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Digvijaya Singh quotes foreign agency report, questions airstrike success

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who has asked the Centre to provide evidence of casualties in airstrike carried out by India in Pakistan’s Balakot, on Wednesday cited a foreign agency report which has questioned success of the bombings.
With the headline ‘satellite images show madrasa buildings still standing at scene of Indian bombing’, Digvijaya Singh attached the Reuter’s report on .Basing its report on satellite images, Reuters has claimed that madrasa buildings continue to stand tall at scene of the bombing in Pakistan.”High-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters show that a religious school run by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in northeastern Pakistan appears to be still standing days after India claimed its warplanes had hit the Islamist group’s training camp on the site and killed a large number of militants,” the report says.
In the report, images produced by a San Francisco-based private satellite operator, are shown at least six buildings on the madrasa site on March 4, six days after the airstrike.According to Reuters, the image is virtually unchanged from an April 2018 satellite photo of the facility.”There are no discernible holes in the roofs of buildings, no signs of scorching, blown-out walls, displaced trees around the madrasa or other signs of an aerial attack,” the report adds.The foreign agency report says the satellite images have cast “further doubt” on statements made over the last eight days by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the raids had hit all the intended targets at the madrasa site near Jaba village and the town of Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Earlier, Digvijaya Singh had come down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to clear the “doubts” cast by the international media on the terrorists’ deaths in the airstrike carried out by India in Pakistan’s Balakot.”We are proud of the bravery of your forces and have complete faith on them.I have seen many of my friends and close relatives in the Army leaving their families and protecting us. We respect them,” Singh tweeted.”However, the IAF carried out an airstrike after the Pulwama accident, some foreign media have cast doubts, which is putting a question mark on the credibility of our Indian government,” Singh said on .Singh said the way PM Modi and his ministers were treating the airstrike was an “insult” to the forces who carried out the operation.A war of words over the Indian Air Force airstrikes in Balakot has broken out between Congress and the BJP as both the sides traded charges against each other. Both the sides have accused each other for politicising the IAF airstrike.

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Digvijaya Singh calls Pulwama terror attack an accident

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to clear the “doubts” cast by the international media on the terrorists’ deaths in the airstrike carried out by India in Pakistan’s Balakot.
“We are proud of the bravery of your forces and have complete faith on them.I have seen many of my friends and close relatives in the Army leaving their families and protecting us. We respect them,” Singh tweeted.”However, the IAF carried out an airstrike after the Pulwama accident, some foreign media have cast doubts, which is putting a question mark on the credibility of our Indian government,” Singh said on .March 5, 2019Air Strike”March 5, 2019ati went all out on him for describing the deadly Pulwama terror attack as a mere “accident”.
Digvijaya Singh also asked PM Modi to clarify on BJP chief Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union minister SS Ahluwalia’s statements on the number of terrorists killed by the IAF on Balakot airstrike.”Prime minister ji, some of your ministers say 300 terrorists were killed, BJP chief says 250 were killed, Yogi Adityanath says 400 killed, and your minister SS Alhuwalia says not even one died.And you are silent on this topic. The country wants to know who the liar here is.
[sic],” Singh said, SS AhluwaliaMarch 5, 2019Singh said the way PM Modi and his ministers were treating the airstrike was an “insult” to the forces who carried out the operation.”The way you and your ministers are treating this airstrike as your success, it is an insult to the bravery of the security forces.Every citizen of the country respects the Indian Army and security forces,” the Congress leader said.March 5, 2019Union minister Prakash Javadekar, reacting to Digvijaya Singh’s Pulwama accident tweet, said: “What has happened to Congress? They are playing with people’s sentiments and are denying the information of Indian armed forces.This never happens in any democratic nation where the people do not trust their forces.”Union Minister P Javadekar on Digvijaya Singh terms #PulwamaAttack an accident’: Congress ko kya hogya hai?Desh ki jan bhawna se ek dum ulti baat karte hain,sena ki jankari ko jhutla rahe hain.
Aisa kisi lok tantra desh mein nahi hota jahan sena par hi avishwas darshaya jata hai.
Both the sides have accused each other for politicising the IAF airstrike.The result of the counter-terrorism operation in Balakot has been a hot topic of political debate in India — Congress leader Kapil Sibal asked if PM Modi was “politicising terror”, pointing to several news reports saying India’s airstrikes did not kill terrorists in Pakistan.Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, replying to Kapil Sibal’s comment, blasted the latter for “believing international media over the intelligence agencies”. He went on to add that Sibal should travel to Balakot himself to check if any terrorists were killed.
West Bengal Mamata Banerjee asked for details last week, citing media reports that either said there were no deaths, or that one person has been killed.Asked about the West Bengal chief minister’s remarks, former Union Minister P Chidambaram said at the India Today Conclave that he was prepared to believe the government, but “the world cannot be asked to suspend disbelief”.Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa on Monday (March 4) said Indian Air Force warplanes hit their intended target. “If we plan to hit the target, we hit the target,” he told reporters in Coimbatore.”If we had dropped bombs in the jungle, then no need for him [Pakistan] to respond.”

