'The Ishrat encounter was neither genuine, nor fake. I believe it was a 'controlled killing,' says Shekhar Gupta.IMAGE: Ishrat Jahan, the Mumbra, Maharashtra, teenager killed in an encounter by the Gujarat police. First, the three facts that I believe in the Ishrat Jahan story, as it returns into our lives in the course of David Coleman Headley's testimony. One, Ishrat Jahan, and others killed with her, definitely had serious terror, most likely Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT), links. Two, they were killed in a staged encounter where the Intelligence Bureau and Gujarat police worked together. Three, and probably the most important, that while the encounter (June 15, 2004) took place when the United Progressive Alliance was in power and the next six IB directors were appointed by it, it started calling the encounter fake and Ishrat an innocent teenager years later when it saw an existentialist political threat developing from Gujarat. It became so partisan, in fact, that when the first National … [Read more...] about Can you call Ishrat’s a fake encounter?
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India has embarked on a massive development push in 112 of the country’s poorest districts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, explaining his government’s efforts to boost growth in neglected regions to spur overall economic expansion.Delivering the inaugural address at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on the theme Conversations For a Better Tomorrow, the prime minister said his government was developing these 112 districts, home to roughly 150 million people, as “aspirational districts”.“Previous governments had left large parts of our country blank. These regions were the most backward on most parameters. But we are working on development and governance parameters…when their future improves, India’s future will improve,” he said. “We are not those who leave a page blank, we are writing a new chapter…we are taking the country from politics of promise to politics of … [Read more...] about HTLS 2019: ‘Govt won’t leave a page blank, writing new chapter for India’: PM Narendra Modi
WASHINGTON: China is most likely to become the sole global superpower by the middle of this century due to its "comprehensive, rigorous strategy to achieve global domination" and the United States' inaction, top Republican Senator Mitt Romney has said. During his "Will China become the world's sole superpower?" address to the International Democratic Union, Romney said a dispassionate analysis of China leads to three possible futures. "First, China becomes the sole global superpower -- economically, militarily and geopolitically -- by the middle of this century. Second, China's ascension will be disrupted and halted by internal turmoil," he said. Or third, China will be dissuaded from seeking global domination and instead becomes a responsible member of the global order, he said. "The first scenario is the most likely because of what China is doing and because of what we are not doing," Romney said. "China has a comprehensive, rigorous strategy to achieve global domination and the … [Read more...] about China most likely to become sole global superpower by mid-21st Century: Mitt Romney
After making it through a swarm of media cameras and microphones at the Spanish capital’s northern train station, the Swedish teen posted an ironic tweet saying that she had “successfully managed to sneak into Madrid.” “I don’t think anyone saw me …,” she added. “Anyway it’s great to be in Spain!” I successfully managed to sneak into Madrid this morning! I don’t think anyone saw me...https://t.co/8SfqpqbUXG— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 6, 2019 The Spanish capital is hosting two-week, United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at streamlining the rules on global carbon markets and agreeing on how poor countries should be compensated for destruction largely caused by emissions from rich nations. Later Friday, Thunberg paid a surprise visit to the venue of the talks and joined a group of some 40 teens staging a sit-in there to demand real action against climate change. Holding hands, the teens sang … [Read more...] about Greta Thunberg surrounded by media as she arrives in Madrid by train after Atlantic crossing
The following is the text of US President George W Bush's final State of the Union address delivered to Congress on Monday: Madam Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Seven years have passed since I first stood before you at this rostrum.In that time, our country has been tested in ways none of us could have imagined.We have faced hard decisions about peace and war, rising competition in the world economy, and the health and welfare of our citizens. These issues call for vigorous debate, and I think it's fair to say we've answered that call. Yet history will record that amid our differences, we acted with purpose. And together, we showed the world the power and resilience of American self-government. All of us were sent to Washington to carry out the people's business. That is the purpose of this body. It is the meaning of our oath. And it remains our charge to keep. The actions of the 110th Congress will affect the security … [Read more...] about Bush seeks support on Iraq in final address