Pakistan: 77 Militants Killed After School Massacre
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to cancel the bail granted to the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks — a decision that outraged neighboring India and called into questionPakistan's commitment to fighting militancy.
The violence at a school in Pakistan's northwest earlier this week stunned the country and brought cries for retribution. In the wake of the mass killing the military has struck targets in the Khyber tribal region and approved the death penalty for six convicted terrorists.
The military said its ground forces late Thursday killed 10 militants while airstrikes killed another 17, including an Uzbek commander. Another 32 alleged terrorists were killed by security forces in an ambush in Tirah valley in Khyber on Friday as they headed toward the Afghan border, the military said.
On Friday morning, troops killed 18 more militants during a "cordon and search operation" in Khyber, the military said.
The military said the army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, was traveling to Khyber Friday to meet with troops taking part in the ground operation.
Khyber agency is one of two main areas in the northwest where the military has been trying to root out militants in recent months. Khyber borders Peshawar, where the school massacre happened, and militants have traditionally attacked the city before withdrawing to the tribal region where police can't chase them.
The other area is North Waziristan, where the military launched a massive operation in June.
In the southern province of Baluchistan, Pakistani security forces killed a senior Pakistani Taliban leader along with seven of his associates in three separate pre-dawn raids, said a tribal police officer, Ali Ahmed.
The Pakistani army chief late Thursday signed the death warrants of six "hard core terrorists" convicted and sentenced to death by military courts, the army said.
It was unclear when the military planned to hang the six men, but authorities generally move quickly once death warrants are signed. Such executions are usually carried out at prisons under the supervision of army officers and then the bodies are handed over to relatives for burial.
There was no information on the men or the crimes for which they were convicted.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday announced that he would lift a moratorium on executions in terrorism-related cases. The government has not yet carried out any executions.
The lifting of the moratorium was aimed at demonstrating the government's resolve. But the decision by an anti-terrorism court on Thursday to grant bail to the main suspect in the Mumbai attacks, Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, called into question that commitment.
Lakhvi is one of seven people on trial in Pakistan for the assault, but the trial has produced no results so far. It has been closed to the media.
India reacted with outrage to news of Lakhvi's pending release.
Special public prosecutor Abu Zar Peerzada said he would appeal to the High Court to cancel the bail and said Lakhvi had not yet been released.
In schools across Pakistan, special classes were held Friday, with schoolchildren chanting prayers in memory of the victims of the Taliban slaughter. In mosques throughout the country, worshippers also offered special prayers for the massacred innocents in Peshawar.http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/Pakistan-77-Militants-Killed-After-School-Massacre/2014/12/19/article2579289.ece
India tests 1,000 kg glide bomb
India had on Friday tested a 1,000 kg glide bomb. It was test dropped by an Indian Air Force aircraft in the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Odisha.
The bomb developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation was guided by its 'on board navigation system'. It glided for nearly 100 km before hitting the target with precision, according to an official release.
The flight of the glide bomb was monitored by radars and electro-optic systems stationed at the Integrated Test Range. The DRDO labs involved in the development were DARE, Bengaluru, ARDE, Pune, and TRBL, Chandigarh. The RCI, Hyderabad was the nodal agency in the development programme.
The labs have designed the completed avionics package and the navigation system for the glide bomb. Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to Defence Ministry and Director-General, DRDO, declared that “The nation today has capability to design, develop and launch heavy bombs for delivery up to 100 km away with high precision”.
G Satheesh Reddy, Distinguished Scientist and Director, RCI stated, “Country has now become self-reliant in the area of guided precision bombs.”http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/india-tests-1000-kg-glide-bomb/article6710728.ece
Air Force fritters away Rs 4.5 cr to unfurl smoky tricolor in sky
he Indian Air Force incurred totally avoidable loss of Rs 4.51 crore by purchasing colour dyes for emitting coloured smoke trails depicting India's tri colours- Saffron, White and Green on the occasion of Independence Day and Republic Day, country's national account auditors have revealed.
