THE WORLD AROUND US

Venezuela –Economic Turmoil

 Oil rich Venezuela is in economic and political turmoil .The petrol prices plummeted, forcing the factories and state farms to shut production .The rampant corruption has literally made life miserable for the people .

The on going protests for the last three months have left about 90 people dead as reported by Associated Press.

The president Nicolas Maduro has called for election on 30th july to elect Constituent Assembly with sweeping powers including power to rewrite the country’s Constituion.

The protesting people and the opposition fearing the move could lead to an authoritarian rule along the lines of the political system in Cuba.

The opposition political Parties claimed that it garnered 7.5 million votes held on Sunday opposite to the President’s move of forming New Constituent Assembly

The U.S President Donald Trump in a statement said “ The united states will not stand by as Venunzuela crumbles. If Nicolas Maduro imposes Constituent Assembly on 30th July,The US will take strong economic action.”

Venezuela exports on average nearly 700,000 barrels of oil a day to USA. It comprises half of the total exports of Venezuela.and covers for the 75 percent income for Venezuela and keeps the Government going on.

In the light of above facts Venezuela would ill afford to do anything contrary to the US as the move could debilitate the Maduro Govt economically. Source Associated Press

UN PEACKEEPERS DILEMMA

 On Wednesday, the 193-member U.N. budget committee agreed on $7.3 billion to fund 13 peacekeeping missions across the globe and a logistics support office. The budget is due to be adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, diplomats said.

The United states has reduced the UN Peacekeepers’ budget by $600 million . The decision is in tune with the Donald Trump’s call for Cost reduction policy for US Annual Budget

The current U.S. funding for the U.N Peacekeeping bill is 28.5percent and Trump has shown concern for the same and suggested to cut down it to 25 percent instead.

In addition Wahington also pays 22percent of the $5.4billion UN core budget.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told U.S. lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday that Trump’s proposed U.S. federal budget was “making a point that he wanted to strengthen the military and it was putting the United Nations on notice.”

The other major contribution to UNpeace keeper’s budget  comes from China about 10 percent .

 

POLAND  

POLISH PROTESTERS ON WAR PATH

Polish protestors are on war path since Sunday evening   demonstrating against a controversial Bill putting supreme court under the Government . in unprecedented rally the protestors were waving flags and chanting slogans “we want free Poland “ and “free court”.

The upper house of the Polish parliament has approved the Bill by a vote of 55 /23 on Saturday ,the lower house keeping it in abeyance following massive protest in all major cities .

The president Andrej Duda has 21 days to give assent to the Bill but it is assumed he would not wait so much to give his decision.

Under the bill the Ministry of justice will be armed with sweeping powers of hiring and firing judges. This Bill according to the Government would make the judiciary more accountable and speed up the otherwise too slow system .

 

The world leaders across the Globe trying to subvert the Democratic structure to be equipped with manoeuvarable controls to achieve their sinister moves to perpetuate their misrule .

 

 

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JOURNEY OF FAITH

Amarnath Yatra.

Seven Amarnath Yatris were killed and 18 others injured on their journey of faith by militants on 10th july in Botengo village near ANANTNAG in South of Kashmir. The yatris were travelling in a bus carrying 56 passengers when Militants brazenly attacked it with bullets but the nerve and grit of the driver saved the other 50 passengers in a miraculous manner .He did not stop the bus but drove on with determination to the place of safety.

Condemnation of attack across the political social spectrum on pilgrims to Amarnath shrine is welcome .

Students ,traders and civil society groups took to streets in Srinagar to show solidarity with the victims. This is positive development in the aftermath of Burhan wani’s death and should be heartening for all to learn that everything is not lost in the valley riven with militancy nearly, for over three decades.

A ray of hope and significant message for PDP-BJP government to take stock of situation and bring normalacy to the otherwise devastated vandalized valley for years now.

Historical Background

 The most revered Hindu shrine Amarnath was first discovered in 1850 by a muslim shephered Buta Malik.Malik Family is the custodian along with Hindu priests of Mattan and Dasmani Akhara.

The shephered told the villagers and the shrine became famous and pilgrims started visiting it.

Earlier it opened for 15 days only .but later on shri Amarnathji shrine Board was formed in 2000 and now Yatra is for two months .

The shrine is the shining example of plurality communal harmony kashmiriyat ethos.

Kashmiriyat Ethos

Although it is good to raise the Kashmiriyat ethos at this hour ,though in practice it received a severe blow since the weeding out of Kashmiri Pandits way back in 1990.

The 1990s saw a great religious divide in the valley and the syncretic culture nurtured over hundred of years was given the go for ever in one stroke.The militancy overshot the fundamental tenets of secularism and brought misery to the teeming millions at hand.

