India Briefs Select Envoys On Pak’s Nagrota Terror Plot

India has briefed a select group of head of missions here about Pakistan’s direct role in planning the terror attack which was recently foiled by Indian security forces with the killing of four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists in Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir.

ANI has learnt that heads of missions were provided a detailed information docket giving details of the incident as it transpired as well as list of items and ammunition that was recovered from terrorists clearly indicating their Pakistani origins.

Sources said they were also briefed on how terrorists got into India, which is now clear as an underground tunnel has been found in the Samba sector.

They said envoys were told how preliminary investigations by police and intelligence authorities and markings on the recovered AK-47 rifles and other items brought it out that terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e- Mohammed.

“It was pointed out how the incident of November 19 is part of Pakistan’s ongoing terror campaign in Jammu and Kashmir and that in 2020 itself we have seen 200 incidents of terrorist violence and neutralization of 199 terrorists. Details of JeM’s involvement in previous such incidents were also shared,” a source said.

In terms of the bigger picture, it was clear that the terrorists were planning biggest terror attack in India since Pulwama in February 2019 and implications can be guessed, the sources said

They said it is part of a plot to sabotage DDC (District Development Council) elections in Jammu and Kashmir and to carry out terror attack to coincide with the anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan briefed the select group of Heads of Missions on the planned terrorist attack and the implications of the incident on security, diplomacy and the battle against terrorism.

ANI has learnt that this is the first of several briefings to be conducted by MEA in small groups in view of COVID-19 situation.

Other secretaries will also be briefing Heads of Missions in their areas of jurisdiction. The idea is to share information as widely as possible with the international community.

The Heads of Missions were sensitized about India’s concerns regarding Pakistan’s sustained efforts to destabilize the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and to subvert local elections and democracy, sources added. (ANI)

India, Israel Join Hands To Develop Rapid Covid Test Kit

India and Israel joined hands to develop rapid test kits and cooperate on vaccine research while collaborative technology projects will help in securing new markets globally, said Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary (CPV, OIA & Arab), Ministry of External Affairs.

“With the unprecedented disruption of Covid pandemic, India and Israel joined hands to develop rapid test kits and cooperated on vaccine research.The scope for high-tech collaboration has grown in defence, under Make in India, and cooperation to combat cybercrimes has become more important,” said Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary (CPV, OIA & Arab), Ministry of External Affairs while addressing 13th India-Israel Forum virtually.

“As we face the threat of terrorists. In an era where technology dominates, India-Israel projects can lead the way, not only bilaterally but in securing new markets globally,” he added.

The MEA in an official statement said, ”our shared vision hopes for regional peace and stability, economic growth and engagement consistent with development priorities, collaboration in resources and technologies and efforts for a reformed and responsible multilateral system. These form the important pillars of a future-oriented strategic engagement.”

“We call this region our extended neighbourhood, an indication of cultural affection and policy priority. We saw unprecedented positive momentum in our ties with the countries in this region, in recent decades. We forged several strategic partnerships, including with Israel. The region is central to our economic and security interests and important for our role in a globalized world and reformed multilateralism,” MEA official statement said.

“Our shared vision hopes for regional peace and stability, economic growth and engagement consistent with development priorities, collaboration in resources and technologies and efforts for a reformed and responsible multilateral system. These form the important pillars of a future-oriented strategic engagement,” it added.

According to the officials, the recent rapprochement between Arab states and Israel leading to the normalization of relations. This could improve prospects for a brighter future for the region. The ideal future rests on the realization of the legitimate aspirations of the people. We have often said that direct negotiations between the parties can provide solutions for peaceful and secure co-existence between the two sides and also provide peace and prosperity to the citizens of two States, living side by side.

India-Israel relations are steeped in history, a chequered one, as we know. The steep trajectory over almost three decades, since we established full diplomatic relations, has been nothing less than extraordinary. The establishment of a strategic partnership in 2017 was not a mere declaration of intent but an enumeration of the true and special character of the relations. Today, we are embarked on exploring newer vistas of cooperation.

MEA said, that high technology, innovation, water and energy have great potential and contemporary relevance.(ANI)

ITBP Equips Jawans With Special Winter Clothing, Gear

As the mercury at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) dropped to minus 15 degree Celsius, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has equipped its jawans with special clothing and mountaineering equipment (SCME), said SS Deswal, Director General of ITBP on Monday.

In an exclusive interview with ANI, DG Deswal said that all arrangements for the tough winter season have been made in the border areas, and jawans have been equipped with proper uniforms and ration for winter.

“These days, the temperature in Leh is around minus four degrees Celsius, and it is around minus 15 degrees Celsius at the border. Our jawans are equipped with SCME to bear such harsh weather,” he said.

