UK cancels ‘Burhan Wani Day’ rally in Birmingham City after India protests

Wani was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on July 8, 2016

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The Birmingham City Council has been forced to withdraw permission granted to the organisers of a rally titled “Burhan Wani Day” to mark the first death anniversary of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant/terrorist Burhan Wani here after India lodged a strong protest over the same.

Current Affairs : Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces in the Tral region of Jammu and Kashmir on July 8, 2016.

The United Kingdom has a long memory of terror attacks. For more than 30 years from the early 1970s, the Irish Republican Army (IRA), a paramilitary group, carried out multiple attacks across the UK.

The deadliest were the Birmingham pub bombings of 1974, when 21 were killed. In 1996, the IRA detonated a massive 1500-kilogram (3300-pound) bomb in a Manchester shopping center that injured more than 200 and was not far from this year’s terror attack in the Manchester Arena that claimed the lives of 23 adults and children and left 250 injured, 59 of whom were taken to hospital. Twenty three of these 59 had to be classified as critically injured.

For more than a decade, Islamist terrorism has overtaken Irish Republicanism as the key threat for British security services. On July 7 2005, a cell of four British Muslim suicide bombers inspired by al Qaeda detonated devices on the London transit network, killing 52.

Since 2005, successive British governments have warned the public to be on alert for terror attacks, elevating the threat level to “severe”, the second highest alert.

The UK’s MI5 has thwarted dozens of terrorist plots, mainly involving British-born would-be attackers, the latest of which took place on March 22, 2017 in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster in London, seat of the British Parliament. Read Full Story >>>

Modi in Israel: PM gifts two sets of relics from Kerala to Netanyahu

The relics include sets of copper plates that are believed to have been inscribed in 9-10th century

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Current Affairs : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gifted his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu replicas of two sets of relics from Kerala, regarded as key artefacts of the long Jewish history in India.

Modi, who arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 6 for a three-day visit, presented the relics to Netanyahu at his home.

They comprise two different sets of copper plates that are believed to have been inscribed in 9-10th Century, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The first set of copper plates is a cherished relic for the Cochin Jews in India. It is regarded as a charter describing the grant of hereditary royal privileges and prerogatives by the Hindu King, Cheraman Perumal (often identified as Bhaskara Ravi Varma) to the Jewish leader Joseph Rabban. Read Full Story

Women’s Cricket: India beat Pak by 95 runs, avenge Champions Trophy loss

India scored 169/9 against Pakistan in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup

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India beat Pakistan by 95 runs in their ICC Women’s World Cup match on Sunday.

Current Affairs : People across the nation on Sunday celebrated the outstanding victory of the Indian women cricket team in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 against Pakistan.

Elated Indians burnt crackers and raised slogans for the women team after the historic win against its arch-rival Pakistan.

“India’s daughter has made the nation proud and has defeated Pakistan with such a big margin. The Indian women team took the revenge from Pakistan of the Champions Cup Trophy,” said a local.

Another local added that the thumping victory of the team gives a message that nowadays women are not just being cornered in on four walls, but are rather coming up with lot of aims and exposures.

“People should motivate Indian Women cricket team and should welcome them like they do it with the men’s team,” another local added.

Spinner Ekta Bisht wreaked havoc as India thrashed arch-rival Pakistan by 95 runs in their ICC Women’s World Cup encounter at United Kingdom’s Derby.

Defending a lowly target of 170 runs, the Indian eves were spectacular with the ball as they didn’t allow their arch-rival to claim a historic win and bowled out Pakistan for just 74 runs in 38.1 overs.

Brief Scores:

India: 169 for 9 in 50 overs

  • (Punam Raut 42, Sushma Verma 33)
  • (Nashra Sandhu 4/26, Sadia Yousuf 2/30).

Pakistan: 74 all out in 38.1 overs

  • (Sana Mir 29, Nahida Khan 23)
  • ( Ekta Bisht 5/18, Mansi Joshi 2/9).

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Modi-Trump meet: India, US name Pakistan, demand action on 26/11, Pathankot

Joint statement issued after visit vows action against Pak-based LeT, JeM and D-Company

U.S. President Trump welcomes Indian Prime Minister Modi to the White House in Washington

Current Affairs : India and the US today vowed to strengthen cooperation against terror outfits like Jaish-e- Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and D-Company, while urging Pakistan to ensure that its soil is not used for terror strikes against other nations.

