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Rohingya Crisis: Petition Filed In Supreme Court

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Despite living for centuries in Myanmar, the Rohingya (mostly Muslim), have been denied citizenship. A U.N. report has documented numerous instances of gang rape and killings by Myanmar’s security forces.

On Sept 11, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the U.N. human rights chief, termed the actions of state against the Rohingya community as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

In India, where reportedly 40,000 Rohingyas are lodged, the state is considering returning the refugees. Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said that, as far as we are concerned they are all illegal immigrants and they have no basis to live here

Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, a pair of Rohingya refugees, have filed a petition in the Supreme Court. Their petition raises two points:

  • Any deportation would violate the fundamental rights to equality and to life.
  • India would be infringing international law in returning them to Myanmar, in particularl the principle of non-refoulement.

The next hearing for the case is on Sept18. The government, however, may argue that:

  • India is not bound to follow the principle of non-refoulement, because it is not a signatory to the 1951 U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
  • It could be claimed that the Rohingyas are guilty of committing crimes against peace and are a threat to India’s national security.

Taking a look at ‘The principle of non-refoulement’

It is articulated in Article 33 of the 1951 Convention. It mandates that no state shall return or expel a refugee to “the frontiers of territories where his freedom or life would be threatened on account of his race, nationality, religion, membership of a particular political opinion or social group”. However, it certainly allows for an exception in cases if there are “reasonable grounds.”

Previous cases on the same premise:

In their judgments respectively in Dongh Lian Kham v. Union of India (2015) and the Ktaer Abbas Habib Al Qutaifi v. Union of India (1998) Delhi and Gujarat High Courts have virtually incorporated non-refoulement into the guarantees of Article 21 of the Constitution. The Gujarat High Court wrote that the principle protects life and liberty of a human being irrespective of his nationality. It is definitely encompassed in Article 21 of the Constitution, so long as the presence of a refugee is not a threat to the law and order and security of India.

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Shooter of 90 maneaters, legendary hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett buried his 3 Rifles and 2 pistols befor leaving India for Kenya

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I got a significant opportunity to visit the 135 year old historic house of the globally renowned hunter, conservationist, author and a lifelong bachelor Col Edward Jim Corbett in Nainital, who has to his credit killing 90 maneaters and several wild elephants in the jungles of Kumaon and Garhwal, Uttarakhand before leaving for Kenya with his sister Mary James Corbett before 1947, selling his fascinating Bangalow to the Dalmiya’s for few thousand rupees.

The magnificient bungalow known as “Gunray House” named after his father, situated in a sprawling two acre land with beautiful garden is being maintained and owned by the Dalmiya’s who very often visit and stay here. Jim Corbett stayed in this house for several years before departing for Kenya, Africa and never married during his lifetime. He gave up hunting in the later years and worked on safeguarding n protecting the tigers. He had another house in Kaladhungi, near Nainital which has been converted into a museum.

A vivacious reader and an author on wild life, particularly on various species of tigers in the Himalayas, Col Edward Jim Corbett digged a big hole and cladestinely buried his three shooting rifles and two pistols covered by mud, near his house in Nainital at an unknown destination before giving up hunting forever and leaving for Kenya.

Built in 1881, Jim stayed in the Gunray House for several years till 1947 with his mother and sister.

Gurney House was Jim and Maggie Corbett’s house in Nainital when their parent’s house had been damaged by landslides. They lived in this house for several years until they had to move to Africa to live with relatives in their old age as they had no other relatives in India.

Jim is reputed to have been a great voice on the Municipal Board of Nainital and walked 20+ miles for meetings. He loved the area very much and would be devastated by the destruction that has occurred. Indians have nothing to be proud of with what has occurred in Nainital.

Jim however was not allowed to join the Boat Club at Nainital by the Britishers, as he was merely a “domiciled European” and not of authentic British blood.

Gurney House is still owned by the Indian family who bought it from the Corbetts. They now live in Ashoka Road in Delhi but come up to the “summer house”. The male caretaker Joshi opened up the house for us and gave certain vital information about the history of the place. According to Joshi the entire furniture is in the original shape being 135 to 140 year old and every thing has been maintained and retained to give the house the archival look.

