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2 Israeli soldiers killed, seven injured in Hezbollah attack

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2 Israeli soldiers killed, seven injured in Hezbollah attack

Posted on 29 January 2015 by GGS News

JERUSALEM , 29 Jan : (PTI) — Hezbollah antitank missiles killed two Israeli soldiers as they drove in a disputed area along the Lebanese border on Wednesday, a sharp retaliation for Israel’s deadly drone strike last week that killed six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general.

The attack was the most severe eruption of hostilities in the area since the fierce enemies’ devastating monthlong war in 2006 and threatened to incite a significant escalation. But after a second Hezbollah strike of mortar shells on Mount Hermon and Israeli artillery, tank and air fire on targets in southern Lebanon, a tense quiet set in before dusk.While both sides had domestic reasons for needing to show a strong hand, neither is eager for another all-out battle, analysts said, adding that the exchange on Wednesday appeared oddly orchestrated to signal a reluctance to escalate the conflict. They cautioned, however, that fighting along the increasingly volatile frontier, against a backdrop of Middle East chaos, could easily spiral out of control.“It’s a very delicate game, because both sides want to respond hard enough that they’re not perceived as weak, but not too hard to start a war,” said Benedetta Berti of Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies. “It’s a very, very thin line. There’s plenty of room for miscalculations. If this is where it ends, we’re moving on to the next chapter, with the awareness that every single time this starts again, we get closer to a proper war.”

With its popularity plunging among the Sunni majority in the Arab world, Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite movement backed by Iran, has been under intense pressure to return its focus to its main mission of fighting Israel after two years devoted to helping the Syrian government combat a mostly Sunni insurgency. In Lebanon, several experts said Hezbollah’s strikes on Wednesday seemed intended to maximize publicity to please loyalists — and its Iranian patrons — and exact revenge without provoking a crushing response.

“To me, the whole thing was calibrated to say, ‘You did your thing, we did our thing,’ ” said one Western diplomat involved in talks to tamp down the possibilities of conflagration. Speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the talks publicly, he said diplomats had heard directly from a Hezbollah official that “they intended a limited operation and they do not want war or escalation.”

A Spanish member of the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon was also killed during the clashes Wednesday.

After a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council, the Spanish ambassador, Roman Oyarzun Marchesi, said that the peacekeeper had been killed by the Israeli artillery fire that followed rocket attacks from Lebanese territory. “It was because of the escalation of violence, and it came from the Israeli side,” he said.The Israeli soldiers were killed at Shebaa Farms — known in Israel as Mont Dov — a strip claimed by Israel, Lebanon and sometimes Syria near the intersection of all three and adjacent to the Golan Heights. Three parts of the Israeli-controlled Golan remained closed to civilians Wednesday evening. In Lebanon, Hezbollah backers celebrated with sweets and fireworks but also filled their gas tanks, to be prepared in case war breaks out.

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As he convened a special security assessment at military headquarters in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said the governments of Syria and Lebanon shared responsibility for the consequences of aggression from their territory, and promised that “those who are behind the attack today will pay the full price.”

“For a while, Iran has been trying, through the Hezbollah, to form an additional terror front against us from the Golan Heights,” Mr. Netanyahu said in a statement. “We are acting with resolve and responsibility against this effort.”

Hezbollah issued a bare-bones statement taking responsibility for the attack, leaving it to its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to respond more fully in a speech scheduled for Friday. But loyalists circulated a cartoon depicting Lebanon as Israel’s coffin, and Al Manar, its satellite television channel, played martial music and videos between news reports all day.

For one Hezbollah loyalist in southern Lebanon whose family lost a house in the 2006 war — a woman who asked to be identified only by her first and middle name, Aya Hussein, to avoid repercussions when abroad — the events Wednesday ushered in a new era in which “we are the scary ones, not the scared.”Lt. Col. Peter Lerner of the Israeli military said the soldiers who were killed were in unarmored, unmarked, white vehicles — an Isuzu D-Max truck and a Citroen Berlingo van — on a road about a mile from the border. The first vehicle was hit by five antitank missiles fired from less than three miles away around 11:30 a.m., he said, killing Capt. Yochai Kalangel, 25, and Sgt. Dor Chaim Nimi, 20. Seven other soldiers were injured.

Israel captured the small strip of former farmland at the intersection of its borders with Syria and Lebanon, along with the adjacent Golan, in the 1967 war, and later annexed both, a move not recognized by the United Nations. Lebanon views Shebaa Farms as occupied Lebanese territory, while Syria, because of a century-old dispute over the never-demarcated border, has sometimes claimed Shebaa as its own.

That the strike Wednesday was in an already contested area, that it targeted soldiers and not civilians, and that it did not include an infiltration or kidnapping attempt were all seen as signs of relative restraint on the part of Hezbollah.

“This is Hezbollah saying, ‘We will respond, we’re not pushovers, we can defend ourselves, but this is not a cross-border raid and bring the bodies back — you didn’t see rockets, you saw small mortars,’ ” noted Matthew Levitt, director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “The response had to be somewhat measured because the last thing in the world they want is to open up a full second front. They’re not capable of fighting two full-fledged wars on two separate fronts at the same time.”Israel had been bracing for a response since the Jan. 18 airstrike on a convoy in the Syrian part of the Golan that killed the Iranian general and the six Hezbollah fighters, including Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of its slain military commander. Kamel Wazne, a Lebanese political analyst, said that attack constituted “a major breach” of Israel’s 1974 cease-fire with Syria and of a tacit agreement not to engage Hezbollah inside Syria. He said that Hezbollah felt its nemesis was changing the “rules of the game.”Israel crossed a red line, and if Hezbollah did not react, Israel will not stop,” said Mr. Wazne, who has extensive contacts in the group. The attack Wednesday, he added, “shows that Hezbollah’s confrontation is with Israel, so it can get back its respected position in the Arab world” by returning focus to where, in the eyes of much of the region, “it was supposed to be the whole time.”

