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Why can't India let Pakistan have Kashmir?

 Source: Quora Well, let me tell you a story to begin with. Adam was a poor guy who hardly managed to earn his bread. He was always honest and never tried to do anything unethical. Even though he was poor, his values were always upright. A few years later, Adam through his hard work bought a few acres of farm. In the northernmost corner of the farm was a well. One day, while fetching water, Adam fell into the well. He found a huge treasure chest hidden inside the walls of the well. He let the treasure be inside the well. Soon, he got married and had two kids. By the time he was 47, his wife passed away and he wanted to leave on a pilgrimage. So, he wrote his will before leaving. The elder son was to have the well along with the treasure. The younger son was to have the land west of the well. Unfortunately, the lawyer never came to certify the authenticity of the will. Adam had to leave the next day as he had already booked his tickets. The lawyer was sick, so he came after thre

Pakistan uses The Quint story on Kulbhushan Jadhav as 'proof' of he being a 'spy'

Pakistan uses The Quint story on Kulbhushan Jadhav as 'proof' of he being a 'spy' 2018-01-06 19:07:49 IST By Arkadev Ghoshal IB Times Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik's creation to press for "Justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav" in Puri on May 15, 2017. IANS A story published by news portal The Quint is being used by Pakistan to claim that former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav is indeed the spy that a Pakistani military court believed him to be when it handed him the death sentence. The story, titled "Two Ex-RAW Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As Spy", was written by noted journalist Chandan Nandy with information he received from people he called "trusted sources" on Twitter. It was published on Friday, January 5. The Quint by Saturday afternoon retracted the article and said it was "rechecking" the story. Meanwhile, there were claims on social media that Nandy was "missing" or had "gone

Tweet debate between two economists

Check out this wonderful tweet debate between two economists happened yesterday : Bibek Debroy is a member of Niti Aayog and also chairs the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. He is obviously pro-Government. Sadanand Dhume is an Indian writer and journalist based in Washington, D.C. who writes on Asian affairs and has been the India bureau chief of the Far Eastern Economic Review. He is very critical of the Government and what it has delivered. There was an interesting exchange between the two on twitter yesterday, which started with a tweet by Bibek Debroy about possible changes in the H-1B work visa rules in the United States. The entire twitter exchange is reproduced below for your reading pleasure: Bibek Debroy If H-1B rules are given a tweak, Some futures may turn downright bleak. Waiting for the card to turn green They will have to deport the scene, Without a paddle and up the creek. Sadanand Dhume Amidst the sobs, About looming H-1B probs, I have a query,

Two Ex-RAW Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As Spy

Even as the standard procedures were amiss while recruiting Jadhav as spy, two ex-RAW chiefs were against his hiring. Politics By Chandan Nandy January 05, 2018 at 3:20 PM Even as the controversy –  tamasha,  as it’s called in certain intelligence quarters – over Indian ‘spy’ Kulbhushan Jadhav refuses to die down, it has come to light that two former chiefs of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), who headed the organisation sometime over the past 15 years, had put their foot down against recruiting him for operations in Pakistan. Senior RAW Officers Were Not in Favour of Jadhav Speaking to  The Quint , two former RAW senior officers, including one secretary who headed India’s external intelligence agency after 2008, said that the “proposal to recruit Jadhav for operations, whatever it’s worth, was ridiculous.” In any case, a number of RAW sources, some serving and a few who retired over the past seven to eight years, revealed that Jadhav was “not a high-grade” operative with

Chinese confirm military base in Gwadar January 5, 2018 Beijing plans to build its second offshore naval base near strategically important Gwadar port following the opening of its first facility in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa last year. While talking to South China Morning Post, Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming said the base near the Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea would be used to dock and maintain naval vessels, as well as provide other logistical support services. “China needs to set up another base in Gwadar for its warships because Gwadar is now a civilian port,” Zhou said. “It’s a common practice to have separate facilities for warships and merchant vessels because of their different operations. Merchant ships need a bigger port with a lot of space for warehouses and containers, but warships need a full range of maintenance and logistical support services.” Another source close to the People’s Liberation Army confirmed with

Blockchain: Dubai is planning to remove middlemen

Dubai is planning to remove middlemen like lawyers, accountants, bankers, immigration officers & govt. officials by year 2020 by adapting to blockchain technology. 😱 What will governments look like 5 years from now? Today Dubai announced its plan to be “The World’s first blockchain powered government” with a plan to move 100% on blockchain by 2020: > ArabianChain is moving all Dubai’s government paperwork onto the blockchain, so it doesn’t need lawyers and government departments for verification. > ObjectTech is providing digital passports and blockchain security to Dubali International airport to deliver seamless entry and exit from the country. > The Dubai Land Department has launched a blockchain system to record all real estate contracts and record all property-related transactions such as rental, utility and telcom bills. > In October, Dubai launched emCash, its own cryptocurrecny for citizens to pay for all services via digital cash. > The country has s

Why this indifference towards Baloch?