All the original artefacts, Corbett books, his drawing room furniture, steel beds, dining room table, wooden chairs, study room and the building are all in original shape and stature, immaculately clean and bearing fresh look.

The original furnishings have been retained nicely and decently maintained. There is a single black and while photograph of Jim and his dog , some of his books, fire side chairs, his bed and other odds and ends.

Thanks to the Dalmia’s for having so meticulously n immaculately maintained the entite bungalow with original artefacts and furnitures including the 135 year old books which Jim used to read.

The walls are fitted with original antelope heads and horns and elephant tusks brought by Jim from African countries. It was indeed a great pleasure and priviledge to be in the midst of the belongings and the interiors of the 135 year old original house n pose for photographs, where once lived this iconic personality, a legendary hunter, wild life conservationist, anthropologist and an author, known n remembered for his outstanding contribution for protecting the people of Uttarakhand from maneaters, conserving the forests and then saving the significant spieces of Himalayan tigers for years together.

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Chinese choppers breach Barahoti airspace in Chamoli district near Sino India Border

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There are reports pouring in that expansionist and notorious China, always in the habit of putting India in quandary and helping outrightly, the Indian enemy like Pakistan has again breached the Indian airspace on Monday the 26th March and earlier on 8th March, its helicopters hovering for five minutes or more over the Indian Airspace in Barahoti, the border area under the jurisdiction of Chamoli district of Garhwal, Himalayas, very close to China.

This is not the first time but on March 8th and in February too the Chinese choppers have arbitrarily infilterated in Ladhakh region going 19 kilometres inside the Indian airspace for lest than half and hour before returning back.There have been four such Indian Air Space breaches in just a month with several other such misadventures by the PLA of China over Indian Airspace in Barahoti last year followed by the Doklam issue where it had tried to build a road on the trijunction area authentically the land under official possession of Bhutan.

After 74 days of incessant mutual talks and diplomatic efforts, even at the level of NSAs’ of both the country, the issue could be finally resolved. But its really disheartening to note that expansionist China is trying hard to put India in quandary by way of carrying such misadventures like breaching of air space and re deployment of forces at out borders near Sikkim, Doklam, Arunachal Pradesh and Leh and Ladakh. While on the one hand it blocks India’s chances in UN security Council and elite international nucleur body like NSG to keep Pakistan happy on the other hand it also tries to make its military bases in POK under the guise of CPEC.

This repeated breach of Indian Air Spaces at Barahoti, in Chamoli Garhwal, in Leh Ladakh and border areas of Arunachal are instances of future implications for India which if not tackled on a war footing now itself by complaining in international forums like United Nations things may go further awry for India. China by such psychological war pressures and breaches wants to pressurise India to fall in line and accept its One Belt One Road over ambitious global trade initiative whereas India has outrighty expressed its rejection to the dragons OBOR intiative.

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DEVANSHI WINS GOLD DEFEATING CHINA IN THE FINALS IN SYDNEY. PROUD MOMENTS FOR INDIA AND UTTARAKHAND

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There is an extremely good news for India and Uttarakhand as the highly talented girl ace shooter and junior national shooting champion and daughter of the several times Asian Champion international ace shooter Jaspal Rana DEVANSHI has bagged a most prestigious Gold Medal in the international junior ace shooting global competetion defeating China in Sydney, Australia to be concluded on 29th March.

Devanshi Rana, daughter of ace shooter Jaspal Rana and mother Reina Rana (who herself is a shooter and ISSF judge and a model) participated in World Cup in March 2018 in Sydney . This is her first international competition where she has outstandibgly qualified in the qualification round and was among the finalists and Won a team Gold. Under guidance of her father cum coach international ace ahooter Jaspal Rana, Devanshi shot brilliantly and won her first international team gold medal. This is the first international competition for the 19 year old Devanshi an ex student of reputed Shriram school, New Delhi who is currently studying in Lady Shriram college.