For Israel, the exchange comes at a precarious time: seven weeks before an election, and amid American-led negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Israeli military officials have long been preparing for what they see as an inevitable next round with Hezbollah, and imagine it as an intense, costly battle for both sides.

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s hard-line foreign minister, who has been faltering in the polls, called for “a very harsh and disproportionate” response.

Isaac Herzog of the Labor Party, Mr. Netanyahu’s prime challenger, who was touring the area at the time of the attack, said that “if anyone in Hezbollah believes that during elections we can be threatened and divided, he is gravely mistaken.”

Security is Mr. Netanyahu’s strong suit, so the threat of a conflagration could benefit him at the ballot box, but he has also proved risk-averse in military operations. The 2006 war, with about 1,000 Lebanese and 160 Israeli fatalities, was widely viewed as a disaster.“Military adventures prior to elections, of course, are a double-edged sword,” said Jonathan Spyer, an international affairs specialist at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. “The Israeli public doesn’t object to military operations if they’re quick and clean, but the last thing you want to do is go into elections in the middle of a bloody war like the summer of 2006.”

But like other experts on both sides, Mr. Spyer warned that strategic planning and balancing interests could easily give way in such a heated environment.

“Deterrence is not an exact science; it’s not even a science at all — it’s an art,” he said. “We’re in the midst of an escalation, and we don’t know where it’s going to end.”

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Now, Kejriwal asks AAP volunteers to take money and do sting

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Now, Kejriwal asks AAP volunteers to take money and do sting

Posted on 29 January 2015 by GGS News

New Delhi, 29 Jan : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that opposition parties in New Delhi were going to release a fake sting operation against his party in the next few days and urged people of Delhi not to believe the allegations.
“We’ve got information that opposition parties are going to make some baseless allegations against AAP in the next few days,” Kejriwal told reporters in New Delhi. “I appeal to the people of Delhi not to believe these allegations against AAP.”
Kejriwal also said that a senior leader from one of the opposition parties who was allegedly known for making allegations and carrying out such operations against was the one who was going to make these allegations.
“We will not compromise on the three Cs: Character, crime and corruption,” Kejriwal said, adding that if anyone wanted to make allegations against an AAP leaders, they needed to provide proof for the same.
BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao reacted to these statements made by Kejriwal and told Times Now, “This puzzles me. He is the one who advised whole of Delhi to carry out sting operations. Yet he fears something and getting nervous and jittery about it even before any such sting is released.”
Rao also said he did not know about any such sting operation being carried out by the BJP. “I don’t know about any sting operation,” he said. On Kejriwal alleging that a senior BJP leader was going to release the sting operation, Rao said, “These are the kind of tactics and lies he wants to spread… The whole focus of AAP seems to be to target Kiran Bedi. This is going to recoil on them.””Kejriwal is engaging in rumour-mongering,” said Rao, adding that the AAP chief was making “cheap allegations”.
Another BJP leader Sambit Patra also told ANI, “AAP and Arvindji taught ‘sting sting game’ to people… they had said that if something wrong is going on, it needs to be captured by camera.”
AAP leader Ashish Khaitan also told Times Now that the party did not need to provide any proof of a sting operation by a BJP leader against the party. “There is no need to put every proof in public domain. Media is smart enough to know that there are sectarian BJP leaders who are masters in planting sting operations.” Khaitan also asked why the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also been given charge of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry also.

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Congress root cause of country’s problems: Parkash Singh Badal

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Congress root cause of country’s problems: Parkash Singh Badal

Posted on 29 January 2015 by GGS News

DHURI, 29 JAN : (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has blamed the successive Congress governments at the Centre for all the problems including drug addiction, unemployment faced by the country.
“Social maladies like unemployment, drug addiction, illiteracy and others were the result of directionless and wrong policies of the successive Congress governments at the Centre,” Badal said here while addressing the gathering during the ‘Sangat Darshan’ programme today.
“Congress party is the root cause of all the troubles faced by the country in present scenario. Due to anti-people policies of the Congress, India is facing major problems on the social and economic front,” he alleged.
Badal claimed that Punjabis had made more than 80 per cent sacrifices for emancipating the country from the “yoke of British Imperialism” but the successive Congress government at the Centre never recognised them.
The Chief Minister called for a collective effort to make India a “Congress free” nation by wiping it out from every nook and corner of the country.
Accusing previous Congress led governments at the Centre of meting out step motherly treatment to the state, Badal alleged that due to anti Punjab stance of the Congress, the peasantry of state was reeling under a whopping debt.
“The hard working and resilient farmers of the state who had made country self reliant in food production were facing a severe agrarian crisis due to wrong policies of the Congress” he alleged.
To a query on the screening of controversial movie ‘Messenger of God’ starring Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Badal said the state government has banned the screening of the movie because its release could have led to serious law and order problem in the state.
Reiterating the firm commitment of the state government to main peace and amity, he said that the state was duty bound to install the hard peace of the state at every cost.
Punjab Government on January 17 had decided to “stop” the screening of the film “MSG” in Punjab “in view of reports of tensions surrounding its release in some other parts of the country.”
To another query, the Chief Minister said that SAD-BJP alliance was everlasting and both the parties were contesting the Delhi Assembly polls jointly.
Badal also said that the ‘Sangat Darshan’ programme of Dhuri assembly segment must not be construed as a political move because he had planned it much before the resignation of Congress MLA from this segment.
Congress leader Arvind Khanna had resigned as MLA from Dhuri Assembly seat in Punjab on January 18.

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S Jaishankar ​replaces Sujatha Singh as new foreign secretary, says govt’s priorities are his priorities

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S Jaishankar ​replaces Sujatha Singh as new foreign secretary, says govt’s priorities are his priorities

Posted on 29 January 2015 by GGS News

New Delhi, 29 Jan : S Jaishankar on Thursday took charge as Foreign Secretary, replacing Sujatha Singh whose tenure was abruptly “curtailed” late on Wednesday night.

