In an aggressive posture toward its neighbouring country, after Taiwan on Wednesday hosted US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, China deployed 68 fighter jets and 13 warships in Taiwan Straits, in what it called “live fire” military drills, some of which deliberately crossed an unofficial buffer separating the two sides. Taiwans Ministry of National Defence on Friday said that China has deployed 68 military aircraft and 13 navy ships in the sensitive Taiwan Strait. Some of these warships “deliberately” crossed an unofficial buffer separating the country from mainland China, while conducting missions.
Ministry of National Defence on Friday said that the armed forces of the country have press in their surveillance systems, CAP aircraft, naval vessels and missile systems in response to the Chinese aggression. “Multiple PLA aircraft and vessels were detected participating in drills around Taiwan Strait and have crossed the median line. #ROCArmedForces have utilized alert broadcast, aircraft in CAP, patrolling naval vessels, and land-based missile systems in response to this situation,” said the ministry in a tweet.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China dispatched 68 aircraft and 13 vessels until 17:00 (UTC+8) for conducting military drills and missions around Taiwan Strait, some of which had crossed the median line, jeopardizing the status quo of the strait. “We condemn such action that disturbed our surrounding airspace and waters and continue to ensure our democracy and freedom free from threats,” Taiwan’s defence ministry added in the tweet.
Condemned China’s hostile action, the Taiwan defence ministry said that Chinese armed forces have “seriously damaged” the status quo and “harassed” Taiwan’s water and air space. “We seek no escalation, nor do antagonize others. #ROCArmedForces are
committed to #ProtectOurCountry along with our citizens,” the ministry added in its tweet.
Meanwhile, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday warned the United States not to act rashly and to avoid creating a bigger crisis by making another visit of US House Speaker Pelosi to Taiwan. Speaking at the 55th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, Wang said, “US has no right to make the mistake again of allowing another visit of US House Speaker to Taiwan.”
Defending Chinese action in the region, Wang said, “It is only natural that the Chinese side must show our strong opposition.” The Chinese foreign minister further added, “Actually, it is under US government’s brazen decision of allowing Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. This trip has seriously impacted China’s sovereignty, seriously interfered our internal affairs, violate the promise the US had made with China and harmed the Taiwan straits relations.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday said that China’s military drills around Taiwan in response to Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island is a disproportionate, unjustified and provocative escalation. Addressing a news conference on the side lines of the ASEAN meeting, Blinken said, “There is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate and escalatory military response.”
China on Thursday had, in a similar show of aggression, fired live multiple Dongfeng (DF) ballistic missiles at the island’s northeast and southwest waters, five of which had landed in exclusive economic zone in Japanese waters. The Chinese move came a day after US House of Representative Speaker Pelosi visited Taipei to express US solidarity with the country over a looming threat to its sovereignty and territorial integrity from China.
China’s live-fire military drills began on Thursday in at least six identified zones around the island, which China regards as its own and threatens to take over by force. The PLA organized joint combat training exercises near Taiwan waters and airspace.
Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang blasted what he called “the evil neighbour” after China encircled the self-ruled island with a series of massive military drills that were condemned by the United States and other Western allies.
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Srinagar encounter update: Police Constable Sarfaraz Ahmad killed in J&K’s Srinagar
Police Constable Sarfaraz Ahmad who succumbed to injuries during the encounter died on Monday. The encounter broke out in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar on Sunday.
Taking to Twitter Jammu and Kashmir police said, “Police personnel namely Ct Sarfaraz Ahmad R/O Batote Ramban who was injured yesterday during an anti-terrorist operation, succumbed to his injuries & attained #martyrdom. We pay rich #tributes to the #martyr for his supreme #sacrifice made in the line of duty. @JmuKmrPolice”
Earlier, the police officials seized the vehicle (scooter) used by two LeT terrorists and one AK-74 rifle, and two grenades.
“Vehicle (scooter) used by two #terrorists of #terror outfit LeT seized from the incident site. Besides, one Ak-74 rifle and two grenades have been recovered. Search still going on,” the Jammu and Kashmir police.