In its latest report, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has said that the unrealistic projection of requirement of colour dyes for emitting smoke by Aerobatic Team coupled with decision to import entire quantity at one time for meeting three years' requirement, despite their limited shelf life, not only resulted in over provisioning but also led to avoidable loss to the tune of Rs 4.51 crore.
More than 30,000 litres of colour dyes were procured from an American company to generate the colourful smoke in the wake of Surya Kiran aircraft, the report said adding that the IAF consumed about 7000 litres only of it while the balance quantity of more than 23,000 litres remained un-utilised.
As the IAF had to disband Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team for want of trainer aircraft, the left over colour dye was of no use for it. To cover the losses, the IAF tried to find out alternate users and approached the Army and the Navy but in the mean time the life of dyes expired.
158 Flights Cadets commissioned into IAF
Hyderabad, December 20:
As many as 158 young and energetic flight cadets, including 29 women, on Saturday formally joined into the mainstream of Indian Air Force, when Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhawan, on behalf of the President of India, awarded commission to them today at an impressive Combined Graduation Parade held at the prestigious Air Force Academy at Dundigal near Hyderabad.
The passing out parade marked the culmination of one year rigorous basic and professional training at the Academy and other places including Air Force Stations located at Hakimpet, Begumpet in Hyderabad and Yelahanka in Karnataka apart from Air Force Administrative College Coimbatore. The newly inducted flight cadets will be allotted various branches of Indian Air Force like flying, navigation, air controlling, logistics, administration, accounts and education.
Flying officer Sonu Barak of the flying branch, who was the parade commander, awarded President’s Plaque and the Chief of Air Staff ‘Sword of Honour’ for standing first in over all merit in pilot course, while flying officer Kuldeep Singh and flying officer Bijender Bhagat were awarded President’s Plaque for standing first in ground duty branch and navigation branch respectively.
In his address, after reviewing the parade, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R K Dhawan congratulated the cadets to be a part of one of the finest air force in the world. He said that as young leader, they have to build up the quality with credibility and integrity and continue to strive for excellence and meet all challenges. He emphasized the cadets that the word ‘impossible’ should not be in your dictionary. Admiral Dhawan focused on the importance of the core values of the IAF, Mission, Integrity and Excellence.
The passing out parade ceremony culminated with the breathtaking aerobatic display of ‘Sarang Helicopter team’ and Su 30 fighter jet and fly-past of Pilatus and Kiran training aircrafts have captured the attention of the audience.http://www.siasat.com/english/news/158-flights-cadets-commissioned-iaf
Data Radio Likely to Replace Age-old Satellite Phone in Army
HYDERABAD: The graduating engineering officers from the Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME), Secunderabad, designed several innovative equipment which are most likely to replace some of the traditional machinery that the field Army is currently using.
A new equipment named ‘Data Radio’, is capable of sending live updates, including video streaming and text messages to the server within 60 km range. Currently the Army is using traditional satellite phones to communicate with the base station and they can transfer only voice messages. But ‘Data Radio’ will enable the soldiers to send live visuals to the commanders who will be working from base camps. Weighing only seven kg, it can be folded into a small briefcase which is like the size of a laptop. A helmet camera is connected to the ‘Data Radio’ to record the video and send it to the transmitter. To send the signal to the server at the base camp, a small antenna is also attached behind the machine.
Similar system will also be installed at base camp where the receiver can show the visuals and text messages from the field on large screen. It will help the commanders to analyse the situation at the field and give commands to the soldiers accordingly.
