Was this an attack on Beirut?
Beirut is capital of Lebanon which has total population of around 1.5 million. Lebanon is ruled by an alliance which primarily consist of a political outfit Hezbollah which literally means ‘Party of Allah‘.
Hezbollah is a Shia Islamist political party and militant group based in Lebanon. Hezbollah’s paramilitary wing is the Jihad Council, and its political wing is the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc party in the Lebanese parliament. Throughout the 1980s Hezbollah engaged in increasingly sophisticated attacks against Israel and fought in Lebanon’s civil war (1975–90). During that time, Hezbollah allegedly engaged in terrorist attacks including kidnappings and car bombings, directed predominantly against Westerners. In 2009, while continuing to call for resistance to Israel as well as support for Iran, its changed the manifesto dropping calls for the establishment of an Islamic republic in Lebanon and joined the political process.
Hizbullah and Israel:
Luv to China from India:
On First April or Day 8 of Lockdown, a scheme called Production Linked Incentive Scheme was launched for Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing which extends an incentive of 4% to 6% on incremental sales (over base year) of goods under target segments that are manufactured in India to eligible companies, for a period of five years subsequent to the base year (FY2019-20). The scheme was open for filing applications till 31.07.2020. Incentives are applicable under the scheme from 01.08.2020.
This will spell a loss of INR 11,50,000 crore approximately to China.
Global who of who of Mobile Industry Arrive:
A total of 22 companies have filed their application under the PLI Scheme.
Activities permitted during Unlock 3 period outside the Containment
In areas outside the Containment Zones, all activities will be permitted,
except the following:
- Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31S August, 2020. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
- Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
(Note: Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to function from 5th
August 2020 for which, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).
- International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.
- Metro Rail.
- Social political sports entertainment/ academic cultural religious functions and other large congregations.
Dates for re-starting the above activities may be decided separately and necessary SOPs shall be issued for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19
Thus the Centre has done away with the night curfew that restricted non-essential movement during specified post-daylight hours under Unlock 1 and Unlock 2 and allowed gymnasiums and yoga institutes to open in non-containment areas from August 5 but the lockdown restrictions will continue to apply in all containment zones across the country till August 31.
Full details of Unlock 3 as issued y Ministry of Home is hereunder:
Kargil Vijay Diwas, named after the successful Operation Vijay, is celebrated in India on 26 July. On this date in 1999 India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been possessed by Pakistan surreptitiously at the end of winter.
The Kargil War
The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days, ended on 26 July and resulted in loss of life on both the sides. Pakistan however disowned it’s soldiers and refused to take back their mortal remains. In this war 527 soldiers from Indian Armed Forces made supreme sacrifice of their life to make it possible.
The war ended with India regaining control of all the previously held territory, hence re-establishing the state existing before the war.
The Wikipedia entry is a Jihadi attempt to distort the facts. Hence this post is aimed at correcting the mischievous entry.
Prime Minister’s speech today:
My dear countrymen, Namaskar. Today, is the 26th of July, a very special day…It is Kargil Vijay Diwas. It was on this very day 21 years ago, our Army unfurled the flag of victory in the battle of Kargil. Friends, India can never forget the circumstances under which the battle of Kargil took place. Pakistan had embarked upon this misadventure, nursing delusions of encroaching upon Indian soil, to distract attention from the internal strife prevailing there. India was then in the process of making efforts to foster good relations with Pakistan. But as it is said,
“बयरु अकारन सब काहू सों।
जो कर हित अनहित ताहू सों।।”
Which means, to the wicked, enmity with one and all for no reason comes naturally. People with such a disposition keep thinking of harming even their well-wishers… that is why when India extended a hand of friendship, Pakistan tried to respond, stabbing in the back. But after that, when our gallant Army displayed deeds of valour, when India demonstrated her might the whole world watched it. You can imagine….the enemy lodged in soaring mountainous heights and our armed forces, our brave soldiers fighting from down below! But it was not about victoriously conquering the heights…
Secretary Pompeo chose the Nixon Presidential Library to condemn China. It was a strange way to apologize for the Nixon’s efforts to open up relations with China. However overtly Pompeo praised Nixon’s efforts to bring China into the community of nations but he warned that time has come to put a stop to this madness of expectation without progress.
Pompeo confessed about the dangers Communist ideology poses to the world and sought to reestablish America’s democratic principles, saying the country will never bow before Beijing. He said:
“My goal today is to put it all together for the American people and detail what the China threat means for our economy, for our liberty, and indeed for the future of free democracies around the world.
Next year marks half a century since Dr. Kissinger’s secret mission to China, and the 50th anniversary of President Nixon’s trip isn’t too far away in 2022.
The world was much different then. We imagined engagement with China would produce a future with bright promise of comity and cooperation.
But today – today we’re all still wearing masks and watching the pandemic’s body count rise because the CCP failed in its promises to the world. We’re reading every morning new headlines of repression in Hong Kong and in Xinjiang.
We’re seeing staggering statistics of Chinese trade abuses that cost American jobs and strike enormous blows to the economies all across America, including here in southern California. And we’re watching a Chinese military that grows stronger and stronger, and indeed more menacing.
Not surprisingly, Secretary Pompeo too had many questions e.g.:
What do the American people have to show now 50 years on from engagement with China? Did the theories of our leaders that proposed a Chinese evolution towards freedom and democracy prove to be true? Is this China’s definition of a win-win situation? And indeed, centrally, from the Secretary of State’s perspective, is America safer? Do we have a greater likelihood of peace for ourselves and peace for the generations which will follow us?