In a mounting trouble for Punjab government, the Akal Takht has issued a strong statement against the Bhagwant Mann government and the centre over the Punjab Police crackdown against separatist preacher Amritpal Singh, questioning why similar action is not taken against "those who demand Hindu Rashtra".
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the state government to release Sikh youths picked up during the crackdown against the separatist preacher. He was addressing a gathering of Sikh organisations comprising intellectuals, lawyers, journalists, religious and social leaders to discuss the situation in Punjab.
The Akal Takht is the highest seat of authority for the Sikhs and its Jathedar their top spokesperson. The crackdown by the security agencies has divided the political landscape of Punjab and the peace of the state is suffering heavily.
In a mounting trouble for Punjab government, the Akal Takht has issued a strong statement against th...
Former Congress president and party leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from Lok Sabha on Friday, a day after he was convicted by a Surat court in a 2019 criminal defamation case. Announcing his disqualification, the Lok Sabha Secretariat in a notification said that it was effective from March 23, the day of his conviction.
"Consequent upon his conviction by the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Surat...Rahul Gandhi, Member of Lok Sabha representing the Wayanad Parliamentary Constituency of Kerala stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction i.E. 23 March, 2023," the notification read.
The court in Surat sentenced on Thursday Rahul Gandhi to two years in jail in a defamation case, filed on a complaint by BJP MLA Purnesh Modi for his alleged remark, "How come all thieves have Modi as the common surname?"
Following his disqualification, Rahul Gandhi would not be able to contest elections for eight years unless a higher court stays his conviction and sentence.
Former Congress president and party leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from Lok Sabha on Friday, a...
A combative and aggressive Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day after the top opposition leader was disqualified from parliament. Rahul Gandhi claimed the Prime Minister is scared of his next speech and used a Veer Savarkar reference to answer why he didn't apologise over his remarks in London and during the defamation trial in which he was convicted.
"I have been disqualified as the Prime Minister is scared of my next speech. I have seen fear in his eyes. That's why they don't want me to speak in the Parliament," said the Congress leader.
Responding to the BJP's calls for apology, he said, "My name is not Savarkar. I am a Gandhi. I won't apologise."
Turning te table on Rahul Gandhi, the BJP, meanwhile, doubled down on its attack on Rahul Gandhi, claiming the Congress was trying to project him as a victim for electoral gains.
A combative and aggressive Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day...
Ex President & Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison today in a 2019 criminal defamation case over his remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surname by a court in Gujarat's Surat. However, he was granted bail and his sentence was suspended for 30 days to let him appeal the decision.
This specific case was filed against Rahul Gandhi by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi for saying "How come all thieves have the common surname Modi?"
The Lok Sabha MP from Wayanad made the remarks while addressing a rally at Kolar in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, targetting PM Modi over his last name which he shares with fugitive businessmen Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi.
Ex President & Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison to...
The President of UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan appointed his eldest son Khaled as the crown prince of Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, placing him next in line to take over as the federation leader.
The state-run WAM news agency announced the appointment of Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as crown prince late Wednesday, without providing further details. After Sheikh Mohammed, who is commonly known as MBZ, ascended to the presidency last year, rumours swirled about whether he would make one of his brothers his heir.
In that case, the front-runners would have been Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed, the powerful national security chief, Sheikh Mansour, the Manchester City football club owner, or the foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah.
Sheikh Khaled was appointed chairman of the country’s intelligence agency in 2016. The United Arab Emirates, a close U.S. ally, is best known as the home of Dubai, a major international hub for business and travel.
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the UAE and the driving force behind its creation, ruled from 1971 until his death in 2004. He appointed his eldest son Khalifa as his successor and MBZ as deputy crown prince.
The President of UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan appointed his eldest son Khaled as the crow...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the country has become the fastest-growing major economy despite many global challenges and this proves that democracy can deliver because India has delivered governance to over a billion population. .
In a virtual address to the Summit for Democracy, 2023, Modi also said that every initiative of his government is powered by collective efforts of the citizens of India.
"India, despite the many global challenges, is the fastest growing major economy with over one fifth of population is livinbg here. This itself is the best advertisement for the democracy and the world. This itself says that democracy can deliver," he said.
Narendra Modi was speaking at the second Summit for Democracy, co-hosted by US President Joe Biden, Costa Rica President Rodrigo Chaves Robles, Zambia President Hakainde Hichilema, the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte and South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol.
While speaking during the 'Leader-level Plenary on Democracy Delivering Economic Growth and Shared Prosperity' session hosted by President Yoon, he said the idea of elected leaders was a common feature in ancient India long before the rest of the world.
"Indiasn epic Mahabharata describes the first duty of citizens as choosing their own leader. Our sacred vedas speak of political power being exercised by broad-based consultative bodies. There are also many historical evidences of republic states in ancient India where rulers were not hereditary," Modi said.
"India indeed is the mother of democracy. Democracy is not just a structure, it is also a spirit. It is based on the belief that the needs and aspirations of every human being are equally important. That is why in India, our guiding philosophy is 'Sabka saath, sabka vikas', meaning striving together for inclusive growth," he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the country has become the fastest-growing major econ...
Billioner Elon Musk has surpassed former US president Barack Obama as the most followed account on Twitter, five months after he bought the platform in a tumultuous takeover.
The founder of Tesla and SpaceX on Thursday had 133,084,560 Twitter followers, a nose ahead of Obama, who had 133,041,813.
The feat comes as the role of Twitter as a key platform for the exchange of news, ideas and PR messaging seems increasingly troubled.
Billioner Elon Musk has surpassed former US president Barack Obama as the most followed account on T...
The government today extended the deadline for linking PAN and Aadhaar by three months to June 30, 2023, to provide some more time to taxpayers, an official statement said.
The earlier deadline was ending on March 31.
Persons can intimate their Aadhaar to the prescribed authority for Aadhaar-PAN linking without facing repercussions, it added.
Under the provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1961, every person who has been allotted a PAN as on July 1, 2017, and is eligible to obtain Aadhaar Number, is required to intimate his Aadhaar to the prescribed authority on or before March 31, 2023, on payment of a prescribed fee.
"Failure to do so shall attract certain repercussions under the Income Tax Act w.E.F. April 1, 2023. The date for intimating Aadhaar to the prescribed authority for the purpose of linking PAN and Aadhaar has now been extended to June 30, 2023," it said.
From July 1, 2023, the PAN of taxpayers who have failed to intimate their Aadhaar, as required, shall become inoperative.
It is stated that more than 51 crore PANs have already been linked with Aadhaar to date.
The government today extended the deadline for linking PAN and Aadhaar by three months to June 30, 2...
The political parties in India try to outdo each other in luring the Indian voters with assorted goodies called freebies. This trend has gained more momentum in recent times with the political parties being innovative in their offerings as the ‘traditional free water and electricity is no longer sufficient as election goodies. The political dialogue built around freebies is fraught with danger as it shakes the root of free and fair elections to a large degree. The unviable pre-election promises adversely affect the informed decision-making by voters. This calls for fixing the gaps in the design, execution and accountability of freebie culture.
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In fact, the country has already suffered a great deal of damage because of freebies. Unfortunately, all parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress, indulge in irresponsible populism and mad welfarism. While there can be justification for free education and healthcare, there can be no justification for the distribution of grinders, washing machines, television sets, laptops, subsidised pilgrimages, free electricity, farm loan waivers, and so on. It is not that nobody earlier warned against the consequences of populism. It is a “race to the bottom” and “a quick passport to fiscal disaster.”
FREEBIE THREATEN TO HURT INDIA’S STORY?
The results are for all to see. A recent RBI study said, “We can identify a core subset of highly stressed states from among the 10 states identified by the necessary condition i.e., the debt/GSDP ratio. The highly stressed states are Bihar, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal.” GSDP is the state GDP. The states with the highest debt-to-GSDP ratio in 2021-22 include Punjab at 53.3%, Rajasthan at 39.8%, West Bengal at 38.8%, Kerala at 38.3% and Andhra Pradesh at 32.4% whereas the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act recommended a debt-to-GDP ratio of 20% for state governments (40% for the Centre) by the financial year 2022-23. This level of debt is extremely concerning and is largely the result of committed expenditure and subsidies under populist schemes coupled with slow growth in revenues.
Most of the states, however, post a healthy picture of their finances which is aided by the fact that much of the borrowing that funds these freebies happens off-budget, beyond the pale of FRBM tracking.
