TOKYO: The United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia have kicked off “first-of-its-kind” naval drills near Guam, the US Navy said Thursday.
The “Pacific Vanguard” drill brings together more than 3,000 sailors from the four countries to “sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation at sea,” the US Seventh Fleet said in a statement.
The drills will focus on “live fire exercises, defensive counter-air operations, anti-submarine warfare, and replenishment at sea,” added the statement.
Australia has contributed two frigates to the exercise, Japan two destroyers and South Korea one destroyer. The USS Blue Ridge, the Seventh Fleet’s flagship, will lead the operation from the US side.
With trade tensions growing between Washington and Beijing, China earlier this week denounced a US warship sail-by near disputed islands in the South China Sea.
And Guam, home to more than 160,000 people, was at the centre of nuclear tensions between Washington and Pyongyang in 2017, with North Korea threatening to hit the US territory with “enveloping fire”.
Lt Gen Faiz Hameed is new DG ISI
RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army has appointed Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed as new Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), ISPR said.
Gen. Hameed will be replacing Lt-Gen Asim Munir, who has now been posted as the Corps Commander Gujranwala, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), media wing of the army.
Gen. Hameed is from the Baloch Regiment. He was in-charge of the internal security wing at the ISI. He has commanded a division in Pano Aqil.
Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza has been appointed as Adjutant General of Pakistan Army at the General Headquarters (GHQ) while Lieutenant General Aamir Abbasi has been named as Quarter Master at GHQ.
Lieutenant General Moazzam Abbas has been named Engineer-In-Chief at GHQ, said ISPR.
Earlier in April, the Pakistan Army had announced a number of high-level appointments and transfers in its ranks.
Google honors world’s dads on the occasion of Father’s Day with doodle
SILICON VALLEY: Search engine Google posted a new doodle in order to honor world’s dads on the occasion of international Father’s Day being celebrated around the world today (June 16).
Google posted three animated slides, illustrating the filial love that they shower upon their children.
Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year around the globe to highlight paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society.
It started off to be observed on 19 March that is on the feast of Saint Joseph who is often called “Nutritor Domini (“Nourisher of the Lord”) in Catholicism and “the putative father of Jesus” in southern European tradition”.
Father’s Day being celebrated around the world today
KARACHI: Like other parts of the globe, International Father’s Day is being celebrated in Pakistan to pay tribute to the unconditional love and support he provides to the whole family especially his children.
Several programmes have been scheduled to pay homage to the great person for his unconditional love and support.
Fathers are not articulate enough when it comes to expressing the inner deep feelings, unlike mothers. They mostly remain invisible in daytime, allowing mothers to rule and return to the home in the night when darkness prevails with their real and unspeakable power.
Albeit, they love to express their feelings but more often they could not give tongue to it. To pay respect to fathers and appreciate their hardship for the entire family, the father’s day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year.
The objective of the day is to recognize the contribution and services of fathers for their children. It honours fathers for their relentless dedication for their families, and celebrates fatherhood and paternal bonds.
On this day, every child gets a turn to tell a father about his importance by sending special messages to them. Indeed, he deserves a big thank for the never-ending support to family.
The event was first observed in the year 1910 in the United States, based on an idea endorsed by Sorona Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington, who wanted to pay respect to her father.