a tweet, Mr Modi
said, over the last two years, India’s membership of MTCR, Wassenaar
Arrangement and Australia Group reaffirms India's strong non-proliferation
credentials also the commitment to global peace and security.
Ramayana festival with the ASEAN nations will begin in Delhi today. Troupes
from ASEAN countries will display the shared heritage also at Ahmedabad,
Hyderabad, Lucknow, Ayodhya and Kolkata. Cultural groups from the 10
member-nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will stage
musicals and plays based on the epic at the festival celebrating the
India-ASEAN dialogue. The festival seeks to highlight the common cultural
heritage and India's friendship with ASEAN nations.
In a tweet
today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, he is delighted to know that the
Ramayana Festival, with participation of all ten ASEAN countries is beginning.
He said, this festival celebrates India's deep civilizational and historical
relations with the ASEAN region. Mr. Modi said, an important part of a series
of events to commemorate 25 years of India-ASEAN relations, the Festival is a fitting
prelude to the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit on 25th January.
President Ram Nath Kovind will felicitate exceptional
women achievers who are the first to set a milestone in their respective fields
at Rashtrapati Bhawan today. Our correspondent reports that the women being
felicitated are those who have been the first in any field like the first woman
judge, first woman porter, first woman to head a missile project, first
para-trooper and first Olympian.
"Keeping up with the solemn spirit of empowered
women, the Ministry conceptualised 'First Ladies' to honour the women who rose
through barriers, standards and oppressive notions to excel in the fields which
were thought to be beyond them. A list of 227 women was compiled through
various sources, including Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Sports, Limca Book
of Records, press clippings and the internet. An esteemed panel of judges
finalised the names of these extraordinary women, who busted stereotypes and broke
the glass ceiling to become the number one. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS,
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today launched
'Bharat Ke Veer' anthem and a short film on India’s bravehearts. Speaking on
the occasion in New Delhi, Mr. Singh appealed to the people to contribute in
Bharat Ke Veer initiative and support the families of martyred soldier. He
said, the people of this country have pledged their support to the initiative
in large numbers.
Bharat Ke Veer is a fund to support the families of
those Indian soldiers belonging to the eight Central Armed Police Forces, who
lost their lives protecting the nation from terrorists and other anti- social
hartal called by BJP has begun in Kannur district in Kerala to protest against
the murder of an RSS activist at Nedumpoyil near Peravoor by an unidentified
gang on Friday. 24 years old Shyamaprasad, a native of Chittariparambu, was
attacked by a masked gang when he was riding his bike. He was rushed to a
hospital in Thalassery, but succumbed to injuries on the way. The police have taken four people into custody
and seized a vehicle as part of the probe into the murder.
A Nashik court
has awarded death sentence to six people in the 2013 Sonai honour killing case
in which three Dalit youths were killed in Ahmednagar district. Special Public
Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told reporters in Nashik that the court also slapped a
fine of Rs 20,000 on each of the convicts. According to police, the killings
were prompted by an intercaste love affair.
In Assam, a
moderate tremor jolted many parts of the state this morning at 6:44 am. The magnitude of the tremor was
recorded 5.2 at Richter scale and the epicentre was Kokrajhar in Lower Assam.
No casualty or damages have been reported as of now.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, TRAI has
recommended allowing mobile and Internet services for passengers during air
travel in the country through both satellite and terrestrial network. In its
recommendation, the authority said, Internet and Mobile Communication on
Aircraft service should be permitted as In-Flight Connectivity in the Indian
airspace. The Department of Telecom had sought views of the TRAI in August last
year over the proposal to introduce voice, data and video services over Indian
airspace for domestic, international and overflying flights.
TRAI said, for mobile services, there should be
technology and frequencies inside the aircraft cabin that should be consistent
with international standards. The authority also recommended that the operation
of Mobile Communication on Aircraft services should be permitted with minimum
height restriction of three thousand metres in Indian airspace for its
compatibility with terrestrial mobile networks. The regulator said, Internet
services through Wi-Fi on-board should be made available when electronic
devices are permitted to be used only in-flight or airplane mode.
intensified its shelling of a Kurdish militia in northern Syria yesterday,
ahead of a threatened ground offensive aimed at driving them out of the area.
Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said, the shelling was the de-facto
start of a planned invasion of Afrin. The bombardment took place after days of
threats from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to crush the Syrian Kurdish YPG
militia in Afrin in response to growing Kurdish strength across a wide stretch
of north Syria. Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied reports that Russia is
withdrawing its forces from the area.
Pakistan were 291 for 7 in 38 overs against India in the Final of the World Cup
for the Blind at Sharjah, UAE, when reports last came in. Defending champions
India had won the toss and elected to field.
In the semi-finals, India had defeated
Bangladesh, while Pakistan beat Sri Lanka. India are unbeaten in the
tournament, so far and are being seen as favourites to retain the title.
India beat hosts
New Zealand, 3-1 in the final round robin match of the double-leg Four Nations
Invitational Hockey Tournament, at Blake Park in Tauranga today. India sailed
to victory with the structured defence and clinical attack by the young brigade
of Harmanpreet Singh, Dilpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh. Dilpreet scored two
goals. India will play the final tomorrow against Belgium, who beat Japan 4-1.
India suffered a 0-2 loss against Belgium in their previous match.
Leander Paes and Purav Raja today stormed into the Men's Doubles
pre-quarterfinals of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season,
at Melbourne. The unseeded Indian pair defeated the fifth-placed
British-Brazilian team of Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6. Paes
and Raja have now joined Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, who with their
team-mates have already made it to the Round-of-16.
In the Singles,
Romania's world number one Simona Halep, sixth seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova
and 17th placed American Madison Keys were among those who progressed to the
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti
Irani has said that building toilets for girls, transfer of subsidies into bank
accounts of the poor through Direct Benefit Transfer and the surgical strike
across the LoC are examples of Rashtra-niti and not Rajniti. Mrs Irani was
addressing the 8th Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad organised by MIT World Peace
University in Pune yesterday.