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Don’t do politics over forces, says Oppn; govt says this talk pleases Pakistan

Speaking for the first time against attempts to politicise the stand-off by the ruling BJP, some Opposition party leaders even read out statements made by PM Modi and Amit Shah in the wake of the Indian Air Force strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammad training.
Written by Manoj C G, Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Related News LiveIndia-Pakistan tension LIVE: Joint military press conference at 5 pmAmid India-Pakistan faceoff, domestic airlines waive cancellation fees on select routesJK: Pakistan continues shelling in Poonch till 7am; Indian Army retaliates The statement was issued after a three-hour meeting at the Parliament Library, where leaders of the 21 parties also expressed concern over the prevailing security situation in the country.
(File)While reiterating their support to the armed forces in the fight against terror, 21 Opposition parties Wednesday said that they were anguished over the “blatant politicisation” of the sacrifices of armed forces by the “ruling party”.AdvertisingIn a statement, Opposition parties urged the Government to take the nation into confidence on all measures to protect India’s sovereignty, unity and integrity.
The statement was issued after a three-hour meeting at the Parliament Library, where leaders of the 21 parties also expressed concern over the prevailing security situation in the country.Video: MiG 21 Pilot Missing, One Pak Aircraft Shot DownLeaders observed that the Prime Minister has, “regrettably, not convened an all-party meeting as per the established practice in our democracy” and said in the statement: “National security must transcend narrow political consideration.
”Union Minister Prakash Javadekar denied there was any attempt to “politicise” the sacrifices made by soldiers. “The Opposition parties’ statement has pleased Pakistan and its media.The Opposition should think if it was proper to make such a statement at a time when the country should be united,” he said. Union Minister Arun Jaitley said: “Let the country speak in one voice.Please introspect Your ill-advised statement is being used by Pakistan to bolster its case.”AdvertisingOpposition parties also condemned the “dastardly” Pulwama terror attack by “Pakistan-sponsored” terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammad on February 14, in which 40 CRPF men were killed in a suicide bombing.
The meeting began with a minute’s silence for those killed in Pulwama and the leaders resolved that while there are many important livelihood issues to discuss such as jobs and agriculture, the present situation with Pakistan would have to take precedence.

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International Mother Language Day: Time To Celebrate Linguistic Diversity

International Mother Language Day is observed on February 21 around the world. It’s a day to celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity.The theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day will be indigenous languages as a factor in development, peace and reconciliation.

World | Edited by Richa Taneja | EMAILPRINTCOMMENTS International Mother Language Day: A day to celebrate multilingualism around the world.New Delhi:International Mother Language Day is observed on February 21 around the world.
It’s a day to celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity. The world has more than 7,000 languages and the multilingualism is celebrated through this day.
International Mother Language Day reminds us how words connect us, empower us and help us communicate our feelings to others. India alone has about 22 officially recognized languages, 1635 rationalized mother tongues, 234 identifiable mother tongues, according to Census 2001.
International Mother Language Day was first observed in 1999 by UNESCO, a specialized agency of the United Nations that stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.UNESCO has been celebrating International Mother Language Day for nearly 20 years and aims to promote mother tongue-based multilingual education.
Every year, there are different themes to celebrate International Mother Language Day.Since 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day will be indigenous languages as a factor in development, peace and reconciliation.Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, said, “Indigenous peoples number some 370 million and their languages account for the majority of the approximately 7,000 living languages on Earth. Many indigenous peoples continue to suffer from marginalization, discrimination and extreme poverty, and are the victims of human-rights violations.”On the need to preserve mother-tongue language, UNESCO said, “Linguistic diversity is increasingly threatened as more and more languages disappear. Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand,”The multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way, it added.