Keeping this background in view the attack on Amarnath Yatra should not be a surprise .

Earlier on Ist August 2000 , 17 yatris were killed when Militants attacked base camp in Phalgham.

I earnestly pray the condemnation of attack across by one and all including ‘ separators’

Showing abhorrence for such acts, could bring in Peace and unity of thought for the welfare of people in Kashmir.

PDP-BJP Government

 Currently the PDP- BJP government is in a state of comma , and the separators mere pawns in the hands of Pro- Pak elements ,reciting the tune of hatred and thus doing a great disservice to the people of Kashmir.

The chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti while expressing deep sorrow anguish over the killings, should rise above petty considerations and bring the culprits to book .

With her political acumen she should rope in all leaders ,irrespective of their affliations, to rise against militancy to usher the valley into a state of prosperity and tranquility .

This moment of political consensus could be utilized for normalizing stability and resilience of the state on to the path of peace and promise for better tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SEASON OF VIOLENCE AND SEPARATISM .

The world is in the throes of violence breeding hatred , fanaticism and separatism. There are no signs of respite whatsoever.

INDIA

 Kashmir the most picturesque valley is hit by intense violence day in and day out. The border skirmishes between Pakistan and Indian army are on the increase breeding casualities particularly targeting Police forces which have lost six cops recently in the fierce encounters in south of Kashmir.

Although a good number of militants have been killed by Indian Army and Paramilitary forces , the militants continue to be on the offensive and continue targeting the Army quarters and police stations, killing innocent ones both civilians and cops at will with impunity.

The State Separators have been reduced to the state of pawns in the hands of Pakistan sponsored militants to foment perpetual trouble thus creating instability and hatred in the minds of youth against India.

The political parties are jostling for space fearing annihilation in the maelstrom of political survival.

The situation is worst than what it was in 1990 when the valley rebounded with first bouts of insurgency forcing lakhs of Kashmiri pandits to leave their homes and never to return till date.

The State PDP –BJP Government under leadership of Mehbooba Mufti has lost complete control over the situation and unable to restore a fragment of normalacy .

A cursory glance at the violent incidents this year (2017)could be an eye opener.to understand Kashmir imbroglio .

January 2017

3/01/17 A Let militant killed in Haritar Tarzoo Sopore,south Kashmir

6/01/17 Al Badr commander killed in macho, Budgam, near Srinagar.

10/01/17 A LeTmilitant killed and a soldier injured in Hajin, Bandipore.

16/01/17   Three Hizbul Mujahideen millitants killed in Awoora, Pahalgam.

 

February 2017

 04/02/17 Two Hizbul militants killed in Amargarh ,Sopore.

12/02/17   Two Soldiers ,four millitants and a civiliankilled in Kulgam .distict.

14/02/17   Three soldiers ,one LeTmillitant killed in Bandipore. A Major,and three LeTmilitants killed in Handwara,

23/02/17   Three soldiers and a woman killed in Shopian.

March 2017

 05/03/17     A Policeman and two militants killed in Tral.

09/03/17     Two militants killed in padgampora ,Pulwama

15/03/17     Three LeTmilitants and a a girl ,11 years old killed in Hyhama, Kupwara.

26/03/17  Two militants killed in Pulwama

28/03/17     A militant and three protesters killed in

Budgam.

April 2017

 02/04/17  A police man killed in grenade attack in Nowhatta downtown Srinagar.

03/04/17   A CRPF constable killed in Sempora , Srinagar.

10/04/17   Four militants killed during infiltration bid in South Kashmir.

22/04/17   Two militants killed in Budgam district.

27/04/17   Army Captain ,two soldiers ,two militants and a protester.

May 2017

 01/5/17  Five policemen and two Bank guards killed after fidayeen attack on cash van in Kulgam.

06/5/17   A militant and three civilians killed following militant attack on police party in Kulgam.

10/05/17   Lieutenant Ummer Fiaz Parray was abducted and killed in Shopian.

14/05/17       Two militants in Waripora Handiwara

20/21/05/17 Three soldiers and four militants killed while Army foiling the infiltration bid.

26/05/17   Two militants killed by Army foilled one more infiltration bid in Uri sector .

27/05/17   six militants were killed in Baramulla   and Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Sabzar Bhat killed in Tral . —            SOURCES (Indian Express, TOI) .

 

However all eyes on the Centre under the stewardship of Shri Modi to come up with solution that could the calm the valley and do away with violent killings for good.

CANADA

 Canada , a picture of calm and placid exterior is in actual seething with the “season of separatism”.

