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Phone call between External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar and Foreign Minister of China, H.E. Mr. Wang Yi

Phone call between External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar and Foreign Minister of China, H.E. Mr. Wang Yi February 26, 2021 The External Affairs Minister and the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China, H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, had a phone conversation yesterday afternoon. It lasted 75 minutes. The two Foreign Ministers discussed the situation along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh and also issues related to overall India-China relations. EAM referred to the meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister in September 2020 in Moscow where Indian side had expressed its concern on provocative behavior and unilateral attempts of the Chinese side to alter status quo. He noted that the bilateral relations have been impacted severely over last year. EAM said that Boundary Question may take time to resolve but disturbance of peace and tranquility including by violence, will inevitably have a damaging impact on the relationship. EAM said that during their meeting in Moscow last year, both Ministers had a

Mapping the Belt and Road Initiative: Reach, Implications, Consequences

24 February 2021 HARSH V. PANT PREMESHA SAHA Attribution: Harsh V Pant and Premesha Saha (Editors), Mapping the Belt and Road Initiative: Reach, Implications, Consequences, February 2021, Observer Research Foundation. Introduction China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013 by President Xi Jinping during official visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia, is among the world’s most ambitious infrastructure projects ever conceived. It is a union of development and investment initiatives that would stretch from East Asia to Europe, and in the process significantly expand China’s economic and political influence in these massive regions. The plan, initially named ‘One Belt, One Road’, is two-pronged: the overland Silk Road Economic Belt, and the Maritime Silk Road. On land, Beijing aims to connect the country’s underdeveloped hinterland to Europe through Central Asia; the maritime component will build ports and railways to connect the fastgrowing Southeast Asian region to China’s sou

Beaten Black And Blue By Police Officials", Dalit Labour Activist Nodeep Kaur Submits In Her Bail Plea, P&H HC To Hear Plea Tomorrow

-  Sparsh Upadhyay Update: 2021-02-23 13:32 GMT Submitting that  she has been targeted and falsely implicated in the matter as she was successful in generating massive support in favour of the Farmers' movement ,  Dalit Labour Activist Nodeep Kaur  has claimed in her Bail plea (filed before the  Punjab & Haryana High Court )   that she was beaten, tortured and suffered multiple injuries. In her bail plea, she has also claimed that after arresting her,  the Police Officials took her to the Police Station " in absence of any woman police official" and was "beaten black and blue by the police officials ." The Bail Plea has been filed through her  Advocates Arshdeep Singh Cheema and Pawandeep Singh   along with other lawyers (on behalf of DSGMC) under the guidance of Senior Advocate RS Cheema  stating that she was falsely arraigned as accused in an FIR lodged under various sections, including 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC. It may be noted that the  Punjab &

GASBAG MODI'S RS.20,000 CRS GAS SCAM. A few years ago Modi forced cash rich ONGC to "buy" cash dry and gas dry GSPC. It was the scam of scams. " On June 26, 2005, then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi announced that GSPC had discovered India's largest gas reserves in the KG basin. He claimed that the gas reserves were 20 trillion cubic feet worth 2,20,000 crores at that time. This was more than the total gas produced in all of India at that time. He announced that GSPC would spend 1,500 crores and begin commercial production of this gas in 2007. He also proclaimed this would make Gujarat India's economic super power and enable India to become self-sufficient in her energy needs." What is even worse is this - as of 2016, GSPC has not started commercial production of gas from its KG Basin block. Astonishingly, it has borrowed 19,716 crores until March 31, 2015 from more than 15 public sector and private sector bank

Growing number of countries issue warnings on China's espionage

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian , author of  China Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios In the past week, intelligence agencies in the Netherlands, Finland and Canada expressed deep concern about China's espionage and political influence in democracies. Why it matters:  Three years ago, the U.S. was something of a global outlier in its strident warnings against China. Now democratic countries around the world are echoing the same fears. The Netherlands:  Last week, the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) released a  report  on threats to Dutch national security interests. The report was blunt in its criticism of China, stating that Beijing's cyber espionage poses an "imminent threat" to the Dutch economy, in sectors including banking, energy and infrastructure. "Behind the scenes, China is rising on the agenda of the Dutch intelligence services. Spearheaded by the AIVD and NCTV, the focus is on economic espionage and political influence," Ties Dam

