Pakistan Threatens India With Nuclear War After Indian Army Chief’s Statement

Pakistan Threatens India With Nuclear War After Indian Army Chief’s Statement:

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.”

“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.

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India Set to Purchase S-400 Missile System from Russia

India Set to Purchase S-400 Missile System from Russia:

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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China To Overtake US As World’s Largest Economy By 2032

China To Overtake US As World’s Largest Economy By 2032:

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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Russia to launch ‘independent internet’ for BRICS nations – report

Russia to launch ‘independent internet’ for BRICS nations – report:

The Russian Security Council has asked the country’s government to develop an independent internet infrastructure for BRICS nations, which would continue to work in the event of global internet malfunctions.

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.

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India: Muslims offer poor Hindu children free education, food and shelter if they convert to Islam

India: Muslims offer poor Hindu children free education, food and shelter if they convert to Islam:

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.

“Hyderabad: 9 arrested for converting poor Hindu children to Islam,” by Ashish Pandey, India Today, November 19, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

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.

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People Advised to Stay Indoors as Pollution Levels Skyrocket in Indian Capital

People Advised to Stay Indoors as Pollution Levels Skyrocket in Indian Capital:

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.

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Rickshaws to jump start India’s all-electric drive

Rickshaws to jump start India’s all-electric drive:

India will roll out nearly 100,000 battery-powered buses and autorickshaws onto its sulphurous city streets in the coming weeks, setting it on the bumpy road to making new vehicle sales all-electric by 2030.

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In Blow To US Dollar, BRICS Considers ‘Sanctions-Proof’ Cryptocurrency

– In Blow To US Dollar, BRICS Considers ‘Sanctions-Proof’ Cryptocurrency:

While the US Dollar remains the most popular global trading and reserve currency, this is rapidly changing. A BRICS backed cryptocurrency may be both the proverbial ‘Dollar buster’ as well as a ‘sanctions buster’.

The Head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev has stated that the BRICS may opt to create their own cryptocurrency for the purposes of global commerce.

A cryptocurrency is a digitally based means of exchange wherein the value of said currency is not determined by a central-bank. Most cryptocurrencies can be converted into state-issued currencies (Dollars, Euros, Yuan, etc.) through various foreign exchange services.

Currently, one of the biggest issues facing cryptocurrency development is the fact that they are not backed up by any central bank. However, many also see this apparent disadvantage as a possible opportunity, particularly where unilateral Dollar based sanctions are concerned.

H/t reader kevin a:

“Wow, was waiting for this..”

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Pepe Escobar Exposes Real BRICS Bombshell: Putin’s “Fair Multipolar World” Where Oil Trade Bypasses The Dollar

Escobar Exposes Real BRICS Bombshell: Putin’s “Fair Multipolar World” Where Oil Trade Bypasses The Dollar:

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times,

Putin reveals ‘fair multipolar world’ concept in which oil contracts could bypass the US dollar and be traded with oil, yuan and gold…

The annual BRICS summit in Xiamen – where President Xi Jinping was once mayor – could not intervene in a more incandescent geopolitical context.

Once again, it’s essential to keep in mind that the current core of BRICS is “RC”; the Russia-China strategic partnership. So in the Korean peninsula chessboard, RC context – with both nations sharing borders with the DPRK – is primordial.

Beijing has imposed a definitive veto on war – of which the Pentagon is very much aware.

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BRICS countries considering own cryptocurrency as settlement mechanism

BRICS countries considering own cryptocurrency as settlement mechanism:

The BRICS Finance Committee is discussing a joint virtual currency for the five nation bloc of developing economies, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) chief Kirill Dmitriev.

During the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Dmitriev told journalists that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa could develop its own alternative to other payment tools.

“While there is a focus on settlements in national currencies, cryptocurrencies are also being discussed as one of the possible settlement mechanisms,” Dmitriev explained.

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Video Emerges Showing Clashes Between Indian, Chinese Soldiers

Video Emerges Showing Clashes Between Indian, Chinese Soldiers: 

Late last week, we reported that in the first documented clash between Chinese and Indian soldiers who have been piling up across the border between the two nations over the latest territorial dispute, “Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation” in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, “further raising tensions between the two countries which are already locked in a two-month standoff in another part of the disputed border.” A Reuters source in New Delhi who was briefed on the military situation on the border, said Indian soldiers “foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near the Pangong lake.” He added that some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides.

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Indian, Chinese Soldiers Clash Following Alleged Chinese “Incursion”

Indian, Chinese Soldiers Clash Following Alleged Chinese “Incursion”:

According to local media reports, “Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation” in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, further raising tensions between the two countries. “There was an altercation near the Pangong lake,” said a police officer in Srinagar, following what he called a Chinese army “incursion in Pangong lake area”.

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