“Extremely Horrific” New Delhi Factory Fire Kills 43

At least 43 people were killed Sunday in a fire in a factory in central New Delhi, the capital city of India. The fire, which began at 5:30 AM (GMT), has already been controlled in an operation that, according to the local Fire Department, mobilized 25 vehicles. Police in the capital of India are investigating the cause of the fire. According to the latest balance, at least 16 people have been hospitalized so far, and 62 others have been rescued from inside the factory.

India Rape Victim Burned Alive by Gang of Men

A 23-year-old rape victim has died following injuries she sustained when she was set ablaze on her way to a court in the city of Unnao, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, authorities said on Saturday. The 23-year-old woman was heading to court to testify against her rapists when a group of men, including two of the suspects, attacked her and set her on fire. She had been threatened on several occasions since she reported the incident.

Sudan Factory Fire Kills 23, Injures 130

At least 23 people have been killed after a fire broke out when a gas tanker exploded in a ceramics factory in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. More than one hundred people were injured and are being treated in various local hospitals with most of them suffering from burns. Confirming the incident, the northern Khartoum’s Bahri district police director, Brigadier General Hassan Abdullahi, said that six of those wounded were in critical condition. It is therefore feared that the death toll could rise.

Global Space Economy and Russian Corruption

Roskosmos and Russian space programs have been experiencing certain difficulties for some time. The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities is a state corporation responsible for the wide range and types of space flights and cosmonautics programs for the Russian Federation. Russia is unfortunately known for corruption and theft.

Recently, construction of the new Vostochny Cosmodrome resulted in the theft of 11 billion roubles ($171.3 million). This was confirmed by Russian press secretary Dmitriy Peskov, a Russian diplomat, translator and Turkologist. Since 2012, Peskov has been the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

Role of Putin’s Russia and BRICS Summit 2019

The 11th BRICS Summit will be held in Brasília, Brazil on November 13-14, 2019. This year’s BRICS slogan is “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future”. BRICS is the acronym coined for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This year there will be two distinct differences:

1) Hightened security measures due to the unrest in South America. During the summit, the Brazilian military will be deployed to the area.

2) The partners from other nations will not be invited. Usually, partners are invited to the summit to ink trade deals and engage in additional open dialogue.

Cyclone Bulbul Kills 20, Displaces Millions

At lеаѕt 20 people died and mоrе thаn 2 mіllіоn spent оvеrnіght іn ѕhеltеrѕ аѕ a rеѕult of Cyclone Bulbul, which hіt thе соаѕtѕ of Indіа аnd Bangladesh with strong wіndѕ and hеаvу rаіn. Thе winds hіt 120 kіlоmеtеrѕ реr hоur Saturday nіght, forcing authorities tо сlоѕе роrtѕ аnd аіrроrtѕ іn both соuntrіеѕ. In thе state оf West Bеngаl, tеn реорlе died, according to tо the Press Truѕt, іnсludіng twо реорlе who wеrе kіllеd bу trees fеll оn thеіr homes, whіlе another dіеd of fаllіng brаnсhеѕ іn Cаlсаtа.

Narendra Modi Jets to Saudi Arabia to Talk Trade

Indian Prіmе Mіnіѕtеr Nаrеndrа Mоdі is gоіng tо Saudi Arabia оn a two-day tоur. He will rеасh Riyadh оn Oсtоbеr 28 and will mееt Sаudі Kіng Sаlmаn on October 29. The Prime Minister wіll also аddrеѕѕ thе Futurе Invеѕtmеnt Inіtіаtіvе Fоrum оrgаnіzеd bу the Sаudі Arаbіаn Gоvеrnmеnt Invеѕtmеnt Fund Agency, Sovereign Wеаlth Fund.

Bangladesh Forces Kill Indian Border Guard, Investigation Launched

An investigation has been launched from a high-level Bangladesh Border Guard on Friday, one day after an Indian border guard was killed in a shootout between the BGB and India’s Border Security Force (BSF). The shooting took place in the Padma River, in Bangladesh’s Rajshahi border. Officials say people across the border on the Padma River have been given the message that they have no reason to panic.

CPEC, Kashmir on Khan’s Agenda in China

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Beijing on a visit to China. It is his third visit to the country since becoming Prime Minister. Hours before reaching the capital of China, a spokesman for the Pakistani military tweeted that Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa has reached a meeting with the Chinese military leadership. In the tweet, it was written that Bajwa will also attend the meeting of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang with Imran Khan.

FM Qureshi Says Pakistan Meeting Money Laundering, Terrorist Funding Parameters

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan had made an unprecedented effort to implement guidelines and suggestions from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, and hoped that Pakistan would be satisfied with the FATF by presenting its stand at the next meeting. It is to be noted that earlier, the report of the FATF, and sub-organization Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG), was issued by Pakistan to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. The actions taken have been reviewed.