‘’It will be useful during the recce and secrete operations,” said Major Mamta Gupta, one of the members of the team that designed it. One of its other strengths is that it can function in any weather condition, she added. After the trails it is most likely to be introduced to the field Army. Apart from the ‘Data Radio’, another interesting creation by the officers was ‘Hand Gesture Based Sensor Application’. A small robot operated with the help of sensors will move according to the commands given by its operator. Two sensor chips attached with both hands of operator will pass commands and its moves can be monitored from 50 metres. A high resolution camera attached to the robot will give clear visuals of its path and it will help the soldiers to find out hidden targets inside buildings. “The basic model can move only on plain surface, but it can be modified to use on any kind of surface by attaching mechanical legs to it,” said Lieutenant Ashwin Nagpal, one of its designers. Both the equipment have been designed as part of the training curriculum at MCEME and soon they will be sent to the Army for examination.
A total of 57 graduate engineering officers from the Degree Engineering Course and Technical Entry Scheme Course from the Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Secunderabad formally graduated here on Friday.
Dr Avinash Chander, scientific adviser to the Raksha Mantri and secretary, department of defence, R&D, who was the chief guest at the convocation ceremony presented the degrees and awards to the officers.
The graduating officers demonstrated the projects they designed as part of their training curriculum. The courses at MCEME mandate the trainee officers to design projects that meet the requirements of the field Army and best among them were awarded during the convocation ceremony.http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Data-Radio-Likely-to-Replace-Age-old-Satellite-Phone-in-Army/2014/12/20/article2580137.ece
Peshawar attack mastermind — a volleyball player, child killer
India, don't wait for the global community to act, must take some pro-active steps to change Pakistan
T's always said that every country has an Army, but Pakistan Army has a country. But this perception too is changing, every country has some types of terrorists but Pakistan terrorists have a country of their own.
Here's a point that should be noted that although ISIS established self claimed terror caliphate of "Islamic State" in the areas of Syria and Iraq but they never have free run like Pakistan terrorists. Every day they are on war with Iraq, Syria, the USA-led NATO forces and the crusaders' against ISIS.The massacre of innocent students in Peshawar no doubt qualifies to be the most brutal, inhuman and unprecedented cold blooded murder. Even ISIS affiliated terrorists would be stunned on what happened in Pakistan? The PM Nawaz Sharif simply condemned the 142 innocent deaths and assured the public to take necessary action.
Ex-Army Chief V K Singh Blamed For Mumbai's Adarsh Housing Row
MUMBAI: Members of scam-hit Adarsh Housing Society today accused former Army chief V K Singh of being responsible for the controversy surrounding the highrise that stirred a political storm in Maharashtra and claimed there was no illegality in construction of the building here.
The allottees of the 31-storey building cited RTI documents in support of their claim and said the criminal case made out against them by CBI has "fallen flat" after it had been established that the land does not belong to Defence Ministry.
It is the prosecution case that the land was actually meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and their kin but was later extended to 31 floors allegedly without mandatory permission.
Brigadier (Retd) T K Sinha, ad-hoc Chairman of Adarsh Housing Society, accused V K Singh, now a Union Minister, of sparking the entire controversy and "misleading" the then Defence Minister A K Antony. http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Ex-Army-Chief-V-K-Singh-Blamed-For-Mumbais-Adarsh-Housing-Row/2014/12/20/article2580970.ece
The Effects of Aging on Your Digestion
As you age, your gastrointestinal tract does too. That means that it is important to monitor the foods you eat not only to maintain a healthy weight, but also to ensure that you are taking the best care of your digestive system. Here are five ways that your digestion can change as you age and tips for taking the best care of yourself and your health.
As you age, chewing food can become more difficult, especially if you have dentures or poor dentition. You may not think of chewing as part of the digestive process, but it is in fact the first and most important step in taking care of your digestive system. When you chew, you are breaking down the food so that the stomach acid and intestinal enzymes can later break it apart into nutrients to be absorbed into your intestines.
