Nation pays final tributes to Marshal Arjan Singh

Image result for marshal arjan singhPresident Ram Nath Kovind led the nation today in paying final tributes to Marshal Arjan Singh, hero of 1965 India-Pakistan war and the only Air Force officer to be promoted to five-star rank. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman laid a wreath on behalf of herself and Prime MinisterNarendra Modi, who is in Gujarat for the inauguration of Sardar Sarovar Dam.

The three service chiefs –Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat — as well as Minister of State Housing and Urban Affairs,Hardeep Puri were also present. Among other dignitaries who were seen streaming in were Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, MoS for External Affairs and former Army chief V K Singh, former defence minister A K Antony and Congress MP Karan Singh.

Former Indian Air Force (IAF) chiefs S P Tyagi, N C Suri and Anil Y Tipnis as well as several decorated officers who served under Arjan Singh during the 1965 war were also present Army Chief General Bipin Rawat described the five-star ranking officer as “a legend, an icon, a pilot-chief who led from the front and a philanthropist to the core”.

He recalled Singh’s immense contribution as the Air Chief during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, the first major air battle of the IAF after independence.”It was to his credit that despite initial setbacks, we were able to ‘overcome and overwhelm’ the enemy and spoil their design to annex Jammu and Kashmir,” Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa told reporters.Arjan Singh’s daughter, Asha Singh, and other members of the family, including his niece and actor Mandira Bedi, were present at the officer’s residence, where his mortal remains lie in state.His son Arvind Singh is expected to arrive later this evening from Arizona,US.Read More



North Korea fires 2nd missile over Japan in a month: Top 10 developments 

North Korea's sixth nuclear test

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will meet at 3 pm EDT (1900 GMT) on Friday over the latest missile test by North Korea at the request of the United States and Japan.

North Korea on Friday launched a missile that flew over northern Japan before plunging into the Pacific Ocean, the South Korean military said. The still-unidentified missile was launched around 6.30 am (local time) from east of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, according to South Korea’s military Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The officials said that the rocket could have reached an altitude of 770 km and flew for a total of some 3,700 km. According to the Japanese government’s missile alert system, the missile overflew the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and fell into the Pacific Ocean, Efe news reported.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the missile fell into the ocean some 2,000 km from the town of Erimo in eastern Hokkaido without being seen to do so by any ships or aircraft in that area.

Here are the top developments:

1) The UNSC will meet on Friday over the latest missile test by North Korea.

2) US President Donald Trump has been briefed on North Korea’s launch of an unidentified missile over Japan, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

3) Following the missile launch over his country, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abesaid that Japan would “never tolerate” what he called North Korea’s “dangerous provocative action that threatens world peace”.

4) The South Korean President’s Office immediately called a meeting of that country’s National Security Council and troops of the Asian nation undertook a ballistic missiletest in the Sea of Japan to the east of the Korean Peninsula in response to the launch.

5) The launch, from near Pyongyang, came after the UNSC imposed the eighth set of sanctions on the country over its ballistic missile and atomic weapons programmes

6) The 15-member Security Council voted unanimously in support of a US-drafted resolution condemning the missile test conducted by North Korea on September 3 and imposed measures that include a ban on its textile imports and restrictions on oil exports to the country.

7) The US has asked China and Russia to take direct action against North Korea to “indicate their intolerance” to the provocative missile tests carried out by Read More

Selena Gomez gives emotional shout-out to ‘kidney-donating’ pal post transplant

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Selena Gomez had a kidney transplant this summer and the “blessed” singer couldn’t help but share a heartfelt message for those who helped her in the fight against Lupus, especially her best friend Francia Raisa, who donated the organ.The ‘It Ain’t Me’ singer opened up about her surgery through a touching Instagram post, sharing a post-surgery picture of herself and Raisa laying side-by-side in hospital while holding hands.

I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me.

I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: -by grace through faith.The picture was captioned as, “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.”

“It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery,” she added.The ‘Bad Liar’ hit-maker continued, “And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed.”..Read More


Full coverage: Modi, Abe kick off India’s first bullet train but several hurdles remain 

Bullet trainPrime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday laid the  foundation stone for the proposed Ahmedabad-Mumbai High-Speed Rail Network, commonly known as the bullet train, in the Gujarat city.”My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in India and to create a new India,” he said.”I hope to enjoy the beautiful scenery of India through the windows of the bullet train when I come back here in a few years,” said Shinzo Abe after laying the foundation stone.Around Rs 1.10 lakh crore will be spent on the project that is being partially funded by Japan. Out of the Rs 1,10,000 crore, Japan is giving a loan of Rs 88,000 crore. The interest on this loan is minimal at 0.1 per cent and it is to be repaid in 50 years, with a grace period of 15 years.

The train will stop at each of the 12 railway stations on the route,but only for 165 seconds. A 21-km-long tunnel will be dug between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai, of which seven km will be under water. However, land acquisition could be a major hurdle for the project Acquiring 825 hectares of land may become a major hurdle for the completing the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project by 2022.Experts said advancing the project’s deadline by a year to August 2022 may not be feasible considering the complex land acquisition process involved. Of the Rs 1.10 lakh crore investment required for the project, Japan is providing Rs 88,000 crore as a soft loan at 0.01 per cent interest. However, release of the Japanese funding is linked to land acquisition.