A case in point is Latin America which provides key learning lessons on populist politics. Populism was active during the 1920s through to the 1970s, when the working poor united behind icons like Brazil’s Getúlio Vargas and Argentina’s Juan Perón over their dissatisfaction with industrialisation. Populist governments resorted to inflationary financing to grant benefits to the poor. By the 1980s, uncontrolled public spending resulted in excessive fiscal deficits, unsustainable public debt and intractable inflation. Latin America’s ‘Lost Decade’ followed. Growth, at 5.6% in the 1970s, shrunk to 1.3% and stagnated for another decade. By the 1990s, inflation had reached 1,000% in countries like Brazil, and the poor suffered exponentially. Large economies including Mexico, Argentina and Brazil languished, and up to half of Latin Americans slid into poverty. It will augur well for India and its political stakeholders to imbibe the lessons of Latin America and how the first generation of fiscal reforms introduced in Latin America introduced political stability in the early 2000s. Going down the same path as Latin America may result in a ‘lost decade’ for India also.
Since getting elected is not a license to kill, the elected representatives must not act arbitrarily. The system of monarchy and practicing democracy have a distinction wherein in the latter system, the leader is accountable for all the actions while in the office including the finances and its management. In India, many regional and even national leaders consider themselves the incarnation of god. The reckless way these leaders spend public money is just unacceptable in an orderly society and there have to be reasonable restrictions to be imposed on them while they systematically corrupt the society by offering freebies over quality governance, just to safeguard the macro interest of the society and the growth of the country.
Prashant Tewari Editor-in-Chief
Freebie culture is blamed on political elites only however, bureaucrats drafting policy are left s...
Vaishnavism is one of the major forms of modern Hinduism, characterized by devotion to the god Vishnu and his incarnations. A devotee of Vishnu is called a Vaishnava. The Vaishnavite tradition is known for its loving devotion to an avatar of Vishnu, and as such was key to the spread of the Bhakti movement in South Asia in the 2nd millennium CE. For Vaishnava, absolute reality is manifested in Vishnu, who in turn is incarnated in Rama, Krishna, and other avatars. Through his avatars, Vishnu defends traditional righteousness in keeping with the moral law.
Vaishnavism is the worship and acceptance of Vishnu. The various sects of worshippers of Vishnu pray to him in different ways. For some, the goal of religious devotion to Vishnu is liberation from the cycle of birth and death. For others, it is health and prosperity in this life, good crops, success in business, or thriving children.
Vaishnavism comprises many sects and groups that differ in their interpretation of the relationship between the individual and God. It has four main categories of sub-schools: the medieval-era Vishishtadvaita school of Ramanuja, the Dvaita school of Madhvacharya, the Dvaitadvaita school of Nimbarkacharya, and the Pushtimarg of Vallabhacharya. The Srivaishnava sect, for example, emphasizes the doctrine of qualified non-dualism of Ramanuja, according to which, although the differentiated phenomenal world is illusory, it is nevertheless the medium through which devotees may gain access to God. Another group professes the dualism of the philosopher Madhva, the belief that God and the soul are separate entities and that the soul’s existence is dependent on God. The Pushtimarg sect maintains the pure non-dualism doctrine of the theologian Vallabhacharya, which does not declare the phenomenal world to be an illusion. The Gaudiya sect, founded by Chaitanya, teaches inconceivable duality and non-duality, the belief that the relation between God and the world is beyond the scope of human comprehension.
The first supreme omnipresent Jagad Guru Shrimad Vallabhacharya Mahaprabhuji established the Vaishnav religious system to grace upon the Universe, the Divine Grace, also known as Pushtimarg.
Sri Ramanujacharya Swamy, who graced this world in the 11th century, is the most important exponent of Sri Vaishnavism. His legacy is not just how many hearts he has touched, but how many ‘souls’ he has transformed.
The current proponent of Vallabhacharya and Ramanujacharya cults namely HH Dwarkeshlalji Maharaj and HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamy respectively are doing a fabulous job to promote global peace, tranquility, and universal well-being. The two Ambassadors of the Vaishnav cult have united the nation and international PIO population with their motherland.
Vaishnavism is one of the major forms of modern Hinduism, characterized by devotion to the god Vishn...
The PLA -- the world's largest military force with more than 2 million active personnel -- is often described as "party-army" with professional characteristics". Mao's successor, Deng Xiaoping, made a concerted effort to put the PLA under the command of the state instead of the CCP -- an initiative carried forward by his successors, albeit with varying degrees of emphasis. The ascent of Xi Jinping in 2013 marked a new chapter as he sought to inject a renewed sense of party ideology into the PLA and modernise it.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced the most extensive set of reforms for the Peoples's Liberation Army (PLA) in its history. These reforms sought to consolidate President Xi Jinping's hold over the Army and bring about jointness in the forces by replacing military regions with theatre commands.
Though "world-class" is not explicitly defined, a rough survey of 'PLA Daily' suggests that world-class forces are roughly similar to major military powers, including the US, France, UK, and to a certain extent in some elements, India. This points towards the ability to deploy (including airlift) troops with agility and flexibility anywhere, including abroad, to protect Chinese interests.
These reforms align with China's expanding overseas footprint -- investments under the Belt and Road Initiative, the growing profile of the PLA Navy (PLAN) in anti-piracy operations and its first overseas military base in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa. Besides, these reforms bring the PLA on a par with the major militaries in the world in terms of force posture and joint capabilities.
The restructuring of the PLA comes on the back of an exponential increase in China's defence budget since the late 1990s. For the past decade, its military spending has surpassed the annual GDP growth, reflecting Beijing's priority for military modernisation and its global ambitions.
In 2020, its spending was $209.16 billion (1.268 trillion yuan). According to Chinese Ministry of Finance figures, this year, the spending is expected to be close to $208 billion (1.35 trillion yuan).
It is the PLA's cyber, space, and electronic warfare service branch. Its focus on emerging technologies points to China's recognition of the global trend that "informatisation" or information-based/data-driven combat operations are at the core of contemporary military advancement.
The SSF reports directly to the CMC and not to any of the theatre commands, enabling joint operations for all the theatre commands through the CMC, acting like their "information umbrella". Its creation has improved the PLA's ability to fight information wars vis-a-vis its adversaries.
The SSF administers two deputy theatre command-level departments: the Space Systems Department, responsible for military space operations and the Network Systems Department, responsible for information operations such as cyberattacks and cyber espionage campaigns, for which China has gained notoriety in recent years.
India's first Chief of Defence Staff, late General Bipin Rawat, had remarked that China is the "biggest security threat" facing India. India will have to take a long view of China's transformed military power and expedite and adjust its defence reforms to achieve the same results.
Implementing such reforms requires greater political management of the forces and lesser interference from the civilian bureaucracy. Moreover, optimising the limited budgetary resources, India must intensify its ongoing force restructuring initiatives, including integrating the three services and adding to its power projection capabilities.
The Russian-Ukraine conflict has exposed the limitation of the United Nations to safeguard the interest of the nation when attacked by the adversary. Russia rightly or wrongly has destroyed Ukraine and the international community has remained a mute spectator. India must tighten its belt and secure maximum budgetary allocation for the modernization of its armed forces to tackle the ever-growing real-time threat of expansionist China.
Prashant Tewari Editor in Chief
The PLA -- the world's largest military force with more than 2 million active personnel -- is often ...
The Russia-Ukraine crisis has the world on its edge. The deadly conflict has divided the world into two factions with different takes on the situation. The United Nations Security Council has advised Vladimir Putin to withdraw its armed forces from Ukraine. However, the efforts went in vain as Russia vetoed the resolution. UNSC is having total 15 members, 11 were in favour of the decision. Countries like India, China, and the United Arab Emirates abstained from voting. In light of this, India's decision has garnered mixed reactions globally. While many support the decision, many are disappointed with the developments and condemn the Russian invasion.
'Balanced Diplomacy' is one of the primary reasons behind India standing on neutral ground to continue a good relationship with Russia. For years now, both countries have stood by each other on several occasions. The friendship between PM Narendra Modi and Vladimir Putin is known to everyone. Along with this, the country has factored in its national security in the delicate diplomatic scenario. India has been looking closely at the ongoing conflict, especially when Pakistan PM Imran Khan visited Putin in Moscow just hours into its Ukraine invasion. Seeing the country's growing relationship with Pakistan and China has unsettled the political dynamics. However, India abstaining from voting also showcases its resistance to the recent attacks. "The Chinese explanation of the vote seems to support Russia, while our explanation is objective and points out that this was in contravention of the UN Charter and International Law. We have kept space for diplomacy and dialogue,"
Furthermore, the country has asked the Russians for de-escalation as violence will never be the answer. Is Neutrality Enough? Many have welcomed India's decision to remain neutral in the deadly conflict, keeping in mind the country's interests in the future. It is a tightrope walk for the country as it tries to balance its relationship with Russia and the USA, which are on the opposite side of the spectrum. However, questions are being raised about the move. Is neutrality enough? Is being silent about Russia's uncalled intrusions into Ukraine the answer? According to The Diplomat, silence is painful as an expert claimed that India will have a challenging future ahead after this stance. Its neutral approach may hamper its ties with the Americans and other Western liberal countries. What is all the more alarming is Russia's recent response to nukes. It 'highly appreciates' India's balanced approach in the conflict. This sets a bad precedent for the country as it could 'silently' support Russia's earlier actions in Ukraine and Crimea. As a liberal democracy, India's neutral stand is not appreciated by Ukraine at all. The country's envoy in India publicly showed his discontentment as it wants a powerful developing nation like ours to stand with a country in crisis.