This is a third generation spate of prestigious victory for the Rana family bringing laurels for India and Uttarakhand in Junior Ace Shooting Championships by bagging GOLD MEDAL by glorious Devanshi.

Grand daughter of the former minister in the State of Uttarakhand, Narayan Singh Rana who hails from a tiny village in Jaunsar, Garhwal, Uttarakhand. Rana struggled hard in life, served as a Commando with ex PM Rajiv Gandhi but left the job for his commitment and passion towards ace shooting.

He trained his elder son Jaspal with precision and made it his life’s aim to see his son bringing international laurels for the country and Jaspal did so by bringing 4 Golds in the Asian Ace Shooting never before held by anyone else so far.

Today Narayan Singh Rana’s entire family is a ace shooter right from Sons to daughter in laws to wife to grand daughters. How diligently and sincerely the Rana family is emotionally attached with their passiin for shooting can be gauged from the fact that they’ve opened Jaspal Rana Academy for Ace Shooting at Dehradun and are credited with providing immense training to budding ace shooters likely to brought laurels for their respective states and the nation in the near future.

Devanshi’s father, chief coach and mentor Jaspal Rana and her uncle, himself an outstanding shooter Subhash Rana, one of the judges were present with her when she received the prestigious international Gold Medal in Sydney today after defeating China.

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‘Afghan Jalebi’ for India

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Afghanistan and defence ties with U.S. are expected to be the prime issues during James Mattis’s visit to India next week. Mr. Trump’s policy includes more pressure on Pakistan, no early U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, great military action on counter-terrorism and a greater role for India in sync with the U.S.

On January 4, 1950, India signed a Treaty of Friendship with Afghanistan which permitted opening of consulates in each other’s country. Surveys conducted by various Afghan and foreign agencies show that the Afghan people ranked Indian assistance as the most suitable because of the positive role India has played in the development programme of Afghanistan. The Afghans also appreciate the fact that India has never interfered in their internal affairs till date.

The energy basket of Asia needs to be exploited for the benefit of Afghanistan and the surrounding region. The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline is one such example.

It is also necessary to redouble counter-narcotics efforts as Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium, accounting for 90% of the world’s supply.

A Stable Afghanistan requires involvement of the Central Asian Republics, Russia and Iran, which border Afghanistan. It is important for India to coordinate its efforts with those to ensure success.

 

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Pak terror outfits fuelling Rohingya crisis

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While on the one hand the Indian government is seriously and with a traditional feeling of helping its neighbour, Myanmar’s suffering Rakhine inhabited Rohingya muslims providing its maximum moral, economic, social and political support as it has done in Srilanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and even Pakistan while these nation suffered natural calamities, on the other hand unfortunately and angushingly Pakistan terror outfits like Lashkare Taiyebba, Harkat Ul Ansar and Hijbul Mujaheeddin etc are taking advantage of the deteriorating Rohingya situation, adding fuel to fire by enhancing its terrorist disruptive activities.

These terror outfits armed with latest lethal equipments are active in Bangladesh’s Cox bazaar and Tefnak at the Bangladesh Myanmar Border. While the Myanmarese government and its State councillor Noble Laureate Aung Sang Kyi always considered to be the champion of the human rights seems to have failed in controlling and resolving the Rohingya impasse and the United states and UN have deplored them for this worst ethnic cleansing ever.

While India is also watching the situation from close quarters having itself been entangled in this issue in terms of the deportation of 40000 Rohingya refugees who’ d infilterated in India, Pakistan terror outfits and the internationally defamed terrorists Azhar Masood and Hafiz Sayeed alongwith other Islamic fundamentalists such as Afgan Taliban, Al Qaida’sYemen branch LET and JEM etc have called for attacks on the Myanmar authorities in support of the Rohingyas. As per the HT senior journalist Shishir Gupta  there is an urgent need for de- escalation in levels of violence in Rakhine state as there is a strong possibility of other displaced Rohingya being radicalised by Sunni fundamentalist groups including the Bangladesh chapter of the Islamic state to take to arms.

