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NEWS OF THE DAY – India revokes Pak.’s MFN status day after terrorist strike in J&K
- February 16, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
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News of the day – India revokes Pak.’s MFN status day after terrorist strike in J&K
PM says a ‘befitting reply’ will be given to those behind attack on a CRPF convoy-
India on Friday revoked the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status of Pakistan and warned of more measures in response to its support for terrorist groups targeting India.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that those responsible for Thursday’s terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir would be given a “befitting reply,” the Opposition rallied behind the government in a show of solemn unity.
The government has convened an all-party meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The suicide car bombing in Pulwama district killed 40 paramilitary personnel, making it one of the worst incidents of violence in the history of the State’s insurgency. The attacker — a school dropout who had gone missing last year amid heightened volatility in the State — rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
As countries around the world shared India’s outrage and condemned the incident, the U.S. put Pakistan in the dock by asking it to “immediately end” all support to terrorist groups.
The Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
There is “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistan’s “direct” involvement in the attack, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security that deliberated on India’s response.
Pakistan has denied any involvement and termed the attack “a matter of grave concern.”
“The terrorists… they have made a big mistake,” Mr. Modi said at an event in Delhi. “You will have to pay a very heavy price… I assure everyone that the forces behind the attack… we will bring them to justice.”
India has asked its High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria to return to New Delhi for consultations.
Vande Bharat: India’s self-propelled, fastest train takes off
The semi-high speed express will cover the 780-km distance from Delhi to Varanasi in just eight hours-
The inaugural trip of India’s first semi-high speed train, Vande Bharat Express, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the New Delhi railway station on Friday. The train, named ‘Train 18’ at the concept stage, is a plush 16-coach, air-conditioned, self-propelled train set and doesn’t have a locomotive.
The express will ply between Delhi and Varanasi, with halts at Kanpur and Allahabad. It will complete the 780-km journey in eight hours, slicing off 180 minutes from the current travel time of 11-and-a-half hours. This is India’s fastest train to date, capable of commercial speeds up to 160 km per hour. On the Delhi-Varanasi route, however, its top speed would be restricted to 130 km per hour. The train will start commercial operations on this route on February 17. The tickets for that date are already sold out.
A big crowd gathered to witness the launch of the train in Delhi, greeting its flagging-off with excited chants of ‘Vande Mataram’. Many onlookers tried to take selfies with the gleaming blue-and-white train and even tried to touch it. Cell phone-wielding crowds and selfie-mania greeted the train at both Kanpur and Allahabad.
The express will have two travel classes: executive and chair car, similar to the Shatabdi. From Delhi to Varanasi, an air-conditioned chair car ticket will cost Rs. 1,760, while the executive class fare will be Rs. 3,310. In the return direction, the chair car and executive class tickets will cost Rs. 1,700 and Rs. 3,260 respectively. The fares are inclusive of catering charges.
Keeping with the Railways’ stated aim of offering a “totally new travel experience” to passengers, the train’s interiors have the look and feel of a commercial airplane. All the coaches are equipped with automatic doors, a GPS-based passenger information system, and free WiFi. But the Wi-Fi can only be used to access select entertainment content provided by the Railways. The toilets are bio-vacuum type, similar to those on airplanes.
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