The French speaking Province of Quebec did not favour voting for the constitution of Canada in 1982 and was almost close to leaving Canada in 1985 referendum.

The Quebec Preimer Phillipe Couillard has reopened the constitutional talks after 22 years demanding province’s “ right distinctive society” with other demands like constitution veto powers ,increased immigration controls and a guaranteed spot in the Canadian Supreme court.

The charismatic young flamboyant Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has emphatically stated not to “reopen Canada’s constitution ” as reportd by REUTERS.

Phillipe Couillard while speaking to reporters said “we are Quebecers ,our nation is the founder of the country .we will engage ourselves in dialogue with other Canadians.” reports Global and Mail.

 

The Quebec Province holds 78 seats in 338 seats in the house of commons and Trudeau needs to win extra seats elsewhere to offset the losses in 2019 elections.

Trudeau apparently has enough potential to overcome the problem at hand.

 

AFGHANISTAN

 War tempers high again in Afghanistan.

As per Najib Danish spokesman Afghan Interior Ministry at least six police were killed and a dozen injured on Sunday(18/5/17) morning at 6.30am .   As many as six gunman and a suicide bomber gatecrashed the police head quarters in Gordez city in eastern Afghanistan.

It took whole day for the Afghani security forces to kill last gunman who had taken refuge in a kitchen in the police compound itself.

The weekend was gruesome.

An Afghan soldier working with US troops shot and wounded seven American soldiers on Saturday (17/5/17) as per Washington post. This being second “inside attack” on US soldiers.

Trump Donald’s Defence secretary James Mattis   testified to senate of Armed Services Committee about conflict in Afghanistan in his flamboyant style

“we are not winning the war in Afghanistan right now” The security situation deteriorating and the prospects of winning the war very remote in the current situation he reaffirmed.

Trump is stated to have given directives to increase troops at least by 5000 towards early July this year.

Meanwhile the ground situation in Afghanistan is very bad .

Anti Govt Protests in the streets of Kabul , demanding resignation of President Ashraf Ghani and his cabinet ministers for failing to protect the people and country from continued violence, are on the increase every day.

Let us hope wisdom sanity dawns on the war mongers and Peace Tranquility reigns the world for ever henceforth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRUMP AND THE WORLD

Donald Trump is a President with difference. Not a traditional one reacting carefully after sifting chaff from the facts, rather going hogwog over the problems confronting the world at large. He is being best described as egomaniac — egocentric , who would like to see everything revolving around him.

 Paris Climate Deal

 For instance Trump while announcing his country’s withdrawal from the Paris climate deal, spew venom on India by claiming that India has participated in the agreement “contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions dollars in foreign aid” Refuting Trump’s allegations Sushma Swaraj India’s External affairs minister said that India had signed the deal due to its commitment to protecting the environment.

American ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley went a step further by stating categorically that United States does not need India ,China and France to tell it what to do on the issue of Paris climate agreement. While defending Trump’s decision she said “countries should continue doing what is in their interest.

And if the Paris agreement was something that works for them ,that they can achieve,they should do that.” Hailey continued “business could not be run under the kind of regulations imposed by the Paris Climate deal.”

London Terrorist Attack

 While reacting to the London Bridge terrorist attack Trump tweeted impulsively

At least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and the Mayor of London says ‘there is no reason to be alarmed’ thus criticizing the Mayor of London without understanding the context under which the statement was made.

However Trump later showed great concern over the “barbaric act” while speaking to the PM Theresa May and later tweeted “ whatever the United States

can do to help out in London and the U.K we will be there—WE ARE WITH YOU GOD BLESS”

But again on Sunday (4/6/17) he tweeted criticizing The city’s Mayor Sadiq Khan “for not being tough enough protecting the citizens”.

Russian Ties

Micheal Flynn ,the advisor to Donal Trump,contacts with Russians during the Presidential campaign are currently under investigation. As per REUTERS Flynn was fired as national security advisor in February having misled the vice President Mike Pence about conversations with Russian Ambassador in Washington.

Again USPresident Donald Trump reacted sharply over the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate ties between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia ,calling it “the single greatest witch hunt” in US history.

In the preceding tweets he assailed the latest development “with all illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign and Obama Administration there was never a special consul appointed”.

India’s US Dilemma

India finds itself in a dilemma over securing its interests in the volatile Trump era. India needs to understand that Trump believes in Transactional approach to the relations with foreign counterparts and get away from its present Foreign   Policy pitching for about values, principles etc.

Here is a man who is always looking for a “ the deal” thus re-assuring his pivotal commitment to American interest based diplomacy .