Initial feasibility reports have identified 163 villages in eight districts of Gujarat, 44 villages in three districts of Maharashtra and some areas in Dadra and Nagar Haveli for land acquisition. About 2,761 families will be affected. More details on that here And is the travel on a bullet train really affordable? Though the fare structure for Rs 1.10 lakh crore is yet to be finalised, the initial estimates suggest that the high-speed rail fares are likely to be 1.5 times the existing first class AC train tickets. The current fare of AC first class on Ahmedabad-Mumbai route is in the range of Rs 1,700-2,300, while flight tickets start from Rs 2,000 onwards. This means a traveller will have to pay much more than existing flight ticket prices to travel on bullet trains. Read more



Modi, Abe to kick-off bullet train project, Rs 5-lakh cr investments today 


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday participate in the ground breaking ceremony of the Rs 1.08-lakh crore ($17 billion) Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project near the Sabarmati railway station in Ahmedabad.

As reported earlier, while Abe is in Ahmedabad for the foundation stone laying ceremony for India’s first high-speed train project – popularly called the bullet train – between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, around 15 MoUs are expected to be signed on September 14 at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Of this, four Japanese corporate giants are expected to sign investment proposals worth Rs 1 lakh crore each. In all, the total investment amount, including SME investments and the bullet train, is expected to cross Rs 5 lakh crore.

Here is Modi and Abe’s agenda for Thursday

  • On Thursday, Modi and Abe will participate in the ground breaking ceremony of the ambitious Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail project at the Athletic Stadium near the Sabarmati railway station
  • Thereafter, they will hold the 12th Annual India-Japan Bilateral Summit in Gandhinagar following which a number of agreements are expected to be signed
  • This will be the fourth annual summit between Modi and Abe, where they are expected to review the progress in the multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their Special Strategic and Global Partnership. Japan is one of only two countries with which India has such an annual summit mechanism, the other being Russia
  • The two Prime Ministers will also attend an India-Japan Business Leaders Forum

Hugs and road shows

  • The Japanese Prime Minister on Wednesday began a two-day visit to India here with a warm hug from his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, who took him through a road show to Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and the iconic Sidi Saiyed mosque representing the once syncretic culture of Ahmedabad.

The two leaders took an eight-kilometre journey in an open jeep from the Ahmedabad airport to the serene environs of the Sabarmati Ashram where they along with Japan’s First Lady Akie Abe paid floral tributes to a portrait and a bust of Mahatma Gandhi.


Apple’s iPhone X to have 3D facial scanner, OLED screen, improved cameras

iPhone XApple’s most important new phone for years will be called the iPhone X, according to a leak of the company’s latest mobile operating system.Strings of software code inside of the leaked operating system, first detailed by Apple news website 9to5Mac, show the expected three new phones will be called the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. App and game developer Steven Troughton-Smith discovered the names in the software and tweeted about it on Saturday.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are successors to the current iPhone models, while the iPhone X is the premium version with an all-new design, crisper OLED screen, improved cameras, and a 3-D facial recognition scanner for unlocking the device.The “X” in the iPhone’s name may be a reference to this model being a special 10th-anniversary edition. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Pluswill look similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but include faster processors,Bloomberg News has reported. The new devices will be unveiled at an event on Tuesday. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has criticised news reports on upcoming iPhones this year, saying the articles dented sales of current models. Still, expectations are running high for a blockbuster holiday season: In a recent survey by RBC Capital Markets, almost two-thirds of respondents said they would buy a new iPhone model sight unseen.

The leaked operating system corroborates earlier Bloomberg News reports that the premium X device will replace the usual Touch ID fingerprint scanner with a face unlock feature. Apple will call the enhancement Face ID, according to the code. The sensor will also be used for scanning a person’s facial expression and converting that into animated emojis for messaging, the code shows. Bloomberg recently reported that the premium model will lack a home button and instead use a series of gestures for controlling the device.

Apple may price iPhone X at a hefty $1,00


Apple is expected to sell its fanciest iPhone yet for $1,000, crossing into a new financial frontier that will test how much consumers are willing to pay for a device that’s become an indispensable part of modern life.The unveiling of a dramatically redesigned iPhone will likely be the marquee moment tomorrow when Apple hosts its first product event at its new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino,California.

True to its secretive ways, Apple won’t confirm that it will be introducing a new iPhone, though a financial forecast issued last month telegraphed something significant is in the pipeline.In addition to several new features, a souped-up “anniversary” iPhone — coming a decade after Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled the first version — could also debut at an attention-getting $999 price tag, twice what the original iPhone cost. It would set a new price threshold for any smartphone intended to appeal to a mass market.

Various leaks have indicated the new phone will feature a sharper display, a so-called OLED screen that will extend from edge to edge of the device, thus eliminating the exterior gap, or “bezel,” that currently surrounds most phone screens.It may also boast facial recognition technology for unlocking the phone and wireless charging.

A better camera is a safe bet, too.All those features have been available on other smartphones that sold for less than $1,000, but Apple’s sense of design and marketing flair has a way of making them seem irresistible — and worth the extra expense.”Apple always seems to take what others have done and do it even better,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst with Creative Strategies. Apple isn’t the only company driving up smartphone prices. Market leader Samsung Electronics just rolled out its Galaxy Note 8 with a starting price of $930.