Even US is afraid of third nuclear test of North Korea



America comes forward to support S Korea against N Korea

The North Korea has done its fifth nuclear test and the whole World has united against it which is a good move and recently United States and China have also agreed to deploy an additional THAAD battery in South Korea after the threat from North Korea.

The United States President Barack Obama has taken this threat seriously and House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest said that he is committed to protect Americans. He further told that the Security Council told him over the weekend that indicated that they were going to consider additional economic sanctions which could be imposed against North Korea for their continued and flagrant violations of a variety of Security Council resolutions.

This statement of Josh has cleared that America is very serious about this matter and whole International Community has come forward  to stand against North Korea because this is an alarming situation and if Countries will not take it seriously then North Korea can do anything to exploit its nuclear power.

America is also working on further steps which will isolate North Korea and Josh also told that there is some important work to be done at the UN and the US will be supportive in that process. There is THAAD battery that has been deployed to Guam.

Recently America and South Korea has done an agreement in which it was decided that an additional THAAD battery in South Korea will be deployed and all of this has been oriented against the threat from North Korea.

Barack Obama also told that he is pleased with Chinese because they have contributed in constructing a pressure on North Koreans and he believes that there is more that they could do in this situation.

Obama also had various conversations with Chinese President Xi (Jinping), about the need to deal with this situation a priority.


Donald Trump intends to designate Brazil as ‘major non-NATO ally’



US President Donald Trump has said that he intends to designate Brazil as a “major non-NATO ally”, a move aimed to cement America’s ties with the Latin American country where China has made deep strides in recent years.

The move by Trump gains significance as Brazil is a key member of the powerful five-nation BRICS grouping and has joined hands with India, Japan, and Germany to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.


Notably, Trump’s America considers two of its members, Russia and China, as major threats to its national security, while it is taking all steps to strengthen and deepen ties with India and Brazil.

Trump made the announcement during a joint Rose Garden press conference at the White House with visiting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday.

“We had a great meeting today. As I told President Bolsonaro, I intend to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO Ally, or even possible, if you start thinking about it, maybe a NATO ally. We have to talk to a lot of people, but maybe a NATO ally,” Trump said.

The two countries, he said, are already working together to protect people from terrorism, transnational crime, drugs, and weapons trafficking.

“We look forward to an even deeper partnership and working together,” he said. “In our meetings, we also discussed the strong economic ties between our nations, grounded in the principles of fairness and reciprocity. My favourite word: reciprocity,” the US president said.

Bolsonaro, who was often referred to as “Tropical Trump” before his election, said his meeting with the US president has started a new chapter of cooperation between Brazil and the United States.

“Inasmuch as today, we have revisited and have again decided to promote matters that were on our order of business for decades,” he said.

“It is fair to say that, today, Brazil does have a President who is not anti-American, which was really unprecedented in the past few decades,” Bolsonaro said.

The two countries have decided to restore the CEOs’ Forum. “We also intend to attach priority to relaunching an energy forum with an emphasis on oil, gas, and other sources of energy,” the Brazilian president said.

In a joint statement, the two leaders later reiterated that the United States and Brazil stood with Interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaido, along with the democratically elected National Assembly and the Venezuelan people as they worked to peacefully restore constitutional order in Venezuela.

The US and Brazil signed a Technology Safeguards Agreement, which will enable US companies to conduct commercial space launches from Brazil, as well as an agreement between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Brazilian Space Agency to launch a jointly developed satellite in the near future.

Trump welcomed Brazil’s ongoing efforts regarding economic reforms, best practices and a regulatory framework in line with the standards of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

He noted his support for Brazil initiating the accession procedure to becoming a full member of the OECD.

“Commensurate with its status as a global leader, President Bolsonaro agreed that Brazil will begin to forgo special and differential treatment in World Trade Organization negotiations in line with the United States proposal,” the joint statement said.

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North Korea likely to suspend nuclear talks with ‘gangster-like’ US: Diplomat



North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, news reports from the North’s capital on Friday quoted a senior diplomat as saying.

Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui blamed top US officials for the breakdown of last month’ssummit in Hanoi between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Russia’s TASS news agency and the Associated Press said.