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke to Narendra Modi, requesting his support in the same. US President Joe Biden said to PM Modi must take a stand on the current crisis. It is noteworthy to mention the stand taken by Ukraine viz Russia in respect of Indian national interest namely Kashmir, the border dispute between India & China, bogus human rights issues, etc, India should deal with the current crisis.
Prashant Tewari, Editor-in-Chief
The Russia-Ukraine crisis has the world on its edge. The deadly conflict has divided the world into ...
Tablighi Jamaat is often considered extremely orthodox in its interpretations, with the ability to convert Muslims into radical believers. The Tablighi Jamaat members have declared they are not political but they tacitly supported secular political parties in India to protect their interests after the partition of the country. They say the Prophet Mohammed has commanded all Muslims to convey the message of Allah, and the Tablighis take this as their duty. They divide themselves into small Jamaats (societies) and travel frequently across the world to spread the message of Islam to Muslim houses. During this travel, they stay in local mosques. This free spread has enabled them to meet the vulnerable deprived section of the Hindu population in India and backed up by the power of petrodollars & ISI dirty money machine including the vast network of Dawood Ibrahim and other anti-national entities, they have converted a large section of the population in the last 70 years with ease and without force.
Radicalism and Role in Acts of Terror Some TJ followers have worked as allies of Jihadi and sectarian organizations. However, once they joined the militant organizations, they cut off their links with the Tablighis. The terror groups have used the TJ congregations as a selection camp for recruitment. Tablighi Jamaat has been a sympathizer and supporter of jihadi organizations such as the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Al Qaeda and Taliban. According to the India Abroad News Service report, "As per WikiLeaks, some of the 9/11 al-Qaeda suspects detained by the US in Guantanamo Bay had stayed in the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters in Nizamuddin West, New Delhi, years ago". According to Pakistani security analysts and Indian investigators, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) members, involved in the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight 814 in 1999, were members of Tablighi Jamaat.
Recently, Tablighi Jamaat has been banned in Saudi Arabia, and Central Asian countries such as Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, whose governments see its puritanical preaching as extremist. When conservative societies are getting modernized in a fast-paced globalized world, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) is being credited with ushering in a reform phase in Saudi society and politics by giving up age-old religious, and societal customs and laws. Under his stewardship, theatres have been opened up in various Saudi cities, women have been allowed to drive cars, women can visit markets or shopping malls without a male chaperone, and they have been allowed not to wear Hijab or Abaya in places or to cover their faces.
In India, policymakers need to answer a simple question, how do we want to shape the future of our country? The constitution has declared India a secular state, then can Tablighi Jamaat or Bajrang Dal exist with the secular system?
Prashant Tewari, Editor-in-Chief
Tablighi Jamaat is often considered extremely orthodox in its interpretations, with the ability to c...
Former US President Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury over hush money payments made to a porn star during his 2016 campaign, making him the first former US president to face a criminal charge and upending his bid to retake the White House in 2024.
The office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who has been pursuing the investigation, confirmed that it had contacted Trump's lawyers on Thursday evening to "coordinate his surrender" on unspecified charges.
"This evening we contacted Mr. Trump's attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D. A.'s office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected," a spokesperson for District Attorney Bragg said.
The New York Times newspaper, quoting five people with knowledge of the matter, reported that the grand jury on Thursday voted to indict 76-year-old Trump, a Republican, for his role in paying money to porn star Stormy Daniels in an attempt to buy her silence over an alleged affair.
The report termed it "a historic development that will shake up the 2024 presidential race and forever mark him as the nation's first former president to face criminal charges."
Former US President Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury over hush money payment...
In a worsening trend, India recorded 3,016 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours, a 40 percent jump since yesterday. The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 2.7 percent and the weekly positivity rate at 1.71 percent.
India's COVID-19 death toll has increased to 5,30,862 with 14 deaths -- three reported by Maharashtra, two from Delhi and one reported by Himachal Pradesh in a span of 24 hours and eight reconciled by Kerala.
The active cases now comprise 0.03 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.78 percent, according to the health ministry website.
Several states plan to hold emergency meetings over the alarming rise in Covid cases this week. Delhi, where the infection count had dropped to 0 on January 16, recorded 300 cases in the last 24 hours.
In a worsening trend, India recorded 3,016 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours, a 40 percent jump s...
Karnataka will vote on May 10 to elect a new government and members to its 224-seat assembly, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday. The results will be declared on May 13.
The EC announcement comes amid a high-stakes political battle between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S). The BJP, led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, hopes to retain power in the state, fending off allegations of corruption and communal polarisation. The election will also test the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party's policies at the national and state level.
While addressing a news conference, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said the elections have been scheduled on a Wednesday, and not on a Monday or Friday, to encourage greater participation of voters and discourage them from leaving town for a long weekend holiday.
Karnataka will vote on May 10 to elect a new government and members to its 224-seat assembly, the El...
In an open declaration of war against corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, called it a "coming together of the corrupt on one stage". In one of his strongest speeches outside of election campaigns, PM Modi targeted the entire opposition amid 14 parties' move to go to the Supreme Court, alleging misuse of central agencies. "We have a strong foundation of constitutional institutions. That's why to stop India, constitutional institutions are being attacked," PM Modi said at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.
"Agencies are being attacked when they take action, questions are being raised in courts. Some parties have started 'Bhrashtachari Bachao Abhiyan'," he said in a spin on the "Loktantra Bachao Mashal Shanti March" the Congress attempted today. The Prime Minister also backed his party's claims to curbing corruption with data.
"Under PMLA (law against money laundering) during the Congress rule, a total of 5,000 crore was confiscated. But under the BJP, we have confiscated about 10,00,000 crore. Twenty thousand economic offenders who have fled, have been caught by us," he said.
For the "first time in seven decades," such action is being taken against the corrupt, the Prime Minister said. "When we will do so much, then some people will be upset and will be angry but the action against corruption won't be stopped because of their (Opposition) false allegations," he added.
Over the last few years, the opposition has frequently complained about the Central investigative agencies' actions against its leaders. Ahead of the second half of the budget session, they coalesced over the issue.
In their petition to the Supreme Court, the opposition parties have alleged that agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate have only been targeting the political opponents of the BJP. The court will hear the case on April 15.
In an open declaration of war against corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, called it a "coming ...
A defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defence Minister Yoav Galant a day after he broke ranks, citing security concerns in calling for a pause to the government's controversial judicial reforms. On a day when 200,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest the reforms, Galant -- who had been a staunch Netanyahu ally -- on Saturday said "we must stop the legislative process" for a month in view of its divisiveness.
The plans to hand more control to politicians and diminish the role of the Supreme Court have been questioned by Israel's top allies including the United States, while regularly igniting protests in Israel.
"The growing social rift has made its way into the (army) and security agencies," said Galant, who is a member of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party. "It is a clear, immediate and tangible threat to Israel's security.
"I am committed to Likud values... and placing the State of Israel above all... but major changes on the national level must be made through deliberations and dialogue," he added, also calling for a halt to the protests.
A defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defence Minister Yoav Galant a day after h...
US' Georgia Assembly has passed a resolution condemning Hinduphobia, making it the first American state to take such a legislative measure. While condemning Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bigotry, the resolution said Hinduism is one of the world's largest and oldest religions with over 1.2 billion adherents in over 100 countries and encompasses an array of diverse traditions and belief systems with values of acceptance, mutual respect and peace.
The specific resolution was introduced by Representatives Lauren McDonald and Todd Jones from Forsyth County in the suburbs of Atlanta, home to one of the largest Hindu and Indian-American communities in Georgia.
The resolution observed that the American-Hindu community has been a major contributor to diverse sectors such as medicine, science and engineering, information technology, hospitality, finance, academia, manufacturing, energy, retail trade, among others. It also noted that the community's contributions of Yoga, ayurveda, meditation, food, music, arts have enriched the cultural fabric and have been widely adopted in American society and enhanced the lives of millions.
US' Georgia Assembly has passed a resolution condemning Hinduphobia, making it the first American st...
US President Joe Biden announced that the US is nominating Banga to lead the World Bank, saying the business leader is uniquely equipped to lead the global institution at "this critical moment in history."
Applauding the appointment, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Banga has the right leadership and management skills, experience in emerging markets, and financial expertise to lead the World Bank at a critical moment in its history.
