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From the video:
“If the sunspots stay at zero for two or three more years the next two winters are going to be the end of crops in most regions.”
At least 16 people were killed in unprecedented storms and rainfall in the state of Rajasthan, India on April 11, 2018. Five people were killed in Bharatpur district and 11, including five children, in Dholpur district. At least 100 people got injured. Local farmers are reporting 80% crop loss.
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…and after that comes the RFID microchip!
India collects biometric data on 1.3 billion residents for use in a nationwide identity system called Aadhaar.
The New York Times notes Big Brother has Arrived in India.
Seeking to build an identification system of unprecedented scope, India is scanning the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its 1.3 billion residents and connecting the data to everything from welfare benefits to mobile phones.
Civil libertarians are horrified, viewing the program, called Aadhaar, as Orwell’s Big Brother brought to life. To the government, it’s more like “big brother,” a term of endearment used by many Indians to address a stranger when asking for help.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other champions of the program say that Aadhaar is India’s ticket to the future, a universal, easy-to-use ID that will reduce this country’s endemic corruption and help bring even the most illiterate into the digital age.
The poor must scan their fingerprints at the ration shop to get their government allocations of rice. Retirees must do the same to get their pensions. Middle-school students cannot enter the water department’s annual painting contest until they submit their identification.
The Modi government has also ordered Indians to link their IDs to their cellphone and bank accounts.
Don’t expect India’s 1.3 billion residents to be investing in Bitcoin or other virtual currencies any time soon.
According to a report from the Economic Times, the Reserve Bank of India has issued a blanket ban on all cryptocurrency trading.
You will not be able to buy cryptocurrency via banks or e-wallets etc. in India anymore as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has banned them with immediate effect from “dealing with or providing services to any individuals or business entities dealing with or settling virtual currencies”.
Though the country says it understand the need for supporting blockchain related technologies, the exchange of virtual currencies is now prohibited on every level, including the purchase of digital assets via bank accounts or debit cards, as well as the utilization of wallets to transfer assets.
The RBI issued a statement on the matter with guidance to follow:
THE INDIAN government will build 14,000 bunkers along the India-Pakistan border in five border districts in Jammu and Kashmir, to protect soldiers and civilians from ongoing violence and military uprisings.
H/t readre squodgy:
“Looks like India is next on the list of Deep State’s screw China/Russia plans, seeing as the Middle East is a basket case for them now, with Russia thwarting them.
It will be interesting, as apart from the Harrier & loads of obsolete UK navy ships, the real hardware for the Indians has been increasingly Russian.”
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A powerful storm accompanied with very damaging hail hit parts of central and southern India over the past couple of days, destroying more than 125 000 hectares (309 000 acres) of crops and killing several people. Such powerful storms are not usual for this region at this time of year.
The worst affected was Maharashtra where a 30- to 90-minute long hailstorm killed three people, injured at least 2 and severely damaged crops like wheat, corn, onion, orange, banana and grapes.
Pandurang Phundkar, Agriculture Minister of Maharashtra, said in a statement that rain and hailstorms over Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11 have affected 1 086 villages in 11 districts of the State. Buldhana, Amravati and Jalna are the districts that have suffered maximum damage.
Hawaii’s ballistic missile attack on Saturday turned out to be nothing more than fat-fingered “fake news” by State officials. However, a far more significant threat of nuclear war is growing on the border between India and Pakistan, called the Line of Control (LoC), which continues to be generally ignored by Western media outlets.
Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said Friday his military was ready to call Pakistan’s “nuclear bluff” and carry out aggressive military operations across the border.
“We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff,” Gen. Rawat warned, responding to a question during a press conference on the “possibility of Pakistan using its nuclear weapons in case the situation along the border deteriorates,” said the Hindustan Times.
On Saturday, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif unleashed a Tweetstorm denouncing Rawat’s comments as “very irresponsible. Amounts to invitation for nuclear encounter. If that is what they desire, they are welcome to test our resolve. The general’s doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah.”
“Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief,not befitting his office. Amounts to invitation for nuclear encounter.If that is what they desire,they are welcome to test our resolve.The general’s doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah.”
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) January 13, 2018
“The threatening and irresponsible statement by the Indian Army Chief today is representative of a sinister mindset that has taken hold of India. Pakistan has demonstrated deterrence capability,” he tweeted.
According to TASS news agency…
Moscow expects to sign a deal with India soon on the delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems, Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin told Rossiya 24 TV on Wednesday.
India’s PTI news agency reported in mid-December, citing Viktor Kladov of Russia’s Rostec, that Moscow and New Delhi were agreeing to the technical details of the contract for the delivery of S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems.
The negotiations were “at a very advanced stage,” he said at the time, according to TASS.
The sides were discussing the price, personnel training, technology transfer and the number of air defense missile systems India will purchase.
H/t reader squodgy.
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Case in point: A report published by a UK think tank posits that China will surpass the US to become the world’s largest economy by 2032. Meanwhile, Asian countries will comprise four of the world’s five largest economies, according to Bloomberg.
The report, published by the London-based Center for Economics and Business Research, also sees India leapfrogging the U.K. and France next year to become the world’s fifth-biggest economy.
By 2027, it will have moved to third place, moving ahead of Germany.
In 2032, three of the four largest economies will be Asian – China, India and Japan. Interestingly, India’s advance won’t stop there: According to the CEBR, the South Asian country will steal the No. 1 spot from China by mid-century. Also by 2032, South Korea and Indonesia will have entered the top 10, supplanting Italy and Canada – two members of the Group of Seven.
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The initiative was discussed at the October meeting of the Security Council, which is Russia’s top consultative body on national security. President Vladimir Putin personally set a deadline of August 1, 2018 for the completion of the task, the RBC news agency reported.
The Qur’an says, “Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. Those who follow him are merciful to one another, ruthless to unbelievers” (48:29).
So Islamic charity tends to go only to Muslims; indeed, it is forbidden in Islamic law to give zakat to non-Muslims, although that prohibition can be set aside for purposes of proselytizing. In this case, the charitable help was made contingent upon conversion.
The Rachakonda Police of Hyderabad on Sunday arrested nine persons for allegedly converting children to Islam .
The accused were running an orphanage named Peace Orphan Home Society and were luring children from poor families of Telangana and making them to convert to Islam by assuring free education, food and shelter.
The air quality Index of Delhi is currently 311, indicating that people are inhaling dangerously toxic air. The onset of winter has worsened the situation as forecasters warn of foggy pollution-filled mornings over the next several days, prompting doctors to issue a rare health warning.
New Delhi (Sputnik) — With the approaching foggy weather accompanying the arrival of winter in India, the nation’s capital of Delhi is bracing itself for pollution-filled mornings with doctors appealing to people to stay inside their homes.