There is now clear evidence that little known AMM has emerged from Harkat-Ul- Jihad Islami Arakan (HUJI-A) a Pakistani based extremist outfit involved in espousing the Rohingya Muslim cause in Myanmar. Several Myanmarese Rohingya leaders have sought terror training in Pakistan under the patronage and supervision of Hafiz Sayeed. The recruits are absorbed from Myanmar’ s Rakhine state and Bangladesh’s Cox bazaar. These AMM cadres were trained since 2013 at the Bangladesh Myanmar border as well with adequate training for explosive making, indigenously.

It is now believed that the terrorist outfits active in Pakistan and Bangladesh in league with Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army n other local radical organisations clandestinely active in Myanmar have infilterated amongst the Rohingya’ s and are trying to rope in more and more cadres by misguiding the distracted and desperate youth. It is really shocking that in this conflict of ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar government as accused by US and UN authorities, who( Myanmar) entirely blame the Rohingyas for attacking the state police and killing police guards, the situation is going out of hand with the sufferings of innocent poor Rohingyas’ enhancing beyond control.

While the physical torture, attacks and killings of innocent Rohingya refugees can’ t be excused or condoled at any cost, the disruptive terrorist activities of the Pak and Bangladesh terrorists should also be checked and countered with a heavy hand. Now is the time that countries against such terror outfits should intervene also resolve the crisis once for all by eliminating them from the roots.

What makes the peace loving global community disturbed is the fact that the more various powerful countries of the globe are pledging unitedly to fight terrorism on this planet with a heavy hand, the more are these disgruntled elements raising their heads to this world a worst place to live in. Today terrorism is the higest curse being confronted by humanity world over and therefore the need of the hour is to give up narrow political considerations and stand unitedly to fight this curse strongly and cohesively in the widest interest of human beings and humanity.

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29 Rohingya villages burnt and over 7 lacs flee Myanmar

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  • The Rohingya Muslim problem is becoming acutely critical and cumbersome day by day with 10 to 20 thousand battered men, women and children leaving Rakhine province of Myanmar on Daily basis and heading towards Bangladeshm. Thousands of refugees in extremely sorry state are still stranded at the border town Tefnak and Bangladesh’ s cox bazaar being fed by various social and philanthrophic organisations like UNHCR and sikh body called Khalsa India etc. Hundreds of them are sick and injured with total dearth of medical aid and medicines.
  • This seems to be a worst ethinic cleansing in Myanmar in the recent times with the Army and the police literally burning the Rohingya dominated villages and inflicting injuries on old aged, young, women and children. The situation has gone so much out of hand that apart from the United Nations Secretary General Antanio, the US Secretary of state Mark Tillerson has also condemned these anti Rohingya riots in Myanmar and held its political administration and leadership directly responsible for such a dastardly killings and throwing out of the sick and injured populace out of the muslim dominated province Rakhine.
  • The Americans, the Amnesty International and the UN authorities have the satellite pictures clearly showing the burning villages of Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar army and police with the intent to pre- strategically deport them out of the Buddhist dominated Myanmar. The noble laureate and the undisputed leader of Myanmarese Buddhists Aung Sang Kyi has also been reprimanded by the US and UN saying that though she is still revered and held in high esteem by them being the Noble laureate but since now things are going out of control, she being the official counselor in the government should impartially and fairly help in distinguishing the fire of the ongoing trecherous ethnic cleansing.
  • It has now become intolerable and against the tenets of humanitarian values. The charisma of Aung Sang Kyi, once the champion of human rights during the 50 year old military rule in Myanmar seems to have vanished and faded out, said the UN officials. Meanwhile, the Amnesty International has also stepped in and has accused the Myanmar’ s political rulers for pre-strategically and conspiratorially helping the police and military in physically torturing and eliminating the Rohingyas from their land including burning their 29 villages with mortars and rocket launchers.
  • So far, according to the latest estimates of the injured and terror stricken Rohingyas who’ ve left Rakhine province of Myanmar in desperation is 6 to 7 lakhs, where as the total population of the Rohingya Muslims is estimated to nearly 11 lakhs. The Rohingya Muslim Myanmar Buddhst crisis has its roots since 1982 since when the minority muslims were debarred of Myanmar citizenship however the clashes and bloodbath gained actual momentum on 25th August when Arakan Rohinga Salvation Army attacked  several police posts at the border, destroyed them and killed 20 of the Myanmar guards.