“Government’s priorities are my priorities,” said Mr. Jaishankar, a 1977-batch IFS officer, describing his new position as an “honour and a big responsibility“.

Ms. Singh was not present when Mr. Jaishankar took charge at the South Block office.

He will have a two-year tenure as per rules.

Before his sudden appointment as Foreign Secretary, the 60-year-old diplomat was India’s Ambassador to the United States. He had also been posted as Ambassador to China, Singapore and Czech Republic.

The decision to appoint Mr. Jaishankar, who played a key role during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the U.S. in September and U.S. President Barack Obama’s just concluded visit here, was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet chaired by Mr. Modi.

Ms. Singh had taken over as the third woman Foreign Secretary in August, 2013 and had seven more months to serve.

Mr. Jaishankar, son of late K Subrahmanyam, one of India’s leading strategic analysts, was a key member of the Indian team which negotiated the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal.

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ISIS threatens to behead Obama, make America Muslim nation: Reports

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ISIS threatens to behead Obama, make America Muslim nation: Reports

Posted on 29 January 2015 by GGS News

Washington, 29 Jan : The terrorist group known as Daesh, “Islamic State,” ISIS or ISIL has threatened to behead President Barack Obama and turn the United States into a Muslim province, installing sharia law and incorporating America into its fledgling caliphate.

“Know, oh Obama, that we will reach America. Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House and transform America into a Muslim province,” said an ISIS fighter in a video obtained by MEMRI, before beheading a Kurdish soldier.

The statement was delivered from a street in Mosul, Iraq, which ISIS fighters have taken and where U.S. Marines formerly battled Al Qaeda. The video accuses Kurdish peshmerga forces of using American bombs and chemical weapons in combat.

Kurdish forces have reportedly pushed ISIS out of the city of Kobani after the U.S. began attacking terrorist targets directly and supplying new weapons and humanitarian supplies to the Kurds. The video includes threats to France and Belgium.

Senior Editor-at-Large Joel B. Pollak edits Breitbart California and is the author of the new ebook, Wacko Birds: The Fall (and Rise) of the Tea Party, available for Amazon Kindle.

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Daily Hukamnama- 29 Jan 2015


Daily Hukamnama- 29 Jan 2015

Posted on 29 January 2015 by GGS News

Dhanaasaree, First Mehl: That union with the Lord is acceptable, which is united in intuitive poise. Thereafter, one does not die, and does not come and go in reincarnation. The Lord’s slave is in the Lord, and the Lord is in His slave. Wherever I look, I see none other than the Lord. ||1|| The Gurmukhs worship the Lord, and find His celestial home. Without meeting the Guru, they die, and come and go in reincarnation. ||1||Pause|| So make Him your Guru, who implants the Truth within you, who leads you to speak the Unspoken Speech, and who merges you in the Word of the Shabad. God’s people have no other work to do; they love the True Lord and Master, and they love the Truth. ||2|| The mind is in the body, and the True Lord is in the mind. Merging into the True Lord, one is absorbed into Truth. God’s servant bows at His feet. Meeting the True Guru, one meets with the Lord. ||3|| He Himself watches over us, and He Himself makes us see. He is not pleased by stubborn-mindedness, nor by various religious robes. He fashioned the body-vessels, and infused the Ambrosial Nectar into them; God’s Mind is pleased only by loving devotional worship. ||4|| Reading and studying, one becomes confused, and suffers punishment. By great cleverness, one is consigned to coming and going in reincarnation. One who chants the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and eats the food of the Fear of God becomes Gurmukh, the Lord’s servant, and remains absorbed in the Lord. ||5|| He worships stones, dwells at sacred shrines of pilgrimage and in the jungles, wanders, roams around and becomes a renunciate. But his mind is still filthy – how can he become pure? One who meets the True Lord obtains honor. ||6|| One who embodies good conduct and contemplative meditation, his mind abides in intuitive poise and contentment, since the beginning of time, and throughout the ages. In the twinkling of an eye, he saves millions. Have mercy on me, O my Beloved, and let me meet the Guru. ||7|| Unto whom, O God, should I praise You? Without You, there is no other at all. As it pleases You, keep me under Your Will. Nanak, with intuitive poise and natural love, sings Your Glorious Praises. ||8||2||

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ODI tri-series, 5th Match: Australia vs India – LIVE

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ODI tri-series, 5th Match: Australia vs India – LIVE

Posted on 26 January 2015 by GGS News

New Delhi, 26 Jan : 1 pm IST update – The rain continues to pour at the SCG. To get a game at hand we need to start atleast by 3 pm IST which will be a 20-over per side affair. In case this game gets washed out, the permutations and combinations of run rate and bonus point are out of the picture. So the final game between India and England will be a decider as to who will play Australia in the finals.

1130 IST update – Cannot get anymore frustrating here. No guesses here, the rain has started to fall yet again.

15.6 X Doherty to V Kohli, 1 run. 69/2

15.5 X Doherty to V Kohli, Flat ball outside off, Kohli looks to slap it but does not get enough bat on it. 68/2

15.4 X Doherty to A Rahane, 1 run. 68/2

15.3 X Doherty to V Kohli, The batsman drives this through the covers. One run added to the total. 67/2

15.2 X Doherty to V Kohli, Length on off, Kohli places it to the off side. 66/2

15.1 X Doherty to V Kohli, Tossed up on off, hit back to the bowler. 66/2

14.6 J Faulkner to A Rahane, Good length ball on middle and leg, Rahane nudges it to the legs side. 66/2

14.5 J Faulkner to A Rahane, Fuller ball on middle and leg, Rahane plays it across to mid on. 66/2

14.4 J Faulkner to A Rahane, Pitched up on off, driven to mid off. 66/2

14.3 J Faulkner to A Rahane, Short ball on off, pulled nicely by Rahane to mid-wicket for a couple. 66/2

14.2 J Faulkner to A Rahane, Fullish ball on off, driven to mid off. 64/2

14.1 J Faulkner to A Rahane, On a length on the pads, Rahane misses his flick and is struck on his pads. 64/2

James Faulkner into the attack.