In a tweet, Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF said, "Happy to hear that Ajay Banga, who I have known for many yrs, has been nominated as a candidate to lead World Bank. His exec leadership skills & drive for innovation are well known. But even more so I admire his commitment to sustainable development, to do good & help those most in need".
Banga, 63, currently serves as Vice Chairman at General Atlantic. Previously, he was President and CEO of Mastercard, leading the company through a strategic, technological and cultural transformation. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2016.
Michael Miebach, CEO Mastercard said Banga is an inspired choice to lead the World Bank.
US President Joe Biden announced that the US is nominating Banga to lead the World Bank, saying the ...
In a word of appreciation, Microsoft cofounder and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates said in his blog "Gates Notes" that India gives hope for the future and proved that the country could solve big problems at once even when the world is facing multiple challenges. In his blog, Bill Gates said that he believed that with the right innovations and delivery channels the world is capable of making progress on lots of big problems at once, even at a time when the world is facing multiple crises and usually he received the response like, "There isn't enough time or money to solve both at the same time."
But India proved all the responses wrong. "There is no better proof than the remarkable progress that India has accomplished," Mr Gates said in his blog.
"India as a whole gives me hope for the future. It's about to become the world's most populous country, which means you can't solve most problems there without solving them at scale. And yet, India has proven it can tackle big challenges. The country eradicated polio, lowered HIV transmission, reduced poverty, cut infant mortality, and increased access to sanitation and financial services," he added.
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The doors of Indian institutions are always open for the Indian diaspora who will be equal partners in ‘Amrit Kaal’
Over three crore Indian origin people, the diaspora, live in all parts of the world. Some of them are heads of the states. Some are driving global tech behemoths. They are the brains in the laboratories world over for solutions to problems faced by humanities. The Indian diaspora is an asset to countries of their residences.
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee first thought to connect with the Indian diaspora. Pravasi Bharat was conceptualised by him. The 17th edition of India’s dialogue with diaspora took place in the cleanest city of India in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, which saw the participation of over 3,000 people of Indian origin.
On January 9, 1915, Mahatma Gandhi returned to India to serve his country in her struggle against British Rule. Late Vajpayee accorded the highest honour to the Indian diaspora by deciding that January 9 would be the ‘Pravasi Bharat Diwas’.
The 17th edition of the Pravasi Bharat Diwas was hosted on the theme of the ‘Indian diaspora reliable partner in Amrit Kaal’. The next 25 years will shape the destiny of India, and by the time the country celebrates 100 years of Indian Independence, it will be a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and our freedom fighters to reclaim the glory that India was known for in the previous centuries before the Mughals and the British looted the wealth of the country.
The 3,500 participants of the Indian diaspora from 70 countries were joyous at the strides India has made in recent years under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The vision for the country that late Vajpayee had shown to the Indian diaspora is now visibly taking shape before the eyes of the people of Indian origins.
The Indian Passport now brings global respect. The world has seen the strength of the Indian passport. The Indian diaspora in the previous decades needed the matinee star Manoj Kumar to tell the world what is India, as he hummed—“mein Bharat ka hun, Bharat ki baat sunata hun (I am from India, and tell stories from India)”. Now, the sight of Indian passport tells stories of the achievements to the global audience loudly.
The Indian diaspora is no more slotted with the people of Pakistani origin, for even the Pakistan nationals fake even in the Muslim countries such as the UAE that they are Indians. This is on account of the Indian diaspora making firm imprints of their skills in whichever country they reside.
PM Modi was aware of late Vajpayee’s vision for diaspora connect when he made it a point that he would connect with them during each of his foreign visit. Thus, the Indian diaspora has been a companion of the Indian journey in the last eight and a half years since PM Modi took charge of the government at the Centre. PM Modi made no distinction between the people in India and those who live abroad, as he gave an account of the achievements of the country to the Indian diaspora in full detail. He, thus, showed the commitment that the government is committed to the interests of the Indian diaspora.
The Indian diaspora has also been deeply connected with the country of their origin. They never gave up their roots. They were bound by a strong sense of belonging to the country. The success of International Yoga Day, Ayurveda, Indian classical music and dance, the history of India, and many others have seen the participation of the Indian diaspora. The Indian diaspora has shown belief in the country, as the remittances are now at par with the foreign direct investment annually, which is a feat without a parallel for any of the economy.
Now, Diwali and Holi are international festivals and so is Chatth. The White House in the US celebrates Diwali and Holi. The tallest buildings in the world capitals celebrate the Indian festivals. India’s Independence Day is now celebrated internationally.
PM Modi very deservingly called the Indian diaspora ‘Rashtradoots’. He also rightly lauded the Indian diaspora for being the peaceful and disciplined citizens of the countries of their residences. This has indeed been a defining attribute of the Indian diaspora, for they only enrich the countries of the residences with their skills and culture.
Germany and Australia recently signed pacts with India for skills development and easing the migration of trained manpower from India. The free trade agreements signed by India with some of the countries such as the UAE, Australia, ASEAN, while the work is in progress in the case of the European Union, the UK and the US, have accorded top priority to migration. The government under the leadership of PM Modi has ensured that the developed world benefits from the trained manpower of India.
Indeed, the developed world is facing the grey tsunami, as they deal with an older population, and their economies would be banking heavily on Indian manpower. The Indian economy too is transforming, having become the fifth largest economy, and the third big economy status too is within sight, which will be achieved within a few years.
The Indian diaspora will have to play a key role in the fast expansion of the economy, from $5 trillion within a few years to $50 trillion by 2047, which will be incumbent upon rapid skilling. The Indian diaspora is already contributing to the skilling efforts of India and technology sharing. But that would be needed to scale up. A section of the Indian diaspora has deep emotional connections with Indian institutions such as the IITs, IIMs, NITs and so on. Some of them are already scaling up their connections with these institutions. But many of them may have to decide that the time has come to take the roles of mentors to the students in laboratories and young entrepreneurs of startups to share their knowledge and skills to make the mission of the ‘Make in India, Make for World’ a grand success.
The global supply chain is undergoing a rejig of the key suppliers in the post-pandemic era. India during the pandemic showed that the country is a reliable partner to the world in times of crisis by ensuring that Indian participation in the global supply chains was never disrupted even while the country went under a national lockdown briefly.
The relevant Indian institutions are already considering the remote voting rights to non-resident Indians. The government has also ensured that the Indian diaspora feels welcomed at places in the country they visit. India has ramped up the ease of travel for the Indian diaspora. The doors of Indian institutions are always open for the Indian diaspora. They are equal partners of India in the ‘Amrit Kaal’. The next 25 years will be the age of the Indian diaspora as well.
(Sumeet Bhasin: The author is the Director of Public Policy Research Centre)
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In a great achiever list of PIOs, Indian-origin Manpreet Monica Singh has been sworn in as a Harris county judge, becoming the first female Sikh judge in the US. Ms Singh was born and raised in Houston and now lives in Bellaire with her husband and two children.
Ms Monica was sworn in as a judge of the Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 4 in Texas on last Friday.
In a great achiever list of PIOs, Indian-origin Manpreet Monica Singh has been sworn in as a Harris ...
The Indian government today came out with Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2023 which seeks to boost the country's exports to $2 trillion by 2030 by shifting from incentives to remission and entitlement based regime.
Unlike the practice of announcing 5-year FTP, the latest policy has no end date and will be updated as and when needed, said Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) Santosh Sarangi while briefing media about FTP 2023. Earlier, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal unveiled FTP 2023 which will come into effect from April 1, 2023.
The DGFT also said India is likely to end this fiscal year with total exports of $760-770 billion as against $676 billion in 2021-22.
The last five-year policy came into force on April 1, 2015. However, it was extended several times in the wake of coronavirus outbreak and subsequent disruptions in economic activities globally. The last extension was given in September 2022 till March 31, 2023.
The Indian government today came out with Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2023 which seeks to boost the c...
Billionaire Elon Musk has put the current value of Twitter at $20 billion, less than half the $44 billion he paid for the social media platform just five months ago, according to an internal email seen by American news media.
The email to employees dealt with a new stock compensation program in the San Francisco-based company and the attribution to employees of stock in X Holdings, Twitter's umbrella company since Musk purchased it in late October.
The compensation plan values the platform at $20 billion, slightly more than that of Snap ($18.2 billion), parent company of Snapchat, or of social network and creative website Pinterest ($18.7 billion), both of which, unlike Twitter, are publicly traded.
Billionaire Elon Musk has put the current value of Twitter at $20 billion, less than half the $44 bi...
“India shall always be the favoured choice for trade, business and investment opportunities for Australia as the country is emerging as a reliable supply chain partner in the post-pandemic period. The signing of the interim trade agreement with India shows our commitment to strengthen bilateral trade, investment and people-to-people contact,” said H.E. Tony Abbott, Former Prime Minister of Australia, while speaking at the Business Forum Meeting organised by the All India Association of Industries (AIAI), The Green Billons Ltd. and India Australia Strategic Alliance in Mumbai.