In order to avoid choking on your food or slowing down your digestion, make sure to chew your food as thoroughly as possible or to cut up your food into smaller pieces. Also, it is important to continue visiting the dentist on a regular basis, about twice a year to make sure that your mouth is healthy and ready to chew. Taking calcium and vitamin D supplements or getting them through your diet can also help with your digestion and other aspects of your internal health. Women ages 50-70 should get about 1,200 mg of calcium and 600 IUs of vitamin D and men of the same age should get 1,000 mg of calcium and 600 IUs of vitamin D daily.
After chewing, the next most important aspect of your digestion is swallowing your food properly. As you age, your esophagus, or the pipe that connects your mouth with your stomach, does not contract like it used to, make it more difficult to swallow larger pieces of food. Indeed, when individuals over 50 need to swallow large pieces of food, it can take them 50 to 100 percent longer for the food to make its way to you stomach because your esophagus muscles are out of shape.
One of the most common conditions among aging individuals is called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can cause pain or a burning sensation in your chest when you digest and even the narrowing of your esophagus. Although there is not cure for a narrowing esophagus, one way to prevent this condition and to maximize your digestion with age is to chew your food slowly and in small pieces and to exercise and maintain a healthy weight. Avoid foods high in fat or sodium, which can worsen the feeling of heart burn or reflux, and if the symptoms still do not subside, it is recommended to visit your doctor for medical treatment.
3. Your Stomach
At the end of your esophagus lies the entry into your stomach called the lower esophageal sphincter. As you age, this ring-like muscle at the opening of the stomach gets weaker, once again contributing to heartburn and acid reflux. The muscle fails to relax properly, which allows acid and sometimes other stomach contents to make their way back up the esophagus pipe.
It is important that if you have suffered from heartburn or indigestion in the past to take note of the foods that may make you feel that way. Spicy and highly acidic foods are some of the major triggers for this condition, along with citrus fruits and high-fat foods. It helps to eat smaller meals that are low in acid and sodium because this can dramatically decrease your chances for heartburn.
Another common condition to watch out for in your stomach is called H. Pylori, or a bacteria on your stomach lining that can cause ulcers or sores in the morning or when your stomach is empty. The infection can be detected through blood tests, blood tests and endoscopy, a small tube inserted in your mouth that extends down to your stomach. If you discover that you have H. Pylori there is no need to worry because the condition can be treated with a combination of antibiotics and acid-suppressing medications.
With age, your intestines start to get lazy when it comes to absorbing key nutrients like calcium, vitamins A, B-12, K and D). This is because the muscle movements get slower and the colon function also changes. As a result, adults from ages 50 and up may experience more constipation and have a greater risk of developing colon cancer or diverticulitis, a condition in which small pouches in the colon become infected.
As mentioned above, it is recommended to make up for these missing vitamins either in your diet or with supplements. You can relieve your constipation by increasing your daily fiber intake and decreasing your intake of fatty and high-cholesterol foods. In order to naturally increase your fiber intake, eat more whole grains and try to have a fruit or vegetable with every meal. Here are some great ways to naturally increase your daily fiber intake.
5. Your Liver
You may not know that people ages 60 and over have a greater risk of developing gallstones, or hard crystals that form in the gallbladder when your liver is unable to process the cholesterol and other parts of its bile. Bile is a substance you need to digest fat, which is made by the liver, but is stored in the gallbladder. Your risk for gallstones increases with age because the because the bile duct at the opening of your intestine narrows, forcing the bile to stay in the gallbladder for longer periods of time, which causes it to harden.
In order to help prevent the formation of gallstones, which can be painful and often require removal surgeries, it is recommended to strictly control your fat intake so as not to overwhelm your gallbladder. Unfortunately, if you have gallstones you most likely won't experience symptoms, and if you do it is usually a mild pain in the pit of your stomach or the upper right part of your belly. The pain can even spread to your right upper back and shoulder blade. If you experience or have experienced any of these symptoms, it is important to immediately contact your doctor.
Lastly, make sure that you remain in constant consultation with your doctor about your digestive health, and ask for extra blood or breath tests the next time you have a check-up.