When asked about the situation on Line of Actual Control (LAC), DG said the “Indian security forces are guarding the borders at best of their capabilities.”

“The doctors and paramedical staff also available there to look after the Jawans, and in case of any emergency, there is also the facility to airlift them to Leh for treatment,” he stated further.

Giving an update about ITBP’s plan to increase border outposts (BOP) on all country borders, DG said, “We have identified the locations for new BOPs, and we are in the process of acquiring land from state governments. And hope to establish all new BOP by next year-end. Dozens of BOPs will be ready in Arunachal Pradesh.” (ANI)

Assam Former CM Tarun Gogoi Passes Away At 86

Former Chief Minister of Assam Minister Tarun Gogoi passed away on Monday. He was 86.

Giving information about his demise, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi breathed his last at 5.34 pm on Monday at Guwahati Medical College.”

Gogoi whose health condition started deteriorating last Monday tested positive for COVID-19 in August. The veteran Congress Party leader was on ventilation after suffering a multi-organ failure and was on dialysis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi, who passed away in a Guwahati hospital on Monday battling post-Covid complications.

“Shri Tarun Gogoi Ji was a popular leader and a veteran administrator, who had years of political experience in Assam as well as the Centre. Anguished by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

President Ram Nath Kovind in his condolence message said that Gogoi will be remembered for developing Assam.

“Extremely sad to know of the demise of Shri Tarun Gogoi, former Chief Minister of Assam. The country has lost a veteran leader with rich political and administrative experience. His long tenure in office was a period of epochal change in Assam,” President Kovind tweeted.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told media persons adding that the body of the late leader will be kept at his official residence in Guwahati today.

Foodie Ananya ‘Reunites’ With Burger

Channelising her inner foodie, actor Ananya Panday on Monday shared a picture of herself from her Dubai trip, expressing her love for burgers.

The ‘Khaali Peeli,’ actor took to Instagram to share two pictures of herself from the trip, which sees her seated on a bench and feasting on a burger and some fries.

Panday is seen wearing a black coloured jegging along with a matching sports bra with her hair tied in a ponytail in the picture.

While one of the pictures see her eating the burger, the other picture sees her turning emotional after taking a bite.

“Literally me every Sunday when I’m reunited w my burger (bae),” she wrote in the picture.

Panday was last seen opposite Ishaan Khatter in ‘Khaali Peeli,’ and will next be seen in ‘Fighter,’ opposite Vijay Deverakonda. (ANI)

Love & Jihad Don’t Go Hand In Hand: TMC MP Nusrat

Amid the uproar over ‘love jihad’, Trinamool Congress (TMC) Member of Parliament (MP) Nusrat Jahan on Monday said that love and jihad don’t go hand in hand and people come up with certain topics like this just before elections.

“Love is very personal. Love and jihad don’t go hand-in-hand. Just before polls, people come up with topics like this. It is a personal choice who you want to be with. Be in love and start falling in love with each other. Don’t make religion a political tool,” said Nusrat Jahan in reply to question at a press conference in Kolkata.

Actor-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan had herself married a person of another religion, businessman Nikhil Jain last year.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recently announced that his government will enact a strict law to curb “love jihad” and forcible religious conversion. Prior to this, Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh had said the state would soon have a law against ‘love jihad’. Karnataka has also formulated a strict law against ‘Love Jihad’.

The Union Home Ministry on February 4 this year has clarified that the term ‘love jihad’ is not defined under the existing laws and no such case has been reported so far. No such case has been reported by any of the central agencies yet.

However, two cases from Kerala involving inter-faith marriages have been investigated by the National Investigation Agency, according to the Home Ministry.

West Bengal Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in 2021. With 294 seats, a keen contest awaits the state as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tries to wrest power from Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. (ANI)

Kiara-Starrer ‘Indoo Ki Jawani’ Releases Trailer

Expressing her excitement at the theatrical release of her upcoming film ‘Indoo Ki Jawani,’ actor Kiara Advani on Monday dropped the much-awaited trailer of the romantic comedy.

The trailer traces the journey of a heartbroken Indoo played by Advani, who explores the world of online dating to overcome a heartbreak.

Kiara is seen using the famous online dating application ‘Tinder’ in the film which leads her into a mad, interesting, coup resulting in the entry of her Tinder date Aditya Seal whom the trailer describes as the “wrong guy.”

The further sections of the trailer bring in a twist with the news of infiltration by Pakistani terrorists in the country and Kiara finding out that her Tinder date too is a Pakistani and confusing him to be a terrorist.

As the trailer proceeds, Kiara continues suspecting Aditya to be a terrorist, while he keeps on trying to prove that he is not a part of any terrorist activity.