“We have no intention to yield to the US demands (at the Hanoi summit) in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind,” TASS quoted Choe as telling reporters in the North Korean capital.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo andnational security adviser John Bolton “created the atmosphere of hostility and mistrust and, therefore, obstructed the constructive effort for negotiations between the supreme leaders of North Korea and the United States”, Tass quoted Choe as saying.

Kim is set to make an official announcement soon on his position regarding the denuclearisation talks with the United States and the North’s further actions, it added, citing Choe.

Choe said Washington threw away a golden opportunity at the summit and warned that Kim might rethink a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, the Associated Press news agency said.

“I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the US will eventually put the situation in danger,” AP quoted her as saying.

But she added, “Personal relations between the two supreme leaders are still good and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful.”

Choe’s comments echoed the North’s usual rhetoric at tense points in its dealings with Washington. North Korea expert Joshua Pollack said North Korea may be delivering an ultimatum.

“They’re putting down a marker, saying which way things are headed if nothing changes,” Pollack, of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, said.


The second Trump-Kim summit broke down over differences about US demands for Pyongyang to denuclearise and North Korea’s demand for dramatic relief from international sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile tests, which it pursued for years in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

Choe had said after the Hanoi talks that Kim might lose his commitment to pursue a deal with the United States after seeing it reject a request to lift some sanctions in return for the North destroying its main known nuclear complex.

In Washington this week, the US special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said the United States expected to be able to continue its close engagement, though he offered no specifics on when new talks might be held.

“Diplomacy is still very much alive,” Biegun said on Monday but stopped short of saying if there had been any talks since the summit.

Bolton, who has argued for a tough approach to North Korea, said last week that Trump was open to more talks but also warned of tougher sanctions if the North did not denuclearise.

In Beijing, Premier Li Keqiang urged patience and further dialogue between North Korea and the United States.

“The peninsula problem can be said to be complicated and long-standing, and it cannot be solved overnight,” Li told an annual news conference on Friday, although his remarks were not made in response to the TASS report.

The South Korean won fell to its weakest intraday level in four months soon after the report, whereas the stock market’s KOSPI was muted in its reaction.

South Korean and Japanese defence-related shares surged following the reports.

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Israel launches retaliatory strikes on Gaza following Tel Aviv rocket attack



Israeli warplanes attacked militant targets in the southern Gaza Strip early on Friday in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, as the sides appeared to be hurtling toward a new round of violence.

The rocket attack on Thursday night caught the Israeli military off guard and marked the first time that Tel Aviv, some 80 kilometers north of Gaza, has been targeted since a 2014 war.

Though the attack caused no damage or injuries, it was a significant escalation and set the stage for a tough Israeli reprisal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting with his military chief and other top security officials.

Shortly after, Israeli warplanes attacked targets in southern and central Gaza.

The blasts were so powerful that smoke could be seen in Gaza City, 25 kilometers away from some of the strikes. The Israeli warplanes could be heard roaring through the skies above Gaza City.

The Israeli military said it was targeting “terror sites” in Gaza, but gave no further details.

Palestinian media said naval bases belonging to the ruling Hamas group had been struck. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Minutes later, the Israeli military reported air raid sirens in southern Israel. It said it had identified a launch attempt out of Gaza, but the rocket misfired and landed inside Palestinian territory.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies and have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007. Smaller flare-ups have occurred sporadically since Israel and Hamas fought their last war, in 2014.

The sudden outburst of fighting comes at a sensitive time for both sides. Israel is holding national elections in less than a month. Netanyahu is locked in a tight fight for re-election and could face heavy criticism from his opponents if he is seen as ineffective against the militants.

Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett, a hardline rival of Netanyahu’s, called on the prime minister to convene a gathering of his Security Cabinet and demand the army “present a plan to defeat Hamas.”

Likewise, Hamas has come under rare public criticism in Gaza for the harsh conditions in the territory. An Israel-Egyptian blockade, combined with sanctions by the rival Palestinian Authority and mismanagement by the Hamas government, has fueled an economic crisis in the territory. Residents have little desire for another war with Israel.

Earlier Thursday, Hamas police violently broke up a small protest over the harsh living conditions.

Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the chief Israeli military spokesman, said the army had been caught off guard by Thursday night’s rocket barrage. He said officials were still trying to determine who had fired the rocket.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for all fire coming out of the territory. Hamas possesses a large arsenal of rockets and missiles capable of striking deep inside Israel.