13.6 X Doherty to V Kohli, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 64/2

13.5 X Doherty to V Kohli, Another forward defense from Kohli to a tossed up delivery. 64/2

13.4 X Doherty to V Kohli, Tossed up on off, Kohli leans forward and defends. 64/2

13.3 X Doherty to A Rahane, On the pads, worked to square leg for a run. 64/2

13.2 X Doherty to A Rahane, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 63/2

13.1 X Doherty to V Kohli, Full ball on leg stump, pushed to mid on for a single. 63/2

12.6 M Marsh to A Rahane, No run. 62/2

Virat Kohli walks into bat.

12.5 M Marsh to A Rayudu, OUT! Needless shot! Length ball on off, Rayadu charges down the pitch and slaps it high in the air towards point. Warner runs back from cover-point and takes a brilliant catch. India lose their second wicket for the lose of 62 runs. 62/2

12.5 M Marsh to A Rayudu, Wide! The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. A strong appeal from the bowler and fielders. The Umpire signals a wide. 62/1

12.4 M Marsh to A Rayudu, FOUR! Fine shot! Back of a length on off, Rayadu gets on the back foot and guides it to the third man fence for a boundary. 61/1

12.3 M Marsh to A Rayudu, Back of a length again on middle and leg, Rayadu drops it down to the leg side. 57/1

12.2 M Marsh to A Rahane, Back of a length on off, Rahane leaps up and works it to third man for a single. 57/1

12.1 M Marsh to A Rahane, Length ball on off, Rahane gets in line and defends. 56/1

11.6 X Doherty to A Rahane, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total. 56/1

11.5 X Doherty to A Rayudu, Length on off, pushed by Rayadu to covers for a run. 55/1

11.4 X Doherty to A Rahane, Tossed up on off, tucked to the leg side for a quick single. 54/1

11.4 X Doherty to A Rahane, Wide! The batsman tries flicking a ball that is down the leg side. The umpire has signalled a wide. 53/1

11.3 X Doherty to A Rayudu, Flighted ball on off, stopped on him a bit, Rayadu lands up chipping it wide off the diving Doherty. 52/1

11.2 X Doherty to A Rayudu, Loopy ball on middle stump, hit back to the bowler. 51/1

11.1 X Doherty to A Rayudu, Tossed up on off, Rayadu leans and places it to the off side. 51/1

Xavier Doherty into the attack.

10.6 M Marsh to A Rayudu, Full ball, angling towards the pads, Rayadu clips it to mid-wicket for a single. 51/1

10.5 M Marsh to A Rayudu, Bangs it in short on off, Rayadu drops his wrist and lets it through. 50/1

10.4 M Marsh to A Rahane, A tad fuller on off, Rahane guides it to third man for a run. 50/1

10.3 M Marsh to A Rayudu, Back of a length on off, Rayadu nudges it to the leg side for a run. 49/1

10.3 M Marsh to A Rayudu, Wide! The batsman watches the bouncer go way above his head. The umpire has signalled a wide. 48/1

10.2 M Marsh to A Rahane, Angles in a length ball on leg stump, Rahane plays it across to mid on. 47/1

10.1 M Marsh to A Rayudu, Angles in a length ball on middle and leg, Rayadu plays it across to mid on. 46/1

9.6 J Hazlewood to A Rayudu, On a length on off, tucked to point. 45/1

9.5 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Length ball on the pads, clipped to square leg for a single. 44/1

9.4 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Length on off, Rahane blocks. 43/1

9.3 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Some extra bounce there! Length ball, shot up, as Rahane looks to work it to the leg side but gets hit on his forearm. 43/1

9.2 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Good length ball on off, Rahane gets in line and blocks. 43/1

9.1 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Banged it in short on off, Rahane gets on top of it and pulls it to mid-wicket for a couple. 43/1

8.6 M Marsh to A Rayudu, SIX! Power shot! Length ball on off, Rayadu charges down and smashes it over mid on for a boundary. 41/1

8.5 M Marsh to A Rayudu, Fullish ball on off, seaming in, Rayadu turns it to mid on. 35/1

8.4 M Marsh to A Rahane, Length ball on leg stump, flicked by Rahane to square leg for a run. 35/1

8.3 M Marsh to A Rayudu, Back of a length on off, Rayadu drops it to the leg side for a single. 34/1

8.2 M Marsh to A Rahane, Length ball on middle stump, Rahane taps it to the leg side for a quick run. 33/1

8.1 M Marsh to A Rahane, On a length on off, tucked to the off side for a single. 32/1

Mitchell Marsh into the attack.

7.6 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Length ball on off, Rahane drives it to covers for a single. 32/1

7.5 J Hazlewood to A Rayudu, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total. 31/1

7.4 J Hazlewood to A Rayudu, FOUR! Good shot! In the slot on off, Rayadu lofts it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 30/1

7.3 J Hazlewood to A Rayudu, Pitched up on off, Rayadu smacks it straight to mid on. 26/1

7.2 J Hazlewood to A Rayudu, Length on off, Rayadu looking to play gets a bottom edge on that one. 26/1

7.1 J Hazlewood to A Rayudu, Good leave! Length just around off, Rayadu lets that go through. A wise leave. 26/1

6.6 M Starc to A Rahane, No run. 26/1

6.5 M Starc to A Rayudu, 1 run. 26/1

6.4 M Starc to A Rayudu, Bouncer on off, Rayadu lets that through. 25/1

6.4 M Starc to A Rayudu, Wide! The batsman goes after a wide one but misses. Wide signalled by the umpire. 25/1

6.3 M Starc to A Rayudu, Length on off, Rayadu gets in line and defends. 24/1

6.2 M Starc to A Rayudu, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 24/1

Ambati Rayadu walks into bat.

