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CII appreciates PM Modi's prioritisation of good governance

CII appreciates PM Modi's prioritisation of good governance Over Rs 2 lakh crore is under scrutiny. Rajnath Singh appreciated Modi's reference to surgical strikes and said: "Due to the decisive actions taken both by the government and by the armed forces, overall security scenario has considerably improved in the country since 2014". [Full Article...]

Defence ministry approves acquisition of six Apache attack helicopters for Indian Army

Defence ministry approves acquisition of six Apache attack helicopters for Indian Army The army had initially asked for 22 attack helicopters to be transferred to its custody, which was rejected by the air force. The IAF also maintained that two Services flying helicopters will duplicate the effort of maintenance. India is the world's largest arms importer and tens of billions of dollars are being invested in modernizing its Soviet-era weapon. The FMS deals bound the US Government w... [Full Article...]

China, India soldiers hurl stones at 1 another in Kashmir

China, India soldiers hurl stones at 1 another in Kashmir An Indian intelligence officer said the confrontation occurred after Indian soldiers intercepted a Chinese patrol that veered into Indian-held territory after apparently it lost its way due to bad weather. The sources said the Ladakh incident was taken seriously by both sides, and expressed the hope of finding a resolution to the stand-off in Doklam , near the tri-junction of India, China and Bhu... [Full Article...]

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets top US General Joseph Dunford

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets top US General Joseph Dunford During an inspection of the North Korean army's Strategic Forces, which handles the missile program, Kim earlier this week praised the military for drawing up a "close and careful plan" and said he would watch the "foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees" a little more before deciding whether to order the missile test, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said. [Full Article...]

Japan, US conduct live-fire drill amid regional tension

Japan, US conduct live-fire drill amid regional tension North Korean state media reported Tuesday that Kim had reviewed a previously announced plan to fire the missiles on a trajectory over western Japan , but had decided not to go ahead with the proposal for now. China's official China Daily said such an investigation would poison the relationship between the two countries. US officials projected calm, a message directed as much to North Kor... [Full Article...]

Gomes, Kipnis help Indians tame Twins again

Gomes, Kipnis help Indians tame Twins again Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco (11-5, 3.83 ERA) was scheduled to face Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (6-9, 6-2) in the middle game of the three-game series before the rainout. They had runners at the corners and one out in the third, but Bartolo induced an inning-ending double play. The Twins added a run in the third off Merritt when Eduardo Escobar blooped a single to right field with the b... [Full Article...]

TMC swipes municipality polls, while BJP stands second

TMC swipes municipality polls, while BJP stands second In Nalhati, TMC won 14 while the Left won one and an Independent won another. Out of 148 wards in seven civic bodies, TMC won 140 wards, BJP won 6, Left Front won 1 and an Independent candidate won 1."The Opposition did not play a positive and constructive role in the state". [Full Article...]

PM Modi in Independence Day speech bats for creation of new India

PM Modi in Independence Day speech bats for creation of new India But bullets and brickbats are coming from their ( BJP and government) side", said senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad . Alluding to his resolve to curb black money as reflected in past promises, Modi said demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes last November had helped bring over Rs 3 lakh crore of hitherto unaccounted wealth into the banking system. [Full Article...]

Internet companies team up to block white nationalists

Internet companies team up to block white nationalists Twitter suspended some accounts linked to the Daily Stormer yesterday. "Clearly, the powers that be believe that they have the ability to simply kick me off the internet", Andrew Anglin , who has published the site from an undisclosed location, complained to The Associated Press in an email. [Full Article...]

New Report Details Ship Collision That Killed Two San Diego Sailors

New Report Details Ship Collision That Killed Two San Diego Sailors They and the senior enlisted sailor for the ship, Command Master Chief Brice Baldwin, will be removed as leaders of the ship permanently, Moran said. "We've lost trust and confidence in their ability to lead in those positions", he said Thursday at the Pentagon. [Full Article...]