Signed! India and Bangladesh in Memorandums on Water, Gas

On the third day of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Delhi Sunday, Hasina inaugurated a drinking water project which will be supplied to Sabruma town in Tripura from Feni river water. However, the issues that many have been pressing in Bangladesh— such as India’s greater support for the Teesta river water sharing or Rohingya repatriation— have not seen signs of significant progress.

Secret! India & Bangladesh Refuse to Discuss Radar Memorandum

India and Bangladesh signed a series of memorandums of understanding Saturday, one of which will  jointly launch a ‘coastal surveillance’ system. Although no details have been provided by the two countries, it is initially known that India will help establish a modern radar system in the coastal areas of Bangladesh according to this agreement. The move is also said to ensure maritime security in the Bay of Bengal.

Indian Engineers, Afghan Taliban Commanders Freed in Prisoner Exchange

The Afghan Taliban said that three engineers belonging to India have been released in exchange for the release of several top Taliban commanders. The release includes ten key commanders and one member of the Haqqani network. Three Indian engineers, who were rescued on Sunday, were among seven engineers abducted last year in northern Afghanistan along with their driver.

Chinese President Xi to Visit India— Kashmir Not on Agenda

Notice of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India is expected to be made within the next 24 to 48 hours. According to The Indian Express, Xi will visit India for an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next 5 days. Experts said that in the upcoming visit to India, the Chinese side will not mention much of the long-standing tense disputes, but will instead focus on cooperation.

Pakistani Prime Minister Warns of War with India

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has warned of a massacre and the threat of war over Indian-administered Kashmir. Khan has said that there are 900,000 Indian soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir, and warned of a massacre once a military curfew is lifted. He urged the international community to play its part in resolving the issue. “For 50 days, the people of Kashmir have been locked down by 900,000 soldiers,” Khan said.

UN General Assembly: Macron Plays Matchmaker, Trump Offers to Mediate

French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to arrange a meeting between the US and Iranian leaders continued in New York on Tuesday. Hassan Rouhani described Mr. Macron’s efforts to lift US sanctions against Iran as a success, but Donald Trump said in a speech at the UN General Assembly that sanctions would not be lifted as long as Iran’s threatening behavior continues. Mr. Macron first met with Mr. Rouhani on Monday night. He said on Tuesday evening that Mr. Rouhani was accompanying British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to meet with the British Prime Minister.

“Howdy, Modi!” Trump and Modi to Meet in Houston

It’s been five years since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last stepped on American soil. At Madison Square Garden in New York City, Modi was treated like a rock star, after being barred from entering the United States for nearly a decade. On Sunday, the Indian leader will address an even bigger crowd of supporters in Houston, Texas, along with President Trump.

The Ultimate Air Purifier Buying Guide for India

If the growing health problems are to be controlled, the pollution of all kinds must be brought under control. While the government puts in its efforts for the external environment, the home environment is very much under the control of the owners. Along with controlling the causes of pollution, you also need to reverse the effects of pollution. You can use air purifiers to bring this into effect.

Pakistan Rejects India’s Statement on Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir

Pakistan has said that it rejected the Indian Foreign Minister’s provocative and irresponsible statements regarding himself and  Kashmir. Earlier, the External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, had said that the abolition of Article 370 was an internal matter of India and part of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and would fall under the sovereignty of India.

Let There Be “Peace” – Can India and Pakistan Be More Friend, Less Foe?

Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s Poem Where the mind is without fear is a pre-independent poem in which the poet seeks complete freedom, a political and spiritual freedom:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by Thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that Heaven of freedom, my father, let my Country awake!

Kashmir Crisis: Nuclear War Won’t Be Won Between India and Pakistan

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he is worried because the Indian government is taking steps to create a nuclear war on the subcontinent. Addressing the nation on Monday about the situation in India’s Kashmir, he said, “the way I see the Modi government’s ambitions, the kind of ideology they have if the problem goes to war. Remember, both countries have nuclear weapons and no one will win a nuclear war.”

Pakistani PM Imran Khan: No More Dialogue with Indian Officials

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has said that he has no plans to talk to India anymore because it is no longer useful. In an interview with The New York Times, Imran Khan said, “there is no point in talking to them. I mean, I have done all the talking. Unfortunately, now when I look back, all the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement,” Mr. Khan said.

Finding the Elusive Peace in Kashmir

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is driving the Kashmir train on the wrong track of ultranationalism that cost India 25 percent of its land and 20 percent of its people in 1947. But it’s not yet too late to change the course to find a lasting peace and prosperity for all of its people. The nirvana lies in a blueprint that was secretly drafted a decade ago by two former leaders of India and Pakistan but failed to execute because of their sudden departure from office.

Was India Behind 2009 Border Guards Massacre in Bangladesh?