6.1 M Starc to S Dhawan, OUT! Dhawan fails yet again! On a length outside off, Dhawan looking to work it towards third man but lands up getting an outside edge to first slip. Finch takes a comfortable catch. India lose an early wicket yet again. 24/1

5.6 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Good length ball on off, Rahane gets in line and defends. 24/0

5.5 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Length ball on off, worked to mid-wicket. 24/0

5.4 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, FOUR! Pulled! Short ball on leg stump, Rahane pulls it not convincingly enough but gets enough to just beat the keeper and to the fine leg fence for a boundary. 24/0

5.3 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Good length ball on off, Rahane plays it to point. 20/0

5.2 J Hazlewood to S Dhawan, On a length, nudged to the leg side for a run. 20/0

5.1 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Length ball on middle and leg, Rahane tucks it to the leg side for a quick single. Bailey has a shy at the striker’s end but misses. 19/0

4.6 M Starc to S Dhawan, Short ball shaping on around off, Dhawan lets it through. 18/0

4.5 M Starc to S Dhawan, Pitched up on off, Dhawan leans forward and drives it to deep covers for a couple. 18/0

4.4 M Starc to S Dhawan, On a length on off, driven to mid off by Dhawan. 16/0

4.3 M Starc to S Dhawan, Good leave! Length ball around off, Dhawan shoulders arms to it. 16/0

4.2 M Starc to S Dhawan, Pitched up on leg stump, Dhawan places it towards mid-wicket. They cross for a couple. 16/0

4.1 M Starc to S Dhawan, Fuller ball on the pads, Dhawan clips it to deep mid-wicket for a couple. 14/0

3.6 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Length ball on off, Rahane defends solidly off the front foot. 12/0

3.5 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, FOUR! Well played! Fullish ball on middle and leg, Rahane eases into his shot and flicks it wonderfully to the backward square leg fence for a boundary. 12/0

3.4 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Pitched up on the pads, Rahane flicks it to fine leg for a couple. 8/0

3.3 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Good length ball on midlle and off, Rahane taps it to the leg side. 6/0

3.2 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Length ball outside off, left alone by Rahane. 6/0

3.1 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Digs in a yorker on off, Rahane keeps it out to the off side. 6/0

2.6 M Starc to S Dhawan, Outside off, length ball, left alone by Dhawan. 6/0

2.5 M Starc to S Dhawan, Pitched up on off, Dhawan drives it straight to mid off. 6/0

0945 IST – Oh dear! Rain has played spoilsport again.

2.4 M Starc to A Rahane, A tad short on off, Rahane hits it on the up over point for a single. 6/0

2.3 M Starc to A Rahane, Good length ball on off, Rahane leans forward and defends. 5/0

2.2 M Starc to A Rahane, Outside off, left alone by Rahane. 5/0

2.1 M Starc to S Dhawan, Length ball, worked away by Dhawan to the leg side for a run. 5/0

1.6 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, On a length outside off, Rahane looks to put bat on ball but fails. 4/0

1.5 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 4/0

1.4 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 4/0

1.3 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Good length ball seaming in, Rahane looks to go on the on side but gets struck on his pads. An appeal from the Aussies but turned down as height was the factor there. 4/0

1.2 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Length ball on off, played to mid-wicket by Rahane. 4/0

1.1 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Outside off on a length, left alone by Rahane. 4/0

1.1 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Wide! Third in a row! Down the leg side close to Rahane’s pad as he tries to flick. A appeal from behind the stumps but the umpire pays no heed to it. 4/0

1.1 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Wide! Another one! Hazlewood not getting his line right here. Down the leg side and wide signaled. 3/0

1.1 J Hazlewood to A Rahane, Wide! Down the leg side, Rahane misses his flick. The umpire signals a wide. 2/0

Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end.

0.6 M Starc to S Dhawan, On a length outside off, left alone by Dhawan. 1/0

0.5 M Starc to S Dhawan, That was close! Good length ball around off, Dhawan feels for it outside his off stump and gets beaten by a fraction. 1/0

0.4 M Starc to A Rahane, Pitched up on off, Rahane tucks it to mid-wicket for a quick run. 1/0

0.3 M Starc to A Rahane, Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 0/0

0.2 M Starc to A Rahane, Another leave outside off. 0/0

0.1 M Starc to A Rahane, Full outside off, hint of away swing, not that much though, easily left alone. 0/0

9:30 am -Australia Team: AJ Finch, DA Warner, GJ Maxwell, SPD Smith, GJ Bailey*, JP Faulkner, MR Marsh, BJ Haddin, MA Starc, JR Hazlewood, XJ Doherty

India Team – S Dhawan, AM Rahane, AT Rayudu, V Kohli, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*, STR Binny, AR Patel, RA Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, I Sharma

9:23 am – Australia have won the toss and decided to bowl first.

9:10 am – Toss time: The umpires have decided to go for the toss in 10 minutes. Play might start in 30 minutes.

9:10 am – The covers are coming off and we might have play very soon.

8:44 am – As we see the covers coming off, the drizzle is back and the covers are back in place.

8:30 am – Good News!! Rain has stopped in Sydney. The umpires are having a look around.

8:28 am – If India lose today or the match gets washed out, their ODI against England will become a knock-out game.

8:12 am – January 26 is Australia Day and also Republic Day in India.

8:10 am – But knowing Dhoni, he would probably stick with Dhawan as Rohit Sharma is still recuperating from his hamstring injury and remains unavailable for selection.

