Friday, 22 November, 2019

Rajnath Singh says India could use nukes first if circumstances demand

Rajnath Singh Rajnath Singh
Patty Aguilar | 17 August, 2019, 12:25

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said India is committed to the "No First Use" policy when it comes to nuclear weapons, but what happens in the future depends on circumstances.

'India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. "What happens in [the] future depends on the circumstances", Singh wrote.

Pokhran was also the site of India's first nucl-ear test in 1974 under the Indira Gandhi government. His comment was seen by many as a warning to Pakistan amid bilateral tensions over the centre's move to end the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

"India's claims to NFU ended when on 4 Jan 2003 Indian govt declared it would use nuclear weapons against any (even Chemical or Biological) attack 'against India or Indian forces anywhere",' she said.

"In Pokhran, India emerged as a nuclear power".

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday said India's suggestion that its "no first use" nuclear policy may change was a "damning reminder" of the country's "unbridled thirst for violence".

Oil inches above $60 as US delays tariffs on Chinese goods
Global economic worries, amplified by tariff conflicts and uncertainty over Brexit, are also hitting European economies. Both reports underlined the widening economic cracks as the trade war between the United States and China intensifies.

Computer issues for US Customs impact some flights arriving in San Diego
A Customs and Border Protection official said there is no indication the temporary outage is related to nefarious activity. JFK, New York: One traveler shared this picture, writing: "Here's a better perspective of the customs line at JFK".

Krypton Cancelled At Syfy; Lobo Spinoff Not Moving Forward
This bummer-ass bit of news also comes with the report that Lobo , a planned spinoff series starring Emmett J. Following its cancellation by Syfy , Expanse found a new home at Amazon, recently earning a renewal.

Pokhran is the place where India carried out nuclear tests in 1998 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister.

Running for a second term earlier this year, Modi had said his government had called Pakistan's "nuclear bluff".

"Given India's investments in precision-strike conventional and nuclear missiles and ballistic missile defence, along with its impressive advances in surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, India's adversaries have strong reasons to doubt whether in a crisis, India retains any commitment not to use nuclear weapons first". The tests validated India's nuclear deterrent.

While Singh's remark doesn't necessarily mean that the government is looking at a review of the nuclear doctrine, it could re-open the debate on no-first-use policy and.

Pakistan has argued that the move violates worldwide law, with the Foreign Ministry saying Islamabad would use "all possible options" to counter what it considers India's illegal decision.

While New Delhi has repeatedly maintained that its decisions on Jammu and Kashmir are an internal matter in which no country should interfere. India retaliated by ordering cross-border airstrikes to which Pakistan responded by scrambling fighter jets and shooting at least one intruding aircraft. "The request was in reference to the Pakistani letter to Security Council President", the diplomat was quoted as saying.

Recommended

  • Nicki Minaj will marry beau Kenneth Petty in less than 80 days

    Nicki Minaj will marry beau Kenneth Petty in less than 80 days

    In March, Minaj sparked questions about whether or not she had married Petty after calling him her "husband" on her radio show. It was so hard to get to a happy place. "I don't think you knew [Cardi's] verse was going to sound like that , Budden said".
    Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

    Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

    Unfortunately, that is likely too slow for you to make an effective backup of your files, so this option might not be the best. This includes throttling of the processing speeds to 400MHz and the chipset gets locked when it reaches the speed.
    Sydney stab accused Mert Ney released from hospital

    Sydney stab accused Mert Ney released from hospital

    Ney, 21, was captured on camera just before 2pm after allegedly killing Michaela Dunn at a nearby apartment. "She was working. Do you have a message for the family in this hard time? Have you been following this story?
  • First two Ebola cases confirmed in Congo's South Kivu

    First two Ebola cases confirmed in Congo's South Kivu

    Now a year into the epidemic , there are concerns that we're running out of the current vaccine , produced by Merck. The cases in South Kivu come on the heels of an announcement of a breakthrough in the quest for drug to treat Ebola.
    Analyzing Miley Cyrus' 'Slide Away' Lyrics About Liam Hemsworth

    Analyzing Miley Cyrus' 'Slide Away' Lyrics About Liam Hemsworth

    Since their breakup was announced, a lot has been told about their relationship. The song debuts less than a week after Cyrus and Hemsworth's official split.
    Dow Suffers Worst Day Of Year On Recession Fears

    Dow Suffers Worst Day Of Year On Recession Fears

    Bonds have been under pressure, however, as risk-adverse investors have fled to them for safety - driving down yields. In fact, the last time the US curve inverted, in 2007, was just before the economic crash in 2008.
  • Christchurch killer's trial may be put off until after Ramadan

    Christchurch killer's trial may be put off until after Ramadan

    New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks to the media on Monday, August 5, 2019, in Wellington, New Zealand. There were about 100 other prisoners who were identified as having extremist ideologies, she said.
    WeWork to test IPO investor appetite with widening losses

    WeWork to test IPO investor appetite with widening losses

    The company also reported that it had 527,000 members as of June 30, an increase of more than 90% from the year before. WeWork had been targeting a share sale of about $3.5 billion in September, people familiar with the matter have said.
    Landry Jones becomes the first QB to sign with the XFL

    Landry Jones becomes the first QB to sign with the XFL

    In his time with the Sooners, from 2008-12, Jones tallied 16,646 passing yards and 126 touchdowns. "I can't wait to suit-up". Jones has started five games in his National Football League career, and he's held his own for the most part.
  • Israel blocks visit from Democratic Congresswomen who are Trump targets