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Modi’s charisma to make Japan a trusted friend irks China

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One thing seems to absolutely clear now that, though slowly and steadily but prime minister Narendra Modi’ s foreign trips are accompanying fruitful results and his diplomatic outpouring and maneuvering, exhibiting positive results, particularly in terms of sending clear and loud message to mighty powers like China that India of 2017 is indeed now different from the India of 1962, when it suffered at the hands of the dragon, being militarily ill equipped and weak.

The visits of prime minister Modi to foreign lands after his becoming prime minister were severely criticized by the opposition, castigating him for wasting the exchequer’s money and accompanying no concrete and fruitful results to improve the economic climate of foreign investment in the country but the way , prime minister Narendra Modi and his efficient team on foreign affairs and national security has exhibited the dexterity to resolve the extremely complex Doklam issue by making obstinate and erroneous China come to the negotiating table and reach a mutual agreement, including impressing China’s bete noire Japan and the US to be India’s most trusted and long lasting friends, speaks of the fact that Narendra Modi has today proved himself to be an efficient prime minister to have elevated India’s image internationally and also countered and morally degraded India’s arch rival China and Pakistan diplomatically.

Prime minister Modi’s two visits to United States of America, France, Germany, Abu Dhabi, England, Japan, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Myanmar and to several Saarc nations as well, have been quite successful in the sense that not only has the former succeeded in cornering China and Pakistan but has also brought tremendous amount of foreign investment including arriving at unanimity on effectively and with heavy hand countering all forms of terrorism, especially those engineered and sponsored from across India’ s border Pakistan. Today, China and Pakistan are almost isolated in the international arena with the majority of the western nations, Asian/ Saarc countries and the middle east backing India against the Dragon and Pakistan. Prime minister Modi’ s efficient leadership role among st the SAARC nations and its recent bid to come to the aid of neighboring Himalayan kingdom Bhutan on Doklam impasse compounded with making BRICS nation agree on unitedly fighting the Pak sponsored terror outfits viz Laskare Tayyeba, Hizbul Mujahiddin, Haqqani network etc is a step forward in the elevation of India’ s leadership image globally.

The recent frustration of China in the form of its foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying’ s statement in the context of India’ s deepening ties with Japan that India should forge partnership and not alliance with Japan, its permanent bete noire is a clear indication that prime minister Modi’ s successful diplomacy by making Japan its most trusted and all weather friend after the US and other nations of the globe, has shattered the confidence of China. What do you say, friends?

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China, Russia to solidly stand behind Pakistan in the event of anti US Pak stance

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The international political scenario is heating up steadily and gradually. The main reason and crux of this heat is none other but expansionist China, Pakistan and North Korea, the difficult trio who’ve literary disturbed the whole equation of the otherwise peaceful and tranquil South Asian Subcontinent.

Now Russia also seems to have completely fallen in the trap of notorious China. Today, on the one hand while India and its prime minister Narendra Modi is succesfully establishing cementing friendly relations with the dragon’s bete noire Japan’ s prime minister Shinze Abe by having ten meetings with him in just a short span of three years after his assuming charge as the prime minister of the largest democracy of the world since 2014, including having dinner diplomacy today as well in Gujarat, the two powerful heads of the developed nations China and Russia are finalising deals to help and support India’ s arch rival Pakistan at all costs in the event of United States of America taking any stand against it.

The two Asian giants have pledged to stand with terror supporting Pakistan in any eventuality, particularly if United States stands against it, blocks monetary aid and applies sanctions in future. This recent development has unambiguously created two separate blocks with Pakistan being their common unstinted and faithful ally, come what may.

This unique declaration by China and Russia to cohesively stand in support of Pakistan against a super power America directly and against India indirectly, especially when China’s bete noire Japanese Prime Minister Shinze Abe is India’ s guest and likely to sign various bilateral agreements of assistence and mutual cooperation to the tune of 5 lakh crores that also includes an over ambitious hi tech bullet train project with Japanese support, from Ahmedabad to Mumbai, speaks of the fact that China is today the most jealous country who wanted to see India doomed at any cost.