8:10 am – With Dhawan having a torrid time, India are desperate to sort out their opening woes, and though it may sound bit outrageous a move, allrounder Stuart Binny at the top of the order would not be a bad option, after he showed good batting skills in the 44 he made against England.

8:10 am – Bowling let India down in the first match, followed by batting in the second, which leaves Indian skipper MS Dhoni with little choice but to go for the jugular.

8:10 am – India’s tour Down Under has gone from bad to worse as the visitors have lost all their matches so far in the Carlton Mid tri-series. Consequently, the match on Monday against Australia at the SCG turns out be a must-win game for them.

8:09 am – RAIN! The news coming from the ground is that it is drizzling in Sydney at the moment and very cloudy.

8:08 am – Hi friends, Welcome to the LIVE coverage of Match 5 of the Tri-Series betweenIndia and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe 2014 at Miami

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Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe 2014 at Miami

Posted on 26 January 2015 by GGS News

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe 2014 at Miami.

New Delhi, (GGS Bureau) : (IB) Miss Colombia Paulina Vega won the coveted Miss Universe 2014 crown on Sunday night in Miami, USA.

She is the first contestant to wear a new crown created by Diamonds International Corporation (D.I.C).

Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler from Venezuela crowned the new beauty queen Miss Colombia Paulina Vega

Miss USA Nia Sanchez was named the first runner-up, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha was named second runner-up, while Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen was the third runner-up.

Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell is fourth runner-up

Watch the crowing ceremony below: Question and Answer round begins

Top five finalists announced and they are from the countries USA, Jamaica, Netherlands, Ukraine and Columbia.

Miss Congeniality Universe: Miss Nigeria Queen Celestine

Miss Photogenic Universe: Miss Puerto Rico Gabriela Berrios

Miss National Costume Universe: Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira

The top 10 semi finalists are (in no particular order) Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa, Miss Argentina Valentina Ferrer, Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell, Miss Spain Desire Ferrer, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha, Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen, Miss Venezuela Migbelis Lynette Castellanos, Miss Australia Tegan Martin and Miss USA Nia Sanchez.

Top 15 semi-finalists walk in on the stage in swimwear featured by Yamamay.

Top 15 semi-finalists announced. The 15 finalists are from the countries (no particular order) Colombia, Italy, India, France, USA, Indonesia, Venezuela, Spain, Philippines, Argentina, Jamaica, Ukraine, Brazil, Netherlands and Australia.

Contestants Walk in National Costume

Miss Universe Begins

The coronation night will start in few hours in Miami and one among the 88 contestants will be the declared the new winner of the 63rd Miss Universe beauty competition.

The official website will broadcast the grand finale live online, while the NBC will air it at 8pm ET on Sunday night. In India, Zee Café will air the grand finale at 6.30 am on Monday.

Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler from Venezuela will crown her successor on Sunday night at Florida International University in Doral, Miami, USA.

Miss Diva Universe Noyonita Lodh is representing India at the Miss Universe 2014 beauty pageant.

“To the best MD(Mr Vineet Jain and National DIrector Natasha grover of the Miss Diva organisation,If I am here today it’s only because you gave me the chance and saw my potential . The ‪#‎femina ‪#‎MissIndia , ‪#‎missdiva organisation has given me the best training and opportunities and I want to thank you both for being so encouraging and always providing me with the best . I hope I have made you both proud,” Lodh posted on her Facebook page.

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Modi, Obama reach ‘breakthrough’ on N-deal, agree to enhance strategic ties

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Modi, Obama reach ‘breakthrough’ on N-deal, agree to enhance strategic ties

Posted on 26 January 2015 by GGS News

New Delhi, 26 Jan : (PTI)India and the United States reached an agreement on Sunday to break a deadlock that has been stalling the implementation of a landmark civilian nuclear deal between the world’s two largest democracies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India was moving towards commercial cooperation on civil nuclear trade with the United States, six years after the two sides signed the deal.

“I am pleased that six years after we signed our bilateral agreement, we are moving towards commercial cooperation, consistent with our laws (and) international legal obligations,” Modi said at a joint news conference on the first day of a visit by US President Barack Obama to India to establish an enduring strategic partnership.

Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh later confirmed that agreement has been reached. “We have broken the logjam of the past few years. We have reached an agreement. The deal is done,” Singh said after extended discussions between Obama and Modi lasting more than three hours.Foreign ministry officials said the agreement narrowed differences over the liability of suppliers to India in the event of a nuclear accident and US demands on tracking the whereabouts of material supplied to the country, one of the major irritants in bilateral ties.

A joint statement said the two leaders “welcomed the understandings reached on the issues of civil nuclear liability and administrative arrangements for civil nuclear cooperation” and looked forward to US-built reactors contributing to India’s energy security “at the earliest”. [Read full text of statement (courtesy: MEA website)]

India and the United States signed the civilian nuclear deal in 2008, but differences remained over an Indian nuclear liability law that makes equipment suppliers ultimately responsible for an accident. Countries like France and the US have asked India to follow global norms under which the primary liability lies with the operator.

“Today we achieved a breakthrough understanding on two issues that were holding up our ability to advance our civil nuclear cooperation and we are committed to moving towards full implementation,” said Obama at the news conference.

“This is an important step that shows how we can work together to elevate our relationship.”

Since all the nuclear power plants in the country are run by the government-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), following international norms will mean the government would have to pay heavy damages in case of an accident.

New Delhi had ruled out changes in its 2010 liability legislation that has choked off American investment, but offered to set up an insurance pool to indemnify companies that build reactors in the country against liability in case of a nuclear accident, as a way around the law.

Under the plan readied by state-run reinsurer GIC Re, insurance would be bought by the companies contracted to build the nuclear reactors who would then recoup the cost by charging more for their services. Alternatively, the NPCIL would take out insurance on behalf of these companies.

It is understood that the deadlock over the nuclear deal was done away with after one-on-one talks between the Modi and Obama over tea.