    Israel blocks visit from Democratic Congresswomen who are Trump targets

    In her letter, she promised to "respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit". The group wants to pressure Israel economically into withdrawing from the West Bank and has other goals.
    United Kingdom  opposition seeks to oust PM to avoid no-deal Brexit

    United Kingdom opposition seeks to oust PM to avoid no-deal Brexit

    However, his chances of success were crippled by the Leader of the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrat party, Jo Swinson, who said Mr. Prominent members of Theresa May's cabinet are rising to block prime minister Boris Johnson from delivering a no-deal Brexit.
    Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan talk on Mission Mangal’s success

    Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan talk on Mission Mangal’s success

    Two highly content-driven films Mission Mangal and Batla House released this Independence Day. Scroll through his full gallery below. #IndependenceDay holiday gave its biz additional push.

McLaren announces new Ultimate Series roadster supercar McLaren announces new Ultimate Series roadster supercar At this point of time, McLaren only confirmed that the new model will use a version of McLaren's twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The new roadster will be aimed at providing "road-focused driving pleasure", with a bold open-cockpit design.

Alibaba may buy Kaola from Netease Alibaba may buy Kaola from Netease The two companies are helping Wall Street breathe a sigh of relief after the worst day of trading in 2019. Following the release of Alibaba's earnings results, the company's stocks rallied on Thursday.

India’s foreign ministry urges Pakistan to reconsider downgrade of ties India’s foreign ministry urges Pakistan to reconsider downgrade of ties Jammu and Kashmir had operated autonomously for most of the time India had been an independent country. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.

Saif Ali Khan celebrates his birthday with wifey Kareena Kapoor Khan Saif Ali Khan celebrates his birthday with wifey Kareena Kapoor Khan Sitting on a garden bench next to Kareena-who has Taimur on her lap-Saif is seen in a red shirt, black vest, black jeans. The picture, that is now going viral, shows Saif cutting a cake as Kareena looks on with a glowing face.

U.S. Bullies Its Way Into Dispute, Moves to Seize Iranian Tanker U.S. Bullies Its Way Into Dispute, Moves to Seize Iranian Tanker The government of Gibraltar said it confirmed that the vessel was the property of the state-owned National Iranian Oil Company. Shortly after that, Iran seized the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero , which remains held by the Islamic Republic.

Jofra Archer gets first Test wicket as England hit back Jofra Archer gets first Test wicket as England hit back But England altered the momentum of the morning with two wickets for no runs in four balls as Australia's 60-1 became 60-3. We re a long way away from that. "I can't work miracles - I'll try to but I don't think that's how it might pan out".

Iran tanker preparing to sail but still at anchor off Gibraltar Iran tanker preparing to sail but still at anchor off Gibraltar President Donald Trump and the Iranian government over its nuclear program, ballistic missile development and involvement in regional conflicts.

OPPO Teases Reno 2 Announcement; Launch To Happen On 28 August OPPO Teases Reno 2 Announcement; Launch To Happen On 28 August There were two variants in the Oppo Reno series including the basic Oppo Reno and the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom . The inclusion of 20x Zoom would undoubtedly be a highlight specification of the Reno 2 series .

Cathay Pacific boss resigns amid Chinese pressure over Hong Kong protests Cathay Pacific boss resigns amid Chinese pressure over Hong Kong protests The airline is fully committed to Hong Kong under the "One Country Two Systems" principle, Cathay said in Friday's statement. A separate, pro-government gathering under the slogan "Save Hong Kong " has also been scheduled for Saturday.

Nancy Pelosi says Good Friday deal will be defended Nancy Pelosi says Good Friday deal will be defended This would threaten the Good Friday Agreement and potentially risk a resumption of "the troubles" in Northern Ireland. Congress is split between Democrats, who control the House, and Trump's fellow Republicans, who control the Senate.

Disney sets new box office record with 'Toy Story 4' Disney sets new box office record with 'Toy Story 4' Hindustan Times notes that the film also secured a flawless 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Both movies seem nearly a sure thing to hit at least $1 billion worldwide.

Mauricio Macri to announce plan to ease Argentines' economic pain Mauricio Macri to announce plan to ease Argentines' economic pain The peso closed 4.29% lower at 55.9 per USA dollar on Tuesday after touching 59 earlier in the day. Gasoline prices will be frozen for 90 days as part of the package of measures announced by Macri.

FCC fines networks for wrongly using emergency alert system | AP entertainment FCC fines networks for wrongly using emergency alert system | AP entertainment AMC's " The Walking Dead " also got slapped with a $104,000 fine for using the restricted tones twice in February. On October 3, 2018, the ABC late night show aired a "trailer" for a new horror film called " The Textening ".

Need for Speed Heat Has No Loot Boxes, Says Community Manager Need for Speed Heat Has No Loot Boxes, Says Community Manager But when the sun sets, underground races rule the streets and you're encouraged to risk it all to own the night. The studio also worked on the Need for Speed reboot in 2015, before releasing Need for Speed Payback in 2017.

THQ Nordic Announces New Metro & Saints Row, Reaffirms Dead Island 2 THQ Nordic Announces New Metro & Saints Row, Reaffirms Dead Island 2 I'm not convinced it will ever appear at this point, but we'll always have that cool E3 cinematic . THQ Nordic has, once again, blown minds with a staggering slew of new reveals .