But with Gaza’s economy in tatters, the group has been seeking to preserve calm.

Hamas denied responsibility for the attack on Tel Aviv, saying the rockets were launched when the group’s military wing was meeting with Egyptian mediators to try to strengthen a cease-fire with Israel.

In an unusual step that indicated Hamas was attempting to prevent further escalation, the Hamas Interior Ministry said the rocket fire went “against the national consensus” and promised to take action against the perpetrators.

But Israeli’s military concluded that Hamas did fire two rockets toward Tel Aviv. In a statement early Friday, the army said “we can confirm” that Hamas carried out the rocket attack.

Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed militant group that also has a large rocket arsenal, also denied firing the rockets.

Smaller factions inspired by the Islamic State group also sometimes fire rockets, though it is unclear whether they possess projectiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv.

Earlier this week, Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire on southern Israel, near the border.

Late Thursday, local media said that Egyptian mediators left the territory.

At the time, Netanyahu issued a warning to Hamas, rejecting suggestions that Israel would be reluctant to take tough action in Gaza ahead of national elections next month.

“I suggest to Hamas, don’t count on it,” he told his Cabinet.

“We will do anything necessary to restore security and quiet to the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip and to the south in general,” he added.

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After gunman open fires at mosque New Zealand police hunt “active shooter”



New Zealand police were hunting “an active shooter” in the center of Christchurch city on Friday after a gunman opened fire at a mosque inflicting several casualties.

A witness told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the mosque.

“A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

“Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high,” he added.

The Bangladesh cricket team was going to Friday prayers at the mosque, the Masjid Al Noor, when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters.

Media reported that a gunman opened fire inside a mosque in Christchurch’s Hagley Park district. There were reports of armed police at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

People in the center of the city should stay indoors, police said. All Christchurch schools and council buildings have been placed into lockdown.

Police did not immediately comment on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby. There is no official confirmation on casualties.

Media said shots had been fired near a mosque and a witness told broadcaster One News that he had seen three people lying on the ground, bleeding outside the building.

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and “there was blood everywhere”.

“Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings. There is never a justification for that sort of hatred,” said Amy Adams, a member of parliament from Christchurch.

The Bangladesh cricket team is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday.

“They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting began,” Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, told Reuters in a message.

“They are shaken but good,” he added.

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand’s population, a 2013 census showed.

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US issues emergency order to ground all Boeing 737 Max jets



The United States issued an emergency order to ground all Boeing 737 Max aircraft, a decision a number of countries, including India, have taken following the second deadly crash of the plane in less than five months in Ethiopia.

“All those planes are grounded immediately,” US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.

The United States is one of the major last countries to have taken a decision to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft. These planes would be grounded till further orders, he said.

Several other countries, including India, China and all of Europe, have ordered the jets off air after the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in Ethiopia on Sunday. The aircraft crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board. Four Indians were among those killed.

That crash was the second involving the jet, after a 787 Max operated by Lion Air, an Indonesian carrier, crashed into the Java Sea in October similarly and 189 people died.

Trump’s announcement came as political and international pressure on the airliner started to build.

He said all 737 Max planes currently in the air would be grounded upon reaching their destination. Boeing, the company, agree with the action, he added.

“Safety is our paramount concern,” Trump added.

He expressed hope that Boeing will get to the bottom of the problem with the planes, but until then the jets will remain grounded.

Boeing said “out of an abundance of caution”, it has decided to recommend to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of the jets.

“On behalf of the entire Boeing team, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in these two tragic accidents,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president, CEO, and chairman of Boeing Company.

“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be. There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again,” he said.

The FAA has ordered the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 Max operated by US airlines or in US territory.

The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed ann Wednesday. This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA, led to this decision, it said.

The grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft’s flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders.

The FAA had said a tweet earlier Wednesday that its “review shows no systematic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft”. It, however, had added that it will take “immediate and appropriate action” if issues affecting the airworthiness of the aircraft were identified.

An FAA team is in Ethiopia assisting the National Transportation Safety Board as parties to the investigation of the Flight 302 accident. The agency will continue to investigate.

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US urges China to not block Masood Azhar’s listing as global terrorist



The United States has urged China to not block Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting to be held today over Azhar’s designation.