Southend High School for Boys celebrating record-breaking A-level results

Southend High School for Boys celebrating record-breaking A-level results Will Morgan, principal said: "I am absolutely delighted to see the further increase in A* grades achieved at The Cotswold School". The Cotswold School saw 41 percent of all A-level grades awarded at A* or A and 66 percent of all grades a B or above. [Full Article...]

Joshua Wong, 2 others jailed for Hong Kong pro-democracy protest

Joshua Wong, 2 others jailed for Hong Kong pro-democracy protest All three defendants were found guilty a year ago on unlawful assembly charges for storming a fenced-off government forecourt known as "Civic Square" as part of a protest calling for fully free leadership elections in September 2014. It's "going to have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly and may deter other people from taking part in similar demonstration... [Full Article...]

Hong Kong Jails Pro-Democracy Activists

Hong Kong Jails Pro-Democracy Activists On Aug. 17, Joshua Wong was sentenced to six months in prison while Nathan Law was sentenced to seven. The three judges in Hong Kong's second highest court, the court of appeal, wrote in their judgment that the three could not say they were jailed for exercising freedom of assembly in a city where many democrats see a gradual erosion of freedoms promised in 1997 when Britain handed the territory... [Full Article...]

Democrats drafting articles of impeachment against Trump

Democrats drafting articles of impeachment against Trump The president, he argues, failed the "presidential test of moral leadership" by suggesting that both the white supremacists and those who oppose them were in the wrong. Cohen is the third member of the House to file articles of impeachment. Articles of impeachment were also filed in mid-July by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), who argued Trump obstructed justice by interfering with the Federal Bu... [Full Article...]

Gen. Dunford Visits Asia Amid Heightened Tensions With North Korea

Gen. Dunford Visits Asia Amid Heightened Tensions With North Korea The South Korean leader said in his speech that enforcing sanctions and pressure on North Korea is not aimed at raising military tensions but inducing North Korea to engage in dialogue. Dunford's remarks came after he arrived at Osan Air Base, a U.S. Air Fore base built in South Korea in 1952. "Without worldwide cooperation and co-existence, economic development is impossible", Moon said, ur... [Full Article...]

Trump has been making ominous threats his whole life

Trump has been making ominous threats his whole life Guam lies about 3,400 kilometres (2,100 miles) from the Korean Peninsula, and it is extremely unlikely Kim's government would risk annihilation with a pre-emptive attack on U.S. Yun and Pak are contacting each other through what's known as the "New York channel", which involves United States diplomats talking with their counterparts from the North Korean mission to the UN. [Full Article...]

Top US general says China needs to increase pressure on N.Korea

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un had called for military plans to launch missiles toward the US territory of Guam in the West Pacific. The two countries maintain the position of not holding dialogue with North Korea unless it abandons its nuclear arms and missile programs. [Full Article...]

At least 13 killed as van rams into crowd in Barcelona

At least 13 killed as van rams into crowd in Barcelona US cable networks have gone live with coverage of what Barcelona police was a "massive" act of terrorism in Spain's second-largest city. "We offer our condolences to the loss of life and the injuries that have occurred to so many innocent people yet again", he said during a press briefing at the State Department. [Full Article...]

Trump Disbands 2 Business Advisory Councils After String of Resignations

Trump Disbands 2 Business Advisory Councils After String of Resignations The only thing the counter protesters accomplished was to prove the wisdom of T.S. Eliot's well-known quote , the one which begins with the words "half the harm". "Firing Steve Bannon and other white supremacists is not the answer to the systemic racism imbedded in our nation, but it's a step forward to ensure that they can't impact our national agenda". [Full Article...]

Will this year's massive military exercise finally provoke North Korea?

Will this year's massive military exercise finally provoke North Korea? Moon, elected as South Korea's president in May on a pledge to adopt a more conciliatory approach to North Korea, urged the United States to give diplomacy a chance. The comment served as a firm declaration that the South Korean government would not tolerate military action of any kind from which it was excluded. [Full Article...]


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