In a joint statement released after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump, the two nations also called on Islamabad to “expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot, and other cross-border terrorist attacks perpetrated by Pakistan- based groups.”

Briefing reporters on the meeting, Foreign Secretary, S Jaishankar said counter-terrorism was a major issue that was discussed between Trump and Modi Trump Meet during the day.

ALSO READ: In meet with Trump, Modi vows to destroy terror hideouts, tackle extremism

On the reference to Pakistan, he said the joint statement could not have been more explicit on the issue of cross border-terrorism being perpetrated by terror groups from the neighbouring country’s soil.

“There was a broad and extensive discussion on Pakistan. On certain issues it was very detailed,” he said, adding that there was a converging viewpoint of what is the problem and diagnose the problem. Read Full Story >>>

Eid 2017: Delhi to get respite from heat today, says IMD

There are fair chances of rains on Monday night or early Tuesday: IMD

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The national capital on Sunday sizzled at 39.4 degree Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, but respite is likely on Monday, when Eid Mubarak falls this year, would see light rains, said the weather department.

Current Affairs : According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), there are fair chances of rains on Monday night or early Tuesday. Beside, thundery conditions on Sunday night would abate the weather situation and bring down the mercury to 35-36 degrees.

“Sunday was humid but Monday, the day of Eid, would be calm and weather would be pleasant throughout the day. Rains are most likely towards night, followed by early morning,” an IMD official said.

The minimum temperature on Sunday was 30 degrees, two notches above the season’s average, while the humidity oscillated between 40 to 80 per cent.

The maximum temperature on Saturday settled at 37.6 degrees Celsius, normal for the season’s average and the minimum temperature was recorded at at 26.8 degrees Celsius.

Cartosat-2 launch tomorrow: Countdown for Isro’s ‘eye in the sky’ begins

When Indian Army soldiers conducted surgical strikes, they had help from an ‘eye in the sky’

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The 28-hour countdown operation of the PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 series satellite mission started on Thursday at 05:29 hours IST.

This comes after the Mission Readiness Review Committee and Launch Authorisation Board cleared the countdown on Wednesday.

Current Affairs : The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is gearing up to launch its Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation along with 30 co-passenger satellites.

Isro’s workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), will carry these satellites into orbit. The rocket is scheduled to take off from the Sriharikota space port near Chennai at 9.29 am on Friday.

The rocket will carry the 712 Kg Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 243 Kg at lift-off, into a 505 Km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.

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The PSLV-C38 will be launched from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. This will be the seventeenth flight of the PSLV in its ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).

The primary Cartosat-2 series satellite is a remote sensing satellite. The imagery sent by the satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features, and various other land information systems, as well as for geographical information system (GIS) applications.

The co-passenger satellites comprise 30 nano satellites from India and 14 other countries — Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The total weight of all the satellites carried onboard PSLV-C38 is about 955 Kg.

The 30 international customer nano satellites are being launched as part of commercial arrangements with Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), Isro’s commercial arm.

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ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan army mocks India after victory

Pakistan won the Champions Trophy cricket final on Sunday by defeating India by 180 runs

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Current Affairs : Pakistan Army has mocked India after the country’s resounding victory in the Champions Trophy cricket final, sharing photos of celebrations in restive Balochistan with a caption “To whom it may concern’. Lay off”.

After posting photos of Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa with victory sign and soldiers dancing over Pakistani triumph over India at the Oval, military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor shared pictures from Balochistan where people were celebrating the victory.

“And this is Our Balochistan. ‘To whom it may concern’. Lay off,” he wrote along with photos.

The pictures were apparently in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech last year in which he had raised the issue Pakistan’s atrocities on people of Baluchistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Ghafoor also posted a video showing people in Srinagar purportedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India.

“And this is………Srinagar!!” he wrote.

In another tweet, he said, “Valiant soldiers of Pakistan congrat Team Pak & Nation. United we shall defend Pak against all threats our enemies hatch.”

Pakistan won the Champions Trophy cricket final on Sunday by defeating India by 180 runs.