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PLA builds the 'Great Underwater Wall' in South China Sea for warfare advantage
BEIJING, Feb 21 (Agencies): The People’s Liberation Army of China is building an ‘Underwater Great Wall’ in the South China Sea in a bid to gain substantial undersea warfare advantage in the region. If reports are to be believed, PLA is laying a network of ships and subsurface sensors in the South China Sea. Apart from the undersea warfare advantage that China claims it is eyeing, its move will also help the PLA in spying the movement of foreign ships in the disputed region ensuring better monitoring of submarine activities. According to latest inputs, China has also completed Hainan Power Grid inter connection projects with the laying of submarine cable in an area close to the Hainan Province in the South China Sea. The submarine cable passes through Qiongzhou Strait of Nanlung in Guan...
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China upgrading air defence along border to confront 'threat from India': Report
Beijing, Feb 20 (Agencies): China is upgrading air defence of its Western Theatre Command, which looks after the security along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), to "confront any threat from India", an official media report quoted a military expert as saying. The Chinese military has released photographs of a J-10 fighter jet - a lightweight multi-role fighter aircraft - along with J-11 - a single-seat, twin-engine fighter jet - flying over the high-altitude plateau in western China during the current Chinese New Year and Spring Festival holiday, state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday. The jets are attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Western Theatre Command, the website of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said. China has also recently commissioned its s...
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Highly-skilled Indian professionals in UK step up protest against ‘hostile’ immigration policies
London, Feb 20 (Agencies): Indian professionals have stepped up their fight against what they characterise as “hostile” immigration policies of the UK government and joined forces with migrants from other countries for a major protest outside the UK Parliament here this week. The Highly Skilled Migrants group, which represents nearly 1,000 doctors, engineers, IT professionals and teachers from countries outside the European Union (EU), will bring together migrants from South Asia and Africa for one of its biggest protests so far on Wednesday. The professionals and their families, mainly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria, will protest against UK Home Office delays and “unjustified” refusals related to their applications for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in Britain. “India,...
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I should pay significantly higher taxes: Bill Gates
NEW YORK. Feb 19 (Agencies): Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates have said that he should pay more in taxes and that the government should require other super-wealthy people like him to contribute "significantly higher" amounts. "I need to pay higher taxes," Gates, who is worth over $90 billion, said in a CNN interview on Sunday. "I`ve paid more taxes, over $10 billion, than anyone else, but the government should require the people in my position to pay significantly higher taxes," he said. Gates, the second richest man in the world after Amazon`s Jeff Bezos, did not mince his words when it came to the Republican tax law, which cut taxes for corporations. "It was not a progressive tax bill. It was a regressive tax bill," Gates said, arguing that the biggest benefits will be f...
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Earthquake with magnitude 6.1 shakes Mexico City
MEXICO CITY, Feb 19 (Agencies): An earthquake alarmed residents of Mexico City in the early hours of Monday, sending many into the streets, Reuters witnesses said. The magnitude 6.1 quake hit 43 km (27 miles) east of Oaxaca at a depth of 10 km at 0656 GMT, the U.S. Geological Survey said....
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Pak Army claims killing 5 Indian soldiers
ISLAMABAD, Feb 16 (Agencies): The Pakistan Army claimed today said that it had killed five Indian soldiers and destroyed a post in Kashmir in retaliation for sniper fire on a school van which left the driver dead in Battal sector along the Line of Control. Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said Pakistani troops had targeted Indian Army post along the Line of Control in Tatta Pani sector. “Indian terrorism against innocent citizens shall be responded befittingly,” Ghafoor said, while sharing a video clip purportedly of the attack on the post. However, an unidentified Indian Army official said the Pakistan Army’s claims were “baseless”, a news agency reported. Ghafoor also claimed that India’s “unethical and unprofessional approach across the Line of Control continue...
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Florida school shooting: Student captures terrifying video from classroom
FLORIDA, Feb 15 (Agencies) : As a former student opened fire at Florida high school on Wednesday afternoon, few pupils shot videos and photos of those terrifying moments from inside the classroom. One of the students sent the following video to his sister, who tweeted: In the video, students are seen sitting inside the class as rescue ops continue. As heavily-armed officers enter the class, pupils immediately raise their hands. One student's hands are shaking uncontrollably in the video, reflecting the tense atmosphere inside the class. An hour after the deadly gun rampage that killed 17 people, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was arrested from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Cruz, a troubled former student who loved guns, was expelled for unspecified disciplinar...
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In a 3,000-word open letter, Taliban urges Americans to 'rethink' war
Kabul, Feb 15 (Agencies): In a 3,000-word open letter, the Taliban has urged the "American people" to press their government to withdraw from Afghanistan, reminding them that the Afghan war is the longest conflict in which they have been embroiled and at a cost of "trillions of dollars." The letter was addressed to "the American people, officials of independent non-governmental organizations and the peace-loving Congressmen." Through its letter, the Taliban repeated its long-standing offer of direct talks with Washington, which the United States has repeatedly refused, saying peace negotiations should be between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The letter promised a more inclusive regime, education and rights for all, including women. However, it seemed to rule out power-sharin...
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South African President Jacob Zuma quits amid corruption claims
Johannesburg, Feb 15 (Agencies) : South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday resigned from his office with immediate effect making the announcement in a televised address to the nation. The 75-year-old has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC's new leader. Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption. His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him. According to BBC, he said he did not fear a motion of no-confidence, adding: "I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability." Zuma also said that violence and division within the ANC had influenced his decision to step down. "No life should be lost in my...
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