(Weekly Newsletter of Patriots’ Forum)
Patriotism is the best form of Nationalism
Vol.3 - Patriots Speak :: 15th -21st September 2014
Dear Enlightened Readers,
· Obama nominates Richard Verma as new ambassador to India;
· Obama vows to destroy and degrade ISIS;
· ISIS beheads another man - a Britishers and warns US of flames of war;
· The Indian Home Minister laid down that talks with Maoist rebels possible only if the latter lay down their arms;
· Both Japan and China announces substantial investments in India;
· No death penalty in 98 countries;
· India agrees to be a "Partner Country" at Hanover fair in 2015;
· Wholesale inflation at 5-year low;
· First e-Cabinet meeting in the country held in Andhra Pradesh.
Thanking you & with regards,
(On behalf of the Patriots’ Forum)
New American Ambassador to India: President Barack Obama nominated former State Department official Richard Verma as U.S. ambassador to India on Thursday, just ahead of a visit to Washington by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a White House statement said.
Obama Vows to "Degrade, Destroy" ISIS: So said the US President at the Pentagon in a televised speech on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the twin towers in New York. (All Press, 12 Sept. 14)
EU Hits Russia with New Sanctions Over Ukraine: Russia has angrily reacted to this, accusing the West for trying to wreck the push for peace in the former Soviet Union. (AFP, The Statesman, September 13, 2014)
World Pledges To Crush ISIS: World leaders came together at the Paris meet on September 15, pledged to boost US efforts to cobble up a coalition to fight the ISIS menace. (The Hindustan Times, September 16, 2014)
Ukraine Rebel Areas Granted Self-rule: The Ukrainian Parliament ratified on September 16 an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the EU and granted autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal. (AP, The Indian Express, September 17, 2014)
Border Row Resolved: Confirming recent border incursions, China (Beijing) said on Thursday that the issue has since been sorted out by dialogue. (The Hindustan Times, September 19, 2014)
India Vietnam Relations: President Pranab Mukherjee on return from Vietnam stated that the political relations between India and Vietnam have always been strong and ‘cloudless’. http://www.security-risks.com/security-issues-south-asia/china-in-south-asia/statement-to-the-media-by-president-on-return-from-vietnam-3501.html
Israel Calls For More Indian Cooperation To Fight Terror: This was said while inaugurating a Seminar by the Israeli Counsellor at Bangalore on Thursday. (The Pioneer, September 19, 2014)
General Motors Global CEO, Chairman meets Prime Minister, India: They announced the launching of 40 new products in international market, including India. (PTI, The Indian Express, September 12, 2014)
China To Invest US dollar 100 bn In India Over 5 Years: This is the amount the Chinese President visiting India will bring with him. This is more than thrice the amount from Japan. (The Times of India, Sept. 13, 2014)
Wholesale Inflation At 5-year Low, Food Prices Dip: This is according to data released on September 15, 2014. (The Hindustan Times, September 16, 2014)
Opening Ceremony : Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2014: The combined Indo-US Military Training, Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2014 commenced at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand with an opening ceremony on 17 Sep 14. http://www.security-risks.com/security-trends-south-asia/india-defence/opening-ceremony-exercise-yudh-abhyas-2014-3498.html
India Signs $ 100 million LOC for Defence Procurement with Vietnam: MoU on $ 100 million Line of Credit for Defence Procurement. Ms. Geeta Poojary, General Manager, Exim Bank of India and Mr. Truong Chi Trung, Deputy Minister of Finance signed the MoU which provides concessional line of credit for procurement of defence equipment from India. Details of equipment to be procured by Vietnam are under finalization. The LoC opens new opportunities in our defence cooperation.. http://www.security-risks.com/security-trends-south-asia/india-defence/india-signs-100-million-loc-for-defence-procurement-with-vietnam-3484.html
Talks only if Maoists Shun Guns: This was stated by the Union Home Minister on September 12, 2014, at a news conference. (The Times of India, September 13, 2014)
Central forces to absorb surrendered NE militants: In order to lure militants in northeast to surrender and join mainstream (CCS) is likely to approve a proposal of the Union Home Ministry. http://www.security-risks.com/security-trends-south-asia/india-north-east/central-forces-to-absorb-surrendered-ne-militants-3477.html
Germany Prohibits Activities Aiding ISIS: This was announced on Friday, banning the recruitment for jihadist fighters, the public display of ISIS symbols and signs and including social media propaganda.
(AFP, The Asian Age, September 13, 2014)
ISIS Beheads British Aid Worker, Parades Another: This was on Sunday in a video release, as in the past. In a strongly-worded response, the British Prime Minister vowed to "extinguish" ISIS by taking "whatever steps necessary". (All Press, September 15, 2014)
Branches of Al Qaeda Urge United Front against West: The call was given (September 16) by powerful Al Qaeda branches in Yemen and North Africa. (AFP, The Asian Age, September 17, 2014)
US Strikes Jihadis near Baghdad for First Time Now: This was in support of the Iraqi forces.
(AFP, The Statesman, Sept.17, 2014)
New ISIS Video Warns US of "flames of fire": The slick 52-second video shows blowing up tanks and images of wounded US soldiers. (AP, The Hindustan Times, September 17, 2014)
New Qaeda Wing Claims Hijacking Pak Navy Ship: This was meant to be used to fire rockets at US vessels in the Arabian Sea. (The Times of India, September 18, 2014)
ISIS Releases Video of another British Hostage: This was on September 18. The victim is a journalist John Cantle. (The Hindustan Times, September 19, 2014)
Global Foot Print: ISIS eclipses Al Qaeda as Biggest Threat: This was because of Australia having been brought in to the picture by the ISIS's plan for beheading near Sydney. Australia reacted by a mobilising a massive anti-terror operation. (All Press, September 19, 2014)
Number of People Rescued Crosses 234000 in J&K: As the flood water has started receding the apprehension for water-borne diseases is rising. http://www.security-risks.com/security-trends-south-asia/jammu-kashmir/number-of-people-rescued-crosses-234000-in-jk-3486.html
Indian Army's Battle for Hearts and Minds in Srinagar: There is necessity for conveying the outstanding humanitarian work done by the Armed Forces in the right context and medium to neutralize separatist propaganda and disruptions. The heroic efforts of the Indian armed forces rescue and relief operations named variously as Operation Megh Sahayata or Sahayata has been recognized all across the country. http://www.security-risks.com/security-trends-south-asia/jammu-kashmir/indian-armys-battle-for-hearts-and-minds-in-srinagar-3489.html
Tech-savvy Naidu Sets e-Cabinet Trend: Andhra Pradesh, under N Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister, became the first State in India to hold paper-less Cabinet meeting, setting a new trend in the country. The Ministers were told to come to the meeting only with an iPad, no papers whatsoever. (The Pioneer, 17 Sept14)
Four-day Yoga Meet at Thyagaraj Stadium, Delhi: It started off on September 18. Over 2000 people participated. This Yogatsabha is part of "Bharat Yatra" that had started last year at Munger, Bihar.
(The Hindustan Times, September 19, 2014)
JKLF chief Yasin Malik 'hijacks' rescue boat in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Kashmiri separatist leaders have been left exposed once again – this time by the floods in Jammu and Kashmir. As per reports, Yasin Malik was on Sept.13 seen disrupting relief and rescue operations in flood-hit J&K. Malik and his aides reportedly tried to hamper the rescue and relief efforts being carried out by the Indian Army. As per reports, the JKLF chief and his aides hijacked a rescue boat in order to 'personally' distribute relief items.
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तो हम क्या करते।"