With this backdrop India needs to take a hard look to the changed situation

and go about it very judiciously .

Firstly to focus on building a sincere relationship on quid pro quo offering increased markets to the US firms with positive sustained trade returns for both countries on a long term basis.

Secondly India needs to convince Trump that they need to work assiduously to reduce the growing influence of China across Asia.,not simply in terms of containment only but on broader spectrum to thwart China’s designs of expansionism across Asia .

Thirdly India should make US understand that it needs to make investment across Asian countries as a strategy to be an important ally in the region permanently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAKISTAN’S BARBARIC ACT.

Pakistan’s act of beheading Paramjit Singh of Indian ARMY and Prem Sagar of the Border Security Force is barbaric one, hence unpardonable and punishable .

The Defece Minister Arun jaitely has rightly said India will give “appropriate response”.And India must act adequately to teach a lesson to Pakistan for good. We need not to be complacent or show any kind of vacillation on such occasions but act to maintain the high morale of our Soldiers.

The unrest in Kashmir has been on the upswing since last year and has not signs of any restraint.Infact it has been worsening day in and day out. The NDA government has to formulate a realistic policy towards Kashmir and retract from its beaten one to augur for a new peaceful era in Kashmir history.

Pakistan is playing up the volatile situation in Kashmir to its advantage by creating unrest through its mercenaries with impunity. Violations have increased manifold since our “surgical strike”in September 2016.This attack was done as detterant to thwart any untoward ceasefire violations.

But Pakistan escalated the LOC violations post the “surgical strike” rather than reducing the same. India lost 60solidiers until Dec 2016, nearly twice the nos of 2014 and 2015.

No doubt the Security forces are killing more terrorists but also losing more of soldiers than ever. Peace cannot be brought through the barrel of a gun but through  effective  sincere meaningful dialogue to make the erring party understand the logic of living in peace essential for the people of the valley.

In a bid to do something different than its predecessor, without understanding the consequences thereby, the NDA government has put itself in complete quandary leading to a situation of no return.

The Centre Govt needs to form a group of MPs and in association with Local political parties start the process of dialogue with stakeholders of the valley, to bring some semblance in the current situation.

Currently India’s diplomacy is at its low ebb with Pakistan ,the Sheriff Nawaz government weakest one ,and Sharif himself being in the throes of corruption under scrutiny of Pakistan Supreme court’s investigation ,bettering the ties between two countries has taken least and last priority

They have violated the international law of Geneva Convention 1949 by mutilating the bodies of our soldiers. Mutilation of bodies is prohibited and a declared crime under International law. We need to take steps in cognizance of this Law and make a case against Pakistan .This should at least put pressure on Pakistan and force to change its belligerent tack.

The Govt is facing a strong clamour for a strong action to respond to the treatment meted out to the Indian Security personnel by the Pakistan Army.

In such a tricky situation the Govt should make a decision keeping country interests upper most rather than succumbing to vicious demands.

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THE KASHMIR IMBROGLIO

The current Kashmir imbroglio is a sad saga of weak half-hearted efforts by both State and the Centre administration to reduce anger ,pain ,misery and trepidation of Kashmiris at large.

The youth in Kashmir is being radicalised and fuelled to create unrest to foment war against India at the behest of the Separators and the Neighbour Enemy Country Pakistan.

The situation as of now is of no return to normalcy.

The Separators are successful in pushing Kashmiri youth to fight the forces by attacking them with impunity.

The increased activity on the side of Pakistan LOC is

evident from the sharp rise in number of LOC ceasefire violations.

There are nearly 60 violations till middle of April in current year (2017) against 228 ( 2016) , 152 (2015) 153(2014) 89 (2013) and 93(2012)as reported by Indian Express (April29th2017).

The Indian forces are fighting to their finish to foil the attempts of militants and thus have killed nearly 40 militants till date ,as reported by Indian Express.

 

Pakistan in close association with Separators has managed to keep the Kashmir conflict ticking thus pushing the majority of peace loving Kashmiris to the state of mute spectators with no courage to raise their voice against the atrocities of the militants.

The Paid Stone Peltors have been put into operation of pitching battles with Indian forces on one pretext or other to perpetuate the unstable conditions.

 

The State Govt under Mehbooba Mufti should pull her socks to avert the situation before it goes out of its reach.

 

The Center Govt under the able stewardship of Prime Minister Modi should understand the grim situation and take effective steps to bring normalcy in Kashmir .

The following actions could be thought of

Firstly all political parties should be taken into confidence to deal with impasse as one single unit.

It needs to be stressed that all parties to speak in one language so far Kashmir is concerned.

The disparate voices should not be aired.

