'Ajit Doval has done a splendid job in handling the Pathankot attack and certainly helped save heavy destruction of critical air force assets,' says Abhay Jere.Ajai Shukla's column is another example of the pathological hatred within a section of armchair columnists towards Narendra Modi's establishment. Shukla has certainly pretended to be objective while analysing the handling of terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase, but he has purposefully chosen to overlook/ignore the facts which does not support his viewpoint. Moreover, he has labelled all the journalists praising the handling of the Pathankot attack as National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's 'cheerleaders'. So now let us systematically dissect the various issues raised by Shukla to perpetuate his prejudice that the Pathankot terrorist attack was poorly handled by Doval and that he is incompetent to be the NSA.The first and foremost aspect of the Pathankot attack was the availability of credible intelligence inputs before the … [Read more...] about Doval’s actions saved critical air assets in Pathankot
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Video PlayerClose WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced in the annual State of the Union (SOTU) speech a second meeting with the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un, on Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam. U.S. experts believed that the two sides chose the meeting timing and location based on multiple considerations. WHY FEBRUARY IN VIETNAM? Douglas Paal, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told Xinhua that the two leaders' meeting venue has to be in "neutral territory with enough hotel rooms to accommodate the crowd." Speaking of the reason for the two sides to choose late February, the expert said that "Trump needs a win after the elections and shut down" and "the SOTU and Tet (lunar new year 2019 holiday) new year makes end February the soonest time." Kyle Ferrier, a U.S.-based scholar of Korean studies, told Xinhua that Vietnam is the choice because of "logistics and … [Read more...] about News Analysis: Why Trump, Kim choose to meet in Vietnam in late February?
Video PlayerClose BANGKOK, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Thai Army on Thursday said that they have apprehended and held five suspects believed to be involved in the Nov. 5 killings of 15 volunteers in Thailand's restive province of Yala. Security forces in the wee morning of Thursday, combed through Nang Chan mountain range cutting through Yala and Pattani Provinces and have held five suspects for questioning, said Thailand's Fourth Army Region in charge of tackling insurgency in the South. "Hopefully, the search operation by police, army troops and para-military rangers for these alleged suspects will end on Nov. 25," 4th Army Region commander Lt Gen Phonsak Poonsawat told media, "we will quickly bring the perpetrators to justice. There is no place for terrorism acts on Thai soil." Phonsak also warned local villagers not to venture into the Nang Chan mountain range during the operation for their safety. The 4th Region Commander said more than 30 insurgents and their sympathizers are … [Read more...] about 5 insurgent suspects involved in killing apprehended, held in south Thailand
Video PlayerClose LUSAKA, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- A five-member delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in Zambia to exchange information with authorities on the policies that the government was undertaking in dealing with the economy, a finance ministry spokesperson said on Thursday. The delegation intends to hold discussions with government on measures being taken in dealing with fiscal challenges, the public debt, and other macro-economic policy issues aimed at stabilization and growth of the economy, finance ministry spokesperson Chileshe Kandeta said. The team, which is led by Dan Gura, on Wednesday held talks with Finance Minister Bwalya Ng'andu who told the delegation on the macro-economic environment, the electricity situation, public debt management and up-scaled domestic resource mobilization drive the government has embarked on, the spokesperson added. The Zambian finance minister told the delegation of government's commitment to stabilize the macro-economic … [Read more...] about IMF commences staff visit to Zambia
Video PlayerClose MANILA, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine central bank decided on Thursday to maintain its key interest rate at 4.0 percent. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Francisco Dakila said on a press conference the decision-makers of the Monetary Board believed that the prevailing monetary policy settings remain appropriate given the current considerations. "This is supported by the benign inflation outlook and a firm outlook for domestic economic growth," Dakila added. Dakila said that the country's inflation expectations based on the BSP's survey of private-sector economists also remain well-anchored within the inflation target range. Although the weak global economic prospects continue, Dakila said firm private domestic spending and sustained progress in policy reforms in the Philippines will serve as a buffer against external headwinds. At the same time, Dakila said a prudent pause in monetary adjustments will enable the cumulative 75-basis-point … [Read more...] about Philippine central bank keeps interest rate steady