Two months after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned to power for the second time, her government faced a rebellion by the country’s paramilitary border guards. The mutiny, which took place in the Bangladesh Rifles headquarters in Dhaka on 25 February 2009, left as many as 74 dead, including several ranking army officers, who had been assigned to command the force.

Public speculation by many, including the prime minister herself, termed it as an external conspiracy. Investigations found no evidence of outside interference. However, one thing became clear: the army was aware of the unrest days before it occurred.

Iran and Other Islamic Countries Weigh In on Kashmir Crisis

Iran and Turkey have criticized India’s policy of ending the autonomy of the two states, Jammu and Kashmir. Many Muslim countries, however, have been more cautious about recent developments in Kashmir. Mohammad Hussein Bagheri, Iranian Armed Forces chief of staff, expressed concern over the situation in Kashmir and said in a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart that a military approach to the Kashmir crisis could increase complexity throughout the region. Bagheri has called on the Indian government to respect the rights of Muslim residents of the two states.

The Dignity Lens – All Labor Has Dignity

I had to catch my first international flight in April, 2005 all alone! Those who came to see me off were large in number. At last I was left alone. I took my luggage to weigh to the scales and see whether it fulfilled 50 pounds per suitcase. Never had I lifted anything more than 5 lbs in my life. Every time I boarded a train or a bus a porter would help me out. In India, we rely on porters, servants, and “others” such as electricians, plumbers, who assist with a minimum “fee.”

Kashmir Dispute – Could It Result in the Use of Nuclear Weapons?

India revoked Kashmir’s special status with a rush decree. A presidential decree issued on August 5, 2019 removed Article 370 of India’s constitution that provided special rights to Kashmir, which is also the Muslim-majority state. The state lost its unique constitution and the right to implement their own laws. India sent military troops to the region in anticipation of protests.

Indian Prime Minister’s Remarks on Recent Developments in Kashmir

In a televised address Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended the government’s controversial decision to cancel special concessions in Kashmir. The Indian prime minister said Kashmir’s “new era” has begun. There has been no working mobile, telephone, and internet network since the announcement of the decision on Sunday. Pakistan has described India’s recent decision as a violation of international law.

Kashmir: Amid Tensions in the Valley, What India Expects

Amid intense speculation about what is going to happen in  Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah today held a long meeting with India’s national security adviser and intelligence chief. In the last ten days, an additional 50,000 troops have been deployed in Kashmir and after the removal of the pilgrims and tourists, there is panic in Kashmir. The local people from Srinagar say they are feeling ‘mental torture.’

Unrest Around the World – A Country by Country Look

Today following the world news can be seen in a world at unrest.  In these countries especially is apparent World Unrest:

Khazakhstan – The world’s largest land locked country and the ninth largest in the world with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometers. It is a democratic secular republic with a diverse heritage. After the elections resulting in the overwhelming victory of interim president Toqaev began wave of protests against the lack of fairness in the elections.

Modi Likely Re-elected in Indian Landslide

The world’s biggest election in history is over. India’s six weeks of voting came to an end on May 19, and the unenviable task of counting the hundreds of millions of votes commenced on Thursday. The campaign for the 17th Lok Sabha was seen by most as a referendum on the policies and person of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and he seems to have won handsomely. While no seats have been declared at post time, Modi’s Hindu nationalist Indian People’s Party (BJP) is leading in 291 seats, well more than the 272 needed for a majority.

LGBT+ Victory in India: A Final Win or Still a Long Way to Go?

A historic verdict was given by the India Supreme Court on September 6, 2018 in favor of the LGBTQ+ community, giving them freedom of privacy and the right to live their lives with dignity. People across the nation celebrated with huge enthusiasm and relief. But is it the final win? It took 157 years to reach this point and is it going to take again a long period of time for the society to realize and accept the situation?

According to the figures submitted to the SC in 2012, there were about 2.5 million gays in India which proves that there were not just a handful of people fighting for freedom of self acceptance. In spite of it, they faced bullying, experienced physical violence, being ignored and much more.

Marital Rape: Rape Under Veil

The 21st century, a modern era of humanity, still fails in understanding women’s right position in society and for a country’s development. And in this patriarchal society, women are still being objectified and are expected to follow men’s wishes even if it’s against her consent.

Here, I am talking about marital rape cases in India, where women’s consent is being suppressed, which is proved by Section 375, the provision of rape in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which states – “Sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not rape.” Here, it clearly shows the neglected importance of women in a marriage, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the government itself is encouraging marital rape under the veil of society, culture and tradition.

Internet Shutdowns

The Internet is sometimes called a friend and sometimes an enemy. In th  small African nation of Chad, the internet has been closed for one year.  Chadians feel anger and  are revolting as they struggle without internet.

An internet shutdown happens when someone, usually a government, intentionally disrupts internet access to control what people say and do. Blackouts are sometimes called blackouts or kill switches.  The internet enables all our human rights.  When there is peace, people enjoy life with The Internet.  In times of war it may be better to close The Internet.