Both leaders held extensive discussions on enhancing cooperation in crucial areas of defence, trade and commerce and climate change after lunch at Hyderabad House.

After the official discussions followed by lunch, Modi and Obama went for a short stroll in the manicured gardens of there.

A joint press meet: Key outcomes

# After a busy day, Modi and Obama appeared before the press in the afternoon. Obama started his address with a ‘namaskar’ and stressed trade as well as clean energy. Modi, on his part, termed the ties between the two nations a “natural global partnership”. The Indian PM also talked about exploring cooperation in advance defence technologies. Here’s the highlights of who said what:

PM Modi

# It is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome back President Obama and the First Lady to India.
# The promise and potential of this relationship has never been in doubt. This is a natural global partnership
# In the past four months, we have got a sense of purpose to move it (civil nuclear deal) forward.
# The civil nuclear agreement was the centerpiece of our transformed relationship.
# Decided to take up growing defense cooperation to a new level.
# Will explore cooperation in advance defence technologies.
# I have asked President Obama to lead in making renewable energy more accessible and affordable to the world.
# Terrorism remains a principal global threat. We agreed that we need a comprehensive global strategy to combat it.
# We will resume our dialogue on bilateral investment treaties.

President Obama

# Namaste, thank you PM Modi for those very generous words.
# Trade between the two countries have increased by some 60%.
# All members of Congress and business members from the US believe strong relationship with India is vital for America’s success.
# Happy that we have agreed to promote clean energy and support climate change.
# We have agreed to deepen our defence and security cooperation.
# Thanked PM for his continued efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapon.

Here are the top developments of the day:

# Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Obama at Palam airport with a handshake and a warm hug, setting the tone for the US president’s visit. He was accompanied by US ambassador Richard Verma.

# Obama went to ITC Maurya, the hotel where he is staying, straight from the airport. Obama reached Rashtrapati Bhavan around noon for a ceremonial welcome.

# At Rashtrapati Bhavan, Obama was received by President Pranab Mukherjee, who dressed in a black bandgala suit and Modi, who had changed into a light striped black bandgala suit from his morning attire of light cream-coloured kurta pyjama with beige Nehru jacket paired with a red shawl.

# Obama received a ceremonial welcome at the President’s House. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

# “It’s a great honour to be back in India,” Obama said after the ceremonial welcome where he received a Guard of Honour. “Grateful for the extraordinary hospitality…” he added, in the forecourt of the presidential palace where he was escorted by Wing Commander Puja Thakur.

# Obama was introduced to Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Manohar Parrikar, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi L-G Najeeb Jung.

# From the President’s House, Obama reached Rajghat and paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in a wreath-laying ceremony. He planted a sapling of Peepal tree, also called the Bodhi tree or the wisdom tree.

# In the visitors’ book, Obama wrote, “What Dr Martin Luther King Jr said then remains true today – ‘the spirit of Gandhi is very much alive in India today. And it remains a great gift to the world. May we always live in this spirit – of love and peace – among all people and nations’.”# Obama met PM Modi for a working lunch at Hyderabad House. The lunch was followed by a ‘walk and talk’ between the two leaders after which they and officials from both sides will hold meetings.

# Modi and the US President discussed a range of issues including defense and counter-terrorism at Hyderabad House, but officials said efforts to combat climate change will figure prominently in the talks.

# Obama and Modi  walked and talked at the lush lawns of Hyderabad House. Modi played a perfect host even and poured Obama a cup of tea. The two leaders enjoyed the beverage under a bright afternoon sun.

# They addressed the media later in the afternoon.

# Highlighting the importance of the visit, foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said earlier in the day, “This is a momentous visit. It is high both in terms of symbolism and substance.” He added there was a “reflection of change” in the India-US ties, and the two countries were working to “re-energise this relation”.

# Obama is the first serving US president to return to India for a second time, underscoring the growing importance of what he has called one of the “defining partnerships of the 21st century”. Obama will also be the first US president to be present at Republic Day parade as a chief guest.

# New Delhi has turned into a virtual fortress for the high-profile visit, with heightened security measures including an extended no-fly zone, to protect the world’s most powerful leader. While on-the-ground security has been beefed up with extra police patrols and checks at Delhi Metro stations, snipers have been deployed at more than 70 high-rise buildings around central Delhi.

Mega Monday

On the second day, after attending the colourful Republic Day Parade, Obama will meet the CEOs of some of the top Indian companies with PM Modi. Some agreements between India and American companies are expected to be announced after the meeting in presence of two leaders.

The US delegation, which includes US trade representative Michael Froman, will bring up trade, specifically what Washington sees as impediments posed by Indian rules and practices. India too will bring up its priorities.

Mann Ki Baat

On Tuesday, Obama will join PM Modi on a special edition of the latter’s radio programme where listeners have been asked to pre-submit questions by Sunday to the leaders on the programme “Mann Ki Baat”.

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LIVE: Barack Obama witnesses India’s military might, cultural diversity at Republic Day Parade

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LIVE: Barack Obama witnesses India’s military might, cultural diversity at Republic Day Parade

Posted on 26 January 2015 by GGS News


LIVE: Barack Obama witnesses India’s military might, cultural diversity at Republic Day Parade.

GGS BUREAU : 26 JAN : India today celebrates its 66th Republic Day and showcases before the chief guest US President Barack Obama and the world its military might and cultural diversity with a splendid display of land and naval weaponry, fighter and reconnaissance aircraft. Rain threatened to dampen the excitement around Barack Obama’s landmark visit to India as thousands of troops march past dazzling military parade where he is the chief guest.
The first U.S. president to attend the annual show of military might that was long associated with the anti-Americanism of the Cold War, Obama spent the first day of his visit on Sunday bonding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sealing a clutch of deals.
The Republic Day ceremony commenced at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate where Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath. As per tradition, after unfurling of the Tricolour, the National Anthem was be played with 21-gun salute. The parade then commence and President Pranab Mukherjee took the salute.
The parade began with showering of petals by IAF helicopters, which also displayed the tricolour and flags of Army, Navy, and Air Force.* The fly past during the Republic Day parade
* Take a look at the VIP box:

* ‘Make in India’: The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion’s tableau depicts a mechanised lion…* The new state of Telengana puts up its first Tableau!!