“The 20th Century was Americans and the 21st Century shall be of India as ACR India will work on the development of the subcontinent, Asia Pacific region and Australia with rest of the world,” added Mr. Abbott.
“The ongoing realignment of the global supply chain has opened tremendous business opportunities for both countries and this phenomenon, together with the interim trade agreement will raise bilateral trade from USD 15 billion to more than USD 100 billion in a few years,” stressed Mr. Abbott.
Mr. Abbott further added “India shall benefit from the interim trade agreement as for the next six years there shall be no tariff imposed on Indian goods, the digitization process will follow in trade and business opportunities, with minimal bureaucratic interference. Earlier, we used to talk more about cricket and now we shall talk about Business, Trade and Industry.”
India and Australia can concentrate on a strategic alliance to work in the African continent for the welfare of three billion people in the area of mining, natural resources for economic growth and employment in the region. “Keeping in mind the Climate Change Policy and Environment, we have to keep reliable data readily available before we move forward on evidence-based policy initiatives on Climate change and explore meaningful collaboration between both countries,” said Mr. Abbott.
Mr. Abbott further said that we are all concerned and working towards a better environment COP 27 Agenda and Australia has earmarked USD 3.56 trillion towards clean energy and to start with USD 10 billion Clear Energy co-operation fund to promote Wind, Solar and Hydrogen, besides other incentives.
Mr. Abbott added that we are working on India's strategy as at times the cost may be more but we can trust the product manufactured in India and India has sophisticated manufacturing capacity and we feel India is the only strategic competitor to China and our strategy to buy from China has failed.
Mr. Abbott remarked that both countries need to work to safeguard our long-term economic interests as we are democratic countries and hence our joint initiatives are driven by a long-term vision, instead of short-term imperatives.
Dr. Vijay Kalantri, President, All India Association of Industries (AIAI) and Chairman – MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai, in his welcome address said, “India and Australia are looking towards a strategic alliance in the field of trade, investment, renewable energy, technology, defence and security co-operation.
In the year 2018, Australia and India Economic Strategy 2035 decided to have a roadmap to strengthen bilateral ties. After signing the interim trade agreement, India is now negotiating Comprehensive Economic Co-operation Agreement (CECA) which will further create opportunities and enhance mutual business ties and I hope the present trade shall grow multifold once the proposed CECA is implemented.
Australia is the 9th largest trading partner of India and there is a tremendous opportunity for exports from India to Australia in the field of Petroleum products, Pharma, Textiles and Apparel, Engineering Products and equipment, Leather products, Chemicals, Gems and Jewellery etc.
Dr. Kalantri further added that the present agreement aims to grow bilateral trade multifold and make India one of the top three export dedestinationsor Australia. Around 6000 Indian products across pharma, textile, leather, furniture and jejewelrynd engineering will have duty-free access to the Australian market
Dr. Jagvinder Singh Virk, Chairman, India Australia Strategic Alliance said that many opportunities remain unexplored and need to be explored for the development of further strengthened business between India and Australia.
Dr. Vijay Kalantri, President, All India Association of Industries (AIAI) and Chairman – MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai with H.E. Mr. Tony Abbott, Former Prime Minister of Australia at an interactive meeting organised by AIAI in Mumbai.
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In an indication of buoyancy in the economy, Goods and Services Tax collections rose 12 percent to more than Rs 1.49 lakh crore in February as domestic economic activities and consumer spending on high-end goods gained momentum.
Though the collections are lower than the January mop-up of Rs 1.58 lakh crore, which was also the second-highest monthly revenue figure since the rollout of GST on July 1, 2017. “Rs 1,49,577 crore gross GST revenue collected in February 2023; 12 percent higher than GST revenue in the same month last year,” the finance ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
During the month, revenues from the domestic transaction (including import of services) were 15 percent higher while revenues from the import of goods were 6 percent higher compared to the same month last year.
In an indication of buoyancy in the economy, Goods and Services Tax collections rose 12 percent to m...
Host and dominant India defeated Australia by six wickets within three days in the second Test to take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the four-match series. Chasing a target of 115 in the fourth innings, India comfortably reached home, thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara's unbeaten 31. During the innings, Virat Kohli became the fastest batter to score 25,000 international runs.
On early Sunday, Ravindra Jadeja registered a seven-wicket haul while Ravichandran Ashwin took three as the hosts bundled out Australia for 113 runs. Given Australia -- who had scored 263 runs in their first innings had taken a one-run first-innings lead, India was given a 115-run target in the fourth innings of the match.
The BCCI on Sunday announced Team India's squads for the third and fourth Tests against Australia, as well as the three-match ODI series. The hosts have named an unchanged squad for the final two Tests against the visitors.
Host and dominant India defeated Australia by six wickets within three days in the second Test to ta...
In a bounce back to the top, India claimed the top spot in the latest ICC Test rankings after winning the first Test encounter against Australia in Nagpur. Due to the comprehensive victory, Rohit Sharma and Co currently have 115 points – 4 points ahead of the second-placed Aussies. In the third spot, England is currently on 106 points but they will have a chance to improve their standing as they take on New Zealand in the Test series starting February 16. The victory also meant that the Indian spin duo – Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja – improved their rankings massively with impressive spells on a pitch that assisted their bowling.
The Indian cricket team is currently topping the rankings in all three formats of the sport. Ashwin moved closer to grabbing the top spot in the bowlers' rankings while Jadeja moved higher in the rankings. The two spinners took a combined 15 wickets to keep the Aussie batsmen in check.
Ashwin took 5/37 in the second innings to go with 3/42 earlier in the match. Currently, Australia skipper Pat Cummins is leading the rankings but Ashwin is just 21 rating points behind him.
In a bounce back to the top, India claimed the top spot in the latest ICC Test rankings after winnin...
India demolished Australia by innings and 132 runs in the first Test of the four-match series at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium. Off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin claimed a five-wicket haul, and rookie Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami took two as India bundled out Australia for 91 runs in the guests' second innings. It was Ravichandran Ashwin's 31st five-for in Test cricket.
The foundation of the victory was laid by Capt Rohit Sharma's 120 and Axar Patel's 84 who steered India to 400 all out, helping the side take a first innings lead of 223 runs against the guests. Todd Murphy had claimed seven wickets but lacked equally good support from the other Australian bowlers. Visiting skipper Pat Cummins had opted to bat first in the game. India had bundled out Australia for 177, thanks to Ravindra Jadeja's five-wicket haul.
The second test match will start next week, however, Australia will be on the back foot after such a big defat handed over to them by the host.
India demolished Australia by innings and 132 runs in the first Test of the four-match series at the...
The young guns of Indian cricket have established a good team to bet world-class team NZ comprehensively. India beat New Zealand by 168 runs in the third and final T20 International to win the series 2-1 in A.bad.
India elected to bat, India posted a massive 234 for 4, riding on the master class of Shubman Gill's (126 not out) maiden T20I ton, and then shot New Zealand out for 66 in 12.1 overs.
Chasing a mammoth Indian total, Daryl Mitchell top-scored for New Zealand with 35. Hardik Pandya grabbed four wickets for 16 runs while Arshdeep Singh, Shivam Mavi and Umran Malik took two wickets apiece.
India: 234 for 4 in 20 overs (Shubman Gill 126 not out, Rahul Tripathi 44, Hardik Pandya 30; Daryl Mitchell 1/6).
New Zealand: 66 all out in 12.1 overs (Daryl Mitchell 35; Hardik Pandya 4/16).
The young guns of Indian cricket have established a good team to bet world-class team NZ comprehensi...
Regaining ODI NO 1 position, India thrashed New Zealand by 90 runs in the third and final ODI to complete a clean sweep of the three-match series at Indore.
Batting first, India rode on centuries from openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill to post a formidable 385 for nine. Skipper Rohit struck 101 off 85 balls, and the young Gill blazed away to a 78-ball 112, after the visitors asked India to bat at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. Virat Kohli chipped in with 36 off 27 balls after the opening duo added 212 runs in 26.1 overs. Later, Hardik Pandya smashed a 38-ball 54 to power India.
Chasing a stiff task, New Zealand were all out for 295 in 41.2 overs with Devon Conway scoring a 100-ball 138. Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav scalp up three wickets respectively.
India: 385 for 9 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 101, Shubman Gill 112, Hardik Pandya 54).
New Zealand: 295 all out in 41.2 overs (Devon Conway 138; Shardul Thakur 3/45, Kuldeep Yadav 3/62).
Regaining ODI NO 1 position, India thrashed New Zealand by 90 runs in the third and final ODI to com...
