BEIJING: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, while stating during a Presser that China had no intention to recognize N. Korea as nuclear power, reiterated it had never recognized Pakistan and India as nuclear countries.
The United States has helped India in acquiring a degree of legitimacy as a nuclear power, but the Chinese objection has stalled any outright legitimacy.
China’s comments on the nuclear status of South Asia rivals come in the wake of global fears of a war breaking out between the two countries.
Pakistan on Friday returned to India an Air Force pilot who was arrested after his plane was shot down over Pakistan on Wednesday.
China has been blocking India’s entry into the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on the ground that New Delhi has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
India has said it has dropped bombs on “terror camps” inside Pakistani territory and killed a “very large number of terrorists”. But, Pakistan says that’s not the case.
Bears growl at Hong Kong bourse
HONG KONG: Shares fell more than one percent Tuesday, hit by concerns over rising Iran-US tensions and as investors await this week’s crucial trade talks between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.
The Hang Seng Index sank 1.15 percent, or 327.02 points, to 28,185.98. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.87 percent or 26.07 points,
to 2,982.07, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, lost 0.99 percent, or 15.63 points, to 1,560.46.
Are journalists being exploited to harm civil-military ties?
LONDON: Savants insinuate that RAW has indulged in 5th Generation Warfare through exploiting journalists and intellectuals who are inclined towards progressive movement and call themselves liberals.
Since UK-based intellectual Aisha Siddiqa and self-exiled journalist, Taha Siddiqui both contribute to The Quint and The Print* known for publishing controversial pieces, some believe that their work is being wrongly exploited.
Numerous instances of progressive intellectuals, writers and journalists could be quoted from the annals who blamed Pakistan Army for not confining to garrisons or defending land borders and undesirable involvement of ISI in political affairs.
Many believe the present aggressive attitude of progressives could harm the civil-military ties. Then there are those who say that in the garb of diplomats, spooks are exploiting journalists in order to create misconception against Pakistan.
*’The Print’ was founded by Indian Journalist Shekar Gupta and ‘The Quint’ was initiated by Raghav Bahl & Ritu Kapur.
Rajasthan stampede: Rahul Gandhi mourns the death of 14
RAJASTHAN: Over 14 people were killed and 60 injured in a stampede at a religious gathering here today after strong winds caused a large marquee to collapse.
More than a thousand people were at the event where Hindu religious sermons were being given. According to a senior police officer, there was a stampede and it appeared that some steel pipes fell on public gravely hurting them.
He told at least 60 people were injured. Police have launched an investigation to see if rules were flouted by organizers. Photos showed wires, pipes and step ladders lying scattered about the venue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to the Tweeter to term the accident as unfortunate. He said that the incident was “unfortunate” and wished the injured a quick recovery. It is pertinent to mention here since Police and volunteers could not contain huge congregations, stampedes are common here at religious gatherings.
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