‘Indoo Ki Jawani’ is a coming-of-age comedy film, featuring Kiara Advani in the titular role of a feisty girl from Ghaziabad whose left and right swipes on dating app result in hilarious chaos.

September witnessed the release of Kiara’s song ‘Hasina Pagal Deewani’ from the film which created a storm on social media in no time, turning an instant chartbuster.

Apart from ‘Indoo Ki Jawani,’ Kiara Advani is currently working on ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ along with Kartik Aaryan as well as ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’ co-starring Varun Dhawan, the first look of which has got the audience buzzing.

After a long delay owing to the coronavirus pandemic, ‘Indoo Ki Jawani’ is among the first big banner projects headlined by an A-lister to hit the silver screen. (ANI)

China Responsible If Any Harm Comes To Me: Nepali Leader

Nepali Congress Parliamentary leader Jeevan Bahadur Shahi on Sunday said he felt threatened after China responded aggressively to a report by his team, which showed that the communist nation had encroached on Nepal’s land in Humla.

“I want to reiterate that China will be responsible if anything unfortunate happens to me,” Shahi said in an interview on Khabarhub.

Though Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli-government had denied the allegations, last month, Shahi, leader of opposition in Karnali Province, had said China had erected a pillar and the government officials had said they were not consulted about such issues.

“The Junge Pillar 12 has been recently erected by China. The government officials say they have not been consulted about such issues. The Pillars 5.1 and 6.1 have been enclosed as there are Chinese security forces,” he said.

After Shahi’s briefing to the press and submission of the report to the government, China has not only protested it as biased, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu responded to it aggressively by writing a letter to the Nepali Congress party.

The Nepal opposition leader in his interview stated that China’s response could jeopardise Nepali Congress’ relationship with China as well as negatively impact the Nepal-China relationship, while terming the letter sent by the Chinese Embassy as ‘undiplomatic’.

“The language used in the Embassy’s letter looks like a threat and it seems to undermine my position and personality,” he told Khabarhub.

He mentioned that China had constructed nine buildings in Lolungjong, Hilsa, which remained in Nepali territory, as Nepal had built a road 2 km from Lolungjong in 2009.

China had also arranged to make the Chinese time appear in Nepali territory, which was 4 km from Nepal-China border. As the area shows the Chinese time zone, Nepali choppers cannot fly to their own area.

“The Chinese officials had come to the steep sides at Gappudocha and had confessed China’s land does not reach up to the point we were constructing the road then. The road lies 2 km west-north from the place China has constructed the buildings now,” he said.

He further stated that while the Nepal government said the land was not encroached, when his team reached the site, they saw the border is encroached, as the buildings constructed in Lolungjong could be seen from Pillar 12 in the hills of Limi Lapcha.

“While observing through GPS at the pillar, we find it arranged in such a way that two kilometers inward Nepal is depicted as a Chinese area. It should have shown China on the next side of the pillar and Nepal on another side of it, but it is not so there,” Shahi said in his interview with Khabarhub.

Criticising the Nepal government’s silence over the report, Shahi lamented that the government has expressed its loyalty to China by not claiming Nepal’s land, and even government officials who have been there are reluctant to speak about it.

“We have submitted the letter of public concern requesting the government to send a team of experts to talk with China. We submitted it to Prime Minister KP Oli, but we have not got any response to date,” he said.

The parliamentary leader also said he will resign from his post if his findings are proven wrong, and challenged China to provide evidence that it had not encroached Nepal’s land.

Shahi appealed that Nepali Congress should express concern over the matter through the Chinese Ambassador in Kathmandu. (ANI)

Vaani Shares Glimpse Of ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’

Actor Vaani Kapoor on Monday shared a glimpse of her character from the upcoming movie ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’.

Taking it to Instagram, the ‘Befikre’ actor has re-shared a post of her upcoming movie’s director Abhishek Kapoor with the caption -. “This post is so so special…. Couldn’t be more grateful to be Maanvi in your film…. It’s you & your vision that brings out the best.”

With this post, the actor extended her gratitude to director ‘Abhishek Kapoor’ who had appreciated her talent and beauty with a quote on Instagram, “While she is lovely, we need to remember that her face is not what distinguishes her. Her beauty is a reflection of the virtue and talent she keeps inside- Lisa See”.

He also mentioned that she is the only one who has the courage, sensitivity and fragility to play the character of Maanvi in the film.

Vaani has been shooting for the film ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ opposite actor Ayushmann Khurrana produced by Bhushan Kumar and Pragya Kapoor.