SRK aka Shah Rukh Khan's Pathaan isn't done shattering box office records. Now in its fourth week, the film is set to breach the ? 500 crore mark at the Indian box office, the first Hindi film to do so. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh reports that at the end of today's business, Pathaan will have hit the fifth century; the total earned till yesterday is ? 498.95 crore with ticket sales on Monday (Day 27) adding up to ? 1.20 crore. The combined business of the Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions of Pathaan already crossed the ? 500 crore mark last week. The film's worldwide gross is also set to cross ? 1,000 crore, another milestone. Pathaan was released on January 25.
Film Pathaan will breach ? 500 crore mark today (fourth Tuesday, Day 28). First Hindi film to achieve this target. Also, fastest to hit ? 500 crore (Hindi, Nett BOC). (Week 4) Friday 2.20 crore, Saturday 3.25 crore, Sunday 4.15 crore, Monday 1.20 crore. Total: ? 498.95 crore. Hindi. India biz," tweeted Taran Adarsh.
SRK aka Shah Rukh Khan's Pathaan isn't done shattering box office records. Now in its fourth week, t...
Acting on the complaints, authorities swiftly acted after a Chennai-based pharmaceutical company was flagged by US authorities for fatal contamination in a line of eye drops, Tamil Nadu's Drug Controller and members from the Central Drug Control Authority conducted a late night inspection of Global Pharma Healthcare Private Limited.
The pharma company, located about 40 km south of Chennai, had voluntarily recalled its artificial tears lubricant eye drops from the US market after the country's health protection agency said they could be contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria that have been linked to 55 adverse events, including permanent vision loss and one death from a bloodstream infection.
Acting on the complaints, authorities swiftly acted after a Chennai-based pharmaceutical company was...
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh launched Bharat Biotech's nasal Covid vaccine, iNCOVACC, on the occasion of Republic Day today. The world's first made-in-India intranasal vaccine was launched at Mandaviya's residence here.
The nasal vaccine -- BBV154 -- had received the Drugs Controller General of India's (DCGI) approval in November for restricted emergency use among adults as a heterologous booster dose.
According to a statement issued by Bharat Biotech earlier, 'iNCOVACC' is priced at Rs 800 for private markets and at Rs 325 for supplies to the government of India and state governments
INCOVACC is a recombinant replication-deficient adenovirus vectored vaccine with a pre-fusion stabilised spike protein. This vaccine candidate was evaluated in phase I, II and III clinical trials with successful results, the Hyderabad-based vaccine maker had said.
Clinical trials were conducted to evaluate iNCOVACC as a primary dose schedule and as a heterologous booster dose for subjects who have previously received two doses of either Covishield or Covaxin.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh launched ...
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will be seen blasting at Tina for talking ill about Shalin Bhanot with co-contestant Priyanka Choudhary in the upcoming BB16. .
One of the participants Tina recently made some despicable claims about Shalin. She was seen telling Priyanka that Shalin was desperate to meet her and form a 'team' before they entered the house, adding that the actor has demanded something 'cheap' from her.
In the promo, Salman said: "Shalin had demanded cheap stuff before entering the house. You kept all this in your heart for 15 weeks when things were good with Shalin, now you are revealing all this because things are not right with him?"
Tina started weeping and said: "Aisa nahi tha sir." Salman said: "Aur koi limit rakhi, koi limit rakhi aapne?" "I am tired, I want to go home. Har cheez ka mere upar blame aa raha hai."
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will be seen blasting at Tina for talking ill about Shalin Bhanot wi...
A luxury ship has made history while sailing from the Indian spiritual city of Varanasi on a voyage that will help usher in a new age of tourism on the subcontinent. The MV Ganga Vilas luxury ship will travel along the Ganges, India's holiest river, and other waterways through five states in western India, then into neighboring Bangladesh, visiting national parks, UNESCO World Heritage sites, big cities, and tourist destinations along the way.
The MV Ganga Vilas luxury ship is set to travel 3,200 kilometers (1,988 miles) of waterway in India and Bangladesh, making it the world's longest river cruise, according to organizers.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has touted the cruise as one of the centerpieces of his government's major program of infrastructure initiatives, will make a digital appearance to send the ship off in style.
In a passionate speech made by Modi on December 30 2022, the prime minister referenced the cruise as part of a burgeoning trend that could bring more visitors to his country.
"This will be an unprecedented cruise of its kind in the whole world," Narendra Modi said. "It will also be a reflection of the growing cruise tourism industry in India." India remains committed to bringing maximum international tourists to optimise its full tourism potential and hence earn huge foreign currency.
A luxury ship has made history while sailing from the Indian spiritual city of Varanasi on a voyage ...
While speaking at the India Today Conclave, 2023, the CJI said the judiciary has to be protected from outside influences if it has to be independent. Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud said that not every system is perfect but this is the best system available for the appointment of judges while defending the Collegium system of judges appointing judges, a major bone of contention between the government and judiciary.
"Not every system is perfect but this is the best system we have developed. But the object was to protect the independence of the judiciary, which is a cardinal value. We have to insulate the judiciary from outside influences if the judiciary has to be independent," Chandrachud said.
The CJI responded to Law Minister Kiren Rijiju voicing displeasure over the Supreme Court Collegium revealing the government's reasons for not approving the names recommended by it for appointment as judges of constitutional courts.
"What is wrong about having a difference in perception? But, I have to deal with such differences with a sense of robust constitutional statesmanship. I do not want to join issues with the law minister, we are bound to have differences of perceptions," the CJI said.
Rijiju has been quite vocal against the Collegium system and once even called it "alien to our Constitution".
While speaking at the India Today Conclave, 2023, the CJI said the judiciary has to be protected fro...
The Bar Council of India (BCI) has decided to permit foreign lawyers and law firms to practice in areas such as foreign law, international legal issues and arbitration matters, which it said will be mutually beneficial for lawyers from India and abroad.
With that objective, the apex bar body has notified the Bar Council of India Rules for Registration and Regulation of Foreign Lawyers and Foreign Law Firms in India, 2022.
The objects of the rules notified said the law practice in India will be opened for “foreign lawyers in the field of practice of foreign law; diverse international legal issues in non-litigious matters and in international arbitration cases would go a long way in helping legal profession/domain grow in India to the benefit of lawyers in India too."
The BCI said this opening up will be restricted, well controlled and regulated to ensure it is mutually beneficial for lawyers from India and abroad.
The Bar Council of India (BCI) has decided to permit foreign lawyers and law firms to practice in ar...
On an experimental basis, the Supreme Court began using artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing technology for live recording of its hearings. The live transcription has been launched in the courtroom of Chief Justice of India (CJI) D.Y. Chandrachud.
While announcing the initiative, the Chief Justice said, "We'll see how it works, especially in the constitution bench matters, because then we'll have a permanent record of arguments..." He further added that it helps judges and lawyers, "but it will also help our law colleges. They can analyse how matters are argued...It is a huge resource," said the Chief Justice.
The Chief Justice stressed that it will be done on an experimental basis for a day or two to iron out creases in transcription before becoming a norm. At the beginning of the hearing Tuesday, a five-judge constitution bench headed by the CJI said, "Do you see the screen? We're just trying to explore the possibilities of live transcripts..."
A constitution bench of the Supreme Court is currently considering the issues relating to the Shiv Sena rift. The constitution bench proceedings will be transcribed and given to advocates for vetting prior to uploading on the apex court website.
On an experimental basis, the Supreme Court began using artificial intelligence (AI) and natural lan...
Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud on Monday administered the oath of office to two new judges of the Supreme Court, taking the number of judges in the apex court to its full sanctioned strength of 34.
Justices Rajesh Bindal and Aravind Kumar were administered oath during a brief swearing-in ceremony held in the Supreme Court premises. With the appointment of two judges, the total number of judges in the apex court has risen to 34.
Before being elevated as judges of the apex court, Justice Bindal was the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court while Justice Kumar was the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court.
Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud on Monday administered the oath of office to two new judges o...
In an ongoing tussle, Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju, replying to a question on reservations in the judiciary in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, said that there is no reservation policy in the Indian judiciary presently but reminded the collegium to include those who are not represented adequately in the system.
During Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, the matter related to whether the government will consider the possibility of introducing a reservation policy in the appointment of judges was raised by DMK leader Tiruchi Siva. "As per the existing policies and provisions, there is no reservation in the Indian judiciary," Rijiju said.
"However, I have reminded all the judges and especially the collegium members, to keep it in mind while recommending the names to include the members from backward communities, women, and other categories which are not represented adequately in the Indian judiciary," the minister said.
TMC member Jawhar Sircar questioned the minister on the points of differences with the judiciary and the 127 proposals for High Court judges lying vacant presently. "When will these proposals be taken up," Sircar asked.
Law Minister Rijiju replied, "There are 210 vacancies in the various High Courts. In terms of the vacancies, I can say that once the names are recommended by the three-member collegium of the High Court, then it proceeds as per the laid down procedures. These 210 names, which he is asking, we have not received any proposal so there is no question of any sharp differences with the judiciary."