*  The first marching contingent lead by Captain Divya A marching past * The T-90s rumble past during the Republic Day parade

* The Republic Day parade is commanded by Lt General SubrotoMitra, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area. * President Pranab Mukherjee presents Ashok Chakra posthumously to two Jawans

* The national anthem played

* President unfurls the Indian national flag * President Pranab Mukherjee arrives at Rajpath; greeted by the Prine Minister. * PM Narendra Modi welcomes chief guest Barack Obama and his wife

* US President Barack Obama and Frist Lady Michelle Obama, travelling by the ‘Beast’, arrives at Rajpath * PM arrives at saluting base on Rajpath, in colourful safa, amidst applause from crowds * PM Narendra Modi at Amar Jawan Jyoti:
Also, 20 young brave hearts who won the national bravery awards will drive through the Rajpath in gypsies.
A total of 13 Army bands, one band each of Air Force and Navy, eight band of paramilitary forces including Camel-mounted band of BSF and one band each of NCC boys and girls would play martial music for the parade.
One of the most breathtaking event would be the manoeuvres by air force jets and daredevil motorcycle performance ‘Jaanbaaz’ by BSF personnel.  Incidentally, the paramilitary force is celebrating its golden jubilee.
The rider would perform Border Men Salute, Side Riding, Ladder Balancing, Communal Harmony, Peacock Riding, Acrobat, Parallel Bar, Lotus, Seema Prahari and Flag March formations among others on moving motorcycles.
The grand finale of the parade would be a spectacular flypast by the IAF jets and aircraft.The flypast will commence with ‘Chakra’ formation, comprising three Mi-35 helicopters in ‘Vic’ formation, followed by the ‘Hercules’ formation comprising three C-130J super Hercules aircraft.
Trailing them will be a ‘Poseidon’ formation comprising one P-8I aircraft flanked by two MiG-29Ks and the ‘Globe’ formation comprising one C-17 Globemaster flanked by two Su-30s.
Next five Jaguars will fly in Arrowhead formation and the five MiG-29 fighters, called the ‘Tridents’, will fly in ‘Fulcrum’ style. Three Sukhoi (Su-30 MkI) fighter jets will then make the “Trishul” formation by flying over the Rajpath, and once in front of the saluting dais, the three aircraft would split upwards, making a ‘Trishul’ in the sky.
The flypast will conclude with another Su-30 MkI carrying out a “Vertical Charlie” manoeuvre over the saluting dais.
With “Women’s Empowerment” being the theme of this year’s Republic Day parade, the main attraction of the annual extravaganza would be marching contingents of all-women officers of the three Services.
Defence sources say the thought of having an all-women contingent came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself as he wanted the Services to focus on “Nari Shakti”.
Tableaux from 16 States and nine central ministries and departments will present the varied historical, architectural and cultural heritage of the country. The theme of most of the tableaux this year will have imprints of the Prime Minister’s pet projects like ‘Jan Dhan Yojna’, ‘Maa Ganga’, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, bullet train and the ‘Make in India’ drive.
Another attraction would be the display of Army version of indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash medium range missile and Weapon Locating Radar, both by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
For the first time, India will display its recently acquired long-range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine P-8I aircraft and the long-range advanced MiG-29K fighter plane.
Indian Army’s laser-guided missile capable T-90 Bheeshma tank, infantry combat vehicle BMP-II (Sarath) followed by T-72 with Trawl will be the main draw in the mechanised columns.
These will be followed by ‘Pinaka’ multiple barrel launcher system. The Mobile Autonomous Launcher of BRAHMOS missile system, three dimensional tactical control radar, satellite on the move communication platform and rapidly deployable satellite terminal (RADSAT) would come next.
An Indian Air Force tableau with the theme “50 years of 1965 War” will follow them at the majestic Rajpath.
The IAF has proudly put on display aircraft which have proved their prowess in the 1965 Indo-Pak war — the Gnat, the Vampire, followed by the Canberra bomber, MI-4 helicopter and Packet transport aircraft.
In keeping with the Indian Navy’s theme “Ensuring Safe Seas for a Resurgent Nation” – the Naval Tableau will display a few of its frontline assets in all four dimensions of maritime warfare.
Navy’s march to self-reliance and indigenisation will be showcased by the models of indigenously constructed destroyer INS Kolkata launching a BrahMos missile with the Advanced Light Helicopter “Dhruv” in the background.
The second tableau, titled “Bharatiya Nau Sena aur Nari Shakti”, will show the four Indian Navy women officers who braved vagaries of the seas and participated in an ocean voyage from Goa to Rio-de-Janeiro in Brazil on board Indian Naval Sailing Vessel ‘Mhadei’.
Unprecedented security cover in Capital for Republic Day
The national capital was today wrapped in unprecedented security blanket for the 66th Republic Day celebrations which was graced by US President Barack Obama as the Chief Guest.
A seven-layer security ring has been thrown around the VVIP enclosure on Rajpath from where Obama, President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of other dignitaries witnessed the grand parade.
Central Delhi has turned into a virtual fortress with nearly 40,000 personnel drawn from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces guarding every nook and corner of the area.
More than 15,000 CCTV cameras installed have been relaying every movement live to a central control room where the footage has been monitored by a joint team of Delhi Police, US Secret Services and sleuths of central security agencies.
The three-km stretch of Rajpath has over 160 CCTV cameras – with one camera installed at every 18 metres.

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