Kapoor’s last film, ‘WAR’, in which she was paired opposite Hrithik Roshan was a huge blockbuster. She has also made back to back announcements for her upcoming films ‘Shamshera’ co-starring Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt and ‘Bell Bottom’ with Akshay Kumar. (ANI)

China’s Indoctrination Of Uyghur Like Holocaust: Activist

Uyghurs in China are indoctrinated 24-hours a day in communist ideology and Chinese culture, and the next generation will lose the Uyghur language, said Abduweli Ayup, an Uyghur activist, poet and linguist, in an interview with The Post Millennial.

Calling the Chinese policy towards Uyghurs equivalent to the ‘Holocaust’, Ayup stated that there were no Uyghur kindergartens in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, where thousands of Uyghur Muslims have been detained in re-education camps.

While speaking on the indoctrination process done by China, he said that they would force people to sing Chinese patriotic songs to praise the Communist Party, the People’s Liberation Army, Mao Zedong and other leaders. It was not patriotism, but rather praising the Chinese culture. The indoctrination part also taught that Han Chinese are the teachers, elder brothers and the Uyghurs were the students, younger brothers.

Uyghurs are forcefully made to write praise for the Communist Party and learn that the country did not have any cars, electricity, railways and other basic facilities before the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Speaking out against the harsh treatment of Uyghurs in China, Ayup told The Post Millennial: “Jewish people under Nazi detention were still often able to communicate in their language [Yiddish], because the Nazis did not have technology which allowed them to hear them speak amongst each other all day every day. They did not have cameras spying on the Jews at all time. Younger Jews were also mixed in detention with adults. For Uyghurs, adults are in concentration camps while kids are in boarding schools, so there is no opportunity to keep and spread information between generations…Uyghur adults are separated from the children and are unable to do so.”

Citing a German news broadcast, he said that nearly 900,000 Uyghur kids are separated from their families, which means that China is suppressing their roots and their culture, and the birth rate among Uyghurs has plummetted in the last three years.

Speaking on the importance of the Uyghur language, he stated that the Uyghur language helped in connecting the people from Hotan and Kashgar, and without the language, there would be no education system to continue the culture, and without education, the Uyghur language will become a family language before disappearing entirely.

Ayup mentioned that Kashgar, the cultural capital of the Uyghurs, was the most targeting city, as out of 4,577 documented victim stories, looking at missing family members and people who have been arrested or sentenced, 34 per cent belonged from Kashgar.

He also claimed that children were being forced to speak Mandarin, and since most of them did not speak the Chinese language, the kids do not even smile or speak much because they have to speak in a language which was not their own, which led him to open an Uyghur kindergarten of his own.

“They have a book of Chinese poetry from the Tang dynasty. It is a very famous book. Even in China, most people cannot understand it because it is written in a more ancient Chinese dialect. Uyghur kids, however, are forced to memorise these texts from thousands of years ago,” Ayup told The Post Millennial.

Ayup was jailed in China for defying the CCP’s cultural genocide of the Uyghur people by opening a kindergarten to teach Uyghur language and culture to children.

“When I grew up in Kashgar before I came to Urumqi in 1992, we had Uyghur kindergartens. I studied at a university with an Uyghur kindergarten in front of it. Ten years later, there was no Uyghur kindergarten anymore, and it makes me very sad. You see your culture in crisis, we are in crisis, and we should be taking action to protect this language,” he said during his interview with The Post Millennial.

Arrested in August 2013 along with some members of his company, Ayup said that the Chinese authorities wanted them to confess that they had led separatist activities, and that Ayup himself was accused of being an American spy sent here to instigating problems, and that he was involved in sending state secrets to foreign news companies.

Ayup was interrogated for almost six months, while under Chinese law, the process of interrogation should have been completed under 30 days. During the process, he was physically assaulted and electroshocked. In 2014, he was charged with illegal fundraising and forced to accept the crime. However, as there was no evidence to support the charge, he was instead charged with illegally owned public savings. He accepted the charges and was released after 15 months. However, since then, Ayup has been arrested three times before moving out of China.

Speaking on the conditions of the detention centres, he said that prisoners are trapped in a 20 square metres cell, where there is no sunshine and hygiene, and the place was very smelly and lacked fresh air.

“There is no Uyghur course, many Uyghur kids do not have Uyghur families, 900,000 kids do not have families, it feels very hopeless and heartbreaking,” he further said.

He also reiterated that foreign governments could play a huge role in stopping the cultural genocide of Uyghurs in China by cutting their production chains with the country, instead of simply criticising its policies.

Classified documents known as the China Cables, accessed last year by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, threw light on how the Chinese government uses technology to control Uyghur Muslims worldwide.

However, China regularly denies such mistreatment and says the camps provide vocational training. People in the internment camps have described being subjected to forced political indoctrination, torture, beatings, and denial of food and medicine, and say they have been prohibited from practising their religion or speaking their language. (ANI)