At the behest of Pakistan, China has previously stonewalled efforts to designate the Pakistan-based terror outfit’s chief as a global terrorist at the UNSC by putting technical holds.

Following the ghastly Pulwama terror attackcarried out by the JeM in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir which killed 40 CRPF jawans, three of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, the UK, and France – have initiated renewed efforts to get Azhar proscribed.

China, on the other hand, has not outrightly supported the move until now.

“I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace and that a failure to designate Masood Azhar would run counter to this goal,” Robert Palladino, the US Department of State’s Deputy Spokesperson stated on Tuesday.

“JeM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JeM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JeM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace,” Palladino said at a media briefing.

40 CRPF personnel lost their lives in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14 when a JeM terrorist targetted their convoy.

Tensions have been high between India and Pakistan ever since, with India undertaking ananti-terror strike on a major JeM camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in the aftermath.

The international community has supported India’s fight against terror, with the United States bluntly telling Pakistan to stop providing support and a safe haven to terrorists and terror outfits following the attack.

Pakistan’s military spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, on the other hand, has denied the presence of JeM in their country – a claim which has been widely ridiculed.

“It is regrettable that Pakistan continues to deny JeM involvement in Pulwama attack. Is Pakistan defending Jaish and being its spokesperson? Till today Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish,” India had earlier said while slamming Pakistan.

“Terrorist camps in Pakistan are in the public domain. All members of UNSC are aware of JeM camps in Pakistan and the presence of Masood Azhar in the country. We request all UNSC members to designate Masood Azhar under the UNSC sanction list. We have been repeatedly demanding Pakistan to take action against terror camps in their territory and area under its control,”  an Indian official further said.

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US to withdraw remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela: Official



The United States is to withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela this week, the US State Department announced late on Thursday.
“Like the January 24 decision to withdraw all dependents and reduce embassy staff to a minimum, this decision reflects the deteriorating situation in Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of US diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on US policy,” the State Department said.
It did not say on what day the personnel would be withdrawn from the embassy in Caracas.
The South American nation has been in the throes of political unrest for months over its contested presidential election.
Venezuela is suspending school and business activities on Tuesday amid a continuing power blackout, Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said in a televised broadcast on Monday.
It is the third such cancellation since the power went out last week.

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Google Doodle celebrates 30 years of World Wide Web, walks us down memory lane




Google is celebrating the 30th birth anniversary of the World Wide Web with an evocative doodle.

The doodle takes us back in time and reminds us of how things were like in the early years.

British physicist Tim Berners-Lee, on March 12, 1989, while working for Europe’s physics lab CERN, proposed a decentralised system of information management which eventually signaled the birth of the World Wide Web which is currently being used by millions of people all over the globe.

Lee’s proposal had a system of hypertext links, the possibility of clicking keywords on one page and being led directly to the page dedicated to them, thus connecting to other pages.

While commemorating the 30th birth anniversary of World Wide Web (www), Google with its doodle illustrates this technology milestone with an animation showing block graphics that were common earlier.

A globe in the center renders slowly on a desktop monitor to take us back to a slower download speed era.

“Not to be confused with the internet, which had been evolving since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is an online application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL “addresses,” and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP”, says Google in a blog post.

Meanwhile, in a letter published on Monday, Tim Berners-Lee hailed the opportunities the web had created, giving marginalised groups a voice and making daily life easier.

However, he warned saying, “it has also created an opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crimes easier to commit”.

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Jet slides off Maine runway due to snow, 1,800 flights cancelled




New England dug out from more than a foot of snow on Monday that snarled commutes, cancelled nearly 1,800 airline flights and was blamed for injuries to five people after a commuter jet slid off a snowy runway in northern Maine, forcing the airport to close.

A pilot and four passengers suffered minor injuries when the United Express flight, a 50-seat Embaraer 145, veered off the runway at Presque Isle International Airport, in northern Maine, about 150 miles east of Canada’s Quebec City, on landing at about 11:30 a.m., the airport said on Facebook.

All five were transported to nearby Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital where they were treated and released, the airport said. The plane was damaged and would remain in place until Federal Aviation Administration officials could assess the scene.

“At this time, the airport is closed and officials are currently in discussions with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine when the runway will be reopened,” the airport said.