Secondly People to People contacts established in the valley.

India’s view point to be conveyed aggressively at all stages. The educated youth to be engaged in framing policy making for progress of the state in close coordination of National Schemes. All such schemes to be extended to the state .

Thirdly weaning away the youth from radicalisation path to mainstream by engaging in offering economic sops like jobs ,business opportunities, higher education etc with sincerity .

This needs to be pursued with deft of purpose and gainful results.

Fourthly  All graduates to be offered with jobs . Should be done with alacrity and on priority .

All efforts should be made to make the people of Kashmir understand that India stands for them and India is the country they belong to.

It is war of winning hearts and minds. A tedious proposition but surely achievable and a permanent one .

Finally the Separators should be isolated completely as they are hellbent on converting Kashmir into a blood bath so that they hamper any solution to Kashmir and Kashmiris.

All financial or nonfinancial assistance if any to be withdrawn with immediate effect if not done so far.

 

Some of our friends profess for Militarized Methods without understanding its perilous implications.

War brings untold misery and the conflict brutalizes both civilian and the soldier.

Since 1988 thousands of soldiers and civilians have died leaving the families to fend for themselves.

We should admit The state Govts have been pursuing on flawed policies for years on resulting in the alienation of Kashmiris.

Let us look inwards and try to set the things right by clicking on the right buttons to arrest the deterioration permanently looking through the realistic human mirror rather than a blurred biased one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE UNENDING WARS

Mosul Fight

 The battle for Mosul ,an ongoing bloody saga for last six months now doesnot seem to end .The pitch of fever is high .

Being probably the last stronghold of Islamic state ,the Iraqi

Combat backed by US air strikes is becoming a challenge to reclaim western Mosul.

In the ensuing frustration the extremists are using children as shields to slow down the Iraqi onslaught.

The Mosul residents escaping the fighting conveyed that American raids had been killing dozens of civilians and the situation looked grim .As per New York Times at least 200 civilians have been killed so far, if true this would be highest civilian casualties since war began in 2003 .

According to wall street journal the terrorist group has resorted to lob grenades on densely populated areas including streets and military targets as well thus causing a situation of no return .

Thousands of civilians are fleeing Mosul city to safety places in the outskirts to save from the perils of war.

With US poised to induct more forces into Iraqi thrust the war in Mosul looks never ending story.

The Deadly Chemical Attack

 A suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed dozens of people ,including children in Idlib on Tuesday,as reported by a monitoring group,medicos and rescue workers.

According to the head of health authority of Idlib morethan 50 people killed and 300 injured.

Though Syrian Military has denied vehemently using chemical weapons but the damage done cannot be repaired .

“ we deny completely the use of any chemical toxic material in Khan Sheikhoun town today and the army has not used nor will use in any place or time neither in the past or in future” the Syrian Army command said.

The incident at Khan Sheikhoun could be deadliest chemical attack since sarin Gas killed hundreds of civilians in Ghouta near Damascusnin August 2013.

The attack invited world reactions sponstaneously .

The White House first to react said “ an intolerable act” and British Prime Minister Theresa May called for investigation into the inhumanly attack.

UN envoy in Syria said “horrific” chemical attack had come from air.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized the urgency to maintaining the much awaited Syrian ceasefire as reported by REUTERS.

Russian deadly subway Bombing

 On Monday the terrorist attack in St.Petesburg the second largest city in Russia .Atleast 11 were dead in the subway train ambush .

Russian President Vladimir Putin while laying flowers at the deadly scene reaffirmed to nab the terrorist for severe action.

The Russian Govt is meanwhile investigating into the terrorist act committed by single perpetrator. No group has such has claimed responsibility.

Russia has been facing similar attacks since 1970, the recent ones

Were one at Moscow airport in 2011, and in 2010 at Moscow subway,

The United Nations Intervention

 Since gruesome wars are going on continuously all over the globe, it is imperative that United Nation should wield its influence to bring peace and sanity in the comity of Nations for future generations of this beautiful world.

The United Security Council has started parleys since Wednesday as how to deal with a situation arising out of chemical weapon strike.

By Syrian Govt troops that killed nearly 100 people including children below age of eight.

Britain France and the US are pushing for a Security Council resolution condemning Syrian Govt and ordering Syrian Govt to come out with facts to international investigaters as reported by New York Times.

 

 Innovations.

 Egg incubation

 Last week French Artist Abraham Poinvechal had taken challenge of incubation 10eggs using his own body heat. He has sealed himself in glass vivarium as reported by Reuters.

He is eating ginger and othe herbal food to maintain his body temp well within required parameters.

He expects to hatch the eggs in 26 days.