In an ongoing tussle, Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju, replying to a question on reserva...
Excerpts from Mahroks: The Story of the Kambojas, Sikhs and Shaheeds
The Kamboja people are very ancient and historic people of the famous Indo-Aryan race. They are now very numerous in the plains of East and West Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, other parts of India, around the mountains of Hindukush, the northeastern parts of Afghanistan, including its Badakhshan province, and modern Tajikistan across the Amu Darya (River Oxus), as well as in the southeastern parts of Iran.
The ancient Kamboja tribe was a famous Aryan tribe whose descendants we find in the Kamboja of today’s northern Indian subcontinent. Scholars opine that the Kamboj community of Punjab is related to the ancient Kamboja country, which was in the Hindukush mountain system and its adjoining areas. This land was noted in ancient literature for its fine breed of horses. Also called Kambohs, a farming community of Punjab, they are the modern descendants of the ancient Kambojas. The Kamboja people are the only Vedic Kshatriya people among the numerous Kshatriya tribes that participated in the great Mahabharata war. They have been especially glorified in the Mahabharata epic as the Vedic scholars (Kritvidiashach), besides being designated as the fiercest and swiftest of fighters, deadly warriors, wondrously armed braves, war intoxicated, death personified, dreadful as Yama, the God of Death, elephants gone wild/mad, as deadly as cobras, expert archers, expert cavaliers and expert mal-yudh-kushlah.
Surprisingly, and by the twists of time and history, this once extremely famous and powerful, warlike and scholarly class of royal and proud Indo-Aryan people of ancient India and Iran are today by all accounts and reckonings little-known people. These famous Vedic and Avestan Aryan people of a bygone era once ruled supreme in southwest Asia. They dictated terms, for sure, and spoke and acted from positions of strength, as is amply and repeatedly evidenced by numerous and copious ancient literature and epigraphic inscriptions in India, Persia and the writings of classical Sanskrit and Greek historians. According to authentic and dedicated researchers at Delhi University, ‘undoubtedly, every inch of the Afghan soil stands trampled under the hooves of the world-famous Kamboja horses of the war-expert Kamboja cavalry’.
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Excerpts from Mahroks: The Story of the Kambojas, Sikhs and Shaheeds The Kamboja people are very an...
Dr. Hansraj Bhardwaj, a stalwart of the Indian legal and political arena, passed away on March 8, 2020, leaving behind a legacy of legal reforms and initiatives that have had a lasting impact on the Indian judiciary. As we fondly remember him on his third death anniversary to be inspired by his lifetime achievements and service to the nation. Dr. Bhardwaj served as the Minister of Law and Justice of India for the longest time and was known for his unwavering commitment to the rule of law and judicial independence.
Dr. Bhardwaj's contributions to the Indian justice system were manifold. He introduced several significant legal reforms and initiatives that have helped to strengthen the justice system in India and improve access to justice for all. Some of his major contributions include the introduction of the Right to Information Act, the establishment of legal aid clinics across the country, the promotion of alternative dispute resolution methods, the introduction of the National Litigation Policy, and his efforts to promote gender justice and judicial independence.
One of Dr. Bhardwaj's most significant contributions to the Indian justice system was the introduction of the Right to Information Act in 2005. The Act provides citizens of India with the right to access information held by the government or any public authority. The Act has been instrumental in increasing transparency and accountability in governance and has had a profound impact on the functioning of the Indian judiciary. Through this law, the common people of India have been empowered to question the decisions made by the government and hold them accountable for their actions.
Dr. Bhardwaj was also a strong advocate of judicial independence and worked tirelessly to strengthen the appointment process for judges. During his tenure, he introduced a new system for the appointment of judges, and reduce the influence of political parties and other vested interests.
Dr. Bhardwaj's contributions to the Indian justice system also extended to improving access to justice for marginalized communities in India. He established legal aid clinics across the country to provide free legal assistance to those in need. He also introduced the Legal Services Authorities Act, which created a framework for legal aid services in India. Through these initiatives, he ensured that the poor and marginalized sections of society had access to legal assistance and were able to fight for their rights in the courts of law.
Another important area of Dr. Bhardwaj's work was the promotion of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation, arbitration, and conciliation. He introduced the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2003, which aimed to streamline the process of ADR in India and make it more effective. Through this bill, he sought to reduce the burden on the courts and provide a faster and more cost-effective mechanism for resolving disputes.
Dr. Bhardwaj was also a strong advocate of gender justice and introduced several laws and initiatives aimed at protecting the rights of women in India. He played a key role in the passage of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, which provides legal protection to women from domestic violence. He also worked to promote the rights of women in the workplace and introduced several laws aimed at preventing sexual harassment and ensuring gender equality. Another significant contribution of Dr. Bhardwaj was the introduction of the National Litigation Policy in 2010. The policy aimed to reduce the burden on the courts by promoting out-of-court settlements and reducing the number of frivolous cases filed. The policy also sought to promote efficiency and transparency in the justice system and to reduce the backlog of cases in the Indian courts.
In addition to his contributions to the Indian justice system, Dr. Bhardwaj also played a key role in the Congress party's political campaigns. He was known for his excellent oratory skills and was a prominent speaker at party rallies and events. He was also involved in the party's election strategy and worked to mobilize voters in favor of the Congress party. Overall, Dr. Hansraj Bhardwaj's contributions as a politician for the Congress party were significant and far-reaching. Right from his active entry in 1982 to his exit in 2009, he kept the Congress party's flag flying high in national politics. Of course, he played a key role in the party's growth and development and made significant contributions to the Indian national congress party. His unwavering commitment to the rule of law and judicial independence, as well as his efforts to promote gender justice and empower marginalized communities, made him a respected and admired leader of the Congress party in the country.
Dr. Hansraj Bhardwaj, a stalwart of the Indian legal and political arena, passed away on March 8, 20...
Innovation, which is advancement over an existing product or idea, is a prerequisite for continuous improvement. But a disruptive innovation shakes up an industry once in a while. Disruptive innovation in business is not a new concept. It took birth in 1995 when it was proposed by one of the world’s leading thinkers on innovation Christensen along with his co-authors.
However, over the years, this concept has been misunderstood. It has generally been misapplied to a situation where the industry norms are shaken up and existing players stirred. And here’s where the catch is. Originally, Christensen ideated the concept of disruption, more like a David and Goliath situation– a smaller company with fewer resources successfully challenging an established business.
Established businesses in their effort to retain their existing majority target customer base, focus mainly on improving their present products or services and largely ignore other market segments. New entrants that sense this gap provide products or services lucrative to the overlooked segments.
While the established businesses do not pay heed to these new entrants, they slowly make inroads into upmarket, providing the same products or services to the majority customers whilst retaining their earlier advantage–lower prices. Once these mainstream customers embrace the new products or services, in large quantities, one can say disruption has occurred.
According to Christensen, potential for disruptive innovations arise because established businesses ignore both low-end and new markets. In an attempt to be more profitable, established businesses concentrate on providing mainstream customers with high quality products and services and commit resources in upgrading, enhancing and perfecting their existing products and services, all the while ignoring the low-end market. Sensing this opportunity, new entrants foray into this gap by using a low-cost business model. A low-end disruptor snatches the market share in this segment and pushes the established businesses upmarket. Additionally, disruption can occur by creating new markets where none existed, by developing new products for consumers, at a lower price and an acceptable quality. Arrival of personal computers, and later smartphones are perfect examples of new-market disruption.
The first computers, known as mainframes, were huge and very expensive. With costs as high as $2 million and size as big as to fill an entire room, computing technology was out of bounds for the common man. With the invention of the personal computer, a small and affordable piece of machine, a new market segment of individuals was created.
Over the years, with continuous improvement in its capabilities, a humble personal computer made the mainframe computers virtually obsolete. The next step in new market disruption is the emergence of smartphones, which are creating disruptions at two levels. One, the ability to use the internet in a phone at a fraction of cost of a personal computer is making usage of personal computers less necessary. Two, smartphone photograph taking capabilities are set to disrupt the digital photography industry.
However, over the years, the above concept has been misused by many who have not given serious thought to the notion itself. Internationally, Uber has been touted as a disruption. It uses mobile applications to connect consumers who need rides with drivers who are willing to provide them. Founded in 2009, the company has enjoyed fantastic growth and is still expanding. It has reported tremendous financial success, with funding rounds and soaring valuation. No doubt, Uber has transformed the business of transportation.
But has it brought about disruption? For disruption to happen, a company has to target an overlooked customer base and provide the right fit of product or service, usually at a lower cost. Uber connected the end users, i.e., customers used to taking cab services, to service providers. So, Uber did not fulfill any of the two conditions to become a disrupter – firstly, it did not bring the market segment that did not use cab services into its fold; and secondly, cab and taxi services were definitely not a new market. Finally, there is no threat to the car industry from Uber.