A band of winter weather stretching from Maryland to Maine dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of New England, including 15 inches (38 cm) overnight on downtown Boston, National Weather Service meteorologist Marc Chenard reported.

New York City was spared the worst of the late-winter storm, although Mayor Bill de Blasio took the rare step of shutting the city’s massive public school system and New Jersey Transit canceled about a dozen trains on its sprawling commuter system.

The mayor defended the school closures on Twitter after snow totals in New York were less than expected and parents complained on social media that he had overreacted.

“We put safety first when we make a call on closing school. The overnight storm had more rain and less snow than forecasted. We know it’s tough for working parents – that’s why we made an early decision so New Yorkers could plan,” de Blasio said in a tweet.

More than 1,700 flights were canceled on Monday and another 4,500 were delayed, according to the flight tracking website

Government offices and libraries in Boston were closed. In New Jersey, where Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, state workers had a two-hour delay.

“This is horrible!” said Steve Wesley, 56, as he shoveled snow from his driveway in Maplewood, New Jersey. Wesley’s two-mile local commute by car was delayed nearly two hours by the 4 to 6 inches of snow.

Commuting challenges may mount in the coming days as snow melts and temperatures drop, icing over roadways.

“Each day is a little bit cooler,” the National Weather Service’s Chenard said, noting the week’s highest temperatures for the Northeast will be in the low 30s (1 C).

“You’ll get some melting during the day, especially when the sun is hitting the snow, and then at night it’s going to be cold enough to refreeze. Any road surfaces that aren’t treated, certainly could get icy at night into the morning,” he said.

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Pulwama mastermind Masood Azhar is dead ?



The social media n television news channels including the you tube news channels of the country quoting Pakistan news sources have claimed about the possible death of the most wanted international terrorist Azhar Masood either due to the the kidney failure, his being badly diabetic or having been grievously injured in the Air attacks by India in the recent off loading of 1000 kilogram bombs in the Balakot training headquarter of Jaish e Mohammed n thereafter succumbing to his injuries in a Pakistani Army hospital in Rawalpindi where he was claimed to have been addmitted by Pakistan Army for treatment.

While the social media news from Pakistan about Azhar Masood’s death has gone viral worldwide there is no official confirmation or denial in this regard till yet. However, some of the news websites are now quoting the ANI tweet in its twitter handle quoting the Pakistan Pakistan’s media Geo Urdu News claiming that the hardened criminal responsible for the Uri n Pulwama genocidal fidayeen attacks Jaish chief Azhar Masood is very much alive though in bad health.

The Geo TV Urdu news have quoted the family sources denying his death. The government of Pakistan has however, neither denied nor confirmed the news. It may be recalled that the foreign minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi has just two days ago confirmed on television new channel CNN n Pakistan print media that Azhar Masood is extremely ill and not even able to walk thus confined to his house or hospital.

The news was published and aired in all the Pakistan n Indian news channels. Sources reveal that there are two possibilities that either Pakistan is trying to spread the rumours of hardened international terrorist death in order to appease Indian anti Pakistan sentiments or wanted to skip his death news as a result of his dying or grievously injured in the Indian attack at Balakot as it has already spread misinformation that no one was injured in the Indian Mirage Balakot attacks on Terror camps of Jaish.

On the other hand there are unconfirmed news of Masood Azhar having been grievously injured in Indian Mirage 2000 attacks n thereafter succumbing to the grave injuries in the Rawalpindi Army hospital along with several other Jaish terrorists. There is tremendous confusion on Azhar Masood’s being dead or still alive.

Just three days ago United States, United Kingdom and France has moved a resolution in United Nations to declare Azhar Masood as the UN designated terrorist and the request is still under active consideration under 1267 in the UN.

Pak’s natural ally China is still neutral having used its VETO thrice, earlier to oppose the move. There is heightened tension at the LOC after the Pulwama attack n subsequent airstrikes from both Indian n Pakistan sides.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthanam who had returned to India after the 60 hours captivity in Pakistan after shooting down the Pak F 16 is convalescing in Delhi’s RR Cantt hospital of Indian Army. There is heavy gun fire and shellings continuing by the Pakistan’s side breaching the cease fire agreement with Indian Army heavily and strongly retaliating in the Nav Shera sector of Pakistan.

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