January 3, 2018 Why this indifference towards Baloch? Written by: Rahim Baloch On August 4,1947, a conference was held in Delhi, presided over by Viceroy of the British India, Lord Mountbatten, and attended by the ruler of Balochistan, the Khan of Kalat, and representatives of the proposed state of Pakistan for determining the status of the Kalat state (Balochistan). The three parties had agreed that Kalat was not a part of India, rather an independent state having treaty relations with Britain; therefore, not bound by the partition act to join either India or Pakistan. However, the status of Baloch areas of the British Balochistan province was not finalized. That issue was left to be decided by the proposed Pakistan and Kalat state in future after the creation of Pakistan. The Khan of Kalat declared full independence of Balochistan on August 11, 1947. The founding fathers of Pakistan later changed their mind towards Balochistan on instigation of British authorities. In

Interview with Subramanian Swamy. By PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI INTERVIEW: SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY 'A case of internal sabotage'    K. Murali KumarSubramanian Swamy. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy was the first one to allege corruption in the allocation of 2G spectrum. He took the matter to the Supreme Court, which, in 2012, quashed the allocation of licences, directed the auctioning of spectrum and ordered trial of the accused. Excerpts from an interview he gave Frontline: Why have you taken the Modi government to task for this judgment? The BJP was nowhere in the picture when I approached the Supreme Court in 2008 for quashing the licences and ordering an investigation. It was on my petition that the Supreme Court gave the historic judgment quashing all licences, ordering auction of spectrum and a proper investigation by the CBI. If the judge has said that the prosecution failed to produce any evidence then it reflects poorly on the gove

Israelis can tell the whole story of Sudan’s division – they wrote the script and trained the actors

Israelis can tell the whole story of Sudan’s division – they wrote the script and trained the actors January 25, 2014 at 2:37 pm      By Fahmi Howeidi Now that we have been unable to defend the unity of Sudan, it might benefit us to understand what has happened there. Perhaps that will alert us to the fact that secession of the south is not the end, but is one of a series of splits intended to dismantle the Arab world surrounding Egypt. From very early on, Zionists realized that minorities in the Arab world represent a natural ally to their state of Israel and so they planned to build bridges with them. Zionist representatives communicated with the Kurds in Iraq, the people in southern Sudan, the Maronites in Lebanon, Kurds in Syria, and the Copts in Egypt; Zionism adopted the principle of divide and conquer, and saw that the most effective way to fragment the Arab world was to create secessionist movements within it. In doing so, it sought the redistribution of power in the regio

US to announce further action against Pakistan in 24-48 hours: White House Updated January 03, 2018 US Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks at the White House. — AP A day after Washington confirmed  suspending $255 million of military aid to Pakistan , the White House said that further action against Pakistan would be announced in the next 24-48 hours. Addressing a daily  press briefing  on Wednesday, US Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the actions being taken against Islamabad by Washington are a follow-up to Trump's South Asia policy announced last year. Also read:  Pakistan's measured response to Trump's tweet is a step in the right direction "The president is simply following through on a commitment that he made," she said, referring to  Trump's speech  in which he had accused Pakistan of "not fulfilling its obligations". “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations,” Trump had said in August last year, warning that vit

Why Hindus Lag Behind In Kerala?

By *Dr C I Issac,*  *A powerful field that can control society is Education.* *At present, the education sector in Kerala is under the control of minorities,* *These minorities* are Politically influential and economically sound through the remittances made by *(Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs).* While *minorities run 3340 schools* in the state, the entire *Hindu jatis are in possession of just 194 schools.*  *Muslim and Christian communities manage 223 arts and science colleges* whereas all *Hindu jatis together manage only 42 colleges* (vide ‘Matrubhumi’ daily, September 28, 2002). *Out of the 433 professional colleges,* only 86 are government-owned, 89 are Hindu-managed while *258 are managed by the minorities* (G.K. Suresh Babu, ‘Kesari Annual, 2004). Though *all minorities are permitted to impart religious education in their institutions,* *this right is denied to Hindu institutions.*  Moreover, *Hindu students in minority institutions are forced to study moral sc

Trump's New Year Tweet on Pakistan

📎The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!

A case for enhanced Finnish understanding of nuclear issues

Facing new realities: A case for enhanced Finnish understanding of nuclear issues PUBLISHED 11/28/2017BRIEFING PAPER 228 INFO   READING MODE SUMMARY INTRODUCTION NUCLEAR RISKS: THE NEW REALITIES IMPLICATIONS FOR FINLAND A CASE FOR ENHANCED FINNISH UNDERSTANDING ENDNOTES SUMMARY After a decades-long hiatus, nuclear weapon issues have returned to the forefront of international security concerns. In recent months, North Korea has made significant progress in its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes; President Donald Trump threatened to end US participation in the agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear activities; and over 40 countries signed the world’s first legally-binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, Russian military developments and perceived “sabre rattling” are prompting NATO to focus more attention on nuclear issues. The US, UK and French nuclear modernization programmes are not simply a response to Russia, but Moscow will likely portray them as such.