A well-known quote prevalent in Silicon Valley “disrupt or be disrupted” says it all. All businesses are continuously looking for opportunities to become disruptors with new innovative ideas, products or business models. But only a few are able to become disruptors. Disruptive innovation transforms complex and expensive products or services into simple and reasonable options. Although very time-consuming and enormously risky, creating disruption shakes up the existing established products and services by pushing the boundaries of any industry.
( Hima Bindu Kota The author is an educator, Article syndicated via The Pioneer )
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Subhash Chandra Bose: A question of, by, and for the conscience of the people of Bharat.
Do not we the people of Bharat would like to enlighten ourselves with a book telling us about the post-1945 life of Subhash Chandra Bose but no conjectures of the same and guess what; the book is published by and endorsed by the government of Bharat? With this in mind let us traverse the realities.
The personas that have fought for the freedom of their respective countries have always been used by their descendants to reap international mileage and public support at home.
The political history and present state of affairs of any country shows how the present politicians use the past politicians to convince people that if the people lhad liked the past politicians then they have to love the present politicians because the present politicians are the replication of the past ones.
We find that our Subhash Babu and I will not use the title Netaji because Subhash Chandra Bose may be a leader to the world but to us, he is our Father, son, and brother respectively, and at the highest level, our Martyr and henceforth I shall call him as our Babu.
We find that Subhas Babu was eccentric, he was eccentric and unconventional to the Congress propagation of independence through the prism of non-violence however Mr. Gandhi did direct the Bharatiya Soldiers to fight for the British in the second world war and also directed out of rhetoric to Jews and Britishers that let Germany slaughter even your women and children.
Subhas Babu lived, as he is not living today, a life of adventure, adventure for sake of Bharat not for his pleasure. Now, we do not have any official declaration on his life post-1945 even after the finding of the Mukherjee commission that Subhash Babu did not die in a plane crash. Yes, many files have been declassified but they do not draw a convincing picture of the post-1945 life of Subhas Babu.
Our Babu has become a subject matter of many films namely Bose: Dead/Alive and Gumnami and such films have negated the plane crash theory and even made our Babu remain alive till 1985. I do not want to delve into what is termed as conjecture about the life period of our Babu post-1945. Instead, I ask the following questions:
Why shall not the post-1945 life of Subhas Babu, if any, be declared by the government? The government says such disclosure will affect the sovereignty, integrity, and foreign relation of Bharat with other countries.
Now, why not then does the government defines what kind of consequence regarding sovereignty, integrity, and foreign relation will follow post-disclosure?
We have the official secret Act which prohibits the government's servants and citizens to disclose secret information not permitted by law for disclosure but such disclosure is been prohibited for anti-typing, therefore you cannot disclose the information of our Bharat to our enemies.
So, therefore does not such non-disclosure by the government show that the information about the post-1945 life of Subhas Babu is a piece of information that we do not want our enemies to know?
Now does such non-disclosure also show that our enemies are interested to know about Subhas Babu for destroying us?
Who are those enemies?
Will the brand of Congress and Gandhi be in jeopardy if the post-1945 life of Subhas Babu is disclosed as they were the influencers in India when the alleged 1945 plane crash happened and the alleged demise of Subhas Babu/Gumnami Baba took place in 1985?
One may argue that if that be so, then the BJP party in power would have disclosed the post-1945 life of Subhas Babu exposing the Gandhi family and the congress.
The answer is that such disclosure will affect the brand of the Mahatama of Gandhi which the BJP also sells to spread peace and secularism.
Therefore it appears that disclosure of the post-1945 life of Subhas Babu will be detrimental to the image of Bharat. But should not we expose that Bharat which suppressed her most valiant freedom fighter? Should not Bharat be punished who made the life of Subash Babu deleterious?
If Subhas Babu has lived after 1945, then he had lived with Pain. It is alleged that Gumnami Babi used to say his coming to the Public will be detrimental to Bharat. However, the record shows that our Subhas Babu has not been declared a war criminal by the allied powers.
The Right to Information Act gives u the right to know however at the same time it upholds the Official Secret Act thereby allowing the government to hide information from the public.
I am been told we shall not dig out the past which can affect our present. Yes, it appears that the post-1945 story of our Babu will affect our present and perhaps may be detrimental to the same but cannot we inform our present of the falsities of the past?
We have to decide, the Bharatiyas have to take a decision. The game of majority prevails in the Parliament and we shall call upon the parliament that we will not physically harm anyone after getting the true state of affairs of Subhas Babu's life but we shall inform our present about the true National life of our Past.
Social Justice that I understand includes the Right of the People living in the society to know the history of the society which I argue can be upheld if a social engineer like Subhas Babu is been made known to the public page by page and inch by inch. Mind u the INA comprised people of every sex and religion.
‘Democracy conceives the rule of the majority but sometimes it forgets to emphasize the conscience of the majority and here in the case of Subhas Babu, the conscience of we the people of Bharat wants to know not like the phrase the nation wants to know’.
Views expressed by the writer are personal.
Subhash Chandra Bose: A question of, by, and for the conscience of the people of Bharat. Do not we ...
The next great war may come out of some damned foolish thing in the South China Sea or the East China Sea. Alliances are as old as civilisation. Older, actually: almost every hunter-gatherer band that anthropologists have studied, from the New Guinea highlanders to the Yanomamo in the Amazon, made alliances with other groups to try to protect themselves.
But they often also ended up fighting people they had no quarrel with. ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’ is the usual logic that the alliances are built on, but people tend to overlook the fact that alliances also mean that ‘the enemy of my ally is my enemy too.’
Right now, the various regional alliances that already exist seem to be consolidating into a single all-embracing alliance system. It was that kind of system that made the First World War happen, and we probably don’t want to see that happen again.
Only three years ago there was only one big alliance in the world: the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), founded in 1949, victorious in the Cold War, and more recently an alliance in search of a new role. Almost everybody in Europe and North America belonged to it.
Apart from that, the United States had bilateral alliances or alliance-like arrangements with a number of countries in the Middle East (Israel), East Asia (Japan, South Korea and perhaps Taiwan) and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).
Three of the world’s biggest countries, China, India and Russia, had no military alliances worth talking about. Unless you think that the China-North Korea, India-Bhutan and Russia-Armenia alliances count.
It was, in other words, a loosely-coupled world: something could go really bad in one part of the planet, and countries in other regions would not necessarily be dragged into it.
The shift began with rising concern in the Asia-Pacific countries and the United States about the irresistible rise of president-for-life Xi Jinping to supreme power in China. The response to that was the Quad, formally the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue: the US, India, Australia and Japan.
Founded in 2017, it began as just a talking shop, but after bitter clashes between Indian and Chinese troops on the Himalayan frontier in 2020 India came fully on board, participating in the first joint naval exercises with the other three Quad members in 2020.
Then came AUKUS, an alliance uniting the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, with the initial task of arranging for Australia to get a fleet of nuclear-powered attack submarines. It was transparently designed to challenge China’s territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.
This pretty well completed the architecture for an ‘Indo-Pacific NATO’ whose members would account for about a third of the world’s GDP. The original NATO members account for about 45 per cent of global GDP (although the US and the UK are being double-counted in this reckoning).
While China’s more belligerent style under Xi certainly accounts for the speed at which a counter-balancing alliance took shape in the region, the equal and opposite reaction to this enterprise was the announcement of a “no limits” partnership by Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in early 2022. All this happened before Russia invaded Ukraine again in February of last year (having done it once already in 2014).
You can see how everybody was reacting in large part to moves by the other ‘side’, and why Xi backed off quickly from his ‘no limits’ partnership with Russia once he realised how obsessed Putin was with his Ukraine legacy project.
Nevertheless, the game is now afoot, and it will be hard to stop. Germany announced that it was doubling its defence budget last February; Japan said it would do the same last month. China is rapidly expanding its armed forces despite a failing economy, and Russia’s growing derangement is hard to ignore.
All the planners and analysts insist that they have it under control. We shouldn’t worry that we are living through a high-speed replay of the creation of the entangling alliances that dragged everybody into the First World War. This is a different time.
My problem is that I can’t see what is so different about this time. Outside the specific and well-contained war in Ukraine, there are no great issues of principle at stake, and none of the great powers is planning to destroy or subjugate any of the others. (Ukraine is not a great power, so that doesn’t count.)
Count Otto von Bismarck, first Chancellor of the newly united German Empire, remarked in 1878 that “One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.” As it did, in 1914, once all the alliances were in place.
The next great war may come out of some damned foolish thing in the South China Sea. Or the East China Sea, for that matter.
Gwynne Dyer’s new book is The Shortest History of War, Article Courtesy The Pioneer
The next great war may come out of some damned foolish thing in the South China Sea or the East Chin...