Indian Cyber-Espionage Effort Targets Election, Energy Officials

By  Kartikay Mehrotra February 11, 2021, 10:31 AM GMT+5:30 Hackers sought data from Pakistani military, nuclear regulator Group’s campaign started in 2017, research report finds A hacking group with ties to the Indian military adopted a pair of mobile surveillance tools to spy on geopolitical targets in Pakistan and Kashmir amid persistent regional tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors, according to a report from cybersecurity company, Lookout Inc. The group is known for commandeering legitimate web services in South Asia and embedding surveillance tools or malware inside these apps and services to conduct espionage. Since 2017, and as recently as December, the hackers have relied on spyware to target Pakistani military officials, the country’s top nuclear regulator and Indian election officials in the disputed state of Kashmir, according to the report released Thursday from San Francisco-based Lookout. The campaign appears to be just the latest example of hackers targeting sens

Unsustainable inequality: Why India must tax its super-rich

Interviews By Sanjukta Basu February 20, 2021 at 3:00 PM The Prime Minister suggested in Parliament that wealth creators and the rich should not be blamed for creating wealth. Our reports do talk a lot about billionaires like Mukesh Ambani. We have nothing personal against any billionaire. Mukesh Ambani might be a wonderful person, but we are critiquing the system that has led to obscene levels of inequality. When you are producing wealth, how is it distributed? In the system that we have, disproportionate amounts go to the top. When the economy is growing by say one billion dollars, the top 1 per cent are getting away with the cream and the cake, say 800-900 million dollars of the pie while remaining99 per cent are sharing 100 million dollars. Editor and commentator Shekhar Gupta has endorsed the PM and written that India needs to grow wealth because without wealth what we will have is equal distribution of poverty… The fundamental question is how to distribute the wealth. I disagree

Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises: Quotes

Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises was an Austrian School economist, historian, logician and sociologist. Mises wrote and lectured extensively on the societal contributions of classical liberalism. He is best known for his work on praxeology, a study of human choice and action Quotes Human civilization is not something achieved against nature; it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man. If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization. Peace and not war is the father of all things. To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war. If some peoples pretend that history or geography gives them the right to subjugate other races, nations, or peoples, there can be no peace.

Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Violated Libya Arms Embargo, U.N. Report Says

 Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Violated Libya Arms Embargo, U.N. Report Says see url: 02/19/world/middleeast/erik- prince-libya-embargo.html Quote<<< NAIROBI, Kenya — Erik Prince, the former head of the security contractor Blackwater Worldwide and a prominent supporter of former President Donald J. Trump, violated a United Nations arms embargo on Libya by sending weapons to a militia commander who was attempting to overthrow the internationally backed government, according to U.N. investigators. A confidential U.N. report obtained by The New York Times and delivered by investigators to the Security Council on Thursday reveals how Mr. Prince deployed a force of foreign mercenaries, armed with attack aircraft, gunboats and cyberwarfare capabilities, to eastern Libya at the height of a major battle in 2019. As part of the operation, which the report said cost $80 million, the mercenaries also planned to form a hit squad that could track down and kill sel

Making quantum computing useful

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios  Source: Axios Future New research shows  how quantum computing can be used effectively on real-world problems. The big picture:  Quantum is undoubtedly the next frontier in computing, but theory still outpaces practice. What's happening:  In a paper  published in  Nature Communications  this week, researchers from the quantum computing company D-Wave and Google demonstrated that D-Wave's system could simulate a programmable quantum magnetic system more than 3 million times faster than corresponding classical methods. Why it matters:  The problem the study tackles — which has its roots in research that won the  Nobel Prize for Physics in 2016  — is taken from the real world, albeit the highly complex real world of exotic matter. "This isn't some made-up example that is only designed to showcase the DNA of a quantum computer," says Andrew King, director of performance research at D-Wave. Between the lines:  The research also demonst