The deflection of Russia from the path of Indian friendship after having been influenced by China is the result of India’s increasing closeness towards United States of America as a permanent ally and the special treatment being meted out to India and Prime Minister Modi by President Donald Trump by taking Pakistan to task on Afgan policy and giving extra weitage to India.

Since the day, United states of America, its Congress and President Donald Trump had scolded Pak rulers on Afgan policy and held it directly responsible for aiding and abetting terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan by openly supporting the Talibanese and Haqqani Network, unabatedly killing the American soldiers and military officers and stopping the annual US aid of 255 million US dollars, since then the badly frustrated Pakistan has started unstinting efforts to approach its actual God Father China who has further roped in Russia to stand strongly and forcefully with Pakistan.

Today China, Russia and Pakistan are the common enemies of mighty United States of America and the silent foes of this trio are India, US, Japan, England, Saudi Arabia, Europeon Union and the NATO countries, who are today in princple and spirit strongly unified agaist them ( the above trio) who are constantly instigating North Koria and its paranoid ruler to expode nuclear missiles on Japanese sea to intimidate US and Japan which expansionist China and Russia can’t ever think of endeavoring themselves to annoy the mighty US. Reports are also pouring in that anti US, Iran who was restricted by the former to disengage its Nuclear Missile programme is also trying to join China and Russia to stand in support of Pakistan in the eventuality of United States’ anti Pakistan posture in the near future.

Meanwhile, in view of Pakistan’s open hostile posture against US by establishing more cohesive proximity with China and Russia and the duo’s concrete assurance to stand with Pakistan in the event of US leaving it, President Donald Trump has softened his obstinate anti Pak stance and has expressed its willingness no to loose its taditional and long term Ally (Pakistan).

The United States has reassured Pakistan to release the financial aid if necessary and is trying to reassure the annoyed Islamic nation to come to terms with it.

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14 Year Old Pilot of Indian Origin Who Flew a Single-Engine Aircraft

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Mansour Anis, a schoolboy studying in class IX at Delhi Private School in Sharjhah has made India proud by becoming the youngest pilot to fly the single engine aircraft. It is notable that this boy of Indian origin has broken the record of the German and American pilots who had flown the single engine aircraft after a training of 34 hours at the age of 15 years. With the training of 25 hours, Mansour achieved this spot at the age of 14 years only thus, setting up a world record to become the youngest pilot to fly the single engine aircraft.

Mansour’s journey was of ten minutes. He flew a Cessna 152 in a solo flight which took off from the Langley Regional Airport and returned back in 5 minutes thus, setting up a world record. Since the minimum age to fly a plane in India and UAE is 18 years while that in UK as well as US is 16 years, Mansour with his mother Munira went to Canada wherein he underwent the training and flew the solo flight.

It is notable that Mansour not only passed the Flying Test but also a Radio Communications Test along with 95% in the PTSAR test which is an eligibility test for transport in Canada. Now this young pilot has obtained the Student Pilot Permit. According to the flight certificate issued by the AAA Aviation Academy of Canada on August 30, Mansour Anis had a solo flight in a single-engine aircraft at the age of 14 years.

The source of inspiration for this young pilot was his elder brother Qaid Faizy who is a pilot with the Jet Airways in India. Apart from this, his parents have been his support pillars. It is notable that his father Ali, who is a Civil Engineer at Sharjhah, sent him along with his mother Munira, who is a Chemistry teacher to pursue the flight training in Canada after meeting the necessary requirements.

It is a matter of appreciation that their efforts bore fruits and Mansour became the youngest pilot to fly a single engine aircraft at the age of 14.

Hope this young pilot will bring many accolades for himself and all those who are associated with him thus, making everyone proud for his deeds. With the dedication and perseverance of the youngest pilot to fly the single-engine plane, Mansour is the source of inspiration for the younger generation thinking about careers in aviation world.

 

 

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