Meanwhile, the officials informed about Ahmad’s injuries during the combat. “In the ongoing encounter, one police personnel namely Constable Sarfaraz Ahmad, resident of Batote Rambon got injured. He was evacuated to the hospital for treatment. One terrorist also got injured. Search still going on. Further details shall follow,” the Jammu and Kashmir said.
However, further details are awaited.
Children rejecting foreign toys reflect “AatmaNirbhar Bharat”
On the 75th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a speech from the Red Fort’s ramparts, saying that even a 5-year-old child would not play with foreign toys, reflecting the spirit of independent India in him and the fact that “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” runs through his blood.
He said, “I want to salute the little children between 5 and 7 years of age. The nation’s consciousness has been awakened. I have heard from countless families that 5-7-year-old children tell their parents that they do not want to play with foreign toys. When a 5-year-old child makes such a resolution, it reflects the spirit of self-reliant India in him and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ runs through his veins.”
The PM also praised the Indian toy business in his monthly “Mann ki Baat” radio show in July, stating that exports had increased to Rs 2,600 crore from Rs 300-400 crore.
Last year, the prime minister urged people to be “vocal for local toys,” noting that India imports roughly 80% of toys, with millions of rupees flowing to foreign countries. He stressed the importance of changing this situation.
Modi had made a pitch for boosting the nation’s position in what he called the “Toyconomy,” or the economic aspects of the toys and gaming industry, noting that India’s share of the global toy market, which is estimated to be 100 billion dollars (over 7.5 lakh crore), is only about 1.5 billion dollars (over 11,000 crore).
Celebrating India’s achievements at 75
As India celebrates 75 years of Independence, India has channeled her civilizational strengths and cultural diversity into a brand new shared future, and opportunities for achievement, progress, and prosperity for its billion-plus citizens. Here is a list of what we have achieved since 15 August 1947.
Indian Premier League (IPL)
Indian Premier League (IPL) is an Indian professional T20 cricket league established in 2008. Lalit Modi proposed the idea of IPL and superheaded the IPL effort. It was founded by the Board of Control of Cricket in India in 2007. It is usually held between March and May of every year. In a high-profile ceremony in New Delhi, the first season was slated in 2008. The first season of IPL was won by Rajasthan Royals, captained by Shane Warne. To date, there have been fifteen seasons of the IPL tournament. Moreover, there are 10 teams they are; Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Titans, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lucknow Super Giants, Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The teams representing different Indian cities compete against each other. IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world which revolutionized the game.
Success of Unified Payments Interface (UPI)
India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) has become the best-performing real-time ecosystem in the world with nearly 6 billion transactions a month. According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India’s digital economy could create $1 trillion in economic value in 2025. Earlier on 11 April 2016, NPCI conducted a pilot launch with 21 member banks by Dr. Raghuram G Rajan, Governor, RBI at Mumbai. On 25 August 2016 onwards Banks started to upload their UPI-enabled Apps on the Google Play store. These are the top seven UPI apps used in India; Google Pay, PhonePe, Paytm, BHIM App, Amazon Pay, BHIMSBI Pay, and MobiKwik. Meanwhile, from 21 banks in April 2016, the total number of banks linked to the UPI platform as of Feb 2022 is 304.
Vaccination Drive of India
The ongoing COVID-19 vaccine drive in India rolled out the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive. The COVID-19 vaccination drive in India was started on 16 January 2021 across 3006 vaccine centers in all its states and union territories. The vaccination drive in India has been initiated with two types of vaccines: Covishield and Covaxin, being manufactured by Serum Institute of India Ltd. and Bharat Biotech International Ltd. On the first day itself, 1,65,714 people were vaccinated and were administered to a sanitation worker at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. As of now, 2,08,25,13,831 vaccines have been administrated to the people. Earlier, on 30 January 2020, India reported its first case of COVID-19 in Kerala.
Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan was launched on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is a space probe orbiting Mars since 24 September 2014. The Mangalyaan was launched from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (Sriharikota Range SHAR), Andhra Pradesh. For the launch Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket C25 was used. Mangalyaan was the world’s cheapest mission to the red planet which cost just Rs 447.39 crore. “Unlike the Mars mission, which was a one-time project when cleared, the GSAT program envisages launching several more satellites. Therefore, the money saved from its launch is with Isro to be used for future satellites,” a senior official said. The spacecraft instruments which were used are Mars Color Camera, Lyman Alpha Photometer, Thermal Imaging Spectrometer, Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyzer, and Methane Sensors for Mars.
Statue of Unity
The Statue of Unity is the World’s Tallest Monument and is the most prolific creator in recent times. The Statue of Unity is dedicated to one of India’s founding fathers, and the country’s first Deputy Prime Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with a height of 182 meters. It has been created as a tribute to the ‘Iron Man of India’. The Statue of Unity is divided into 5 zones out of which 3 are accessible to the general public. It can accommodate 200 visitors at a time and location at a height of 153 meters. It is located at Sardar Sarovar Dam, in Kevadia, Gujarat.
Har Ghar Tiranga: 44 million Tiranga Selfies uploaded so far
On the Har Ghar Tiranga website, nearly 44 million people have posted selfies with the Indian flag, and the government has changed the caller tunes on phones to urge more people to follow suit.
Culture ministry official stated, “Our aim is to run it throughout the day to promote the Har Ghar Tiranga movement and encourage people to upload selfies with the flag.”
The website reports so as of 11:59am, 44963700million selfies have been submitted, and the number is increasing every second, the official stated.
Additionally, the website has been pinned with more than 50 million digital flags.
Amit Shah, the home minister, as well as the cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma and the actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, and Anupam Kher have also posted selfies.
The union government has contracted with roughly 200 manufacturers, including small and medium-sized businesses and self-help organisations, to produce the flags in order to have them displayed in 200 million homes between August 13 and August 15 in honour of 75 years of independence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially commenced the government’s 75-week countdown to the 75th anniversary of Independence from Sabarmati Ashram on March 12, 2021.
These events, which are spread over 28 States, 8 UTs, and more than 150 countries, are centred on 5 major themes that guide our commemorative and festive endeavours. (Freedom struggle, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]).
The movement, a ministry of culture initiative to commemorate “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations for India’s 75th year of independence, will help “deepen our bond with the national flag,” PM Modi said in a tweet
Taking to Twitter he wrote, “This year, when we are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, let us strengthen the Har Ghar Tiranga Movement. Hoist the Tricolour or display it in your homes between 13th and 15th August. This movement will deepen our connect with the national flag,
A chat between couples delayed the the flight in Mangaluru
The woman passenger who raised the alarm about a strange text message she received on a fellow traveler’s phone caused a six-hour delay on the Mangaluru-Mumbai flight.
According to the police, before the IndiGo flight was permitted to depart for Mumbai on Sunday evening, all of the passengers were asked to disembark the plane, and their luggage was carefully examined for any signs of sabotage. On the plane, a man had a message on his phone, which a female passenger spotted and reported to the flight attendants.
The flight, which was about to take off, returned to the bay when the crew informed the air traffic controller. While waiting for a flight to Bengaluru from the same airport, the man was conversing with his girlfriend. Due to lengthy questioning that prevented the man from boarding the aircraft, his girlfriend missed her journey to the capital of Karnataka.
After carefully inspecting the luggage, all 185 passengers were later reboarded for the trip to Mumbai, which took off at 5 o’clock. According to local police commissioner N Shashi Kumar, no complaints have been made as of late because it was just a casual conversation between two friends about security.
Multiple bore gunshots reported in Poonch district, probe underway
Multiple bore gunshots were reported on Monday in the Balakot sector of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the police officials said from a 12-bore gun the shots were fired.
The police officials rushed to the spot where the incident took place. Later the car was examined and surrounding areas that were damaged in the firing.
“It is possible that the 12 bore shots were aimed at wild animals engaged in destroying maize crop. The site of the incident is still under investigation,” said Poonch Police.
However further investigations into the matter are underway.
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