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Kapil Sharma To Reportedly Reunite With Sunil Grover But There’s A Twist

Kapil Sharma and his show frequently top the list of trends and recently it was reported that his ex-colleague Sunil Grover will be joining him on The Kapil Sharma Show but not as a co-star.
Katrina Kaif will join them too Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover ended their collaboration in 2017 after a mid-air fight while flying home from Australia. After the fight, Sunil Grover quit The Kapil Sharma Show (previous season).However, months later, Sunil Grover said that if ‘God’s willing, he and Kapil Sharma will work together again,’ news agency IANS reported.In December, when Kapil announced the new season of The Kapil Sharma Show, Sunil Grover revealed that he had a’casual discussion’ with Salman Khan about joining the show but added that the dates were clashing with his Bharat schedule.Salman is also the co-producer of The Kapil Sharma Show. Meantime, Sunil Grover launched Kanpur Wale Khuranas with Kapil’s ex-colleagues like Ali Agar, Upasana Singh and Sugandha Mishra.Kanpur Wale Khuranas went off air recently.View this post on Instagram Sunil GroverDec 7, 2018 at 11:32pm PST”My own dates would have clashed with Kapil’s show as I am doing a film with Salman sir.
This show that I am doing for Star Plus fitted in the window that I had. But Salman sir did speak to me briefly about it (bringing two of us together).
We had a very casual chat about it but nothing much,” Sunil Grover said, IANS reported.View this post on Instagram Kapil SharmaJan 5, 2019 at 4:01am PSTLast week, The Kapil Sharma Show featured in headlines after the Internet demanded a ban on the show following Navjot Singh Sidhu’s controversial remark on the Pulwama terror attack.”For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual?” he said, PTI reported. Later, it was reported that Archana Puran Singh has replaced Navjot Singh Sidhu on the show.#BoycottKapilSharma trended all of Tuesday, after Kapil Sharma reportedly said at an event that ‘banning or sacking’ Navjot Singh Sidhu from the show is ‘not a solution.'(With IANS and PTI inputs)Sooraj Barjatya’s Father Raj Kumar Barjatya Dies in MumbaiHere’s The Problem With Bohemian Rhapsody (And Every Musical Biopic Ever Made).

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Pulwama terror attack: India withdraws Most Favoured Nation (MNF) status to Pakistan, says Jaitley

In the worst ever terror attack in the Valley, a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden Scorpio SUV into a CRPF bus in Pulwama in Kashmir.
By |New Delhi | Related News Pulwama attack: India says will make Pakistan pay, Opposition stands with govtChina refuses to change stance on listing JeMs Masood Azhar as global terrorist by UNStrong US-India relation core of our approach to Indo-Pacific: Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Arun Jaitley briefs media after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting (Express Photo by Anil Sharma)A day after 38 men of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmirs Pulwama district, India on Friday withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan.
Briefing the media after attending a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in New Delhi, senior Cabinet minister Arun Jaitley said the Ministry of External Affairs will launch an all-out effort to isolate Pakistan for orchestrating the dastardly attack on the CRPF personnel.Advertising The bus was ferrying over 40 soldiers, and was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles with 2,547 CRPF personnel, moving from Jammu to Srinagar.
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the bomber as a 20-year-old local resident from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Pulwama attack LIVE updatesThe Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will initiate all possible diplomatic steps which are to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan of which incontrovertible is available of having a direct hand in this act, Jaitley said, adding that it will withdraw the MNF status granted to the neighbouring country in 1996.
Most Favoured Nation is a treatment accorded to a trade partner to ensure non-discriminatory trade between two countries vis-a-vis other trade partners. The importance of MFN is shown in the fact that it is the first clause in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
Under WTO rules, a member country cannot discriminate between its trade partners. If a special status is granted to a trade partner, it must be extended to all members of the WTO.
Soldiers deployed on the highway after the attack on Thursday. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said those who committed the heinous act will pay “a heavy price”.
“Those who did the heinous act will have to pay a heavy price. Those who supported it will definitely be punishment,” PM Modi said.
“To all my colleagues, in ruling and Opposition, it’s a sensitive time. We need to speak in one voice because this battle is for us to win.
As condemnation poured in from all quarters, Prime Minister Modi Thursday promised that the “sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain”, while Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who blamed Pakistan for the terror attack, said a “strong reply” will be given

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‘Bollywood Boulevard’ showcases century of Hindi cinema

Elizabeth Chalier & Sunthar Visuvalingam. CHICAGO: “Bollywood Boulevard (BB): A Journey Through Hindi Cinema” regaled a mixed audience at McAninch Arts Center (MAC) in Glen Ellyn, over the weekend of February 9 and 10.
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Delhi vs Centre: SC delivers split verdict on control of services, refers it to larger benchNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict on the contentious issue of division of powers between the Delhi government and the Centre over control of services,.Delhi vs Centre: Non clarity in judgment unfortunate; Delhiites will continue to suffer, says AAPNEW DELHI: Delhis ruling Aam Aadmi Party Thursday said it was unfortunate that there was no clarity in the Supreme Courts split verdict on who controls services in the National.
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Rajnath Singh flags off inaugural flight from Lucknow to NajafLUCKNOW: Union Home minister Rajnath Singh Thursday flagged off the inaugural flight from Uttar Pradeshs capital city to Najaf in Iraq. Speaking on the occasion, he said the government wants.

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